San Francisco events in February 2024 include MJ The Musical at the Orpheum Theater, Golden State Warriors basketball games, and concerts. 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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Dates: 1/30 - 2/25
Location: Orpheum Theater
One of the biggest San Francisco events in February is the new show, MJ The Musical.
Michael Jackson is one of the top artists of all time and this musical showcases his talents. It offers an inside look at the making of Jackson's 1992 Dangerous World Tour.
You'll get a chance to learn more about his creative talents and tap your toes to his unforgettable music!
This is a hot ticket, so make sure to pick up yours today.
Cirque du Soleil - Kooza (1/17 - 3/10): This February, you can also enjoy a performance from Cirque du Soleil under the Grand Chapiteau at Oracle Park. Kooza offers you a high energy adventure through the eyes of a naïve clown looking to find himself. Find tickets.
The Wiz (1/16 - 2/11): Head over to the Golden Gate Theatre this February for the Tony Award winning Best Musical, The Wiz. It's an exciting take on The Wizard of Oz with a combination of soul, gospel, rock and 70s funk music that help Dorothy on her journey. Find tickets.
My Home on the Moon (1/25 - 2/24): This sci-fi comedy shows what happens when gentrification threatens to destroy Mai's pho noodle shop and how she navigates the metaverse for help. This show is at the SF Playhouse. Find tickets.
Some of the best San Francisco events in February are our daily bay cruises. You can cruise around the bay for an hour or two and soak in the sights along the way.
It's a relaxing experience that also offers you the chance to learn more about our attractions along the coastline.
Our day cruises typically start at Fisherman's Wharf and take you along the SF coast. You will then make your way under the Golden Gate Bridge (twice) and then make your way around Alcatraz. Most are around an hour to and hour and a half.
Our evening cruises are usually a little longer. You can head out on a sunset cruise, a dinner & dancing cruise, or even a happy hour cruise. The choice is yours! Most of these last between two and four hours.
Here are just a few of my favorites for February.
Blue & Gold Bay Cruise: This 60-minute day cruise is the most popular. It leaves from Pier 39 several times a day along the coast, under the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz and back to Pier 39. Find ticket availability for this daily cruise.
Dates: All month long
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 top bands at venues all around SF. Top spots include the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the Nob Hill Masonic Center and the Fillmore. Other popular venues include the Warfield, The Independent, and the Great American Music Hall.
Don't miss you chance to catch one of the top live music San Francisco events in February in 2024.
Dates: 2/10, 2/14, 2/22, 2/23, 2/25
You'll find Warriors pride all over the SF Bay Area in support of the team that have been champions numerous times recently.
Join in on the hype at one of the home games this month at the Chase Center. Watch them take on the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets, and the Phoenix Suns.
This is one of the San Francisco events in February you do not want to miss!
Dates: 2/1 - 2/11
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 25th year, celebrates independent, alternative films and filmmakers.
During these two weeks, you'll have the chance to watch nearly 80 original works, screened at local theaters around San Francisco.
Dates: 2/9 - 2/18
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: 2/24 (Parade), 2/3 - 3/3 (All Events)
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.
Explore San Francisco on one of our popular bus and city tours.
These tours allow you to sit back and relax as you drive by all of SF's top attractions.
Along the way, you will learn about our history, get some good tips on what to see and do, and discover some of our hidden gems.
Many also offer stops, so you can jump off the bus and get some great pictures from around SF.
Here are just a few of my favorites.
The Hop On Hop Off tours offer you the chance to jump out at one of more than 30 predetermined stops. You can spend a little time exploring and then hop back on the next bus.
This Big Bus Panoramic Sunset Tour is another fun one. In my experience of taking this tour, it's one of the best ways to catch the beauty of San Francisco at night.
This 1-hour tour includes live narration throughout your journey and the chance to learn all about SF's top attractions. You will see Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill and the gorgeous Bay Bridge lights.
If you are a movie buff (like me!), you are going to love this fun movie filming locations tour. What I enjoy most about this tour is when they show you a clip of the movie right as you are driving by the location it was filmed.
