San Francisco Events in January 2015

Enjoy SF Sketchfest, the ZAP Wine Festival, Theater Performances, & More

The San Francisco events calendar in January 2015 is full of interesting and exciting activities. This month, you can sample Zinfandel wines at the ZAP Wine Festival, sip cocktails at the California Academy of Sciences during their NightLife event, and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the arrival of the sea lions at Pier 39.

Other top events this month include SF Sketchfest, the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k run in Golden Gate Park, and a lot of New Year's Day activities. You can also enjoy some free walking tours, head out on a whale watching adventure, and head to the theater, symphony, or ballet for several engaging performances.

Half-Priced Tickets

Every month, Goldstar offers dozens of tickets to local tours and events at up to 50% off. It's a great way to save on SF cruises, walking tours, and theater productions.

Here is a sample of the tickets currently offered for January 2015.

Biscuits & Blues

  • Enjoy a night out on the town at Biscuits & Blues
  • Sample Southern cuisine as you listen to live music (their fried chicken is amazing!)
  • Try some tasty California wines, mircrobrews, or one of their speciality cocktails
  • In the theater district, near Union Square
  • Small venue that hosts regional and national blues and jazz acts
  • Tickets include admission to the nightly show (all food and drinks is an additional price)
  • Full Price: $15 to $25 | Goldstar Price: $7.50 - $12.50*

Foodies! The Musical

  • A fun, light-hearted musical for anyone that loves food
  • Skits and song about food related topics
  • Pokes fun at fancy dinner menus, food trucks, and cooking quarks
  • Is the winner of several San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Circle Awards
  • 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Full Price: $34 | Goldstar Price: $17

*Small service charge applies

New Year's Day Events

Kick off 2015 in San Francisco with style. On this day, you will find a number of activities from bay cruises to popular walking tours. Several attractions are also open this day including the Botanical Gardens, the SF Zoo, Pier 39, and more.

Date: Thursday, January 1

Learn More: List of All Activities for New Year's Day

SF Theater Calendar

Top theater performances this January 2015 include Angela Lansbury in Blithe Spirit, Indian Ink at the American Conservatory Theater and both Promises, Promises and Tree at the SF Playhouse. Kurios, the annual Cirque du Soleil performance runs through January 18. You will also find a number of small productions throughout the city all month long.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: 2015 January Theater Calendar

San Francisco Wedding Fair

Are you planning a wedding in San Francisco? Are you looking for the most luxurious vendors to help you plan the wedding of your dreams? If so, then stop by the San Francisco Wedding Fair at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown SF. Sip on Roederer Reserve Brut, enjoy appetizers, and sample wedding cakes as you visit more than 75 local, experienced wedding vendors. Tickets start at $25 per person or $35 at the door.

Date: Sunday, January 4 from 11am to 4pm

Stroll Through the Japanese Tea Gardens

Every Monday in January, you can join a walking tour through the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park. During this walking tour, you will learn more about the history of the gardens, its famous structures, and how it is maintained. On the 9:30am tour, you can enter the gardens at no charge. On the 1pm tour, you must pay the entry fee to join.

Dates: January 5, 12, 19, & 26

Learn More: Discover the Japanese Tea Gardens

Learn More: All Free SF Walking Tours

Thursday Nights at the Academy of Sciences

One of the best 21+ events in SF is the NightLife Event at the California Academy of Sciences. Every Thursday night from 6pm to 10pm, they open their doors for a fun night of cocktails, special presentations, and other activities - only for adults. Each week, they center all activities around a specific theme such as Gallery Crawl, Future of Transportation, and How Earthquakes Occur. Make sure you buy your tickets in advance as there is always a LONG ticket line at the door!

Dates: January 8, 15, 22 & 29 (No Event on Thursday, January 1)

Learn More: Details on Visiting the California Academy of Sciences

Godfrey at Cobb's Comedy Club

Check out comedian/actor Godfrey at Cobb's Comedy Club on January 8 - 11. This in demand artist has been in movies such as ZoolanderOriginal Gangstas, and Soul Plane. He's also made appearances in TV's 30 Rock and Louie.

Dates: January 8, 9, & 11

Learn More: Full Comedy Calendar for January 2015

Hot Chocolate 15/5K

Head over to Golden Gate Park on January 11, 2015 for the 2nd Annual Hot Chocolate Run. It includes both a 15k and 5k run around Golden Gate Park. Start time for the 5k is 7:30am and the 15k starts at 8:20am. Once you complete the run, you can enjoy yummy, creamy hot chocolate!

Date: Sunday, January 11

Learn More: Visit their Site to Register Today

SF Hotel Deals

Are you looking to save on your hotel in San Francisco? Before you book, make sure to check out the great deals on TripAdvisor's Special Offers page. They list dozens of hotels with discounts from a percent off each night you stay to free parking.

Live Music & Concerts

This month, you will find dozens of shows all around San Francisco. Top performances include Big Head Todd and the Monsters at The Fillmore on January 17, Patti Smith at The Fillmore on January 23, and Bush & Theory of a Deadman at the Nob Hill Masonic Center on January 30.

