Yes, and So Many Things to Do in January!

Yes, and So Many Things to Do in January!

Lean into the power of yes! 

When we say “yes” we do more, create more, laugh more, live more. 

It’s January, a time when partygoers in Marin are in recovery mode after the holidays. However, for those of us who never stop, there’s an abundance of options for getting out and make the most of the month! While the well-heeled are donning ball gowns to kickoff the 2024 season of the San Francisco Ballet, the design-minded are headed to FOG Design+Art at Fort Mason and the wild ones are hitting up Monster Jam at Oracle Park.

Here’s a list of more unusual and under-the-radar offerings throughout the Bay Area, from an avant-garde ball to a fairytale forest. Time to say “Yes” to …

Feature image: Courtesy of Marco Sanchez

Yes, and I want to get dressed up!

Photo: Courtesy of Marco Sanchez

Celebrating the art of Edward Gorey this event is impossible to describe and delightful to experience! The Edwardian Ball is a whimsical weekend filled with art, music, theater, fashion and technology. Why are you still reading? Say yes, and start planning your outfits, we did say fashion and art after all.

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Date: January 26–28, 8pm–2am

Cost: $35- $200

Location: Regency Ballroom, San Francisco

Yes, and I want to be enchanted!

Photo: Courtesy of William Tracy

Charles Gadeken’s interactive light installation leads you through a fairytale experience that’s at once futuristic and reminiscent of a world long gone by. You’ll definitely want to say yes and bring a long lost love, secret crush or best friend on a walk through this fantasy forest.

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Date: Through April 28, 5pm–8pm

Cost: Free

Location: Peacock Meadow, Golden Gate Park

Yes, and I want to be inspired!

Photo: Courtesy of Matthew Millman

What could be better than experiencing the fully immersive, kaleidoscopic Infinite Love exhibit by Yayoi Kusama? Staying for curated, hand crafted cocktails afterward! Say yes and treat yourself to an afternoon surrounded by love, illumination and reflection.

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Date: Thursdays through January 30

Cost: $150

Location: SFMOMA

Yes, and I want to swing!

From the Disneyland Resort to 54 Below in NYC and even overseas to Germany and Italy, this band really gets around! Combine their sexy, swinging beats with the delicious Cucina Toscana of the Seahorse and you’ve got an evening to remember. Say yes, and bring your dancing shoes!

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Date: Saturday, January 13

Cost: $20

Location: Sausalito Seahorse, 305 Harbor Drive

Yes, and I want to groove!

Photo: Courtesy of Justin Higuchi via Wikimedia Commons

This singer, songwriter and Oakland native who’s performed with legends such as Prince, Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder will be spending the weekend at Yoshi’s creating an intimate musical experience. Ms. E has said, “The sounds of the Bay Area molded me.” You should say yes and embrace the “Glamorous Life,” even if it’s just for one night!

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Date: Friday, January 12  Sunday, January 14

Cost: $65–109

Location: Yoshi’s, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland

Yes, and I want to laugh!

Perhaps best known for his HBO series Mr. Show and FOX’s Arrested Development, hilariously weird and weirdly hilarious David Cross is a stand-up comic, writer and actor. When Dave comes to the city, say yes and buy a ticket!

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Date: Friday, January 19  Saturday, January 20

Cost: Starting at $110

Location: Club Fugazi, 678 Green St #3, San Francisco

Yes, and I want to philosophize!

Join the Immersive Arts Alliance team for a tour of the Quixote Winery, delicious tastings and stimulating conversation on art, ecology, design and so much more. In 1989 Quixote founder, Carl Doumani was inspired by the works and words of Austrian philosopher Friedensreich Hundertwasser “I want to show how simple it is to have paradise on earth.” Say yes and enjoy an afternoon of culture and creativity!

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Date: Saturday, January 20 2pm–4pm

Cost: $150

Location: Quixote Winery, 6126 Silverado Trail, Napa

Yes, and I want to be amazed!

You’ll be amazed even before you sit down. Guests enter through a secret door, within a vintage clock shop — seriously. Once inside the Palace Theatre, modern San Francisco is left behind and you’ll find yourself in a Prohibition era city. The Illusionist — Kevin Blake — is handsome, charming and of course magical. Say yes and come see a show where anything is possible.

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Date: January 18–31, 7pm

Cost: $50–300

Location: The Palace Theater, 644 Broadway, San Francisco

Yes, and I want to celebrate MLK Day!

Photo: Courtesy of Dick DeMarsico

Living Jazz and SF Jazz collaborate for the 20th Anniversary of this epic birthday bash honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, featuring the music of Stevie Wonder and showcasing Bay Area musicians, dancers and other local talent. The 2024 Oakland Citizen Award will also be presented. Say yes, and wish Dr. King a happy birthday!

More info:

Date: Saturday, January 13, 7pm

Cost: $13–103


Paramount Theatre, 2025 Broadway, Oakland

Yes and I'd rather to chill at home

Here are programs you can help support while you stay home in your sweats:

SF Jazz High School All Stars

Living Jazz Children’s Project Choir 

Oak Town Jazz Workshops 

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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