Fort Mason Center is the home of FOG Design+Art, one of the region’s premier art fairs, Jan. 17-20, 2019. The fair will kick off with a preview gala on Jan. 16, 2019 benefiting SFMOMA. Forty-five exhibitors from the worlds of design and 20th century art will have stands at the show. Among the galleries making an appearance at FOG Design+Art are Galerie Chantal Crousel, Galerie Chastel Marechal, Luhring Augustine, and many others.
SF Sketchfest returns to spread laughter all over the city. Billed as “the San Francisco Comedy Festival,” Sketchfest is now in its 18th year. Offering more than two weeks of comedy, improv, skits and films, Sketchfest, presented by Audible, runs Jan. 10-27, 2019. This year’s festival features everything from a double bill starring Carol Burnett in conversation with actress Wendie Malick to a 20th anniversary reunion and screening of “Best of Show” with actors Ed Begley, Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, Christopher Guest, John Michael Higgins, Michael Hitchcock, Eugene Levy, Jane Lynch, Michael McKean, Catherine O’Hara, and producer Karen Murphy, moderated by Kevin Pollak.
A platform for outstanding Bay Area cultural institutions, non-profit organizations and artist-run exhibition spaces, Untitled, San Francisco will take place at Pier 35 from Jan. 18 to Jan. 20, 2019, featuring galleries from 16 international cities. Among the organizations participating are the Chinese Culture Center, which will feature works from artists Hong Chun Zhang and Kuang-Yu Tsui, and The 500 Capp Street Foundation. The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives, Artadia, and For-Site are also part of the programming. Untitled, Radio will return for the third edition with Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and other partners.
Join thousands of celebrants in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on, Jan. 21, 2019, for a full day of events, festivals and programs honoring “We Are in This Together,” the theme of this year’s celebration. A number of community events are scheduled between Jan. 19 and 21, 2019, including a Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival and the Liberation Film Festival. The Museum of the African Diaspora will offer free admission on Jan. 21, as well as programs throughout the day, including special exhibitions. Many public transit agencies in the Bay Area are also offering free transportation to and from celebration events on Jan. 21.
January is a jam packed month for the Charles M. Schulz Museum in nearby Santa Rosa. “Museum Mondays” for Little Ones will kick off on Jan. 7, with a changing theme each week. Crafts, games, story time, and many other fun activities are designed for children ages 1-5 and their guardians. On Jan. 12, meet and greet local artist Hillary Rose Miller, whose “Sonoma Strong Snoopy” poster has raised over $40,000 for fire relief. Have you ever spent the night at a museum? Now’s your chance. “Girl Scout Art and Adventure Sleepover”, Jan. 26-27, invites girl scouts for a fun-filled night of late night snacks and games at the Schulz Museum.
The 21st SF 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 toques and tastes in the U.S. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has signed up more than 100 of the city’s best restaurants to offer $15 and $25 two-plus course lunch menus, and $40 and $65 three-plus course dinner menus. Reservations are available now for an array of restaurants in more than two dozen neighborhoods, from Bayview to West Portal.
The Curran’s celebrated series, Curran: Show & Tell, will return on Jan. 12, 2019. U.S. Senator Kamala Harris will be on the Curran stage to share her insights about the core truths and challenges that unite us. The discussion will explore the themes of her new book, “The Truths We Hold.”
The San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to the Castro Theatre, Jan. 25-Feb. 3, 2019, with a program of 12 “A” and “B” double bills spanning the breadth of the film noir era (1941-1953). The festival screens 24 films as they were experienced in their original release, pairing a top-tier studio “A” with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or “B” film. Opening night will feature the world premiere of “Trapped”, starring Lloyd Bridges and Barbara Payton.
Jan. 29, 2019 is National Plan for Vacation Day. Are you one of those American workers who leaves vacation days unused? Did you know that planning syncs with greater happiness across nine categories, including financial stability and professional success? We’ve got a couple of tips for you: confirm your time off benefits; review your calendar for the year (especially paid holidays, family events and other important dates); and check with your coworkers. Homework complete? Then start working on your bucket list and make your dream vacation a reality.
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.
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.