Learn More: Full January Live Music Calendar

Winter Fancy Food Show

A food trade show specifically for retailers, restaurateurs, distributors, and other key buyers in the US and from around the world. It's a place to discover more about 200,000 speciality food products produced in North American. Register in advance. Not open to the public, but anyone that can show their association with the trade is welcome to attend.

Dates: January 11 - 13; Sunday & Monday from 10am to 5pm; Tuesday from 10am to 4pm

Location: Moscone North and South

Free Museum Days

If you happen to be in San Francisco toward the beginning on the month, don't miss out on the free museum days. Many of the largest museums offer one free admission day per month and many offer it on the first Tuesday. However, you will find a few others that offer it on different days.

Dates: Beginning of the Month

Learn More: January 2015 Free Museum Day Calendar

Dine About Town

Twice a year, the official San Francisco Tourism Board hosts Dine About Town. During this 10-day event, more than 100 restaurants offer a 2 to 3-course lunch menus at $18.95 and/or a 3-course dinner menu at $36.95. The Dine About Town menus include a 10% to 25% discount. Make sure to request a Dine About Town menu when you sit down.

Dates: January 21 - 30, 2015

25th Anniversary of the Sea lions' Arrival

Every year, Pier 39 celebrates the arrival of the sea lions. From January 16 - 19, head over to Pier 39 to check out their new Sea Lion Center as well as watch these playful creatures jockey for position on the platforms. During this three day event, you can also participate in other fun, special activities.

Dates: January 16 - 19

Learn More: Find More Fun Things to Do on Pier 39

SF Film Festivals

In January, you will find two film festivals. The first is Noir City which features 10 days of some of the most important Noir works from the 1940s and 1950s. It runs from January 16 - 25. The second is Berlin and Beyond, which shows pieces from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. This festival runs from January 31 to February 1.

Dates: Starts January 16

Learn More: Additional Details on the Film Festivals Calendar

Martin Luther King JR. Festival & Parade

Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in San Francisco. This holiday's events include a film festival, arts festival, kids discovery program, talks from community leaders, and a large march/parade on Monday morning.

Dates: Monday, January 19

Learn More: Find a List of All Activities for the MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend

SF Sketchfest

One of the largest comedy festivals in the US is SF Sketchfest. It features several performances each day by both local and internationally recognized comedians. This year's schedule is now available and features top comedians such as Doug Benson, Janeane Garofalo, Kevin McDonald, and Maya Rudolph.

Dates: January 22 - February 8, 2015

Learn More: This Year's Schedule

Whale Watching Tours

January is one of the best times of year to head out on the waters for a whale watching adventure. In January, you will most likely see Gray, Sperm, and Killer (Orca) Whales. Even though the weather can be a little rainy, it's the perfect time to see these massive creatures as they move through the Pacific Ocean waters off the SF coast.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: Find More Details on Whale Watching in SF & Tips to Prepare for Your Trip

Bay Area Brew Fest

The 4th Annual Bay Area Brew Fest is on Saturday, January 24. This one-day event features the best domestic and international beers. During the event, you can also pick up some gourmet eats from SF's best food trucks (not included in the ticket price). Tickets start at $40 per person.

Date: Saturday, January 24

Buy Tickets: Find Them Online Through EventBright

SF Ballet

San Francisco is home to the oldest ballet company in the US. They were the first to perform The Nutcracker in the US also. This month, you can catch two performances, Program 1: Serenade, RAkU & Lambarena (starts January 27) and Giselle (starts January 29).

Dates: 2015 Season Starts January 27

Learn More: Full 2015 SF Ballet Schedule

ZAP Wine Festival

The 2015 ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) Wine Tasting Festival is January 29 - 31. It will be held at two locations: The Presidio and the Four Seasons. The general wine tasting session, open to the public, is on Saturday, January 31 at the Presidio.

Dates: January 29 - 31

Learn More: 2015 Schedule

SF Symphony

The SF Symphony calendar is full of great performances this January. Highlights this month include The Godfather Live (January 9 & 10), MTT conducts The Soldier's Tale (January 16 - 18), and Mozart & More (January 29 - 31). This world-class symphony plays all concerts at Davies Symphony Hall in SF's Civic Center District.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: Full January 2015 Calendar


One of the best ways to save on your visit to SF is by purchasing the SF CityPass. This discount card offers admission to some of the top attractions including the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Exploratorium. You will also receive a ticket to the popular 60-minute bay cruise and a 7-day Muni pass. Overall, the pass saves you $$ vs. buying everything separately.

Learn More: Find More Details & My Sample Itineraries to Help You Make the Most of the CityPass

Yosemite: A Storied Landscape

Visit the California Historical Society for a look at their current exhibit, Yosemite: A Storied Landscape. This display features works focused on Yosemite including photographs, videos, artwork, historic objects, and writings. It's on display at this museum through January 25.

Dates: Through January 25

Learn More: Find Out More About the California Historical Society

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