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SF’s 2018 Festivals & Can’t-Miss Events

SF’s most fun & weird events for the first 3 months of the year
By - posted 1/22/2018

Here’s a list of our favorite San Francisco and Bay Area festivals, street fairs and can’t-miss events for the Winter of 2018.

Pick a Month: January | February | March

Most of the events are free, or we’ll let you know how to get the best deals. 

 

January

 

SF Sketchfest: The San Francisco Comedy Festival

Two weeks in Mid-Late January
Next Date(s) – January 11-28, 2018
Annual two week comedy festival with some of the biggest headlining comics from the U.S., plus loads of tributes, film screenings and live podcasts. Most events are paid but typically there’s a few free events perfect for Funcheap.

Pier 39’s Sea Lion Anniversary

Mid January
Next Date(s) – January 13-21, 2018
SF’s famous barking sea lions began arriving in droves soon after the 1989 earthquake and have never left. Celebrate the annivesary of their arrival with special events and guided tours.

Free National Parks Days

Multiple dates typically starting on MLK Jr. Birthday
Next Date(s) – January 15, April 21, September 22, November 11, 2018
Four times a year entrance fees are waved for all National Parks in the U.S. including 11 right here in California including Yosemite, SF Maritime National Historical Park and Muir Woods (though parking reservations still required for Muir Woods).

Women’s March – San Francisco & Oakland

Late January
Next Date(s) – Saturday, January 20, 2018
A massive march and rally in both San Francisco and Oakland – joining dozens of other cities in California in support of women’s rights

San Francisco Restaurant Week

Late January
Next Date(s) – January 22-31, 2018
Ten-day celebration when frugal foodies get to eat their way through nearly 130 restaurants around SF. Participating restaurants will offer special prix-fixe menus typically starting at $15 for lunch and $40 for dinner.

SF’s Annual Magnolia Bloom

Late January to Mid March – changes each year depending on weather
Next Date(s) – 2018 peak is expected in February
One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of nearly 100 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, typically is at its peak from mid-January through March at the San Francisco Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park. Always check Facebook first to see how the blooms are doing before heading out.

 

San Francisco Beer Week

February

 

SF Beer Week

Early February
Next Date(s) – February 9-19, 2018
Annual ten-day celebration showcasing the Bay’s brewing heritage and craft beer scene and packed with over 600 events (like beer dinners, trivia nights, tastings, meet-the-brewer events, home-brewing demos…). Many free events, but fees typically required for tastings.

KNBR Giants FanFest

Early February
Next Date(s) – Saturday, February 10, 2018
A massive stadium-filling festival at AT&T Park with live broadcasts, player Q&As, free player autographs and a chance to take photos with the World Series trophies to make Dodger fans jealous. FREE Admission.

Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival

Mid-Late February
Next Date(s) – February 19-25, 2018
Taking the best concert venues in the Bay and turning them into your personal festival ground with films, art shows, happy hours and concerts all over SF and East Bay. Many free events and concerts around $15.

Pillow Fight

Valentine’s Day, February 14
Next Date(s) – Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 6pm
Completely unofficial, decentralized event that seems to materialize each year. Expect 1,000+ San Franciscans to descend on Justin Herman Plaza with feather-stuffed pillows to run Braveheart-like toward each other for a massive pillow battle.

Chinese New Year Parade & Festival

Late January to Mid February
Next Date(s) – February 24-25, 2018
The largest celebration of its kind outside of Asia, the two-day street fair takes over much of Chinatown, highlighted by the Saturday evening parade with elaborate floats, Chinese acrobats and a 268 foot-long Golden Dragon.

 

March

 

Off the Grid: Fort Mason Season Kick-off

Early March to October
Next Date(s) – Not yet set for 2018
Inspired by the festive night markets around the word, Off the Grid: Fort Mason Center is a full-on food truck party every Friday night from 5-10pm. Expect nearly 30 food trucks and pop-up vendors in a circle with a full bar and music in the middle.

World Naked Bike Ride

Early March
Next Date(s) – Saturday, March 10, 2018
It’s time to tune up those bikes, put on tons of sunscreen and make sure you have a very comfortable seat for this bare ride throughout the city on a route that typically includes Embarcadero, Haight and down Lombard Street.

Corn Dog Day

Mid March
Next Date(s) – Saturday, March 10, 2018
At one of the biggest “Corn Dog Day” festivals in the country, Funcheap brings you SF’s best food trucks and pop-up corn dogs plus a cornhole tournament, a corn dog eating contest and tons of beer specials.

Brides of March

Mid March
Next Date(s) – Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 2:30pm
Grab a full-on wedding dress and join hundreds of “brides” (women, men and everything in between) and parade through the heart San Francisco, strolling through Union Square, “shopping” at fancy stores, and drinking in local bars.


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