San Francisco Festivals and Events in January
San Francisco Tape Music Festival
16th Street Victoria Theater, 2961 Valencia St.
America’s only festival devoted to the performances of audio works projected in three-dimensional space has been described as “cinema for your ears” (SF Weekly).
Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture
Celebrating modern art, architecture, technology and design this fair offers dynamic exhibits, custom installations, pop-up galleries, presentations and discussions.
San Francisco Sketchfest
Nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy.
Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St.
This international, curated art fair focuses on curatorial balance and integrity across all disciplines of contemporary art; drawn from the archive of Cinematheque it is intended to open a conversation between experimental film and the visual fine arts.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
Yerba Buena Gardens, 415-978-2787
San Francisco honors the civil rights leader at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Yerba Buena Gardens.
San Francisco Ballet Gala Opening
War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue, 415-865-2000
The opening program of America's oldest professional ballet company launches the season of full-length, classical and contemporary ballet performances. Festivities begin at San Francisco City Hall before the promenade to the War Memorial Opera House.
28th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival at PIER 39
PIER 39, 415-705-5500
PIER 39 commemorates the commemorates the 27th anniversary of the sea lions' arrival for the Bay Area herring supply. There will be Sea Lion Encounter Walking Tours, refreshments, special discounts and more.
Restaurant Week San Francisco
This celebration of San Francisco's world-class dining community includes more than 130 local restaurants offering special prix-fixe menus.
Fog City Magic Fest
EXIT Theatre, 156 Eddy St.
Produced by EXIT Theatre, this week of shows from some of the Bay Area’s most acclaimed magicians offers performances by international entertainers, special family events and a Magic Slam! competition, a face-off between two teams of fierce and magical competitors.
JANUARY 26-FEBRUARY 4
Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival
Dedicated to noir philosophy, attitude and style in films, books, art and music, the festival is the largest of its kind in the U.S. and promises “ultra rare films and very special guests.”
Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show
Cow Palace, Geneva Avenue and Santos Street, 415-404-4111
More than 2,000 dogs and 175-plus breeds vie for “Best in Show” and compete in dog agility demonstrations daily.