Happy February, San Francisco! This month brings plenty of special events and activities, including the Chinese New Year Parade, Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and the Super Bowl. Not sure how you’ll keep track of it all? Read on to discover some awesome activities for a fun and refreshing February in the Bay Area.
1. See over 70 incredible LEGO® sculptures at The Art of the Brick exhibition
The world’s most popular display of LEGO® art is wowing crowds in San Francisco! The Art of the Brick is a world-renowned exhibition of over 70 intricate creations by artist Nathan Sawaya. See colorful animals, recreations of classic art, a 20-foot T. rex, and new never-before-seen sculptures inside the beautiful Pantheon-inspired building at 1 Grant Avenue. Get tickets now!
2. These exquisite Candlelight concerts are happening now around San Francisco
The immensely popular Candlelight concert series is turning heads right now in San Francisco! Hear your favorite songs on strings including classics from Frank Sinatra and Queen, recent pop hits, and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The Bay Area’s top musicians perform in an intimate setting surrounded by thousands of flickering candles, making for an unforgettable musical experience. Check out these gorgeous concerts at St. Ignatius Church, the InterContinental Hotel’s covered rooftop, and the Heron Arts Gallery. Get tickets now!
- Candlelight: A Tribute to Queen and More at Heron Arts
- Candlelight: Beethoven’s Best Works
- Candlelight: Featuring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and More
3. Experience the Metaverse at this unique NFT exhibition
If you’ve been on social media for the past few months, you’ve heard of the Metaverse and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). This unique Verse: Immersive NFT Exhibit is heading to San Francisco in February to take you on an immersive journey where the most fascinating digital art comes to life. The exhibition features a collection of augmented reality holograms of the top selling artists and artworks in this rapidly growing space. Get tickets now.
4. See hundreds of dazzling magnolias in bloom at SF Botanical Garden
Every year, the San Francisco Botanical Garden explodes into a beautiful spectrum of deep magentas and bright pinks. The “Magnificent Magnolias” event occurs in late January through March, so be sure to find a day soon to see these spectacular blossoms at their best.
Magnolias are ancient flowering trees native to Asia and the New World. The SF Botanical Garden cultivates species from dozens of different climates, including the forests of the Himalayas and Mesoamerica. Find hundreds of blossoms, many of them rare and exotic, in the Great Meadow and the Camellia Garden.
5-10. Ring in the Year of the Tiger with these fun Chinese Lunar New Year festivities
The Chinese New Year Festival and Parade is one of the most iconic events on San Francisco’s cultural calendar. The festival lasts for about 2 weeks following the first day of the Chinese New Year (February 1 in 2022), and it’s been happening since 1851, making it the oldest and largest celebration of this kind outside of Asia.
The festival normally includes two street fairs, a beauty pageant, a YMCA run, children’s basketball games, and of course the grand finale: the Chinese New Year parade on February 19.
- Look for the 6 beautiful tiger sculptures
- Attend the festive Chinese New Year Parade
- Explore a vibrant street fair
- And more!
11-20. Watch the Super Bowl at a lively sports bar
Super Bowl LVI is coming up on Valentine’s Day, and there are plenty of fun ways to celebrate. If you’re looking for some great energy, consider checking out these sports bars around the city. Just keep an eye on Covid precautions and stay safe!
21-35. Spend a romantic Valentine’s Day in the city
San Francisco is full of lovely romantic places to have a date, from fine dining to intimate outdoor adventures. Are you looking for a new activity to enjoy with a partner this February 14?
- Enjoy a nice meal on a lovely outdoor patio
- Explore a fascinating local tide pool
- Experience classical music by candlelight at an intimate concert
- And more!
36-48. Honor Black History Month with these fantastic activities
See these profound exhibitions at the Museum of the African Diaspora
San Francisco’s extraordinary Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) has served as a vital Bay Area institution since 2005. It’s one of the world’s few museums focusing solely on African Diaspora culture, and we are very lucky to enjoy it right here in San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood. Be sure to pay a visit before the end of February, because most of its current exhibitions come down at the end of the month.
