Best Things to Do in San Francisco This January

Looking for the coolest things to do in San Francisco in January? We’ve got you covered. One of the most beloved cities in the world, the city by the bay offers an incredible New Year’s fireworks show attracting people from all over the bay area and beyond. However, once the celebrations wane, there is still plenty to do.

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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Martin Luther King Jr Day March Parade Holiday January San Francisco
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 15

Honor the civil rights leader with the Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation. January 15 will see a march from the SF Caltrain station to the Yerba Buena Gardens, where a music festival will follow. Register ahead to get free transit to and from the parade; Caltrain, Muni and Golden Gate Ferry are servicing the event. A week of celebration precedes the holiday, including spiritual services, a cosplay soirée and a panel on AI. 

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Jordan Klepper at Cobb's Comedy Club

January 4–6

With two shows per night across three days, you have six chances to see Daily Show alum Jordan Klepper at Cobb’s Comedy Club. Known for his television journalism and “Man on the Street” style of interviews, Klepper’s searing comedy gets to the heart of our political moment. 

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ice skating
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Union Square Ice Rink

Now through January 16

Looking for a cute date idea? How about a nice holiday skate in Union Square’s annual Holiday Ice Rink? Put on your pair (or rental pair) of skates and glide across the fresh ice with your date. After that, you two can warm up with some hot cocoa at Union Square Coffee, then explore the rest of the downtown area. 

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Atlanta production of The Wiz, soon to debut in San Francisco in February 2024.
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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 January. 

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san francisco beer festival sign
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Bay Area Brew Fest

Date TBD

The Bay Area Brew Festival returns from a three year hiatus, featuring over 50 breweries, hundreds of beers, food trucks, dj, and much more! Admission is available for one of two sessions, with options of general admission, early admission and VIP admission.

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Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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