Enjoy the best San Francisco events, festivals, and things to do in February 2015 with this calendar of events.
- Wednesdays: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Geary at St. Joseph’s Street | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
- Wednesdays: VA San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Veterans Drive | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM
- Wednesdays: Mission Bay Farmers’ Market at UCSF | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
- Wednesdays: UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market @ 505 Parnassus Ave | Year-Round, 10AM-3PM (more info)
- Thursdays: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)
- Thursdays: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)
- Thursdays: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
- Thursdays: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)
- Fridays: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)
- Fridays: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)
- Fridays: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
- Fridays: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
- Fridays: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
- Saturdays: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
- Saturdays: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)
- Sundays: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
- Sundays: Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio @ Main Post Lawn | March 1-Nov 1, Great Views of the Bay, Food Carts, Drinks, Music (more info)
- Sundays: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
- Sundays: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
- Sundays: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
- Sundays: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
- Sundays: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
- Sundays: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)
All Month: Free San Francisco Walking Tours | Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More
City Guides is a non-profit organization with more than 200 trained volunteers who lead FREE history and architectural walking tours in San Francisco. Walk along the streets, sidewalks, and byways of America’s most beautiful – and fascinating – city! More info.
All Month: SF Botanical Garden Annual Magnolia Bloom | Free Tours
One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias returns to the SF Botanical Garden with free tours at 2 pm every Saturday from January 17 – March 28, 2015. More info.
February 28-March 8: SFUSD Arts Festival @ The Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum teams up with the San Francisco Unified School District to present a celebration of student creativity and arts education showcasing visual and performing arts by 11,500 students from 250 schools. More info.
February 28-March 1: The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair @ Fort Mason Center
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. More info.
February 28: Miss Chinatown U.S.A. Pageant @ East West Bank
For over 55 years, young women from throughout the United States have come to San Francisco to compete for prizes and scholarships in the annual Miss Chinatown USA Pageant. The winners become goodwill ambassadors for the Chinese community throughout the new year. More info.
February 28: San Jose Craft Beer Festival @ Santa Clara County Fairgrounds
From the established craft brewers to the mid-majors and up-and comers, the diversity and creativity of the Craft Brewing Community has proven to be limitless. For our Grand Tasting, we will be featuring an extensive variety of these artisanally produced creations from top breweries. More info.
February 27-March 1: Ocean Film Festival @ Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center
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. More info.
February 26 & 28: SF Ballet Presents: Dances at a Gathering, Hummingbird
San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has emerged as a world-class arts organization since it was founded as the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1933. More info
February 26: SF Critical Mass @ Pee Wee Herman Plaza | Bicycle Ride, 5:30PM, Free, Last Fridays
Critical Mass is a mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in cities around the world. Everyone is invited! You are encouraged to bring your ideas, energy, opinions and talents to Critical Mass. More info.
February 26: Berkeley – Interfaith Labyrinth Walk @ Grace North Church | Free, Live Music, 6-10PM, Last Fridays
Find peace. Find calm. Find hope. — by walking the Grace North Church Labyrinth. When our lives get busy, this Interfaith labyrinth offers the perfect place and time for contemplation, meditation and prayer in community with others. More info.
February 24, 25, 27: SF Ballet Presents: Variations for Two Couples, The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, The Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère, Act II
San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America, has emerged as a world-class arts organization since it was founded as the San Francisco Opera Ballet in 1933. More info
February 22: Academy of Friends Academy Awards Gala @ San Francisco Design Center Galleria
35th Annual Academy Awards Night Gala with ticket sales benefitting HIV/AIDS Services in the San Francisco Bay Area. More info.
February 21-March 1: 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. More info.
February 21: Midnight Mystery Ride SF Chapter | Free, Group Bike Ride Every Third Saturday
Participants are expected to a) meet at a local bar, b) depart for a ride at midnight, c) bring provisions for sharing at ride destination, and d) be awesome. Ride start location will be posted to our website the day of the ride. Only the ride leader knows where we’re going so bring your sense of adventure. Rides are strictly no rider left behind and generally around 5 miles. More info.
February 21: The Queen is Dead @ Milk Bar, Haight St | $5, Third Saturday Dance Party
A monthly tribute party for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths every third Saturday at Milk Bar! More info.
February 21: Oakland – “Swap-O-Rama-Rama” DIY Workshop & Clothing Swap @ American Steel Studios | Free, 4PM
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is the world’s largest clothing swap! Also included is a series of DIY craft and sewing workshops through which a community explores creativity and reuse. More info.
February 20-March 1: Noise Pop @ Various locations
The Noise Pop Festival is San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts and film festival. Now in its 22nd year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim. In addition, the festival boasts a film series that explores the intersection of music and art; NPHQ; art gallery shows; happy hours and much more. More info.
February 20-22: Pacific Orchid Exposition @ Fort Mason Center
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. More info.
