San Francisco events, festivals, things to do – February 2018

San Francisco
calendar of events

February 2018
best events in San Francisco

Classic films

February 1 - 4, 2018 (begins Jan. 26)

1.6 miles SW

Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Castro Theatre.
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Motocross racing

February 3, 2018 (3:30 p.m.)

18.6 miles SE

Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at AMA Supercross at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Discount tickets $20 to $56.

Seafood & wine dinner

February 3, 2018

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.

Pole-dancing competition

February 3 - 4, 2018

14.6 miles south

Watch the best pole dancers in the state compete to go to the national finals at Golden Gate Pole Championships at Skyline College in San Bruno.

Half marathon

February 4, 2018

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 6, 2018

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.

Tribal art fair

February 9 - 11, 2018 (gala Feb. 8)

2.3 miles north

San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show is both an art exhibition and sale by 80 curated galleries in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Bird festival

February 9 - 11, 2018

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 9, 10, 14, 2018

23 miles SE

Your group gets one dim flashlight to navigate a pitch-black haunted house that features a gory Cupid and a bear wielding a chain saw at Valentine Haunt at Bayfair Center in San Leandro.

German film festival

February 9 - 15, 2018

San Francisco theaters

See films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at Berlin and Beyond in S.F. at Castro Theatre and Goethe-Institut, and in Oakland at Pro Arts Gallery.

Erotic adventure in San Jose

February 9 - 17, 2018

50 miles south

We is a performance featuring three campers who stumble into a magical, sensual forest full of seductive satyrs, naughty nymphs, and frisky fairies at Hammer Theatre Center.

Beer Week

February 9 - 18, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area

Enjoy hundreds of tasting events, brunches, and dinners during SF Beer Week.

1950s dance

February 10, 2018 (7 p.m.)

3.6 miles NW

Get a dance lesson from the Jitterbugs at 6:30 p.m., 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 10, 2018 (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)

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.

Chinese flower fair

February 10 - 11, 2018

1.4 miles NE

Browse fresh flowers for Chinese New Year, and watch traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, and folk dancers at the Flower Market Fair in Chinatown.

San Jose home show

February 10 - 11, 2018

48.3 miles south

See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Jose Spring Home Show at the San Jose convention center. Held in February and October.

Valentine’s Day cruise

February 10, 11, 14, 2018

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.

Tulip days

February 10 - 18, 2018

2.7 miles NW

Brighten up winter with a walk among 39,000 tulips, with or without a guide, at Tulipmania on Pier 39. Free.

Mardi Gras

February 13, 2018

1.1 miles NW

Mardi Gras San Francisco Style includes a free blues concert in The Fillmore Center Plaza at 5 p.m., and a ticketed masquerade ball with dinner at the West Bay Conference Center at 8 p.m.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day wine train

February 14, 2018 (lunch or dinner)

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.

Paella & beer party

February 15, 2018 (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.

Cuban dance festival

February 15 - 18, 2018

0.3 miles SE

Enjoy beginner’s classes, workshops, parties, and concerts at San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival at Hotel Whitcomb.

British movies

February 15 - 22, 2018

2.3 miles NW

See foreign films with no need for subtitles at the Mostly British Film Festival, which covers the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and India, at the Vogue Theatre.

Run in your underwear

February 17, 2018

2.1 miles east

Cupid’s Undie Run includes a half-naked run in the street and a party at Pedro’s Cantina for age 21+.

Hip hop cocktail party

February 17, 2018 (4 to 7 p.m.)

2.6 miles north

Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dance performances, and a silent auction at One Love, a benefit for the Hip Hop DanceFest aboard a cruise ship at Pier 39 for age 21+.

San Jose beer festival

February 17, 2018 (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.

Independent music festival

February 19 - 25, 2018

San Francisco & Oakland

Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent.

The King and I

February 20 - 25, 2018

48.3 miles south

The King and I is a “breathtaking and exquisite” [NY Times] musical by Rodgers & Hammerstein set in 19th-century Bangkok, winning Best Musical Revival, at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets $63.

Wine tasting

February 23, 2018 (7 to 10:30 p.m.)

0.1 miles west

Enjoy wine, craft beer, appetizers, and an auction to support the YMCA at Pour Your Support at San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center.

Orchid show

February 23 - 25, 2018

3 miles west

Billed as the largest U.S. orchid show, the Pacific Orchid Exposition features 150,000 beautiful blooms and offers docent tours, vibrant exhibits, and cultivation tips at the San Francisco County Fair Building.

Discount tickets $7.

Fly Fishing Show

February 23 - 25, 2018

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 Fly Fishing Film Festival on Friday evening requires a separate ticket.

Chinese New Year Concert

February 24, 2018

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. seated dinner at Zellerbach Rehearsal Hall. Or buy just concert tickets.

Chinese New Year Parade

February 24, 2018

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. Parade map.

Scavenger hunt

February 24, 2018 (check in begins 3 p.m.)

2.2 miles north

Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt is a family-friendly competition that involves solving puzzles to reach a mystery location, beginning at Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center.

Chowder festival

February 24 - 25, 2018

73.8 miles south

Buy tasting tickets to sample the clam chowder that costumed chefs prepare along the boardwalk at the Clam Chowder Cook Off & Festival in Santa Cruz.

South Bay film festival

February 27 - March 11, 2018

San Jose & Redwood City

Join 100,000 people attending the highly acclaimed Cinequest Film & VR Festival to see cutting-edge films from 50 countries and to attend film and technology forums at theaters in San Jose and Redwood City.