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.
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.
January 3 - 4, 2019
Visit art galleries that stay open late on the first Thursday or Friday of each month. Free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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+.
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal at 130 restaurants during SF Restaurant Week.
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.
January 25 - Feb. 3, 2019
1.6 miles SW
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at the Castro Theatre.
Hump! features 21 five-minute films produced by amateurs of all persuasions.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Manufacturers RV Show at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.
Black comics festival
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.
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
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
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.