- Courtney Holcomb
This February, explore San Francisco through the best events the city has to offer, like holiday celebrations, film festivals, and concerts, plus art, fashion, and food events. Read on to browse through our top picks for this month and mark your calendars with your favorites.
Wednesday February 1st – Sunday February 5th
FILM | SF IndieFest
Thurs Feb 2nd – Thurs Feb 16th
This month marks the 19th annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (AKA SF IndieFest). This festival will screen the best ‘independent, alternative, and subversive’ films from around the world, screening primarily at the Roxie Theatre in the Mission District.
Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA, USA
ART | North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl
Fri Feb 3rd
Take a stroll down the lively and historic Columbus Ave on the First Friday of every month to get a peek into some of the best art and entertainment North Beach has to offer. Art galleries, pop ups, and cultural events decorate the neighborhood from 6pm to 9pm, giving visitors a chance to experience its thriving art scene for the evening and support the creative community behind it.
North Beach, San Francisco, CA
ART | Oakland’s Art Murmur/First Fridays
Fri Feb 2nd
On the first Friday of every month, Uptown Oakland lights up with activity for Oakland’s popular First Friday and Art Murmur events. Telegraph Avenue closes off between West Grand and 27th Street as local artisans line the street with art, food, clothing, and more for sale from 5pm to 9pm. This event coincides with Art Murmur’s First Friday gallery walk, in which art galleries open from 5pm to 9pm on the cross streets surrounding Telegraph.
FILM | Berlin and Beyond
Sat Feb 3rd – Wed Feb 8th
Berlin and Beyond is a German film festival coming to San Francisco for its 21st year. The festival will screen films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland that ‘[cross] various cultures, experiences, and histories.’ The screenings will take place at the Castro Theatre, the Goethe-Institut, and Oakland’s Pro Arts Gallery.
ART | Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting
On view through March 26th
Worshiping Women: Power and Devotion in Indian Painting will feature paintings exploring the various roles women take on in Hindu culture, focusing on women as devout worshipers, as goddesses and consorts to male gods, and as ascetics. There will also be nearby galleries featuring sculptural goddesses.
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, USA
Monday February 6th – Sunday February 12th
ART | Free Museum Day
Tues Feb 7th
On the first Tuesday of every month, enjoy free admission to some of the most prominent and popular museums around the city. The de Young Museum, Legion of Honor, Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Museum of Craft and Design all open their doors to the public gratis once a month. Take this weekday opportunity to explore some of the best art the city has to offer without getting lost in the overwhelming weekend crowds.
FOOD | Valentine Wine Walk
Thurs Feb 9th
Head up to the north side of the city for the Union Street Has a Crush on You Valentine Wine Walk. This is the 7th annual occurrence of this tasting event, featuring wine samples, finger foods, and other treats in the shops and restaurants along Union Street between Gough and Steiner, as well as Fillmore Street between Union and Lombard. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on site.
Union Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
ART | San Francisco Tribal & Textiles Arts Show
Thurs Feb 9th – Sun Feb 12th
This month, the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion will host the San Francisco Tribal & Textiles Arts Show, showcasing a wide selection of masks, jewelry, textiles, and sculptures from the indigenous cultures of the Americas, Asia, Oceania, Polynesia, the Middle East, and Africa. The pieces come from over 80 global galleries, giving collectors a great opportunity to find something unique.
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA, USA
FOOD | San Francisco Beer Week
Fri Feb 10th – Sun Feb 19th
Celebrate the abundance of Bay Area craft breweries by enjoying San Francisco Beer Week this month. The week will feature tons of events, including beer-making demonstrations, opportunities to meet local brewers, music and film events, and other chances to enjoy craft beers and food pairings.
FESTIVAL | Giants Winter Fanfest
Sat Feb 11th
Head over to AT&T Park between 10am and 3pm to celebrate the 24th annual KNBR 680 Giants Winter Fanfest. This festival will take place along the Promenade and Club levels of the park, featuring interactive displays and games. You can even meet members of the team, get autographs and photos, and more.
