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10 Best Things To Do In SF In February

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#5 of the 10 Best Things to Do In SF in February: Ferry Terminal

February is a surprisingly good month in San Francisco for events, there’s the Lunar New Year, Valentine’s Day, dance raves at museums and a beer and comedy festival for God’s sake! It may only be the second month of the year, but we’re not waiting around in SF and we aren’t wasting time – we’re creating amazing events. If you’re looking for guidance on what to do in the Bay Area this month then you’re in the right place. These are the 10 best things to do in SF in February. Have fun!

Events & Activities in San Francisco This Month

1. VISIT CHINATOWN FOR LUNAR NEW YEAR (FEBRUARY 24)

Take the opportunity of the celebration of the Lunar New Year to visit San Francisco Chinatown, the oldest, biggest and most vibrant in the whole U.S. The centerpiece of festivities is the Grand Parade, on February 24, which inaugurates the year of the Dragon, no less. If you were born under the Rat, Monkey, Rabbit, Dragon, or Snake signs you will experience wealth and prosperity in the coming year. And if not, well better luck next time!

This is one of the largest such events outside of Asia and it’s definitely one of the best things to do in SF in February.

More information here.

Year of the Dragon
2024 is the year of the Dragon

2. CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH (ALL MONTH)

Black history is all around us here, but we often don’t see it. This is a great month to change that. There are many options to honor the month in the Bay Area, but two stand out…

Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate Black History Month with dances from different eras. Dancer and culture-maker Traci Bartlow leads us through a short history of social dance, from Lindy Hop to hip-hop. Part lecture, part dance party, this mini-class will teach you history and the moves to get you groovin’. It’s a party, y’all!

KQED

Circle the date, February 8. The venue for the party is The Commons, on Mariposa Street, and tickets are $15pp (livestream free). More information here.

Also check out More Than a Month at San Francisco Public Library, a celebration of Black history highlighting Black creators. The current exhibition emphasizes the theme of resistance, and includes film screenings, musical performances, panels and more. More information here.

3. GO TO A COMEDY FESTIVAL (TO FEBRUARY 4)

The popular annual comedy festival, SF Sketchfest, is celebrating its 21st anniversary in February with two weeks of performances in venues across San Francisco. The festival is far from being purely sketch-comedy though, it’s a celebration of comedy in all of its forms including improv and stand-up performances, movie screenings, podcasts, special tributes, retrospectives, panel discussions and much more.

More information here.

4. GO TO A BEER FESTIVAL (FEBRUARY 9-18)

San Francisco Beer Week drops this month and it’s a special opportunity to explore some of the best craft beers the Bay Area has to offer. A myriad of large and small local breweries are putting on special promotions and events, including tap takeovers (whatever that may be), blind tasting challenges, parties and games. Best thing to do in SF in February? It’s up there.

More information here.

5. VISIT THE FERRY BUILDING (ALL MONTH)

The Ferry Building is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, serving as a hotspot for visitors and locals alike. It’s also a center for fun events too, including all sorts of nteresting pop-ups, a thrice-weekly farmers’ market, cooking demonstrations (you can learn how to make pasta), yoga and food and wine tastings, amongst other things. 

More information here.

6. NOTORIOUS SF: GHOST & CRIME TOUR (EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT)

San Francisco has a fascinating and unique criminal history. On this tour we start off by transporting guests back to the Gold Rush era, when Vigilance Committee’s took over “policing” of the city (which is where the term ‘vigilante’ originates). Then we stroll through back alleys that were red light districts in the nineteenth century. After that we explore old Chinatown, which was full of opium dens, brothels and gambling hellholes during that period.

After pausing so guests can get a refreshment at one of the oldest bars in SF, we walk the streets of the infamous Barbary Coast, where crimps would try to drug and shanghai sailors onto ships for the East  (which is how the term was invented). Over the course of the evening we’ll also share some of the scariest ghost stories you’ve ever heard. It’s a fun night.

More information here.

Notorious SF: Ghost & Crime tour

7. ENJOY THE EXPLORATORIUM AFTER DARK (VARIOUS DATES)

San Francisco’s Exploratorium, on the waterfront at Pier 15, is always an exciting place to visit, but the After Dark series is a must for scientifically-curious party people. The events take place on Thursday evenings from 6-10 pm, with a different theme every week, featuring DJ’s, cocktails, the museum galleries and over 600 interactive exhibits.

More information here.

8. GET A NIGHTLIFE (VARIOUS DATES)

NightLife is a popular ongoing event series at the California Academy of Sciences. Thursday night’s at the museum feature DJ sets, live music, food, interesting cocktails, ambient lighting and a lot of culture and learning – alongside the institutions forty thousand animal residents. As the saying goes: get a nightlife.

More information here.

9. VISIT ONE OF OUR AMAZING MUSEUMS (ALL MONTH)

For several days of the month (and for some special people on every day of the month) many San Francisco museums are free. We have a lot of great museums (partly because of all the rich people that have lived here) – you should make the most of these opportunities.

Exploratorium: free admission for EBT cardholders and San Francisco Medi-Cal or CalFresh recipients. Also free for California public school teachers.

SF Botanical Gardens: free admission second Tuesday of every month.

Japanese Tea Gardens: free Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 am.

De Young Museum: free first Tuesday of every month, also free every Saturday for Bay Area residents.

SFMOMA: free first Thursday of the month for Bay Area residents.

Legion of Honor: free Saturdays for Bay Area residents and free Tuesday’s for all.

Cable Car Museum: free every day, and one of the most interesting museums in all of San Francisco.

10. GO TO A CABARET SHOW IN CHINATOWN (FEBRUARY 8-25)

The Great Star Theatre in Chinatown is hosting an adults-only cabaret this month (notice a theme in February?), called After Dark. The venue is a lovely little theatre and it seems like the perfect place for this type of show.

Everything changes when the sun goes down. 

Step gently into the dark and experience what the our bodies are capable of. Goosebumps run down your spine, butterflies dance in your chest, your heart races…

Pink Puma

It’s a show like no other – dancers, musicians, aerialists and others perform and share their most intimate fantasies in performances that will make you blush. Definitely one of the best things to do in SF in February – at least for Valentine’s Day!

More information here.

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– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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