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by Jill Loeffler •
Updated: February 2, 2023
San Francisco events in February 2023 include Dear Evan Hansen 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: 1/24 - 2/19
Location: Orpheum Theater
Find Tickets: StubHub | TicketNetwork
One of the biggest San Francisco events in February is the award winning hit, Dear Evan Hansen.
It's the story of Evan, a senior in high school, who has very few friends. He has anxiety and isn't good around others.
A classmate dies in his high school and everyone, including the boys parents, believe that he was best friends with Evan.
As it gets harder and harder to keep the lie alive, Evan needs to decide if he should tell the truth or continue on with the lie forever.
This is a hot ticket, so make sure to pick up yours today.
Mean Girls (1/31 - 2/26): Head over to the Golden Gate Theatre this February for the onstage production of Mean Girls. It's based on the 2004 hit comedy and follows the "popular" girls in an American high school. It's funny, but cringe worthy at times as you get an inside look at the often cruel world of high schoolers. Find tickets on StubHub.
Six (2/21 - 3/19): This is an entertaining musical about the six wives of Henry the VIII. The story is about all six of them in a competition to become the leader singer in a group. They find out that being a team works better, but learn that society has already judged them based on their individual abilities. Will they stand up and fight as a group or will they split up to become individuals again? Find tickets.
>> Additional theater performances this month in SF
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.
>> More cruises around the SF Bay
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 2022.
Dates: 2/4, 2/6, 2/11, 2/13, 2/24, 2/26, 2/28
Tickets: Ticketmaster | StubHub
You'll find Warriors pride all over the SF Bay Area in support of the team that became last year's NBA Champions again.
Join in on the hype at one of the home games this month at the Chase Center. Watch them take on the Washington Wizards, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Houston Rockets.
This is one of the San Francisco events in February you do not want to miss!
>> Find a full schedule of games and tips to see them at the Chase Center
Dates: 2/2 - 2/12
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 24th 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: 2/10 - 2/19
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.
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, 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 Oracle Park from 10am to 3pm.
>> More details about Fan Fest as well as the 2023 game schedule
Dates: 2/4 (Parade), 1/14 - 2/6 (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.
Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: 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. The Big Bus Tour includes stops at the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park (California Academy of Sciences, de Young, Conservatory of Flowers, and others), and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square. Find availability for this February.
Night Tour: City Sightseeing's Night Tour offers the best views of SF at night. This 2-hour tour includes live narration and two small walking tours. You will see Fisherman's Wharf, North Beach, Nob Hill and the gorgeous Bay Bridge lights. Find tickets for this February.
Ultimate City Tour: The Ultimate City Tour is a 4 - 5 hour tour that takes you all around SF. Your live guide will tell you all about SF's top attractions as you view them out the window. You will also get the chance to stop for some photographs as some of our iconic sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, the Japanese Tea Garden, and Twin Peaks (weather permitting). Find ticket availability for this February.
Date: Monday, 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!
Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!
TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in San Francisco? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!
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: 2/16 - 2/19
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 - 2/20
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: 2/20 - 2/26
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 four different shows this month.
The first three are called Next@90 which runs from 1/20 - 2/11 and features premier works from choreographers from around the world.
The fourth performance this month is Giselle which is from February 24 - March 5.
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: 2/24 - 2/26
Location: Fort Mason Center
Do you admire art pieces from different parts the world?
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.
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.
To Teach and Inspire: The Julia Brenner Textile Collection, at the de Young
Gillian Laub, Family Matters at the Contemporary Jewish Museum
Ragnar Kjartansson: The Visitors, Again! at the SF Museum of Modern Art
Date: Public tasting will return in 2024
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.
Tickets: Ticketmaster | TicketNetwork
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 Emergency Shelter Intake Form (2/2 & 2/3), Blomstedt Conducts Dvorak (2/9 & 2/10), and Salonen Conducts Bruckner & Adams (2/23 - 2/26).
Find more San Francisco events in February by clicking the link below!
Dates: 2/23 - 2/26
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.
>> Packing tips and more on the weather for your visit
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.
>> What to expect when visiting in February
Dates: 1/30 - 2/5
Tickets: StubHub | TicketNetwork
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.
>> Get more details on the Pebble Beach Pro-Am
Dates: 2/14, 2/18, 2/20, 2/23, 2/25 & 2/28
Tickets: Ticketmaster | TicketNetwork
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 New York Islanders, Boston Bruins, and Seattle Kranken. Head on over to the SAP Center (a.k.a. the Shark Tank) to get in on the action.
>> Get additional details to see a game in San Jose
Dates: 2/16 - 3/3
The San Jose Jazz Winter Fest kicks off this February 2023. 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.
>> Visit their site for more details and to pick up your tickets today