The 50th playing of the Super Bowl will take place in the new Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, 42 miles south of San Francisco, on Feb. 7, 2016.
More than a million people are expected to take part in a weeklong series of public events held in San Francisco, including the Super Bowl City fan village, the NFL Experience and the Media Center.
Super Bowl City is the free-to-the-public fan village designed to celebrate the milestone Super Bowl 50 and to highlight its unique place in the Bay Area. Open Jan.30 – Feb.7, 2016 in San Francisco, Super Bowl City will offer activities for all families and fans of all ages.
The NFL Experience, pro football’s interactive theme park, will be hosted by the Bay Area during Super Bowl Week. To be located at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, the NFL Experience celebrates the sport’s history and electrifying atmosphere of Super Bowl.
Highlights will include:
The San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee will also have its own app – Road to 50 – where users can get the latest information about the 50 Tour and Bay Area events leading up to Super Bowl 50.
The Road to 50 app features will include Bay Area Super Bowl-related events, 50 Tour activity schedules and maps, social media check-ins, custom photo frames, trivia quizzes and exclusive Super Bowl 50 Host Committee offers only for app users. Local fans will have the opportunity to gain points for their activities and compete for prizes including a pair of tickets to Super Bowl 50. The app will be available in the Apple Store, Google Play and Windows Store in September, 2015.
Bars, restaurants and other venues will be creating unique opportunities to watch the big game, in typical San Francisco style. Expect an upgrade to traditional tailgate cuisine and drinks in this city that Bon Appétit recently named “The Best Food City in the Country Right Now.”
Some 5,000 journalists will come to the Bay Area for Super Bowl 50. When not watching the teams practice at Levi’s Stadium, they will be headquartered at the Media Center at Moscone West. The public can watch the press, NFL legends and celebrities in action at the Fan Gallery where live interviews will be held with radio stations from across the country, then shop in the fully-stocked NFL Store.
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.
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.
FEBRUARY 12-MARCH 13
San Francisco City Golf Championship
Presidio, TPC Harding Park and Lincoln Park Golf Courses, 415-561-4661
This is the 100th year of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FEBRUARY 25–APRIL 16 (PRELIMINARY)
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 16.
The Zinfandel Experience
Bentley Reserve and Pier 27
Zinfandel, often called America’s heritage wine, is the draw here. Join in celebrating Zinfandel’s 25th anniversary. 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.
Pacific Orchid Exposition
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 415-665-2468
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.
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.
Academy of Friends Academy Awards Gala
San Francisco Design Center Galleria, 415-995-9890
A gala celebration benefiting Bay Area AIDS/HIV organizations.