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San Francisco events January 2019

Gingerbread House

January 1, 2019
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. The optional Holiday Gingerbread Tea sells out early.

ZooLights in Oakland

January 1 - 6, 2019
19.2 miles east
ZooLights has colorful light displays, laser light shows, gondola rides, Christmas trees, and Santa some nights at the Oakland Zoo. Free parking. Closed Dec. 24-25.

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.

New Year’s run

January 5, 2019 (9 a.m.)
3.5 miles NW
Run a mile around the lagoon at Crissy Field for 6, 12, or 24 hours to win cash prizes as you admire views of the Golden Gate Bridge during New Year’s One Day.

Three Kings Day in Oakland

January 5, 2019 (2:30 p.m.)
15.5 miles east
Peralta Hacienda Historical Park promises arts & crafts for kids plus “a slice of a traditional holiday cake and hot chocolate” at their Three Kings Day Party [Día de Reyes Fiesta]. Free.

Bull riding

January 5, 2019 (7 p.m.)
17.3 miles SE
The world’s best Professional Bull Riders take on bucking bulls at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

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.

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.

Oakland Restaurant Week

January 11 - 20, 2019
12 miles east
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal during Oakland Restaurant Week.

Macaroni & cheese day

January 12, 2019
0.8 miles SE
The Great Mac ‘n Cheese Melt-Off features 12 food trucks selling 20 macaroni and cheese creations, DJ music, covered seating, and optional all-you-can-drink beer at SoMa StrEat Food Park.

No pants on BART

January 12, 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 in their underwear, followed by an after party.

Cheese festival

January 13, 2019 (3 p.m.)
3.4 miles SE
The most knowledgeable cheese vendors compete at Cheesemonger Invitational, and you get to enjoy fondue, raclette, grilled cheese sandwiches, and a cash bar at The Midway for age 21+.

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.

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 (gala Jan. 16)
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.

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.

International art fair

January 18 - 20, 2019 (preview Jan. 17)
2.8 miles north
Untitled is an “international curated art fair” with 60 exhibitors from 10 countries at Pier 35.

Women’s march

January 19, 2019 (11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
0 miles
Women’s March San Francisco: March and Rally begins with a rally and talks by speakers in Civic Center Plaza at 11:30 a.m., followed by a march down Market Street to Embarcadero Plaza at 1:30 p.m. Free.

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.

Sea Lion days

January 19 - 20, 2019
2.7 miles NW
Celebrate the Sea Lions’ Arrival at Pier 39 with free tours and views of the boisterous barking pinnipeds.

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 musical tribute

January 20, 2019 (7 p.m.)
13.3 miles east
In the Name of Love 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.

Black comics festival

January 21, 2019
San Francisco locations
Celebrate African American creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture at Black & Brown 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 21, 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.

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.

Films for MLK Day

January 21, 2019 (10:30 - 5 p.m.)
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.

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.

MLK march & celebration

January 21, 2019
1.8 miles east
MLK2019 includes a march at 11 a.m. from the Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens, where there is a Health & Wellness Festival all day, an interfaith commemoration (11:45 a.m.), and a music festival (1 to 3:30 p.m.). Free, and see the free transit passes.

RV show

January 21, 2019
36.2 miles SE
See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Manufacturers RV Show at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Truffle festival

January 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.

Comedy festival

January 22 - 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.

Musical comedy show

January 23 - 25, 2019 (8 p.m.)
1.9 miles NE
Billed as “the world’s longest-running musical revue,” Beach Blanket Babylon features Snow White on a trip around the world meeting satirical celebrities, at Club Fugazi for age 21+.

Ticket deal $29 to $33

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 - 31, 2019
San Francisco restaurants
Get a special deal on a fixed-price lunch or dinner meal at 130 restaurants during SF Restaurant Week.

Cirque du Soleil

January 23 - Feb. 3, 2019
2 miles east
Volta is the latest show performed by the amazing acrobats, aerialists, cyclists, comedians, dancers, and gymnasts of Cirque du Soleil in a heated tent at AT&T Park.

Ticket deal $60 to $290

Satirical comedy

January 23 - Feb. 17, 2019
0.6 miles NE
A couple meets giant talking lizards on the beach that could teach them a thing or two about life in Seascape, a Pulitzer Prize winning drama by Edward Albee about “growing up and growing old, fear and adventure, love and laughter” at ACT on Geary.

