January in San Francisco. There are always things to do. Check out our top picks for events and festivals in the City.

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November 19, 2019

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).

Fresh Festival 2019

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St.
Do you have an appetite for thinking outside of the box? Fresh Festival brings an extravaganza of art, dance, and music. Every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. throughout January you can watch performances by cutting-edge artists from the Bay Area.

San Francisco Sketchfest

Various locations
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.

FOG Design+Art

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.

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.

30th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival at PIER 39

PIER 39, 415-705-5500
PIER 39 commemorates the commemorates the 30th anniversary of the sea lions' arrival to PIER 39. There will be free Sea Lion Encounter Walking Tours, refreshments, special discounts and more. Buy a PIER 39 Attraction Pass.

San Francisco Ballet Opening Gala

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.

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.

Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival

Castro Theatre
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.

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