This post lists the top things to do in San Francisco in February, including free, family-friendly, as well as nighttime events and activities, updated for 2024.
- Top 10
- Free Things to Do
- Nighttime Activities
- Things to Do (any time of year)
- How's the Weather
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Below is our top 10 list, but here are a few additional posts that you might want to read:
- Alcatraz Tour
- Bay Area Cruise
- Hop on Hop off Bus Tour
- Day Trip to Napa Valley
- Day Trip to Muir Woods
- San Francisco Bike Tour
If you are planning on visiting many of the top attractions in the city, then consider a tourist discount pass, which could save you lots of money.
If you've already researched and found the best discount pass for your purposes, it can be purchased here:
1. Go to a Concert
The Bay Area has some of the most popular venues in the world and attracts many talented musicians.
There are a number of musical artists coming to the San Francisco area in February.
Classical/Opera Music Concerts
Check here for even more concerts in the Bay Area this February.
2. Attend a Sporting Event
San Francisco is home to several great sports teams, some of which will have games in February.
- Golden State Warriors | San Francisco
- Stanford Cardinals Men's| Stanford
- Stanford Cardinals Women's | Stanford
- Golden Bears Men's | Berkeley
- San Jose Sharks | San Jose
For even more great sporting events to attend in February, check out this list.
3. See a Show on the Stage
The San Francisco area hosts a number of productions with talented people.
You are sure to find a number of musicals, plays, comedy shows, and more being performed in February
- The Wiz | San Francisco | February 1st-11th
- My Home on the Moon | San Francisco | 1st-24th
- MJ The Musical | San Francisco | February 1st-25th
- John Malkovich - The Infernal Comedy | Berkeley | February 3rd
Find even more theatrical productions in February here.
4. Take a Walking Tour
If you manage to visit on a warm day, you might want to consider taking a pay-what-you-wish walking tour of San Francisco.
We currently offer several different tours in the Bay Area which cover a variety of subjects and neighborhoods.
Here are a few outings you might enjoy in San Francisco this February:
- Original San Francisco Tour
- Lombard Street, Little Italy, and Fisherman's Wharf
- Secrets, Scandals, and Scoundrels
- Chinatown Tour
- Castro Tour
We also offer GPS enabled audio tours of San Francisco which you can take just about anytime!
5. See a Cirque du Soliel Show
If your family loves circuses with acrobatics and the art of clowning, you'll find that at Kooza, Cirque du Soliel's show which first premiered in 2007.
It has proven popular and travelled across many countries with its story of a loner in search of his place in the world.
Cirque du Soleil Kooza plays in San Francisco at Grand Chapiteau from February 1st through 28th.
For more activities you can enjoy with the kids, check our family-friendly section.
6. Attend a Festival or Event
There are an endless number of events and festivals taking place each year in San Francisco, and February is not exception.
Just a few of them are:
Movies and/or Art Festivals
- San Francisco Independent Film Festival | February 8th-18th
Food and Drink Festivals
- San Francisco Beer Fest | February 3rd
- San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition & the Cloverdale Citrus Fair | February 17th
- San Francisco Giants Fan Fest | dates TBD
- Tulipmania on Pier 39 | mid-February to mid-March
- International Antiquarian Book Fair | February 9th-11th
- San Francisco Writers Conference | February 15th-18th
7. Consider Getting a Tourist Discount Pass
There are three different pass options to consider: all-inclusive, flex pass, and build your own pass.
The easiest option is to build a pass, as you’re only required to purchase 2 tickets to get 20% off each activity.
If you’re planning to visit several affordable locations, this is a great way to save a few more bucks.
All-inclusive passes include dozens of attractions for a specific amount of time (1, 2, 3, or 5 days).
Alternatively, a flex pass allows you to pay one flat price for a set amount of activities (3, 4, or 5).
These services offer an excellent opportunity to save a lot of money on several fun activities. Here are a few of the best places you can visit:
- Hop-on-Hop-off Bus Tour
- Madame Tussauds
- Ripley’s Believe it or Not!
- Walt Disney Family Museum
- K1 Speed Indoor Karting
- Aquarium of the Bay
- SF Dungeon
These are just a few of the attractions included with discount cards in this city, but you’ll probably find even more that you want to visit.
Depending on which service you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% - 50% off general admission prices.
Make sure to check our full post covering all of the different tourist passes in San Francisco for additional information.
If you already know which discount pass will best suit your purposes, you can purchase on here:
8. Go to the Chinese New Year Festival & Parade
The Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco has been named one of the Top 10 Parades in the World.
Visitors can expect a variety of musical performances and dancing, including the dragon dance!
This free parade takes place on February 24th at 5:15 PM at Second and Market Streets. Read more about it here.
In addition to the Chinese New Year Parade, there are about four weeks of festivals during Chinese New Year. The following events will be taking place in February:
- The Flower Market Fair | February 3rd and 4th
- Miss Chinatown Pageant | February 23rd
- Community Street Fair | February 24th and 25th
If you want to learn more about the area and discover some of the most historic locations, let us show you the neighborhood on our self-guided tour of Chinatown.
For more activities that won’t cost a dime, check our free things to do section.
9. Enjoy San Francisco Beer Week
This celebration of California craft beers takes place each year, draing hunreds of brewers to the city with their best beers.
There are hundreds of events taking place across the city involving food, drink, and other fun activities.
You may also get to try some new releases.
This all takes place from February 9th-18th. For more information, visit the SF Beer Week website.
10. Attend the Pacific Orchid Exposition
With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to see some of the most beautiful flowers in the world. This event is one of the largest orchid shows in the United States.
In addition to seeing a lot of great orchids, you’ll also have an opportunity to take tours and learn tips about how to grow your own flowers.
