San Francisco events February 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events February 2019

Classic films

February 1 - 3, 2019
1.6 miles SW
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Castro Theatre.

Beer Week

February 1 - 10, 2019
San Francisco Bay Area
Enjoy hundreds of tasting events, brunches, and dinners during SF Beer Week.

Film festival: indie films

February 1 - 14, 2019
1.8 miles south
SF Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest) celebrates maverick filmmakers by screening films made by independent producers at theaters in the Mission District.

Tater Tots from food trucks

February 2, 2019
0.8 miles SE
Celebrate National Tater Tot Day eating the crunchy potato treats served by 14 food trucks, and then vote for your favorite at SoMa StrEat Food Park. Live music.

Ballet in Walnut Creek

February 2, 2019
25.3 miles NE
Diablo Ballet performs three works during Balanchine and Beyond, followed by a dessert and coffee reception where you can meet and mingle with the dancers at Del Valle Theatre in Walnut Creek.

1920s party in Livermore

February 2, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
45 miles SE
The Golden Age of Hollywood party has a live orchestra, dancing, a vocalist, a buffet, desserts, a no-host bar, and a silent auction at Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.

Seafood & wine dinner

February 2, 2019
55 miles north
Enjoy fresh seafood and Sonoma County wine at the Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest, plus a live auction at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

Chinese flower fair

February 2 - 3, 2019
1.4 miles NE
Shop for fresh flowers for Chinese New Year from 120 vendors, and watch traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, and folk dancers at the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair in Chinatown. Free.

Half marathon

February 3, 2019
3.5 miles west
The San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K both begin in Golden Gate Park, but the half marathon continues south to the zoo with ocean views.

Free art museum day

February 5, 2019
3 miles west
Visit The de Young Museum on a First Tuesday of the Month to see its extensive collection of American and native art at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Chinese New Year party

February 6, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
3.2 miles NW
A $75 ticket to Chinese New Year gets you two drinks, unlimited food (noodle buffet, dim sum carts, soup dumplings), and lion dances at Presidio Social Club.

Mexican folk music

February 6 - 10, 2019
2.9 miles south
Featuring the folkloric music style of Veracruz, the Son Jarocho Festival offers concerts, workshops, and family activities at Brava for Women In the Arts.

Paella & beer party

February 7, 2019 (6 to 9 p.m.)
1.4 miles NE
Enjoy unlimited paella (a Spanish rice meal) with or without meat, unlimited organic beer, and flamenco guitar at Paella Fest at ThirstyBear Brewing Company.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 8, 2019 (7 & 10 p.m.)
S.F. & Oakland
Adults tell stories about their lives and share embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentine’s Show at DNA Lounge.

Cocktail party

February 8, 2019 (9 p.m.)
2.4 miles NE
Try creative drinks from 12 bars, hear live music and DJ dance music, and explore exhibits during Science of Cocktails at the Exploratorium on Pier 15 for age 21+.

Tribal art fair

February 8 - 10, 2019
2.3 miles north
San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show is both an art exhibition and sale by 70 curated galleries in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Book fair

February 8 - 10, 2019
11.7 miles NE
Browse thousands of rare books, maps, prints, and photos from 200 booksellers at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, which includes seminars and events at Oakland Marriott City Center.

Bird festival

February 8 - 10, 2019
34.3 miles north
Celebrate the peak of migration season with guided bird walks, self-guided walks, a wildlife expo, and an art show at San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival in Vallejo.

Valentine’s Day haunted house

February 8, 9, 14, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
23 miles SE
Your group gets one dim flashlight to navigate a pitch-black haunted house during Valentine Haunt at Bayfair Center in San Leandro.

Run in your underwear

February 9, 2019
2.1 miles east
Run through the streets without pants at 2 p.m. to support charity in Cupid’s Undie Run, which includes a party before and after at Pedro’s Cantina for age 21+.

1950s dance

February 9, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
3.6 miles NW
Buy retro cocktails and dance the evening away to live music from The Ely Brothers & The Doubletake Band at Valentine’s Day Sock Hop at the Presidio Officers’ Club. Free with RSVP.

Family tea party

February 9, 2019
14.7 miles NE
Collect fragrant edibles in the garden, and then make tea, snacks, and pressed Valentine’s cards at A Botanical Valentine’s Day Tea at UC Botanical Garden.

San Jose beer festival

February 9, 2019 (1 to 5 p.m.)
50.4 miles south
Meet the Brewers features beer from dozens of local breweries, food trucks, live music, and local art by SJ Made at Hermitage Brewing.

