San Francisco events February 2020. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events February 2020

Chinese New Year Concert

February 1, 2020
(5 p.m.)
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.

Zinfandel tasting

February 1, 2020
(begins Jan. 30)
2 miles NE
Billed as the world’s largest tasting event for a single varietal, Zinfandel Experience features hundreds of wines at multiple events, including a Grand Tasting on Saturday at Pier 27.

Discount tickets (Saturday)

Motocross racing

February 1, 2020
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

Seafood & wine dinner

February 1, 2020
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.

Classic films

February 1 - 2, 2020
(begins Jan. 24)
1.6 miles SW
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Castro Theatre.

Film festival: indie films

February 1 - 14, 2020
(begins Jan. 30)
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.

Half marathon

February 2, 2020
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.

Urban films

February 2 - 9, 2020
multiple locations
Organized by urban planners, SF Urban Film Fest (SFUFF) screens compelling films about cities and civic engagement to help shape urbanist ideas and improve our cities.

Free art museum day

February 4, 2020
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.

Magic festival

February 5 - 8, 2020
0.8 miles NE
Fog City Magic Fest includes seven shows of magic and comedy at the Exit Theatre.

Cocktail party

February 7, 2020
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+.

Photographic art

February 7 - 9, 2020
2.3 miles north
See contemporary photography displayed by international galleries at PhotoFairs in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, with panel discussions. Free admission for children under age 12.

Mexican folk music

February 7 - 9, 2020
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.

Book fair

February 7 - 9, 2020
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.

German film festival

February 7 - 13, 2020
San Francisco & Berkeley
See films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland at Berlin & Beyond Film Festival in S.F. at Castro Theatre and Goethe-Institut, and in Berkeley at Shattuck Cinemas.

Beer Week

February 7 - 16, 2020
San Francisco Bay Area
Enjoy hundreds of tasting events, brunches, and dinners during SF Beer Week.

Chinese New Year Parade

February 8, 2020
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.

Scavenger hunt

February 8, 2020
(3 to 7:30 p.m.)
2.2 miles north
Solve puzzles to reach a mystery location in the family-friendly Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt, beginning at Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center. Register in advance, and see the list of items to bring.

Family tea party

February 8, 2020
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.

Pole-dancing competition

February 8 - 9, 2020
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.

Cuban dance festival

February 13 - 16, 2020
0.3 miles SE
Enjoy beginner’s classes, workshops, parties, and concerts at San Francisco Salsa Rueda Festival at Hotel Whitcomb.

Valentine’s Day dinner

February 14, 2020
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day cruise

February 14, 2020
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.

Mardi Gras party in Livermore

February 15, 2020
(7 p.m.)
45 miles SE
The Mardi Gras party has a band, dancing, a vocalist, a buffet, desserts, a no-host bar, and a silent auction at Bothwell Arts Center in Livermore.

Super hero run - San Jose

February 15, 2020
57.6 miles south
The Super Run 5K provides a cape and welcomes costumes at Almaden Lake Park.

Monster trucks

February 15 - 16, 2020
16.8 miles SE
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam in the Oakland coliseum.

Naked parade

February 16, 2020
1.6 miles SW
Come as you were born to the Nude Valentine Parade, which begins at Jane Warner Plaza and ends at the corner of Haight and Stanyan. The date may change based on the weather. Free.

Orchid show

February 20 - 23, 2020
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.

American Indian art

February 21 - 23, 2020
2.3 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 Fort Mason.

Tribal art fair

February 21 - 23, 2020
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.

Fly Fishing Show

February 21 - 23, 2020
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.

Cute cats

February 22, 2020
(2 p.m.)
1.2 miles south
Join cat lovers watching a 75-minute compilation of “the latest, best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and classic internet powerhouses” during CatVideoFest at Roxie Theater.

San Jose home show

February 22 - 23, 2020
48.3 miles south
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at the San Jose Fall Home Show at the San Jose convention center. Repeats in February.

Model train show

February 22 - 23, 2020
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 22 - 23, 2020
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.

Independent music festival

February 24 - March 1, 2020
San Francisco & Oakland & Berkeley
Noise Pop Festival is an indie music, arts, and film festival, with a focus on emerging talent.

Mardi Gras - Mission District

February 25, 2020
(6 to 10 p.m.)
1.5 miles south
Carnaval SF Mardi Gras
“Enjoy live samba drummers, dancers winding their way through the party, and lively music from salsa and soca to cumbia and rumba at Carnaval SF Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday Kick-Off Celebration at 20 venues in the Mission District. Free.

Wine & beer tasting

February 28, 2020
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.

Tater Tots from food trucks

February 2020
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.

Paella & beer party

February 2020
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.

Brazilian dance show

February 2020
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 food festival

February 2020
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).

British movies

February 2020
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.

Tulip days

February 2020
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.

Chinese New Year party

February 2020
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.

Chinese New Year at the zoo

February 2020
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.

Chinese New Year in Oakland

February 2020
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.

Bird festival

February 2020
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.

San Jose beer festival

February 2020
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.

South Bay jazz

February 2020
multiple locations
See 21 performances of “jazz, blues, Latin, and related genres” during San Jose Jazz Winter Fest.

Valentine’s Day humor

February 2020
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.

Romance in the greenhouse

February 2020
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.

1950s dance

February 2020
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.

Valentine’s Day haunted house

February 2020
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.

Valentine’s Day wine train

February 2020
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.

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