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. The optional Holiday Gingerbread Tea sells out early.

ZooLights in Oakland

January 1 - 6, 2019
(begins Dec. 7)
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.

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.

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.

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.

Fun basketball show

January 12 & 19, 2019
17.3 miles SE
Harlem Globetrotters perform ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, and comedy bits in an entertaining show at Oracle Arena in Oakland.

Ticket deal $38 to $45

RV show

January 12 - 21, 2019
36.2 miles SE
See the latest recreational vehicles and accessories at the Manufacturers RV Show at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

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.

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.

Ticket deal $50 (Saturday)

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+.

Black comics festival

January 19 - 21, 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 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.

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.

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.

Electronic game festival

January 2019
(undated)
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.

Sea Lion days

January 2019
(undated)
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
(undated)
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
(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 Fort Point Living History Day in January & August. Free.

MLK lectures

January 2019
(undated)
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
(undated)
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.

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