Chinese New Year at the zoo

February 9 - 10, 2019
7.7 miles SW
Celebrate the year of the pig by watching Chinese lion and folk dancers, and then do a scavenger hunt of animals found on the Chinese calendar during Lunar New Year at the San Francisco Zoo. The cafe will sell Asian food.

Book fair

February 9 - 10, 2019
10.6 miles south
Shop for a wide variety of books and paper products from 115 dealers at the California Antiquarian Book Fair at South San Francisco Conference Center.

Tulip days

February 9 - 18, 2019
2.7 miles NW
Brighten up winter with a walk among 39,000 tulips, with or without a guide, at Tulipmania on Pier 39. Closes at 3 p.m. on Feb. 14. Free.

Brazilian dance show

February 10, 2019 (7 p.m.)
2 miles south
Watch exotic costumed dancers celebrate the spirit of the African deity that honors the essential nature of water at Yemanjá Arts Festival at BrasArte in Berkeley.

Chinese New Year in Oakland

February 10, 2019 (12 to 4:30 p.m.)
12.9 miles east
Family-friendly Lunar New Year Celebration and Other Asian Traditions offers lion and dragon dances, Chinese acrobatics, Vietnamese music, a magic show, a story about the Year of the Pig, K-pop dance performances, martial arts demonstrations, and a petting zoo with farm animals at Oakland Museum of California.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2019
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Valentine’s Day.

Romance in the greenhouse

February 14, 2019 (5 to 10 p.m.)
2.5 miles west
Take a stroll through the lush Conservatory of Flowers at Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, which includes sparkling wine, chocolate, accordion music, a photo booth, food for sale, and stories about plant reproduction.

Rocky Horror in Berkeley

February 14, 2019 (8 p.m.)
13.3 miles NE
Rocky Horror Picture Show is a cult musical with quirky characters and unforgettable songs like the “Time Warp” at The UC Theatre Taube Family Music Hall, with a burlesque show, costume prizes, and audience participation.

Cuban dance festival

February 14 - 17, 2019
0.3 miles SE
Enjoy beginner’s classes, workshops, parties, and concerts at San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival at Hotel Whitcomb.

Valentine’s Day cruise

February 14 - 17, 2019
2.1 miles NE
Enjoy brunch or dinner with views of the bay on the San Francisco Valentine’s Cruises from Hornblower, which depart from Pier 3 on The Embarcadero, or Berkeley.

Valentine’s Day wine train

February 14 - 17, 2019
46.9 miles north
Take a three hour ride through wine country on the Napa Valley Wine Train as you enjoy a gourmet lunch or dinner with a glass of sparkling wine, departing from Napa.

Chinese New Year Concert

February 16, 2019
0.1 miles SW
The Lunar New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner includes a pre-concert reception at 3 p.m. with lion and ribbon dancing, tea bars, Chinese calligraphy, children’s entertainment, and “lucky” red envelopes; a 4 p.m. concert by San Francisco Symphony in Davies Symphony Hall; and a 6 p.m. dinner at Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall. Or buy just concert tickets.

Super hero run - San Jose

February 16, 2019 (8 to 11 a.m.)
57.6 miles south
The Super Run 5K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Almaden Lake Park.

Pole-dancing competition

February 16 - 17, 2019
14.6 miles south
Watch the best pole dancers in Northern California compete to go to the national finals at Golden Gate Pole Championships at Canada College Theater in Redwood City.

Monster trucks

February 16 - 17, 2019
16.8 miles SE
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam in Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

American Indian art

February 16 - 17, 2019
20.5 miles north
Browse the displays of 100 dealers and artists selling pre-Columbian, Spanish colonial, and American Indian antique and contemporary art at the American Indian Art Show at Marin Civic Center in San Rafael.

British movies

February 21, 2019
2.3 miles NW
See foreign films with no need for subtitles at the Mostly British Film Festival, from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and India at the Vogue Theatre.

South Bay jazz

February 21 - 27, 2019
multiple locations
See 21 performances of “jazz, blues, Latin, and related genres” during San Jose Jazz Winter Fest.

Immigrant musical

February 21 - March 3, 2019
13.5 miles NE
Set in 1863 New York City, Paradise Square is a world premiere musical about black & Irish Americans living side-by-side in racial harmony, with Irish step-dancing and African movement coming together to create an all-American fusion at Berkeley Repertory Theatre.

Ticket deal $48 to $67

Astonishing magician

February 21 - March 15, 2019
0.8 miles NE
Master magician and mentalist Jay Alexander entertains with comedy, sleight-of-hand, and human lie detection at Marrakech Magic Theater, with optional appetizers and cocktails for sale. Reviews.