February 19-23: Salsa Rueda Festival @ The Hotel Whitcomb | Salsa Festival
Enjoy four days of social dancing, world-class performances and shows, music from acclaimed bands and DJs, workshops and classes for all dance levels with top instructors, a beginner bootcamp, educational lectures and late night parties in the heart of one of the greatest cities in the world. More info.
February 19: Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena | Free, Downtown Art Walk
Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena: a monthly night of art, performance, food and drink in San Francisco’s arts and culture district in downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. Free and discounted museum and gallery events, live performances, and extended happy hours throughout the neighborhood. More info.
February 19: YCBA: Converge Monthly Art Gathering | Free, Music, Art, Performances, Cocktails, Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena
The YBCA:ConVerge series is a free monthly public gathering featuring creative and generative social art practices. ConVerge is where community and innovative multi- and inter-disciplinary arts practices come together in our free and public spaces in a fluid, interactive, experimental format designed to engage audiences. More info.
February 19: Oakland – Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Free, Art Walk, Third Thursdays, 6-9PM
Every 3rd Thursday of the month we invite you all to come out to the Ave to join us in supporting local artists, local independent businesses and community fun. Piedmont Ave. Stroll is in restaurants, stores, cafes and more with art, music, events and more. More info.
February 17: Mardi Gras San Francisco Style @ Fillmore Music District and West Bay Conference Center
Celebration includes a free concert in the Fillmore Plaza followed by a New Orleans-style processional through the Fillmore corridor culminating in Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball; local restaurants participate as well. More info.
February 14-22: Tulipmania Festival @ Pier 39 | Free
Thousands of brilliantly colored tulips from all over the world coupled with free, guided tours. More info.
February 14 & 15: Chinese New Year Flower Fair in Chinatown | Free
The Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair is held on the weekend before Chinese New Year Day. The Flower Fair is the place to come to purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and other new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring. More info.
February 14: Chinese New Year Parade Mini Procession Preview | Free
Experience what the original Chinese New Year Parade was like 150 years ago while you sneak a peek at what the larger Lunar New Year parade will bring. The procession begins at historic St. Mary’s Square, follows the original parade route down Grant Ave. and proceeds to the Flower Market Fair’s main stage on Washington below Grant. The procession will include lion dancers, giant walking puppets, costumed stilt walkers, drummers and dancers. More info.
February 14: Vietnamese Tet Festival in the Tenderloin District | Free
The annual Vietnamese Lunar New Year Festival celebrates Vietnamese culture with a Tet Festival queen, food, music, colorful pageantry and plenty of firecrackers in Little Saigon. More info.
February 14: San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition @ Fort Mason Center
The largest competition of American wines in the world! 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. More info.
February 13: Berkeley – Beginner Parkour Class @ Mulford Hall | Free, Second Saturdays, Noon
The Beginner’s Class is geared towards first timers & lasts 1.5 hours. The emphasis will be on controlled progression and will cover: philosophy of parkour, training, conditioning and safety tips, and basic movements such as vaults, landings and rolls. More info.
February 13: Oakland – Golden Gate Second Saturdays | Free, Community Event
The Golden Gate Neighborhood of North Oakland is hosting a monthly Second Saturdays event, with activities in the following categories: Art, Music, Food, Volunteerism, Classes, and Family Friendly. More info.
February 13: Campbell – Second Saturdays @ Downtown Campbell | Free, 2-6PM
Second Saturdays is a blend of everything that makes Downtown Campbell one of the best places in the South Bay to spend a Saturday afternoon. You’ll find artists exhibiting, sidewalk sales, live music, street entertainment, special deals, and various other fun sights and sounds. More info.
February 12-March 21: Annual Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam @ Various Locations
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 March 21. More info.
February 12-19: Mostly British Film Festival @ Vogue Theatre
This week-long film fest spotlights works from the U.K., Ireland, Australia and South Africa. More info.
February 12: Oakland & Alameda – Art Walk (AKA Estuary Art Attack) | Free, Second Fridays, 6-9PM
The galleries, clubs and restaurants that make Alameda and Jingletown a lively and cosmopolitan destination welcome you! Make time every 2nd Friday of the month to discover the creative life of the area by taking in some of the most exciting, beautiful and challenging contemporary art from the bay area and beyond. More info.
February 12: Vallejo – Art Walk @ Downtown Arts District | Free, Second Fridays
Vallejo has seen a surge of artists and creatives moving into the area. The art walk is an event to celebrate and encourage the growth of this culture. Most locations are in the central core of the downtown and very walkable but a few are spread out a few blocks in each direction. More info.
February 12: San Rafael – Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael | Free, Second Fridays, 5-8PM
Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael. Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. More info.
February 11: Union Street Has A Crush On You Valentine Wine Walk | Wine Tastings, Hors d’Oeuvres, 4-8PM
Join us for the 6th Annual Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk! The tasting event will be located throughout Union Street from Gough to Steiner and on Fillmore Street from Union to Lombard and will include restaurants and merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats. More info.
