Things to Do in San Francisco This February
What could be more romantic than February in San Francisco, a city where many a visitor has left their heart? We’ve also picked out some events that are guaranteed to satisfy even if you're solidly single, including Black History Month celebrations and the start of a new Chinese New Year. Here are the things to do, see, taste, and experience in San Francisco this February.
Leave Your Heart in San Francisco this Valentine's Day
Save the chocolates and flowers for another day because San Francisco has a whole lot happening around the city on Valentine's Day. This February 14, grab some friends and vibe to reggae music at the Warfield Theater with J Boog, or illuminate your night and tour the city to see some of our many light art installations. You'll also find a ton of options for Valentine's Day dinner cruises aboard Hornblower Cruises. Feeling really romantic? Book an overnight stay at one of San Francisco's top hotels offering luxurious Valentine's Day packages for you and your sweetheart.
Celebrate the Year of the Pig
On Feb. 5, San Francisco will welcome the Year of the Pig. Chinatown will echo with firecrackers and welcome a brand new Golden Dragon to the menagerie of lunar animals that play a central part in the festivities. Ceremonial lions will romp in the streets and Miss Chinatown USA contestants will flock here from all over the country to compete for the festival crown. On Feb. 23, the night of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, the revelry will crescendo in a glittering display of pageantry. Bleacher seats to watch the parade are available for $35. A walking tour of Chinatown is the perfect prelude to a festive dinner in Chinatown.
Black History Month
Begin Black History Month with a sojourn to the gravesite of William Alexander Leidesdorff at Mission Dolores. Leidesdorff is credited by some sources as the proprietor of the first hotel in San Francisco, once located at Clay and Kearny streets. San Francisco's streets bear the names of famous local African-American leaders, from the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Bridge (the western span of the Bay Bridge), named for the former San Francisco mayor, to 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, the address of San Francisco’s majestic City Hall, which honors the longtime publisher of the Sun-Reporter.
San Francisco Beer Week
SF Beer Week 2019 spotlights the ever-increasing innovation taking shape in breweries across the local landscape. The San Francisco Brewers Guild and Northern California's finest breweries will host hundreds of craft beer celebrations, Feb. 1-10. Some favorites include the Girl Scout Cookie and Beer Pairing at Wine Down, Smoothie Brews + Fruity Sours – Tropical Takeover at multiple Woods Beer Co. locations, and Anti-Valentine’s Day Polkapalooza at Schroeder’s.
In Vino Veritas
Do you prefer pinots to pilsners? Then don’t miss the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. The largest competition of American wines in the world will host its coveted public tasting on Feb. 16.
February Flick Picks
San Francisco has a legion of film festivals. You won’t want to miss the annual Big Lebowski Party, one of the highlights of SF Indiefest, playing through Feb. 14. The upcoming season of Modern Cinema at SFMOMA (Feb. 8-24) will feature a range of films by Jia Zhangke, whose work includes “A Touch of Sin,” “Mountains May Depart” and “Still Life.” The Jewish Film Institute will presents “Winterfest,” Feb. 16 and 17. Over at the Vogue Theatre, it’s a very British affair with the annual Mostly British Film Festival, Feb. 14-21.
Live On Stage
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) presents “A Little Night Music” on Feb. 2 and Feb. 3 at the Lamplighters Music Theatre. Watch the enchanting story of three couples unfold through themes of lost loves, foolishness, and memories of yesteryear.The surprise hit musical “Come From Away” arrives at the SHN Orpheum, playing through Feb. 3. Tony Award-winning musical "Hello, Dolly!" will also make a stop at the Orpheum beginning Feb. 19. Through Feb. 17, “Seascape,” a satirical comedy by Edward Albee, unfolds at A.C.T.’s Geary Theater. Welcome yourself to a dinner party from hell at the New Conservatory Theatre Center's regional premiere of “Late Company", continuing through Feb. 24.