Ticket deal $28

Hello Dolly!

February 21 - March 17, 2019
0.6 miles NE
A widow who is a matchmaker and a professional meddler decides it’s time to find someone for herself in the fun, upbeat musical Hello Dolly! starring Betty Buckley at SHN Golden Gate Theatre.

Ticket deal $45 to $85

Musical comedy show

February 22 - 24, 2019
1.9 miles NE
Billed as “the world’s longest-running musical revue,” Beach Blanket Babylon features Snow White on a trip around the world meeting satirical celebrities, at Club Fugazi for age 21+ (except all ages on Sunday).

Ticket deal $33

Orchid show

February 22 - 24, 2019 (gala Feb. 21)
3 miles west
Billed as the largest U.S. orchid show, the Pacific Orchid Exposition has 150,000 beautiful blooms and offers docent tours, vibrant exhibits, and cultivation tips at the San Francisco County Fair Building.

Ticket deal $8

Cirque show

February 22 - 24, 2019
13.6 miles NE
Reversible has awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, avant-garde dance, comedy, and an inspiring story by the innovative performers of “7 Fingers” from Montreal at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall.

Ticket deal $16 to $40

Fly Fishing Show

February 22 - 24, 2019
36.2 miles SE
The Fly Fishing Show has casting demonstrations, films, classes, celebrity speakers, fly-tying materials, rods, and reels at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival (IF4) on Friday evening requires a separate ticket.

Moving musical

February 22 - March 17, 2019
0.9 miles NE
Set in the Deep South, Violet is the story of a young woman with scars who learns the true meaning of beauty on a cross-country bus trip, featuring an energetic gospel, rock, country, and R&B score at Alcazar Theatre.

Ticket deal $18 to $33

West Side Story

February 22 - March 17, 2019
12.9 miles NE
Inspired by “Romeo and Juliet” and set in 1950s New York City, West Side Story is a musical about true love, with soaring songs like “America” and “Maria” at Berkeley Playhouse.

Ticket deal $28

Chinese New Year Parade

February 23, 2019 (5:15 p.m.)
1.2 miles NE
See beautiful floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and Miss Chinatown USA at the free Chinese New Year Parade, which begins at the corner of 2nd Street and Market Street. Free unless you reserve bleacher seats. Route map

Fort Point event

February 23, 2019
5.5 miles NW
Tour the West’s largest Civil War fort, watch actors recreate the life of a Civil War soldier, visit medical and household exhibits, watch a cannon drill, and learn why California mattered to the Union cause on Fort Point Living History Day in February & August. Free.

Model train show

February 23 - 24, 2019
52 miles south
The Great Train Show features model train layouts and hundreds of vendors, with bounce houses and riding trains for the kids at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Children age 11 and younger are free.

Chowder festival

February 23 - 24, 2019
73.8 miles south
Buy tasting tickets to sample clam chowder prepared by costumed chefs (amateur chefs on Saturday and professional chefs on Sunday) at Clam Chowder Cook Off along the boardwalk in Santa Cruz.

Adult drama in Berkeley

February 23 - March 3, 2019
13.5 miles NE
“A roller coaster of sex, lies, and revenge” [Time Out], Creditors is a powerful psychodrama about a sex triangle taken to destructive extremes of jealousy, vengeance, and psychological warfare at Aurora Theatre Company.

Ticket deal $20 to $23

Flamenco show

February 23 - March 9, 2019 (Sat. 7 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
The mother-daughter team of Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña entertain with pulsating sounds of footwork, songs, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar at Peña Pachamama in North Beach. (Minimum purchase of two food or drink items.)

Ticket deal $11

Chinese food festival

February 24, 2019 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
2.2 miles SE
Buy Chinese food (bao buns, har gow, shumai, onion pancakes, fried chicken, fresh noodles, fried rice, and egg rolls) from 15 vendors during Dumpling Down at Spark Social SF, with the option to buy unlimited drinks (Chinese beer & kumquat mimosas).

Independent music festival

February 25 - March 3, 2019
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent.

Chinese comedy

February 27, 2019 (7 p.m.)
1 mile NE
King of the Yees explores San Francisco’s Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation, when a daughter’s search for her missing father turns into “an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders” at San Francisco Playhouse.

Ticket deal $27


February 28 - March 31, 2019
1.1 miles NE
Evita tells the story of Argentina’s former first lady, with a stunning score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, including Don’t Cry for Me Argentina, played live in the intimate Shelton Theater for age 10+.

Ticket deal $20 to $38

Vaudeville cabaret

February 28 - April 26, 2019
2 miles NE
Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Ticket deal $69 to $99

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