Check out More Than a Month at SF Public Library
Each year, the San Francisco Public Library puts on More Than A Month, a celebration of Black history spotlighting Black creators. This year will emphasize the importance of Black Health and Wellness, with free meditation and yoga classes offered all month long. Other events include film screenings, panels, craft programs, and more.
Walk beneath a waterfall at the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial
Yerba Buena Gardens is home to the country’s second-largest memorial to Martin Luther King Jr., an enormous sculptural waterfall fountain. Water cascades over a granite walkway, blocking out the city sounds and creating a tunnel in which visitors can contemplate inscribed quotations from Dr. King’s speeches. When’s the last time you visited this profound monument?
49. Pay a visit to Half Moon Bay’s enormous wild mustard field
February has only just begun, but Half Moon Bay’s famous wild mustard field is already in full bloom! This picturesque meadow down Highway 1 is the first of several gorgeous superblooms that spring up around the Bay Area this time of year. If you’re hoping to visit and snap some colorful pictures, you need only drive about 40 minutes south of San Francisco.
50. Check out these special events at the Ferry Building
Lunar New Year Pop-Up (1/22-2/13): Some of Chinatown’s best small businesses will be in the building for a four-week pop-up celebrating Lunar New Year. Check it out 8am-3pm Saturdays and Sundays from January 22-February 13.
Hearts in San Francisco (2/2-2/28): The San Francisco General Hospital Foundation’s 18th annual Hearts in San Francisco art project is here! Starting February 2, the Ferry Building will host this beloved exhibition of heart sculptures created by a diverse array of local artists.
I Love You So Ferry Much (2/13): This Valentine’s Day pop-up will bring giant flower walls and more for excellent photo ops. Bring a date and pamper yourselves with a nice meal! Happening Sunday, February 13 from 10am-2pm.
Ferry Plaza Farmers’ Market (recurring): This popular market is regarded as one of the finest farmers’ markets in the country, and is frequented by high-profile chefs and farmers alike. It takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am-2pm and Saturdays from 8am-2pm.
51. Don’t miss these awesome events at Kapwa Gardens
Have you paid a visit to the Filipino-inspired oasis that is Kapwa Gardens? This vibrant outdoor garden space hosts dozens of events for the community, and this month is shaping up to be a good one.
Here’s what you should put on your February calendar:
- Lover’s Mart Valentine’s Day Celebration (12-4pm February 12)
- Giving Tree Benefit Fundraiser (12-4pm February 19)
- Many Styles: Filipino Martial Arts Classes (10am February 6, 11:30am February 27)
- Perform 4 life Boxing Bootcamp (9am Saturdays)
- Free Covid-19 testing & vaccinations (1:30pm-7pm Wednesdays)
52. Check out the 24th SF Indie Film Fest
Take a break from your Netflix & Chill to enjoy over 80 new incredible indie films from around the world and the Bay Area. The SF Independent Film Festival has captivated San Franciscans since 1998 with excellent alternative cinema that regularly gets picked up at other festivals. This year it will happen from February 3-13.
53-54. Search for elephant seals and gray whales along the California coast
See the elephant seals now at Point Reyes
It’s elephant seal breeding season on the coast of California, an exciting natural phenomenon that’s iconic to our state. Northern elephant seals inhabit the waters from Baja California, Mexico to the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. They generally breed from December to March at Point Reyes, Año Nuevo, the Channel Islands and Piedras Blancas.
Check out these prime whale watching spots
15,000 gray whales are currently migrating along the California coast through April, and NorCal is full of countless epic viewing spots to see this phenomenon for yourself. Even from land, you’re likely to see them spouting, slapping their tails (known as “lobtailing”) or even breaching. If you want to see them up close, a whale watching tour will do the trick.
55-64. Have a dazzling snow day near the Bay
San Francisco is a magical, beautiful, exciting place, with one caveat – there’s never any snow. Lucky for us, California is home to dozens of different climates and it’s not so difficult to pack up the car for a drive out to the snowy mountains in the distance. Just make sure to check weather and snow conditions before heading out. Here are some places to go enjoy this fluffy white stuff before it’s gone!
