San Francisco events calendar for January 2018. Best festivals, fairs, fun things to do, Martin Luther King Day events, free kids' activities in San Francisco, California.

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January 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.

Glowing art

January 1, 2018 (begins Nov. 23)

multiple locations

See dozens of dramatic glowing art installations in different neighborhoods during Illuminate SF Light Art Festival with free guided tours, an illuminated bike ride, self-guided walks, and artist talks. Free.

Food truck brunch

January 1, 2018

0.8 miles SE

Truck Your Resolution: New Year’s Day Brunch has brunch specials from 11 local food trucks, bar specials, and DJ music. Admission is free until 11 a.m.

ZooLights in Oakland

January 1, 2018 (begins Dec. 1)

19.2 miles east

See lights on animal-themed structures and a music-themed light show during ZooLights at Oakland Zoo. Free parking. Closed Dec. 24 & 25.
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New Year’s Day run

January 1, 2018

55.8 miles north

Napa Valley Resolution Run 5K/10K is a run through beautiful Yountville.

Holiday castles

January 1 - 2, 2018 (begins Nov. 23)

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.

Gingerbread House

January 1 - 2, 2018 (begins Nov. 25)

1.3 miles NE

See the two-story giant Gingerbread House made of thousands of home-baked gingerbread bricks and more than a ton of icing and candy in the lobby of the Fairmont San Francisco hotel. Free, but you may have to wait in line. Optional Gingerbread Holiday Tea.

Free garden

January 1 & 9, 2018

3.3 miles west

Visit the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Golden Gate Park on Free Days, which include Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and second Tuesdays.

Auto show in San Jose

January 4 - 7, 2018

48 miles south

Manufacturers display electric cars, concept vehicles, luxury models, and event celebrity’s cars at the Silicon Valley Auto Show in the San Jose convention center, with test drives available.

RV show

January 6 - 15, 2018

36.2 miles SE

See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Manufacturers RV Show at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Free art museum

January 7, 2018

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.

Run for hot chocolate

January 7, 2018

3.5 miles west

Enjoy a beautiful run through Golden Gate Park and along the ocean on the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, which ends at an after party with hot chocolate.

Art and design fair

January 11 - 14, 2018 (preview Jan. 10)

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.

Oakland Restaurant Week

January 11 - 21, 2018

12 miles east

Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal during Oakland Restaurant Week.

Mushroom festival

January 12 - 14, 2018

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.

Truffle festival

January 12 - 15, 2018

46.9 miles north

Napa Truffle Festival celebrates the rare fungus with seminars, lunches, dinners, and a free marketplace. Most events sell out early.

Pet convention

January 13 - 14, 2018

52 miles south

It’s OK to bring your pet (on a leash with proof of vaccinations) to Bay Area Pet Con, which has vendors, entertainment, agility demonstrations, microchip services, and adoptions at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Free.

Wine weekend

January 13 - 14, 2018

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+.

Black comics festival

January 13 - 15, 2018

multiple 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. Free.

Musical tribute

January 14, 2018 (7 p.m.)

13.3 miles east

Songs of Change honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with jazz performances, historical film, and a gospel choir at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.

MLK park day

January 15, 2018

U.S. National Parks

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks today include Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Martin Luther King Day tribute

January 15, 2018

0.3 miles SW

Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebrates the legacy of Dr. King with excerpts of his speeches and moving songs at Nourse Theatre.

MLK breakfast

January 15, 2018

1 mile NE

Join the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast to hear inspirational speakers and music at Marriott Marquis.

Free museum day

January 15, 2018

1.2 miles NE

Visit the exhibits at Museum of the African Diaspora to celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Free.

S.F. Restaurant Week

January 17 - 28, 2018

San Francisco restaurants

Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal at 120 restaurants during SF Restaurant Week.

Zinfandel tasting

January 18 - 20, 2018

2 miles NE

Billed as the world’s largest tasting event for a single varietal, Zinfandel Experience features hundreds of wines at multiple events at Bently Reserve & Pier 27.

Fishing & hunting show

January 18 - 21, 2018

91.6 miles NE

Attend seminars and visit 600 vendors at the Sportsmen’s Expo at Cal Expo in Sacramento.

Midnight bicycle ride

January 20, 2018

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.

Cheese festival

January 21, 2018 (5 p.m.)

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+.

Magic festival

January 24 - 27, 2018

0.8 miles NE

Fog City Magic Fest includes nine shows of magic and comedy at the Exit Theatre.

Victorian/steampunk ball

January 26 - 27, 2018

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 two evenings at The Regency Ballroom for age 21+. All-ages vendor bazaar is Sat. afternoon.

Film festival

January 26 - Feb. 4, 2018

1.6 miles SW

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

Dog show

January 27 - 28, 2018

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.

Bollywood New Year’s Day

January 2018 (undated)

Location uncertain

Get 2018 off to a good start at Jai Ho! Kickoff 2018, a DJ dance party that celebrates diversity and includes a dance lesson for age 21+.

Comedy festival

January 2018 (undated)

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.

No pants on BART

January 2018 (undated)

0.3 miles east

Liven up winter by joining hundreds who take a No Pants Subway Ride as instructed on the website.

Australia party

January 2018 (undated)

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.

Fashion gala

January 2018 (undated)

2.7 miles SE

Designing a Difference begins with a no-host cocktail hour, followed by two fashion shows and comedy, and ending with a DJ dance at 1200 Indiana Street to help the homeless.

Sea Lion days

January 2018 (undated)

2.7 miles NW

Celebrate the Sea Lions’ Arrival at Pier 39 with free tours and views of the boisterous barking pinnipeds.

Fort Point event

January 2018 (undated)

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 Civil War Day at Fort Point. Held in January & August. Free.

Santa Rosa beer festival

January 2018 (undated)

55 miles north

Taste the beer of 35 brewers from around the world at the RateBeer Best Beer Festival at Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

MLK march & speeches

January 2018 (undated)

1.8 miles east

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Activities begins with a march at 11 a.m. from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens for a commemoration ceremony at 11:45 a.m. and music at 1:30 p.m.
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