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

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San Francisco events January 2019

Gingerbread House

January 1, 2019
(begins Nov. 23)
1.3 miles NE
See a life-sized Gingerbread House made of thousands of homemade gingerbread bricks and tons of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. Free. Optional Holiday Gingerbread Tea.

Holiday castles

January 1 - 2, 2019
(begins Nov. 21)
1 mile NE
Stop by the lobby of the Westin St. Francis to admire the St. Francis Holiday Display, featuring two castles with circular towers, individual rooms, and illuminated windows, surrounded by holiday sugar cakes. Free.

Free garden day

January 1 & 8, 2019
3.3 miles west
Visit the 55-acre San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park on Free Days, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and second Tuesdays. Always free with S.F. identification.

Free art museum day

January 6, 2019
0.1 mile east
Visit the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco on a First Free Sunday of the month to see its 18,000 objects that represent 6,000 years of Asian art and culture.

Comedy festival

January 10 - 27, 2019
San Francisco comedy clubs
SF Sketchfest mixes national headliners, local favorites and up-and-coming groups for a variety of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.

Mushroom festival

January 11 - 13, 2019
73.2 miles south
See wild mushrooms on display, vendors, cooking demos, expert talks, a kids’ room (Sat. & Sun.), mushroom books and products for sale at Fungus Fair at Louden Nelson Community Center in Santa Cruz.

Run for hot chocolate

January 13, 2019
3.5 miles west
Run through Golden Gate Park and along the ocean on the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which includes snacks along the way and hot chocolate at the finish line.

Fishing & hunting show

January 17 - 20, 2019
91.6 miles NE
Attend seminars and visit 600 vendors at the Sportsmen’s Expo at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

Zinfandel tasting

January 17 - 19, 2019
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.

Art and design fair

January 17 - 20, 2019
2.3 miles north
FOG Design+Art showcases 40 contemporary design dealers and art galleries and hosts lectures by artists and designers in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.

Truffle festival

January 18 - 21, 2019
46.9 miles north
Napa Truffle Festival celebrates the rare fungus with seminars, lunches, dinners, and a free marketplace. Most events sell out early.

Midnight bicycle ride

January 19, 2019
See location on website
Meet at a local bar the third Saturday of every month for the San Francisco Midnight Mystery Ride, which is five miles long and ends with potluck snacks. Details are posted on their website on the event day. Free.

Wine weekend

January 19 - 20, 2019
70 miles north
Meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, and taste food pairings at Winter WINEland at various wineries in Northern Sonoma County for age 21+.

MLK park day

January 21, 2019
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 than usual.

Free museum day

January 21, 2019
1.2 miles NE
Visit the exhibits at Museum of the African Diaspora and enjoy “a day of performance and art inspired by the carnival tradition” to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Free admission.

Magic festival

January 23 - 26, 2019
0.8 miles NE
Fog City Magic Fest includes seven shows of magic and comedy at the Exit Theatre.

S.F. Restaurant Week

January 23 - Feb. 3, 2019
San Francisco restaurants
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal at 130 restaurants during SF Restaurant Week.

Victorian/steampunk ball

January 25 - 26, 2019
0.7 miles north
Crowds of costumed partygoers attend The Edwardian Ball “an elegant and whimsical celebration of art, music, theater, fashion, technology, circus” on Saturday, plus a similar event The Edwardian World’s Fair on Friday at The Regency Ballroom.

Classic films

January 25 - Feb. 3, 2019
1.6 miles SW
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Castro Theatre.

Racy movies

January 2019
multiple locations
Hump! features 21 five-minute films produced by amateurs of all persuasions.

Cheese festival

January 2019
0.8 miles south
The most knowledgeable cheese vendors compete at Cheesemonger Invitational, and you get to enjoy fondue, raclette, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a cash bar at Public Works for age 21+.

No pants on BART

January 2019
0.8 miles SE
Liven up winter by joining hundreds who will meet at DNA Lounge and then take a No Pants Subway Ride, followed by an after party.

Underground art show

January 2019
0.8 miles NE
The San Francisco Pancakes & Booze Art Show is a traveling exhibition by 100 artists, with free pancakes, DJ music, body painting, and a bar at Mezzanine for age 21+. Pay cash at the door or buy a line-jumper ticket online.

Electronic game festival

January 2019
1.5 miles NE
Join 500 people at Winter Play: San Francisco Game Expo [formerly Playcrafting SFO Winter Expo] to check out 50 new games and visit developer booths at Microsoft Reactor.

Australia party

January 2019
2 miles NE
Celebrate Australia Day with Australian music, beer, wine, drinking games, sausage sangas, Tim Tam slams, fairy bread, and contests at Score Bar.

Sea Lion days

January 2019
2.7 miles NW
Celebrate the Sea Lions’ Arrival at Pier 39 with free tours and views of the boisterous barking pinnipeds.

Mexican folk music

January 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.

Fort Point event

January 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 January & August. Free.

Dog show

January 2019
6.5 miles south
Meet dogs of different breeds and their owners at the Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show, which has prize competitions both days, a dog fashion show Saturday, and vendor booths in the Cow Palace. No pets.

Oakland Restaurant Week

January 2019
12 miles east
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal during Oakland Restaurant Week.

RV show

January 2019
36.2 miles SE
See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Manufacturers RV Show at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Black comics festival

January 2019
San Francisco locations
Celebrate African American creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture at Black Comix Arts Festival, which includes an expo, kids’ activities, panel discussions, films, and cosplay events at two locations (San Francisco Public Library & City View at Metreon). Free.

MLK lectures

January 2019
multiple locations
Hear a dozen theological leaders speak about Martin Luther King, Jr. and current issues in events at multiple San Francisco venues during the King and Faith Lectures by NorcalMLK Foundation. Free.

Films for MLK Day

January 2019
1.2 miles NE
The Liberation Film Festival shows short films that focus on issues of social justice and equality in the screening room of the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Free.

MLK musical tribute

January 2019
13.3 miles east
Songs of Change is a non-denominational musical tribute to Dr.. Martin Luther King, Jr. that includes jazz performances, historical footage of Dr. King, and a gospel choir at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.