65. Seek out these breathtaking cliff views at Wilder Ranch State Park
Wilder Ranch State Park, just a few minutes south of Davenport, is a 7,000 acre ranch from the late 1800s converted into a museum and nature preserve. It’s one of those lesser-known patches of coastline that you have to see to believe – and it’s easily enjoyed as a relaxing walk on the bluffs or a dramatic bike ride.
66-71. Get moving outdoors with these fun activities
When it comes to working out, San Francisco has something for everyone. Whether you already have a consistent workout routine, or you’re still hammering out those New Year’s resolutions, take a look at our list to get some inspiration!
- Find a new route for walking, running, or hiking
- Go for a picturesque bike ride
- Join an outdoor gym or bootcamp
- And more!
72. Grab tickets to NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences
NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences is one of our favorite ongoing events, and we’re thrilled to see more of these awesome themed soirees on the calendar! The popular Thursday night festivities feature live DJs, outdoor bars, ambience lighting, and more alongside the Academy’s nearly 40,000 animal residents.
Here’s what’s on the docket so far:
73. Check out this life-size Monopoly board in San Jose
Did you know there’s a world-record-holding Monopoly board in San Jose? Monopoly in the Park is the world’s largest permanent Monopoly board, and it’s completely interactive. Groups can actually rent it out to play a life-size game of Monopoly, officiated by game referees.
74-83. Visit these recently renovated playgrounds around the city
San Francisco has some of the best playgrounds in the nation, and the City’s children have a total of 179 play areas to enjoy. San Francisco Recreation and Parks has poured millions of dollars into overhauling parks and playground equipment, and here are some of our favorite transformations.
84. Taste Benkyodo Company’s famous mochi treats before it closes
115-year-old sweet shop Benkyodo Company will close permanently at the end of March. Suyeichi Okamura opened the first Benkyodo Company in 1906 just after the earthquake, making it one of Japantown’s first businesses. It’s now helmed by his grandsons Ricky and Bobby, who are now both in their 70s and overdue for a well-deserved retirement. If it’s been a while since you tried their delicioius mochi and manjū treats, now is the time!
85-102. Get some quality me time with these fun solo activities in the Bay
Whether you simply prefer going solo, or you need some time to be with yourself, there are plenty of things you can do out and about in the city. Take this as your friendly reminder to get out of the house and try something new. You may just find an awesome new hobby or escape!
- Discover a new thrift shop
- Find your next plant children at a local nursery
- Pick up a great read at a local bookstore
- And more!
103-112. Try out one of SF’s best vegan and vegetarian restaurants
SF is a great place to go plant-based thanks to its awesome selection of vegan-friendly foods, even in restaurants with meat on the menu. We had a go at narrowing down some must-try places while striking a balance between fine dining, casual cafes, and everything in between.
113-122. Watch a winter sunset at these essential viewing spots
There’s truly no shortage of excellent places to see a sunset in the Bay, but we wanted to get to the bottom of where locals love to watch the sky light up. That’s why we posted an Instagram poll asking for our followers’ best recommendations! They didn’t disappoint, and we have some amazing places to tell you about.
- Mori Point
- Lands End
- Muir Beach Overlook
- And more!
123-132. Seek out these amazing hidden gems in San Francisco
It takes a lot for something to look out of place in San Francisco, but even long-term residents may do a double-take at som of these lesser-known spots! Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most interesting spots that look totally out of place in the city.
133. Savor picture-perfect taiyaki at this Japanese dessert shop
Calling all San Franciscans with a sweet tooth! If you’re looking to treat yourself to a delicious and Instagrammable snack, look no further than Uji Time Dessert. This woman/AAPI-owned business has 6 locations across the Bay Area, and their taiyaki creations are some of the most beautiful treats we’ve laid eyes on.
Featured image: @carlyahackbarth via Instagram