Best Things to Do in San Francisco This February

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, but that shouldn’t be the only thing to celebrate for the entire month of February. Remember, the month is short, so make those 29 days count! Make plans with your friends and family this month and enjoy what San Francisco has to offer.

We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in San Francisco including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in San Francisco, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay. Take a peek below and join in on all the fun!

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Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

Black History Month

All month

Museum of the African Diaspora, SF Jazz and more have yearly ways to celebrate. SFJazz hosts many concerts this month featuring Black artists, with performances by the latest iteration of the Afro-Cuban supergroup Irakere and other groups like Johnathan Blake’s My Life Matters. The San Francisco Public Library also holds its own series of events called “More Than a Month” to celebrate Black leaders, artists and community members through diverse programming. 

Lunar New Year Festivities

All month

This time of year, Chinatown is full people celebrating the new year. Start off the celebrations by buying fresh flowers and fruit from the the Flower Market Fair on February 3 & 4. The annual Miss Chinatown Pageant takes place on February 23, and the month finishes off with the Chinatown Community Street Fair on February 24 & 25 and the famous New Year parade (more info below).

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Ornate Leather Shoes from de Young Museum Exhibit Fashioning San Francisco
Sarkis Der Balian, pair of woman’s shoes. Photograph by Randy Dodson, courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
January 20 – August 11

Now in its first full month of exhibition, the de Young’s Fashioning San Francisco continues to tell the story of the city through fashion. Walk among gowns, garments and accessories by household names and fashion visionaries from the 20th and 21st centuries. Visitors can even “try on” select gowns: With augmented reality technology from Snap, you can take pictures of yourself in a Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent or Kaisik Wong. 

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The Wiz Musical Theater Production Coming to San Francisco
Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

BroadwaySF Presents The Wiz

January 16 – February 11

The renowned show is back for its first Broadway-bound tour in over 40 years. Catch it playing at Golden Gate Theatre this February. 

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Film Still SF Independent Film Festival
Photo courtesy of SF Indie.

San Francisco Independent Film Festival

February 8 – 18

Every year the San Francisco Independent Film Festival, put on by SF IndieFest, features a host of feature films and short films. Catch the cutting edge in cinema in our own City by the Bay. 

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san francisco beer festival sign
Photo courtesy of SFBW.

SF Beer Week

February 9 – 18

Taste the selection of the 100 participating craft breweries at this festival put on by and for craft beer enthusiasts! The week kicks off with the event gala at Pier 35, where attendees can try unlimited brews and, for the first time ever at SF Beer Week, a range of wines, ciders and non-alcoholic beer. 

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Photo by Michael Dunn, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The Great San Francisco Pillow Fight

February 14 at 5:50pm

Hundreds of San Franciscans gather at the Embarcadero Plaza every Valentine’s Day to participate in the annual Great SF Pillow Fight. Spend your Valentine’s Day smacking your loved ones with your fluffiest pillow and sharing memorable laughs.

Singer at San Francisco's indie music Noise Pop Festival
Photo by Subodh Samudre, courtesy of Noise Pop Industries.

Noise Pop Festival

February 22 – March 3

From its humble beginnings in 1993 as a single night, Noise Pop Festival has remained a staple to the local SF music scene. For their 31st anniversary this year, Noise Pop will be headlining classic indie bands and showcasing rising bands.

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Lion Dancers San Francisco Lunar New Year
Photo by Knight Lights Photography.

Chinese New Year Parade

February 24

Named one of the top ten parades in the world by the International Festivals & Events Association — The SF Chinese New Year Parade is an event you don’t want to miss. You’ll be amazed by pyrotechnics, intricate floats, costumes, lion dancers and the sheer positivity radiating from this parade in historic Chinatown. Bring a raincoat! Last year’s parade suffered some raindrops. 

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Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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