February 11: Sandbox Playtests @ The GoGame | Monthly Game & Adventure Testing, 7-9PM
Sandbox is a monthly playtesting event. Think of it as an open mic for real world game design, participatory theater, and immersive experiences. Each month we create a space where you can test out your adventures and receive criticism on how to make it better. More info.
February 7: Giants Winter Fanfest @ AT&T Park
Fans can go “behind the scenes” and tour the Giants Clubhouse and Dugout as well as 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. More info.
February 7: Free First Saturdays @ The Asian Art Museum
Free general admission on the first Sunday of every month and the family programs offered on that day—are made possible by Target. Admission is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. More info.
February 7: Chantey Sing @ Hyde Park Pier | Free, 8PM-Midnight
A public sing-along of sea chanteys and sailor songs aboard a historic ship at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Wear warm clothing and bring a mug for hot cider. More info.
February 7: Oakland – The Art Murmur Saturday Stroll | Free, 1-5PM
Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular First Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open EVERY Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art and visit with Oakland Art Murmur gallery directors. More info.
February 6-15: San Francisco Beer Week @ Various Venues
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. More info.
February 6-8: San Francisco Tribal & Textiles Arts Show @ Fort Mason Center
Featuring an assortment of museum-quality masks, textiles, sculptures and jewelry from more than 100 galleries from around the world. More info.
February 6: North Beach First Fridays | Free, Art Galleries, Local Artists, Music & Drinks, 6-9PM
First Fridays presents the North Beach community the chance to marvel in the vibrant art scene that awaits them right outside their doorstep. Participating galleries stay open until 9pm and offer drinks, live music, poetry, meetings with local artists, and entertainment for the guests. More info.
February 6: Santa Cruz – Free First Fridays @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History
The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, also known affectionately by locals as the “whale museum”, is one of the earliest museums in the state of California. More info.
February 6: Oakland – First Fridays Festival On Telegraph Ave | Free, Art, Music, Food & Drink
Every First Friday from 5–9:30 pm, Oakland’s KONO district springs to life with for this event, with galleries, artist collectives, street artists, local culinary artisans, performers, musicians, dancers, DJ’s, and poets gathering for Oakland First Friday events. More info.
February 6: Oakland – The Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk | Free, 40+ Galleries, 6-9PM
On the first Friday of every month, Oakland Art Murmur hosts an evening art walk featuring member galleries and mixed-use venues collectively open to the public. OAM is an organization of over 40 galleries that produces weekly art walks, guided tours and other exclusive events. More info.
February 6: San Francisco Bike Party | Free, First Fridays
San Francisco Bike Party is a monthly celebration of biking for riders of different ages, types, and skill levels to enjoy. The rides are fun and safe with stops to dance and socialize along the way. More info.
February 6: First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)
February 6: San Jose – South First Fridays Art Walk
An eclectic evening of Arts & Culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every First Friday of the month. More info.
February 5-9: San Francisco Independent Film Festival
This annual festival showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the globe. More info.
February 5: Free First Thursday Admission | The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum
The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum is the oldest organization in the country dedicated to the interpretation, promotion, and preservation of the social, cultural and political history and contributions of the Chinese in America. More info.
February 5: New Filmmakers Open Screening @ Artists’ Television Access, Mission | Free, 8PM, First Thursdays
ATA’s openscreening is the only monthly open submissions screening in the Bay Area. One hour of shorts are accepted monthly on an open revolving basis, anything goes with the screened work, and the refreshments are pretty good too. More info.
February 5: First Thursday Lower Polk / Tenderloin Art Walk
Every First Thursday from 6-10PM / / Over 20 galleries and art spaces bringing together the arts and culture of the surrounding Lower Polk and Tenderloin communities. More info.
February 5: Burlingame – Free First Thursdays @ Museum of Pez Memorabilia
Over 900 unique Pez characters have been produced since 1950. See them all at the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia including the World’s Largest Pez Dispenser. More info.
February 3: First Tuesday Free Admission To Conservatory of Flowers
Whether you’re a native San Franciscan, a visitor from another side of the world, or a classroom of budding botanists, the Conservatory of Flowers offers an intimate up-close experience with rare and endangered plants unlike any other. Come see what treasures await you! The Conservatory is free to all visitors on the first Tuesday of every month. Groups are not permitted on free days. More info.
February 3: First Tuesday Free Admission To San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum
Ever changing, the CJM is a non-collecting institution that partners with national and international cultural institutions to present exhibitions that are both timely and relevant and represent the highest level of artistic achievement and scholarship. More info.
February 1-8 (begins Jan 22): SF Sketchfest @ Various Venues | San Francisco’s Largest Comedy Festival
SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival, is a yearly celebration of sketch, improv, stand-up, musical and alternative comedy, bringing the best in headlining and up and coming comedy to the Bay Area. More info.
February 1: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon & 5K
Features a course throughout Golden Gate Park and along the Pacific Ocean with both starts and finishes together in the park. More info.
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