Roxie Theatre and various locations, 415-820-3907
www.sfindie.comSF IndieFest will take place Jan. 30-Feb. 14, 2019, at the Roxie Theater and Victoria Theater. Celebrate the original cinematic works of talented directors from the Bay Area and beyond.
Ted Sperling will lead the San Francisco Symphony in a special performance of Mary Poppins on Jan. 5 and 6, 2019. The talented musicians will play a full concert version of the magical Disney classic, celebrating favorites like “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”
Even if you can’t spell abracadabra, there will be no barriers to the fun at the annual Fog City Magic Fest, Jan. 23-26, 2019. Curated by co-founders Jay Alexander and Christian Cagigal, seven shows featuring some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed magicians, including the legendary Fog City Magic Slam, will unfold at the EXIT Theatre.
From Jan. 23-31, 2019, San Francisco Restaurant Week offers nine days of celebrating the top t
This film festival screens the best of independent films and videos from the Bay Area and beyond.
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.
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.
Various locations around the Bay Area
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.
Various locations in San Francisco and Oakland
All-community event offering performances, mentoring, master classes, symposia and special events celebrating African American art and culture.
Oracle 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.
The festivities ushering in the Year of the Pig include a Chinese New Year Flower Fair, Miss Chinatown USA Pageant, and the Chinatown Community Street Fair. It’s all built around a fantastic parade from Market and Second streets to Columbus Avenue. These are the best areas to stay for the Lunar New Year.
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 St. from Gough to Steiner streets and Fillmore St. from Union to Lombard streets
This annual tasting event includes restaurants and merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats.
Vogue Theatre, 3290 Sacramento St.
This week-long film fest spotlights works from the U.K., Ireland, Australia, India, New Zealand and South Africa.
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 in April.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Palace of Fine Arts
Join craft chocolate artisans from around the world for the most decadent festival in town. Bring your friends and family to sample, shop a chocolate marketplace, and attend demos and lectures – all centered around craft chocolate. The finest chocolate makers, chocolatiers, and local pastry chefs will be on hand.
Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center, 415-561-6251
One of the largest and most diverse of its kind, the festival features documentaries, animations, narratives and other traditional screen fare on topics ranging from ocean adventures to island culture and more.
Second and Market streets to Civic Center
One of San Francisco’s largest annual parades and one of the longest-running parades in the U.S. is celebrated with live music, dance, beverages and traditional Irish cuisine.
San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park
Those looking for even more chocolate can indulge in gourmet treats from more than 50 chocolatiers and confectioners, as well as non-chocolate exhibitors, in the San Francisco Invitational Wine Salon.
Named one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Movie Maker Magazine, SIFF showcases over 100 hand-selected films screened in seven state-of-the-art venues within walking distance of the Sonoma Plaza.
Major cities around the world, including San Francisco, show that the simple act of turning off lights for one hour can have a lasting impact on climate change starts at 8:30 p.m.
Join San Francisco’s largest community picnic, combining the best of the international food scene with the best of the Presidio.