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San Francisco Bay Area Event Calendar: The Best Things to Do This Month

The ultimate calendar of fun things to do in San Francisco today, this weekend and beyond. These events and experiences have been hand-picked to cover the Bay Area's major happenings and hidden gems you may not know about otherwise. From concerts and performances to classes, food festivals, and everything in between, we've got your plans covered.

By / January 2, 2019

January 21 - 27

   Classic Film

Nina Simone Selected Works Listening Party

Envelop SF

Embrace the Envelop experience by disappearing into a sonic orb of Nina Simone magic. Envelop uses state of the art technology to let you fully immerse yourself in the sounds of classic albums.

$28 / RSVP
   Thomas Hawk

Berkeley MLK Breakfast 2019

Berkeley Adult School

Celebrate the legacy of MLK with speeches, songs, and breakfast at this iconic annual event. The theme for 2019 is “United Against Hate, Working for Economic Justice.”

$28 - $5306 / RSVP

Chili Cook Off Class

18 Reasons

It's cold outside and hella cozy inside, aka it's the perfect time for chili. Level up your culinary game by learning how to make three different chilis, then make it a party with a DIY toppings bar.

$70 - $80 / RSVP

Seven Days of Spices: Learn to Meal Prep Like a Pro

Oaktown Spice Shop

Master the art of meal prep with the help of cookbook author Annelies Zijderveld. Find out how to use spices and meal prep tips to transform carrots and cauliflower into a wide array of dishes.

$53 / RSVP

Soulflow Yoga at the Palace

Palace of Fine Arts

Wild lights, visuals, and sounds are all part of this energetic yoga experience. Pop on a pair of noise-canceling headphones and take a yoga class as a live DJ soundtracks every move.

$15 - $22 / RSVP

John Coltrane: A Love Supreme + Selected Works

Envelop SF

Even if you've heard John Coltrane's classic "A Love Supreme," you've never heard it like this. Experience it at this listening party featuring Envelop SF's state of the art, multi-level sound system.

$28 / RSVP

Candle Making with Lighten Up Shoppe


Stick to your budget goals and skip those trendy candle splurges this year by learning how to DIY your own candles. In this class, you'll whip up a signature scent and create two handmade candles.

$58 / RSVP

Floating Sound Meditation In Hammocks with Shane Thunder


Clear your mind and slip into a state of deep relaxation at a floating sound meditation. Chill out in a hammock as famous sound practitioner Shane Thunder works his magic with gongs, chimes, and more.

$46 / RSVP

The American Spirit: Bourbon

Cavallo Point Lodge

Cold weather = bourbon season. Learn the basics of bourbon by tasting your way through six different varieties, and enjoy mouthwatering snack pairings with each drink.

$101 / RSVP

Daybreaker SF // Dance Dance Resolution 2019

555 20th St

Get your heart rate up and your mind cleared at a healthy sunrise dance party. Sip a kombucha, do an hour of yoga, then bring your resolutions to the dance floor and show off your moves.

$23 - $44 / RSVP

Creative Reuse Art Class

Ecology Center

Transform your piles of old fabric or plastic bags into exciting art. Learn the basics of crochet, weaving, twining, and coiling as you work on a guided cardboard weaving project with reuse materials.

$9 - $14 / RSVP
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   Erika Rasso

Prep School: Meal Prep For Busy People


Want to cook more in 2019, but your schedule is still jam-packed? The folks from Prep School are here to make your meal prep dreams come true with tips, tricks, and recipes for busy home cooks.

$59 / RSVP

Tincture Making for the Immune System

Sticky Art Lab

Tired of always catching the office cold or flu? Boost your immune system with an herbal tincture. Create your very own immunity boosting tincture from fresh and dried plants at this DIY class.

$45 / RSVP

January 28 - February 3

   UC Berkeley

Inner Glow Evening Meditation

Glow Yoga, Barre, Spinning & Spa

Who doesn't want better focus, awareness, and sleep in 2019? Luckily, these are all benefits of meditation. Learn a variety of meditation and breath-work techniques at this relaxation-focused class.

$11 / RSVP

Memes to Movements: A Conversation with An Xiao Mina and Dorothy R. Santos

California Institute of Integral Studies

Dive deep on meme culture at this conversation with technologist and digital media scholar An Xiao Mina. Start seeing the secret, in-depth meaning behind all the images littering your texts.

$11 / RSVP

Cheers to Change Makers: Winter Cocktails of the Farmers Market

San Francisco Ferry Building

Join CUESA and the Northern CA chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild for a wintery, seasonal cocktail party in celebration of "The Food Change," CUESA's new exhibit at the Ferry Building.

$58 - $168 / RSVP

Team Spin Sweat Love Fundraiser at Barry’s Bootcamp

Barry's Bootcamp FiDi

Break a sweat for a good cause! This heart-racing exercise class is a benefit for Cycle for Survival, a movement to end rare cancers. Enjoy an intense workout while supporting this important work.

