San Francisco Tape Music Festival
Victoria Theater, 2961 19th St.
America’s only festival devoted to the performances of audio works projected in three-dimensional space has been described as “cinema for your ears” (SF Weekly).
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Celebrating modern art, architecture, technology and design this fair offers dynamic exhibits, custom installations, pop-up galleries, presentations and discussions.
San Francisco Sketchfest
Nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Yerba Buena Gardens, 415-978-2787
San Francisco honors the civil rights leader at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens.
San Francisco Ballet Gala Opening
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue, 415-865-2000
The opening program of America’s oldest professional ballet company launches the season of full-length, classical and contemporary ballet performances. Festivities begin at San Francisco City Hall before the promenade to the War Memorial Opera House.
27th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival at PIER 39
PIER 39, 415-705-5500
PIER 39 commemorates the commemorates the 27th anniversary of the sea lions’ arrival for the Bay Area herring supply. There will be Sea Lion Encounter Walking Tours, refreshments, special discounts and more.
Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival
Dedicated to noir philosophy, attitude and style in films, books, art and music, the festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and promises “ultra rare films and very special guests.”
JANUARY 21-February 12
Chinese New Year Parade and Celebration
The festivities ushering in the Year of the Rooster include a Chinese New Year Flower Fair (January 21-22), Miss Chinatown USA Pageant (February 4), and the Chinatown Community Street Fair (February 11-12). It’s all built around a fantastic parade from Market and Second Street to Columbus Avenue on Saturday, February 11. Chinese New Year Day is January 28.
Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show
Cow Palace, Geneva Avenue and Santos Street, 415-404-4111
More than 2,000 dogs and 175-plus breeds vie for “Best in Show” and compete in dog agility demonstrations daily.
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.
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 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 as many as 150 events including beer dinners, cheese and beer pairing events, meet the brewer evenings, demonstrations, music and films from Monterey to Sacramento and beyond.
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 16–APRIL 8
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Midway, 900 Marin St., 415-995-9890
A gala celebration benefiting Bay Area AIDS/HIV organizations.