Tribal & Textile Art Show
The San Francisco Tribal & Textile Art Show, Feb. 7 (opening cocktail preview) through Feb. 10, at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, is the leading art fair devoted to the arts of tribal cultures in the United States. Expect to see rare and unique pieces from more than 70 participating galleries representing the arts of Asian, Oceanic, African, Native American, and Latin American indigenous peoples. This year's special exhibit features aboriginal art from Fiji.
YBCA's triennial Bay Area Now
Throughout the month of February, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts will showcase paintings, photography, and a wide range of digital media that embrace themes of race, gender, and nature. Emerging and past Bay Area artists and curators will be celebrated at Bay Area Now's eighth season.
Run San Francisco
Don’t forget to sign up for some of the upcoming foot races in San Francisco. On Feb. 3, the 2019 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon and 5K, ranked as one of the most scenic in the U.S., follows a course through Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific coast. Registration is also open for the Giant Race in the fall.
KNBR Giants FanFest
Current San Francisco Giants players and coaches are scheduled to be in attendance at the annual KNBR FanFest on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oracle Park. Admission is free and parking is $10 in Lots A, B and at Pier 48. Public transportation is highly encouraged. Activities include player autograph sessions, self-guided tours of the Giants clubhouse and press box, game-used memorabilia specials, and live Q&A stages featuring players and coaches.
San Francisco SailGP Tickets on Sale
San Francisco is one of the five cities in the world that will have the opportunity to host the inaugural season of SailGP, a global sailing championship event. The city front racecourse will be made up of teams representing the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, France, China, and Japan. Each national team will compete in five fleet races, culminating with the top two teams facing off in a race finale. While SailGP takes place in May 2019, tickets go on sale Feb. 21, so don't miss your opportunity to experience the first U.S. SailGP event!
Study the Science of Cocktails
Combining the art and science of mixology, one of the Exploratorium’s signature late-night events, Science of Cocktails, returns on Feb. 8. Local mixologists will create cocktails inspired by the Exploratorium’s exhibits in a space that could be called the best pop-up bar in the city. Hors d'oeuvres and house-made beer from the Exploratorium’s hOppenheimers Brew Club, a group of Exploratorium staff brewers, will also be available. Considered one of the top hands-on learning laboratories in the world, the Exploratorium includes a renowned collection of interactive exhibits that ignite curiosity and build confidence and science-literacy. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Exploratorium’s education programs.
"Kimono Refashioned" at the Asian Art Museum
Explore how Japanese avant-garde designers disrupted the world of haute couture with the traditional Japanese kimono. Exhibition highlights include more than 35 garments from the Kyoto Costume Institute, representing Japanese fashion from the late 1800s to present day. "Kimono Refashioned" debuts at the Asian Art Museum on Feb. 8.
Pop Goes Noise Pop
Noise Pop (Feb. 25-Mar. 3) is one of San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts and film festivals. Now in its 27th year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists from the Bay Area and beyond. More than 180 bands are set to play. In addition, the festival boasts culinary events, film series and visual arts shows.
On the Waterfront
San Francisco’s waterfront is a playground of attractions, including Alcatraz Cruises, Aquarium of the Bay, Madame Tussauds San Francisco and San Francisco Dungeon. Now through March 4, enjoy special discounts at these attractions as well as waterfront restaurants and hotels. Visit “Winter on the Waterfront” to secure details, discounts and information on shuttle service provided by Hornblower Classic Cable Cars.
Walk. Run. Bike. Roll.
Feeling like some fresh air and a walk in the park? Mark your calendar for car-free Sundays and holidays in Golden Gate Park, when visitors are invited to “walk, run, bike and roll” along Kennedy Drive. Tours and bike rentals are available from a number of companies: Bay City Bike Rentals and Tours, Bike & View San Francisco Bike Rentals and Tours, Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals & Tours, Dandyhorse SF Bike Tours, Golden Gate Park Bike & Skate, Parkwide Bike Rentals and Tours, Sports Basement and Wheel Fun Rentals. San Francisco also has an extensive bike share program through Ford GoBike.