Ticket deal $12 to $72

A play about empowering women

January 24 - Feb. 9, 2019
1.1 miles NE
Set in 1972 at the dawn of feminism, When We Were Young and Unafraid tells a personal tale of change and redemption, while it reminds us that the path to today’s rights was perilous and their future is not guaranteed, at Custom Made Theatre.

Ticket deal $16

Classical music

January 25, 2019 (8 p.m.)
0.1 miles SW
San Francisco Symphony performs Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony and R. Strauss’s Don Juan, and cellist Johannes Moser plays Lutosławski’s celebrated Cello Concerto at Davies Symphony Hall.

Ticket deal $20 to $30

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.

Jukebox music

January 25 - 27, 2019
1.1 miles NE
Juke Joint Jukebox features vocalists “singing one iconic song after another and narrating the historical development of the Juke Joint in America” from the evolution of jazz to the big band era and 1960s Motown at Shelton Theater.

Ticket deal $15 to $20

Radical dance festival

January 25 - 27, 2019
1.3 miles south
Fresh Festival features performances and workshops in experimental dance at Joe Goode Performance Group.

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.

Dark puppet comedy

January 25 - Feb. 10, 2019
16.2 miles east
Exploring “the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality, and the ties that bind us,” Hand to God features a funny sock-puppet with a penchant for adult language at Altarena Playhouse in Alameda.

Ticket deal $15

Musical spoof of 1940s Hollywood

January 25 - Feb. 17, 2019
17.7 miles SW
City of Angels follows a screenwriter whose film noir mirrors his own life at Pacifica Spindrift Players Theatre. “The clever lines, lyrics, and songs keep on coming!” says The New York Times.

Ticket deal $15

Funny thriller in Marin

January 25 - Feb. 17, 2019
18.5 miles north
Deathtrap is the story of a playwright who would kill for a hit show, with thrilling twists and razor-sharp wit at Ross Valley Players at the Barn Theater.

Ticket deal $14

Fort Point event

January 26, 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.

Classic comic satire

January 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
14.5 miles NE
Thornton Wilder won a Pulitzer Prize for The Skin of Our Teeth, a wildly entertaining comedy about a New Jersey family living both today and in the age of dinosaurs. It’s an allegory about human life at Live Oak Theatre in Berkeley.

Ticket deal $10

Motocross racing

January 26, 2019 (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.

Dog show

January 26 - 27, 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.

Ticket deal $16

Chinese street fair in Oakland

January 26 - 27, 2019
12.2 miles NE
Oakland Chinatown Lunar New Year Bazaar promises “continuous live cultural entertainment featuring dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music, and a Little Prince & Princess Contest,” plus vendors selling new year decorations and crafts. Free.

Flamenco show

January 26 - Feb. 9, 2019 (Sat. 7 p.m.)
2.1 miles NE
The mother-daughter team of Carolina Lugo & Carolé Acuña entertain with pulsating sounds of footwork, songs, castanets, syncopated hand clapping, and guitar at Peña Pachamama in North Beach. (Minimum purchase of two food or drink items.)

Ticket deal $11

Dinner to save the planet

January 27, 2019 (5 p.m.)
3.5 miles NW
A $250 ticket to Ice Breaker, Ice Maker Party gets you “fine wines and cocktails, a delicious vegetarian dinner, and Broadway entertainment from Nat Chandler as the sun sets over the water and the Golden Gate Bridge” at St. Francis Yacht Club, and raises funds for Ice911.

Chinese comedy

January 29 - March 2, 2019
1 mile NE
King of the Yees explores San Francisco’s Chinatown through the eyes of a new generation, when a daughter’s search for her missing father turns into “an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders” at San Francisco Playhouse.

Ticket deal $27 to $36

Film festival: indie films

January 30 - Feb. 14, 2019
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.

Friends in drag

January 31 - March 2, 2019
0.7 miles SE
Watch two episodes of Friends Live with all of your favorite TV characters (Chandler, Joey, Ross, Monica, Phoebe, and Rachel) in reverse gender at the Oasis, which has a two drink minimum, and is age 21+.

Ticket deal $14 to $35

Vaudeville cabaret

January 31 - March 29, 2019
2 miles NE
Wear cocktail attire to The Speakeasy, a 1920s watering hole with multiple rooms of bootleggers, bouncers, war veterans, and barflies put on by Boxcar Theatre behind a secret door in North Beach.

Ticket deal $79 to $99

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