There will also be live music performed for the audience at this event.
Events take place at the San Francisco County Fair Building from February 16th-18th. Read more about The Pacific Orchid Exposition here.
For even more things the kids can enjoy, please read our family-friendly section.
The following section provides several activity ideas that won’t cost a dime.
While you’re at it, don’t forget to check our other sections for additional freebies such as the Chinese New Year Parade and self-guided San Francisco tours.
If you’d like to learn more about free and cheap things to do all year, be sure to check out our San Francisco budget itinerary and our list of free things to do in San Francisco for more free and almost-free ideas.
Take Advantage of Free Museum Days
Every month, various museums throughout San Francisco offer free admission on a certain day. Our city hosts some world-class museums that you should certainly try to visit during your time here.
For a more detailed description of the museums, check out our page on Free Museums in San Francisco.
Free Museums in February:
- Asian Art Museum | February 4th, 2024
- Conservatory of Flowers | February 6th, 2024
- Japanese Tea Garden | M, W, F between 9:00-10:00 am
- de Young Museum | February 6th, 2024
- Legion of Honor Museum | February 6th, 2024
Explore the Parks on Free National Parks Day
Every year on the Presidents’ Day Holiday in the United States (that’s February 19th this year), the US National Park Service throws open their doors to all the national parks in the area so everybody can visit for free!
Here are a few places you might want to consider:
Each of these locations usually charges a small fee to enter the park, so this is a great opportunity to visit without worrying about your budget.
See the Lights on the Bay Bridge
The Bay Bridge is one of the most iconic sites in San Francisco and there’s no better time to visit than at night! There is a spectacular light show every night from dusk until dawn.
Leo Villareal, one of the most well-respected light artists designed and orchestrated The Bay Lights.
Originally the show only ran from 2013-2015, but as of 2016, it was made a permanent feature — to both locals and tourists’ delight!
During winter, the sun sets pretty early in our city. Below, we have listed some of our favorite evening and nighttime activities for you to visit.
For more ideas, make sure to read our master post on things to do at night in San Francisco.
Enjoy Valentine's Day in SF
If you are on vacation in San Francisco with your loved one, you can enjoy this incredibly romantic city on Valentine’s Day.
One of our favorite parts of San Francisco is the amazing food that we have here. San Francisco has frequently been called one of the best restaurant cities in the world, and we certainly agree!
On Valentine’s Day, many restaurants will have a Valentine’s special for couples, with a prix fixe menu complete with appetizer, entree, and dessert to share. Check out OpenTable to find a reservation.
You may also want to consider taking a cruise, as Hornblower will be providing a series of Valentine’s Cruises.
Some of these outings will include live music and dancing, while others offer DJ entertainment and complimentary wine. Ticket prices range from $85 – $179.
Take an Alcatraz Night Tour
Most people take a trip out to Alcatraz during the day. But we think that a night tour is a fantastic time to visit the old prison island.
On your boat ride, you’ll hear about the island, and some of the history involved in it (which you won’t get if you take the morning tour or day tour).
You’ll also get to see the sparkling lights of the San Francisco skyline. Once you’re on the island, you’ll get a special guided tour of the prison that other visitors don’t receive.
Overall, it’s an incredible experience! Read our post on visiting Alcatraz at night.
Exploratorium After Dark
Long considered one of the best science museums in the country, The Exploratorium is a fantastic place to electrify your senses (sometimes literally)!
With exhibits and experiments from engineering to science to biology, every science geek can find something to enjoy. However, during the daytime, there are often kids and school groups walking around and using the experiments.
Don’t you sometimes wish you could check out the museum without all of them? Exploratorium After Dark is a great way to experience it!
Starting at 6:00 every Thursday, you can enter the museum at a discounted rate and listen to music, have a drink or two, and check out the exhibits with only adults around.
- Dates: Every Thursday
- Time: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
- Price: $20.00
- Purchase tickets or learn more.
Many of our San Francisco visitors are coming here with families and children and we have put together a list of the great things to do with families and kids in San Francisco during the month of February.
If you're looking for even more fun stuff to do, make sure to check our list of 10 fun places for kids in San Francisco.
It's also worth noting that many of the best family-friendly attractions in this city are included at a discount with San Francisco tourist passes.
Take the Kids to the Zoo
There are a lot of beautiful animals to see at San Francisco Zoo, including both endangered and rescued species.
Since there won't be as many people visiting during this time of year, you can expect smaller crowds, which means it should be easier to get around and see all your favorite animals.
Best of all, tickets to the San Francisco Zoo are included with some tourist passes, so you can save money on admission!
If you're interested in one of the tourist discount passes, you can find them here: All Inclusive - SF Go City | Explorer -SF Go City | Day Pass - SF Sightseeing | Flex Pass - SF Sightseeing | San Francisco CityPASS
Visit the Walt Disney Family Museum
If you've ever wanted to teach your kids about the history of Walt Disney, this museum is a wonderful place to visit.
There are several wonderful exhibits to see here featuring historic items from Walt's life and the work he did for his now-famous studio.
Located in the Presidio within viewing distance of the Golden Gate Bridge, this is an excellent idea for an activity to enjoy while you're in the area.
Furthermore, admission to the Walt Disney Family Museum is included with some San Francisco tourist passes, allowing you to save money on tickets.
Go to Pier 39
Even on a rainy day, Pier 39 can be a great place to visit. There are several fun indoor activities in the area, including the following:
We recommend the Boudin Bakery because they serve a delicious clam chowder which is a perfect way to warm up on a cold day.
When you're done in this area, walk up the Embarcadero to Musee Mecanique for some fun and historic games!
Check our post on things to do at Pier 39 for even more ideas.