You will learn about 50 of the most famous movies filmed around SF. During this three hour tour, you will also get the chance to hop off the bus a few times to stretch your legs and get a great photo of several memorable filming locations around the city.
Date: Wednesday, 2/14 & surrounding weekends
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.
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!
VRBO: In addition to hotels, you'll also find some great places to stay locally through VRBO. Book an apartment or a room and feel more like a local. Find some great places to stay on VRBO here.
Dates: 2/15 - 2/18
This is one of the San Francisco events in February that is a special treat for those who love writing--the 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 Hyatt Regency Embarcadero hotel over these four days. Also look out for after-hours open mics, poetry happenings, and pitch contests.
Dates: 2/17 - 2/19
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 from cruises to tours to events.
Some of my top picks this weekend include theater performances, festivals, SF Ballet, concerts and so much more.
Dates: Throughout February
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 stand-up 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: 2/22 - 3/3
This year Noise Pop in San Francisco is back. This huge celebration of independent music, film, and art is a must attend!
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. Some of those on this previous year's line-ups include Alex G., Connie Han, Naked Giants, and more.
Dates: 2/1 - 2/28
The SF Ballet offers three different shows this month.
The first show offers it's last performance on February 1 and is called Mere Mortals. The second is called British Icons and it runs February 9 - 15 (find tickets).
The final performance is Swan Lake and it runs from February 23 - March 3 (find tickets).
All performances are at the War Memorial Opera House in SF's Civic Center District.
Click the link below to find additional details on these San Francisco events in February.
Dates: Mid-February to Mid-March
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!
Dates: Varies by Museum
Each month, dozens of traveling exhibits make their way to SF's top museums. Many include rare pieces that you won't get the chance to see in each museum's permanent collection.
Here are just a few of the top traveling shows in San Francisco in February.
Deities, Paragons and Legends: Storytelling in Chinese Pictorial Arts at the SF Asian Art Museum
Fashioning San Francisco: A Century of Style at the de Young Museum of Fine Art
Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors at the SF Museum of Modern Art
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.
Dates: Several in early February
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.
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 Blomstedt Conducts Beethoven 7 (2/2 - 2/4), Casino Royale (2/8 & 2/9), and Sting with the SF Symphony (2/14 & 2/15).
Find more San Francisco events in February by clicking the link below!
Dates: 2/16 - 2/18
Another one of the San Francisco events in February is the SF Orchid Society's biggest fundraiser. This year's event is at the "Hall of Flowers," the County Fair Building, in Golden Gate Park (1199 Ninth Avenue).
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!
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.
Dates: 1/3 - 2/4
For sports fans, one of the most exciting SF Bay Area events in February are happening in the Monterey region, about 3 hours south of San Francisco.
This would of course be the highly anticipated AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournaments of the PGA tour, which arrives on California's coast this month at some of the most picturesque golf courses anywhere in the world.
For a whole week, you'll get to watch premier golf and entertainment in this serene setting.
Dates: 2/16 - 2/18
Location: San Jose (South Bay)
This February, you can attend Northern California's largest car show, showcasing the latest automotive technology in the business. You'll see a selection of electric cars and exotic concept vehicles, as well as classic cars and celebrity-owned luxury vehicles.
You'll also have the chance to test drive some products that aren't even on the market yet. Head over to the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose to marvel at Cadillac, Bentley, Audi, and Rolls Royce's top innovations.
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Dates: 2/17, 2/19, 2/24, 2/27, and 2/29
Don't miss your chance to see the Bay Area's favorite hockey team, the Sharks, take on top NHL teams at home in San Jose (South Bay). This month, they will host teams such as the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Anaheim Ducks, and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Head on over to the SAP Center (a.k.a. the Shark Tank) to get in on the action.
Dates: 2/16 - 3/3
The San Jose Jazz Winter Fest kicks off this February 2024. This annual event features both well known jazz talents as well as up-and-coming artists on stage. They will perform at locations all around town including Cafe Stritch, Hedley Club, Deluxe Eatery, and others.