San Francisco events in February 2018 include The Book of Mormon at the Orpheum Theater, Golden State Warriors basketball games, and the Chronicle Wine Tasting event. This is also the month for the Chinese New Year's Parade & Festival, the SF Writer's Conference, and the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival.
On my insider's guide to Valentine's Day, you will find plenty of ways to spoil your sweetie, from the best places for dinner to other romantic ways to spend the weekend. Read on for more ideas on the best things to do this month in SF!
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One of the biggest San Francisco events in February is the Broadway hit The Book of Mormon. It's a hilarious show about two missionaries that attempt to spread their works of God to the people of Africa. Written by the creative team from South Park, this show is sure to have you laughing all night long.
Dates: 2/6 - 3/4
Additional Dates: Find additional tickets to The Book of Mormon on Ticketmaster
You'll find Warriors pride all over the SF Bay Area in support of the team that became last year's NBA Champions. Join in on the hype at one of the home games this month at the Oakland Coliseum. Watch them take on teams such as the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dallas Mavericks, and San Antonio Spurs. This is one of the San Francisco events in February you do not want to miss!
Dates: Several in February
Ticket Deals: Find great deals on Warriors tickets on TickPick
If you get tired of Hollywood blockbuster movies and appreciate a good independent film, these first two weeks of February in San Francisco are a real treat. The annual SF Indie Fest, now in its 19th year, celebrates independent, alternative films and filmmakers. During these two weeks, you'll have the chance to watch nearly 80 original works, mostly screened at the Brava Theater and the Roxie Theater in SF.
Dates: 2/1 - 2/15
Check out the 22nd annual Berlin & Beyond film festival, a gateway for the American public to see and experience the German-speaking world. The films come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and beyond, offering a truly diverse program about the cultures, art, history, and progress of those regions. The films include shorts, features, and documentaries, and will be shown throughout the day each day of the festival at the historic Castro Theater.
Dates: 2/9 - 2/14
Every month, SF and its surrounding Bay Area cities host a wealth of concerts by the biggest bands in pop and rock, as well as local, independent, and emerging artists. This February, you can see Queens of the Stone Age, Demi Lovato, Robert Plant, Dark Star Orchestra, Bananarama, and others.
Dates: All month long
Discover a variety of great deals on tours and activities around San Francsico. They are a great addition to these fun San Francisco events in February.
SF Beer Week features more than 30 San Francisco Brewers Guild members, plus dozens more Northern California craft breweries. Throughout the following week, you're invited to taste beers at many different locations throughout the Bay Area, from Santa Cruz in the south, all the way up to Santa Rosa. There will also be several Meet the Brewers nights in different SF neighborhoods.
Dates: 2/9 - 2/18
It's not quite baseball season yet, but the SF Giants and their fans are going to kick into action this month with the annual Fan Fest event. This is your chance to meet players like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, get their autographs, take photos with the World Series trophies, play catch on the field, and purchase new merchandise. Admission is totally free, so get on your orange and black and get ready for a fun-filled day at beautiful AT&T Park from 10am to 3pm.
The Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco is a long running tradition that boasts one of the biggest parades of its kind in the world. Held in the vibrant Chinatown community, the festivities include lion dancers, giant dragons, traditional drums and firecrackers, colorful decorations, and much more. In addition to the parade, you'll find the Miss Chinatown USA pageant, a flower market, a 10K run, and other activities for several weeks.
Dates: 2/24 (Parade), 2/10 - 3/4 (All Events)
What's your idea of the perfect date night? Whatever it is, you're sure to find it in San Francisco so you and your sweetheart can enjoy a memorable February 14 in the City by the Bay. Click the link below to discover a list of restaurants that offer special Valentine's Day menus, as well as dinner cruises, live performances, dance parties, and the most romantic bars and hotels in the city.
Date: Wednesday, February 14 & surrounding weekends
If you haven't booked your hotels yet, then make sure to check out these great deals before you do! Each website offers a variety of discounts from free parking to a % off each night you stay. Click the links below for more details and start saving today!
This is the 9th year of the Salsa Rueda Festival in SF, an annual encounter of legendary instructors, Latin musicians and DJs, and dance enthusiasts of all levels. Join in on the fun at Hotel Whitcomb for four days of dancing, performances, live music, workshops, a beginner bootcamp, lectures, and late night parties.
Dance styles include rueda, salsa, casino, folklore, rumba, son, and more. This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is always over President's Day Weekend.
Dates: 2/15 - 2/18
A fantastic way to explore San Francisco is on foot. But it's a big, diverse city with so many pockets, how can you be sure to hit all the highlights and hidden treasures? Luckily, the SF Public Library offers a plethora of FREE informative, guided walking tours--of specific districts, attractions, and themes.
You will find several of these San Francisco events in February on each day of the month. Popular ones include the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Japanese Tea Garden, Chinatown, and North Beach, just to name a few. There are also tours that focus on Victorian homes, art deco architecture, Gold Rush history, and the legacy of the 1906 earthquake and fire.
Dates: Every day in February
This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is a special treat for those who love writing--the 15th Annual Writers Conference. Seek advice from over 100 bestselling authors, literary agents, editors, and publishers from major publishing sources, as well as experts on self-publishing, book promotion, social media, and more.
The keynote speeches, classes, and networking events all take place at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins hotel over these four days. Also look out for after-hours open mics, poetry happenings, and pitch contests.
