San Francisco Festivals and Events in February
San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF IndieFest)
Roxie Theatre and various locations, 415-820-3907
This film festival screens the best of independent films and videos from the Bay Area and beyond.
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K
Golden Gate Park, 415-759-2690
One of the most scenic half marathons ever features a course throughout Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean with both starts and finishes together in the park.
San Francisco Tribal & Textiles Arts Show
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, 310-455-2886
Featuring an assortment of museum-quality masks, textiles, sculptures and jewelry from more than 100 galleries from around the world.
San Francisco Beer Week
Local craft beer legacy and culture celebrated with hundreds of events including beer dinners, cheese and beer pairing events, meet the brewer evenings, demonstrations, music and films from Monterey to Sacramento and beyond.
Black Choreographers Festival: Here & Now
Various locations San Francisco and Oakland
All-community event offering performances, mentoring, master classes, symposia and special events celebrating African American art and culture.
KNBR/Giants Winter Fanfest
AT&T Park, 415-995-6800
www.sfgiants.com or www.knbr.com
Fans can participate in an array of interactive games and displays on the Promenade and Club levels. Members of the Giants team will be on hand to sign autographs, pose for photos and participate in Q&A sessions.
FEBRUARY 10–MARCH 4
Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration
The festivities ushering in the Year of the Dog include a Chinese New Year Flower Fair (February 10-11) Miss Chinatown USA Pageant (February 22), and the Chinatown Community Street Fair (February 24-25). It's all built around a fantastic parade from Market and Second Street to Columbus Avenue on Saturday, February 24. Chinese New Year Day is February 16.
Mardi Gras San Francisco Style
Celebration includes a free concert in the Fillmore Plaza; the celebration resumes with a New Orleans-style “second line” processional through the Fillmore corridor culminating in Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball; local restaurants participate as well.
Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk
Union Street from Gough to Steiner and Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard
This annual tasting event includes restaurants and merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats.
Mostly British Film Festival
Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St.
This week-long film fest spotlights works from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
FEBRUARY 16–APRIL 14
Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam
Various locations throughout Bay Area, 415-255-9035
Youth Speaks, one of the leaders in Spoken Word performances, works with 45,000 teens annually and is a presenter of local and national youth poetry slams, festivals, reading series and more. Preliminaries take place in March followed by the semi-finals and finals, climaxing with the Grand Slam Finals at the Nourse Theatre on April 8.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Fort Mason Center
More than 5,000 wine lovers converge to enjoy breath taking views of the Golden Gate Bridge, outstanding food, conversations and a bit of education, as they peruse samples from more than 800 wineries.
FEBRUARY 17-MARCH 18
San Francisco City Golf Championship
Presidio, TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses, 415-561-4661
The oldest consecutively played amateur, match play, golf tournament; offers men’s, women’s and men’s senior championship flights as well as men’s and women’s open division flights; semi-final and final matches at TPC Harding Golf Course.
The Zinfandel Experience
Bentley Reserve, Pier 27 and One Market
Zinfandel, often called America’s heritage wine, is the draw here. Savor the flavors of this authentically American varietal and experience its distinctly classic personality at several extraordinary events. More than 250 wineries participate in this food and wine tasting which draws some 10,000 wine lovers.
Various locations, 415-375-3370
San Francisco’s premier independent music, film and art festival is a full-scale cultural happening, which also includes gallery art shows, a music-themed film festival, an indie-designer trunk sale and educational panels.
Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition
San Francisco County Fair Building (Hall of Flowers), 650-548-6700
The annual edition of the San Francisco Orchid Society's show dazzles with 150,000 flowers including hundreds of award winners selected by the American Orchid Society.
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion
Complementing the Bay Area’s already strong photographic legacy, PHOTOFAIRS | San Francisco features a selection of national and international galleries representing cities worldwide.
Chinese New Year’s Treasure Hunt
Largest and most popular treasure hunt of its kind in the United States; inventive clues and unique, little-known treasure spots draw thousands of spirited participants who return year after year for this fun-filled event.
The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair
Fort Mason Center, 415-383-7837
More than exhibitors celebrating earth and spirit with a wide variety of gems and minerals (quartz, amethyst, tourmaline, etc.), jewelry, metaphysics, healing tools and the mystical arts.