$32 / RSVP

Night of Ideas San Francisco

San Francisco Main Library

Expand your mind at a Night of Ideas, a seven hour smorgasbord of debates, performances, lectures, and discussions all focused on the theme "Facing our Time: the City of the Future."


The Food Change Big Reveal

San Francisco Ferry Building

Be the first to see "The Food Change," CUESA's innovative new art installation that celebrates the farmers, advocates, and incredible people who are all a part of creating our food system.

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The James Brown Dance Party


An all star crew of talented musicians is taking the stage for this James Brown tribute dance party. Track down your flyest outfit and brush up on your funkiest moves before you hit the dance floor.

$21 - $26 / RSVP

Pinball and Pints for SF Beer Week 2019

Pacific Pinball Museum

Pinball games and plenty of beer are the ultimate pairing. Enjoy unlimited play on over 100 pinball machines, and taste test 20+ different beers from Bay Area breweries.

$44 - $49 / RSVP

February Wheel Building Class at the Bike Kitchen

The San Francisco Bike Kitchen

Tired of your bike being a total mystery? Expand your knowledge with this three week class on bike wheels. Do a deep dive on this critical piece of your bike as you build a wheel from scratch.

$55 - $145 / RSVP

Pints For Paws: A Benefit for Muttville Senior Dog Rescue


Super Bowl is cool, but lets talk Puppy Bowl. Where are you watching? Catch all the cute fumbles and drink unlimited beer for a good cause at this annual Puppy Bowl party and Muttville benefit.

$0 - $42 / RSVP

Bike Ride & Brewery Tour with Fort Point Beer Company

McLaren Lodge

Biking and beer are a match made in heaven. Go on an 8-mile guided ride from Golden Gate Park to Crissy Field, which includes a guided visit to the Fort Point brewery in the Presidio.

$0 - $37 / RSVP

February 4 - 10

San Francisco Brewing Co.’s SF Beer Week Brewers Dinner

3150 Polk St

Master Brewer, Justin Boehle, and Chef Lee have created a six course menu with a San Francisco Brewing beer pairing. Learn about new beer releases as you dine beside luminous silver beer tanks.

$65 / RSVP

Paella Fest: ThirstyBear’s Ultimate Paella and Beer Dinner

ThirstyBear Organic Brewery

Escape the chilly weather and cozy up with a night of unlimited paella and Thirsty Bear organic beers, soundtracked by a live flamenco guitarist. Vegetarian paella and salad will also be available.

$42 / RSVP

German Beer School & Dinner

Brotzeit Lokal | German Restaurant & Waterfront Biergarten

Brotzeit Local, Oakland's waterfront biergarten, is opening up their staff German beer classes for everyone this year. Learn about beer as you dine on a four course German menu with beer pairings.

$79 / RSVP

Eames Exhibit + Design Talk with Fort Point and AIGA SF

Oakland Museum of California

Love beer and design? Learn what it's like to run a design-driven company from the Creative Director and Cofounder of Fort Point. Beer is included, as well as access to OCMA's Eames exhibit.

$16 / RSVP

On Cultivating Balance: A Conversation with Sharon Salzberg and Nikki Mirghafori

California Institute of Integral Studies

Who doesn't want more balance and clarity in their lives? Gain powerful tools from meditation experts Sharon Salzberg and Nikki Mirghafori at this discussion event.

$32 / RSVP

Local Brewing Co. Beers & Tartine Teacakes

Local Brewing Co.

Cake is secretly the best beer pairing food. Sample Tartine teacakes and pastries paired with four different limited release beers by Local Brewing Co.

$42 / RSVP

February 11 - 17

Kate Berlant

Starline Social Club

When was the last time you actually laughed until you cried? Go see Kate Berlant, a hysterical stand-up comedian and improvisational comic who always brings unbelievable energy to every show.

$21 / RSVP

One Paycheck Away: Addressing Homelessness in the Bay Area

The Commonwealth Club

25,000 go to bed homeless in the San Francisco Bay Area every night. What's being done about this, and how can we help? Find out from a panel of experts who are working hard to create change.

$0 - $12 / RSVP

2019 Tacolicious Valentine’s Day Dinner Crab Bender


Tired of fussy VDay dinners? Skip the prix fixe route and dig into a roasted dungeness crab feast that includes sides, sweets, beer pairings from Faction Brewing, and lots of Josey Baker Bread.

$128 / RSVP

Day-Long Meditation Retreat

Green Gulch Farm Zen Center

Spend the day deepening your meditation practice. Head out to the gorgeous Green Gulch Farm for meditation, long walks, mindfulness guidance, and a delicious vegetarian lunch.

$119 - $129 / RSVP



  1. where is the scoop on the International Chocolate Fest down in San Mateo? Foodies don’t want to miss out on our beloved chocolate!
    Please share some info.

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