SF Bay Area Events in January 2019

Festivals, Sports & Other Fun Things to Do

Discover the best SF Bay Area events in January 2019. My top picks include Golden State Warriors basketball games, festivals, wine tasting, and more.

You will find several options for San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and San Jose. I've also includes some great things to do in Napa, Sonoma and Monterey.

SF Bay Area Events in January

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Golden State Warriors Basketball

Dates: 1/3, 1/8, 1/11, 1/16, and 1/31

Location: Oakland (East Bay)

The whole Bay Area is crazy about their NBA Championship team, the Golden State Warriors. It's always exciting to watch one of the hottest teams in basketball tear up the court at one of their home games at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. So get on your blue and yellow, buy those tickets, and head across the bay for an evening of fun. Goooo Dubs!

>> Warriors tickets and more

San Jose Sharks Hockey

Dates: 1/5, 1/7, 1/8, 1/12, & 1/15

Location: San Jose (South Bay)

Another popular sport this time of year is hockey. A little winter chill outside sets the mood for entering the "Shark Tank" (SAP Center) to watch the San Jose Sharks play an exciting game on ice. Watch them take on teams like the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Pittsburg Penguins. The arena is just about an hour southeast of SF.

>> Sharks schedule and more

SF & Bay Area Theater

Location: SF, North Bay, South Bay, East Bay, Peninsula

Among the best SF Bay Area events in January are the live theater shows taking place in the city and farther beyond. In fact, you have plenty to choose from all year round. The robust arts scene in the Bay Area welcomes Tony Award-winning Broadway plays like Hamilton and RENT, and also features more independent, local productions.

Bay Area theater companies perform a wide range of works, from comedies to dramas to experimental pieces, and each venue is also unique--some classic theaters, others converted barns and canneries, and others more cozy and intimate.

>> Upcoming plays and musicals

SF & Bay Area Concerts

Location: SF, Oakland, San Jose, and more

Within the city of San Francisco, there are several venues large and small to listen to live music by your favorite artists and local ones, too. The most popular include the Warfield, the Fillmore, and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

In addition, the largest pop, rock, and R&B acts that come to the Bay Area often fill stadiums like the Oracle Arena in Oakland or the SAP Center in San Jose..

>> Find out more

MLK March & Festival in SF

Dates: January 21 (parade & holiday), January 19 - 21 (related festivities)

Location: San Francisco

One of the annual SF Bay Area events in January is the Martin Luther King, Jr. march and festival on the MLK holiday celebrating his birthday. That Monday, there is a 1.5-mile parade and march from AT&T Park to Yerba Buena Gardens, where it joins with the all-day poetry, music, and wellness festival.

Leading up to the march, there will be the Black Comix Arts Festival, the Liberation Film Festival, and the NorCal MLK Golf Classic.

>> MLK Festival details

Live Jazz at Yoshi's

Dates: Several nights a week

Location: Oakland (East Bay)

It started as just a small sushi bar, but for years Yoshi's has been combining its fabulous Japanese cuisine with top notch live jazz. They've welcomed greats like Dizzy Gillespie, Betty Carter, Diana Krall, Max Roach, and hundreds more to their stage. Check out what this exciting night scene is all about at Jack London Square in Oakland.

>> Get tickets

Harlem Globetrotters in the Bay Area

Dates: January 12 & 19 (two shows each day in Oakland); 20 & 21 (one show each day in San Jose)

Location: Oakland (East Bay) & San Jose (South Bay)

Don't miss this famous team of incredible athletes' Bay Area stops on their 2019 world tour. They are stopping by the Oracle Arena and the SAP Center this month to provide unparalleled family fun and entertainment with ball tricks, comedy, and of course, audience participation. See basketballs spun like you've never seen them spun before, with stars like Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, and more.

>> Tickets for the Oakland show

>> Tickets for the San Jose show

Comedy Shows

Location: San Francisco

What better way to kick off the year than with some great laughs at one of SF's top comedy clubs? This month, you can watch the Don Soder performs at the Punchline and Janeane Garofalo performs at Cobb's in North Beach.

In addition, January 10 - 27 is the annual comedy festival, Sketchfest, which offers dozens of hilarious shows all over the city. And on top of all that, there's always a wonderful variety of improv, sketch comedy, and musical comedies to watch.

>> Upcoming comedy shows

Gem Faire

Dates: January 18-20

Location: San Rafael (North Bay)

Among the other SF Bay Area events in January, the Gem Faire is a wonderland for jewelry lovers, as it offers a whole convention center full of precious gems, crystals, beads, and more--at fair prices, straight from the importers, wholesalers, and manufacturers. Pick up great new pieces of jewelry for yourself or as gifts for people special to you, or take home some beads to make your own creations.

Santa Cruz Fungus Fair

Dates: January 11 - 13

Location: Santa Cruz (2 hours south of SF)

You've probably never been to an event like this Fungus Federation Fungus Fair! You'll see, learn, and taste everything you ever wanted to about different species of fungi through cooking demonstrations, speakers, hands-on activities, and a re-created woodland featuring hundreds of wild mushrooms. The event takes place over three days at the Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz.

>> More facts about the fabulous Fungus Fair

Napa Truffle Festival

Dates: 1/18 - 1/21

Location: Napa (North Bay)

This four-day festival held in the heart of California's wine country celebrates truffles, one of the most prized elements of international high cuisine. This unique event combines two essential aspects: chef expertise on fine cooking with truffles, and scientist expertise on truffle cultivation. Throughout the weekend, you'll have the opportunity to hear from both sides, as well as taste at the Truffles and Wine Dinner, and buy at the festival Marketplace.

>> All about the Napa Truffle Festival

>> Additional things to do this January in Napa

Winter WINEland in Sonoma

Dates: 1/19 - 1/20

Location: Sonoma (North Bay)

This year marks the 27th anniversary of Winter WINEland in Northern Sonoma County. During this two-day event, you'll have the opportunity to choose among the participating wineries along Wine Road to visit the vineyards, meet the winemakers, and sample some of their best bottles. Each winery will highlight limited production, new release, and library wines.

>> Find out more

Whalefest at Monterey Fisherman's Wharf

Dates: 1/26 - 1/27

Location: Monterey (2.5 hours south of SF)

One of the most unique SF Bay Area events in January is the 8th Annual Whalefest, a free event that educates guests about the migration of gray whales in Monterey, the "whale watching capital of the world." This is an educational and interactive event for the whole family that includes documentaries, musical performances, a 60-foot model of Humphrey the Humpback Whale that attendees can climb inside, and other displays about marine life.

>> More info about the Whalefest

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