Dates: 2/15 - 2/18
Trying to hit all the major attractions in San Francisco can be expensive, but fortunately you can purchase the San Francisco CityPASS to save on your sightseeing adventures! This discount pass includes admission to three must-see stops: the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Exploratorium (or the SF Museum of Modern Art). In addition, you can ride Muni public transit for free for 3 days and enjoy a 60-minute cruise on the bay.
Are you planning to visit San Francisco for the long President's Day Weekend? If so, you will find plenty of fun things to do, including a wine tasting event, theater productions, and cruises around the bay.
Dates: 2/16 - 2/19
One of the best ways to kick back and relax is at a San Francisco comedy show. Both of SF's large venues, the Punch Line and Cobb's, have been known to host the best standup comedians in the industry. This month, you can catch several comedians live on stage. In addition, you will find improv, sketch comedy, variety shows, and hilarious musicals at other venues around town.
Dates: Throughout February
This year marks the 26th anniversary of Noise Pop in San Francisco, a huge celebration of independent music, film, and art. Over 150 bands will play at different venues around the city, such as The Bottom of the Hill, Bimbo's, and the Great American Music Hall. This festival is well known for featuring emerging independent groups that have gone on to become big names, such as The White Stripes, Death Cab for Cutie, Modest Mouse, Jimmy Eat World, The Flaming Lips, and many more.
Dates: 2/19 - 2/25
The SF Ballet offers three different shows this month. The first is Sleeping Beauty and it runs from January 23 - February 4. The other two performances this month include Bright Fast Cool Blue (2/13 - 2/24) and Distinctly San Francisco Ballet (2/15-2/25). Click the link below to find additional details on these San Francisco events in February.
Dates: 2/1 - 2/25
Do you admire art pieces from different parts the world? At the Fort Mason Center all day on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, you can view amazing, diverse collections of artwork, textiles, and photography from places like Southeast Asia, Oceanic Islands, Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Polynesia. In addition, you'll find special exhibits on India and the aboriginal people of Japan.
Discounted Tickets: Find tickets at a discount for this show on Goldstar
Spring is almost here, and the garden is in full bloom at Pier 39! If you love looking at, learning about, and gardening your own vibrant flowers, you'll love taking a stroll or a free guided tour through this seasonal garden with more than 39,000 colorful tulips in bloom. So head over to Fisherman's Wharf, take in the waterfront breeze, and enjoy some outdoor activities!
Head on over to one of SF's most famous museums to check out Casanova: The Seduction of Europe. Casanova was a famous author, adventurer and seducer. This exhibit include pieces about his life and characters from his books by artists such as Canaletto, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Pietro Longhi and many others.
Dates: Opens on February 10
Wine lovers must not miss this wonderful opportunity! The Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting Event is the largest event in the world celebrating American varieties of wine. Spend this Saturday afternoon at the Fort Mason Center sampling the best wines in over 100 categories (selected from more than 5,000 submissions!). Along with your wine samples, you'll have the chance to try savory meats, exotic oils, handcrafted cheeses, and amazing desserts.
Date: Saturday, 2/17
More: Additional details here
San Francisco's wildly popular original musical, Beach Blanket Babylon, represents the best of entertainment. This long-running and ever-changing musical has been poking fun at current events and pop culture since 1974. You'll love the outrageous performers in fantastic costumes and one of the show's best known elements--the huge, elaborate hats. This show sells out quickly, so plan ahead!
Dates: Wednesday through Sunday evenings
Discounted Tickets: Find a limited number of discounted tickets on Goldstar
If you love art, technology, history, or gardening, you are in luck! San Francisco has several world-renowned museums featuring each of these themes, including the de Young Fine Arts Museum, Legion of Honor, Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, and more. And you can you visit each of them for free on designated days throughout the month! Check the schedule for free admission days.
Dates: Several in early February
Calendar: Dates and details here
Say you wake up in San Francisco on your dream vacation, but don't quite know where to start your day or how to pack in all your top priorities. That's where these one-day itineraries come in handy! Written from the experience of a local, designed for tourists who want to make the most of each day they have in the city, these itineraries guide you through the major highlights of the whole city or of specific neighborhoods, including transportation and places to grab tasty grub along the way.
Going to a show at the elegant Davies Symphony Hall in the Civic Center district is a great excuse to get a little dressed up, enjoy a nice dinner in the area, and attend one of SF's great cultural offerings. This month, the SF Symphony's performances include West Side Story—Feature Film with Live Orchestra, Beethoven's Emperor Concerto, Beethoven's Eroica, and many others. Find more San Francisco events in February by clicking the link below!
Info: Full schedule here
Another one of the San Francisco events in February is the SF Orchid Society's biggest fundraiser. This year's event is at the Golden Gate Park's Hall of Flowers. For three days at the exposition, you will not only encounter thousands of beautiful orchids from around the world, but specialty plants, high quality gardening equipment, and landscaping materials as well. Go ahead and indulge your green thumb!
Dates: 2/23 - 2/25
Discounted Tickets: Find discounts for certain days for this event
The weather in February is cool with some rain most days. You will find highs in the lower 60s and lows in the upper 40s. However, it's a great time to visit as there are fewer other tourists around and you will find fewer lines.
Are you looking for more fun things to do this month in SF? Check out my planning guide for visiting this time of year. It includes some tips on what to wear and what you should visit this time of year.
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