San Francisco events calendar for February 2018. Best festivals, fun things to do, Valentine's Day events, weekend fairs, free kids' activities in San Francisco, California.

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February 2018
Best events for 12 months

Enjoy the best events, festivals, and things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area with this calendar.

Miles are from from San Francisco City Hall.

Art walks

February 1 - 2, 2018

Bay Area

Visit art galleries that stay open late on the first Thursday or Friday of each month. Free.

Film festival

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.

Film festival

February 1 - 15, 2018

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.
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Book fair

February 2 - 3, 2018

10.6 miles south

Shop for a wide variety of books and paper products from 150 dealers at the San Francisco Antiquarian Book, Print & Paper Fair at South San Francisco Conference Center.

Motocross racing

February 3, 2018 (6:30 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.

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. Amateurs begin at 9 a.m. & professionals at 7:30 p.m.

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

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.

Home show

February 9 - 11, 2018

21.2 miles south

See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Mateo Spring Home Show at San Mateo County Event Center. Repeats in Sept.

German film festival

February 9 - 14, 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.

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.

Beer Week

February 9 - 18, 2018

San Francisco Bay Area

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Independent music festival

February 16 - 26, 2018

San Francisco & Oakland

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

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+.

Wine tasting

February 17, 2018

2.3 miles north

With 6,000 entries, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting is billed as the largest competition of U.S. wines in the world. Taste them in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Travel show

February 17 - 18, 2018

42.4 miles south

Hear travel experts (including Rick Steves) at the Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show and shop from travel industry vendors in Santa Clara Convention Center.

Wine tasting

February 23, 2018 (uncertain)

0.1 miles west

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

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.

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.

Film festival in the South Bay

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.

Free national parks

February 2018 (undated)

U.S. National Parks

Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking today than usual.

Fake wedding

February 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles north

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to see wedding vendors in action at Big Fake Wedding at the Regency Center.

Hip hop cocktail party

February 2018 (undated)

1 mile NE

Enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dance performances, and a silent auction at One Love, a benefit for the Hip Hop DanceFest at Prosper on Market Street for age 21+.

Mardi Gras - India style

February 2018 (undated)

1 mile NE

Bollywood Carnival is a Mardi Gras masquerade party with entertainment, a dance lesson, and DJ dance music at Slide for age 21+.

Mardi Gras

February 2018 (undated)

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.

Take your dog to the movies

February 2018 (undated)

1.2 miles south

Your dog can join you at the family-friendly Dog Film Festival at The Roxie Theater to watch short films about the bond between dogs and humans. It has two 75-minutes programs with different films. Preview.

Paella & beer party

February 2018 (undated)

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.

Electronic game festival

February 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles NE

Join 500 people at Playcrafting SFO Winter Expo visiting developer booths to check out 50 new games at Microsoft Reactor.

British movies

February 2018 (undated)

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.

Tulip days

February 2018 (undated)

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.

Orchid show

February 2018 (undated)

3 miles west

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

Monster trucks

February 2018 (undated)

16.8 miles SE

Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam in Oakland Alameda County Coliseum.

Bird festival

February 2018 (undated)

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.

Treasure-finding fair

February 2018 (undated)

36.2 miles SE

Learn about gold panning and metal detecting at the NorCal Gold & Treasure Show, which has seminars and lots of vendors at Alameda County Fairgrounds. Children 12 and younger are free.

Bacon and beer

February 2018 (undated)

43 miles south

Enjoy craft beer, bacon-inspired tastes from local restaurants, music, and interactive games at Bacon and Beer Classic at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

San Jose beer festival

February 2018 (undated)

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.

Vietnamese New Year

February 2018 (undated)

52 miles south

Tet Festival is a feast for your senses with traditional dance, martial arts, and Vietnamese food at Yerba Buena High School in San Jose.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 2018 (undated)

0.7 miles SE

Adults tell stories about their lives by sharing embarrassing childhood artifacts (diaries, letters, lyrics, poems, and home movies) at Mortified Doomed Valentine’s Show at DNA Lounge.

Erotic art

February 2018 (undated)

1 mile SE

See erotic photography and performance art by dozens of artists at On the Edge, an annual exhibition at SOMArts Cultural Center for age 18+. Free on Sunday.

Valentine’s singles party

February 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles NE

Meet single professionals at the Valentine’s Ball with DJ music in the Terrace Ballroom at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Pillow fight

February 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles NE

The Great San Francisco Valentine’s Day Pillow Fight is an unofficial event in Justin Herman Plaza. Don’t bring a pillow that has feathers to minimize clean up. Free.

Romance in the greenhouse

February 2018 (undated)

2.5 miles west

Take a stroll through the lush Conservatory of Flowers plus the Butterflies and Blooms exhibit with a ticket to Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, which includes wine and chocolate tasting. Food and cocktails will be for sale.

1950s dance

February 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

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.

Valentine’s Day wine train

February 2018 (undated)

46.9 miles north

Romance on the Rails includes a gourmet lunch or dinner, a glass of sparkling wine, and a three-hour ride through wine country, departing from Napa.
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