AT&T Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA, USA
FESTIVAL | Tulipmania Festival
Sat Feb 11th – Sunday February 19th
Pier 39 will light up this month with brightly colored tulips from around the world at the Tulipmania Festival. This event will feature nearly 40,000 seasonal flowers, accompanied with free guided or self-guided tours, during which you can learn useful gardening tips.
PIER 39, Beach Street & The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, USA
Monday February 13th – Sunday February 19th
MUSIC | Noise Pop Festival
Fri Feb 17th – Mon Feb 27th
As always, February brings one of the most anticipated music events of the year to San Francisco: Noise Pop Festival. This festival takes place across 11 days and more than 25 venues, featuring over 160 bands at 85 individual events. Come out to some of the events to enjoy whatever genre of music best suits you, as well as art shows, films, discussions, happy hours, and more.
ART | Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty
Fri Feb 17th – Sun May 28th
For the first time in the United States, Tomb Treasures: New Discoveries from China’s Han Dynasty will be showcasing a variety of memorabilia found in the recently discovered royal tombs from the Han Dynasty in China. Rare items on display at this exhibition include elaborate crafts, a jade coffin, and bronze bells. Experience this extravagant taste of the afterlife firsthand.
Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA, USA
ART | Frank Stella’s Prints
On view through June 25th
Known for his experimental prints, Stella’s 25 year career in the printmaking medium is curated in Frank Stella’s Prints, including examples from the Anderson Collection of Graphic Arts as well as pieces loaned by Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson. The exhibition was established alongside the larger exhibition Frank Stella: A Retrospective, and includes a number of repeated pieces and pieces from larger projects.
de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA, USA
ART | diane arbus: in the beginning
On view through April 30th
Diane arbus: in the beginning exhibit will focus on the New York photographer’s early career, curating a series of photographs that illustrate Arbus’s growth as a photographer. The exhibition will feature more than 100 photographs, many of which have never been displayed before, primarily showcasing subjects Arbus encountered on the streets of New York City.
SFMOMA, 151 3rd St, San Francisco, CA, USA
Monday February 20th – Tuesday February 28th
FUN | Free entrance to National Parks
Mon Feb 20th
In honor of Veteran’s Day, enjoy free admission to all US national Parks on November 11th as part of the National Park Service’s Free Entrance Days. Free admission applies to entrance fees, commercial tours, and transportation entrance. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park or Muir Woods National Monument.
FOOD | The Zinfandel Experience
Thurs Feb 23rd – Sat Feb 25th
The Zinfandel Experience is a food and wine tasting that primarily focuses on Zinfandel wines. Over 250 wineries will participate, drawing a crowd of around 10,000 attendees. Enjoy tasting and learning about ‘America’s hertiage wine’ at a variety of unique events onsite at the Bently Reserve, Pier 27, and One Market.
FESTIVAL | Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition
Fri Feb 24th – Sun Feb 26th
The Pacific Orchid and Garden Exposition will take place this month at the Hall of Flowers. The event will feature 150,000 flowers, many of which have won awards. This year’s theme is Big Ideas for Small Gardens, focusing on pollination and how plants can thrive in urban environments.
San Francisco County Fair Building, 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
ART | Monet: The Early Years
Sat Feb 25th – Mon May 29th
Monet: The Early Years will be the first exhibition of its kind in the United States, specifically focusing on the earliest phase of Claude Monet’s art career, delving into the intricacies of his development as an artist between 1858 and 1872. There will be roughly 60 paintings on display, including selections from the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and more.
Legion of Honor, 100 34th Ave, San Francisco, CA, USA
MUSIC + LITERATURE | PoemJazz
Tues Feb 28th
Head over to the Jewish Community Center for an evening of live jazz and spoken word at PoemJazz. This event is hosted by Grammy-winning pianist Laurence Hobgood and U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky, the only poet laureate ever to serve three terms. The event starts at 7pm, and tickets are available to the public for $28.
Jewish Community Center of SF, 3200 California St, San Francisco, CA, USA