The Best Things To Do In January and FebruaryJan 18, 2023 08:29AM ● By Pam Kessler
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Broadway SF’s showstopping season continues with six time Tony Award-winner Dear Evan Hansen, a moving musical performance about life and the way we live it. January 24-February 19, Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco.
Pushing the limits of agility and defying gravity, the Peking Acrobats take center stage at the Lesher Center on January 27 in an all new extravaganza with performers from The Shanghai Circus. A truly spectacular show for all ages rooted in centuries of Chinese grace and discipline.
Visit Oakland Museum of California on January 29 from noon-4pm for a Lunar New Year celebration featuring lucky lion dancing, Malaysian drumming, and paper latern-making crafts, museumca.org.
EMPRESS BY BOON
One of Chinatown’s hottest Cantonese culinary destinations, Empress by Boon, led by Michelin-starred Chef Ho Chee Boon, has designed a special eight-course prix fixe menu for Chinese New Year. The celebratory menu starts with small bites, followed by seafood courses, two mains, and dessert. Guests will also be treated to lucky red envelopes and a festive lion dance performance.
CHINESE NEW YEAR PARADE
Considered one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the world, the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade returns Saturday, February 4th from 5:00-8:00pm. Don't miss the chance to attend one of the only illuminated parades outside of Asia. 2nd St & Market to Kearny & Columbus, chineseparade.com.
Snag a single day ticket to Bottlerock 2023 before it sells out! The wine country’s top music festival dropped an epic lineup for its May 26-28 music festival featuring headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Lizzo, Duran Duran, Sheryl Crow, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more.
BAY AREA BREW FEST
More than 50 breweries, food trucks, and DJs will be on tap at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion on January 28. Admission to the Bay Area Brew Festival buys you unlimited samples.
From a quick run up the hills of Briones to a serene walk in Mitchell Canyon, here’s a guide from Save Mt. Diablo to eight places for an invigorating sunrise or sunset winter hike.
FREE SATURDAYS IN JANUARY
If you live in the Bay Area, take advantage of free general admission to the permanent galleries at the de Young and Legion of Honor in San Francisco. Kids 17 and under are always free, famsf.org.
This nationally recognized comedy festival kicks off January 20 with headliners, local favorites, and up-and-comers. Get ready to laugh until you cry at Sketchfest shows through February 5.
Center Rep returns to stage with Red Bike—an imaginative play about the economic-social-cultural divide in small town America through the eyes of an 11-year-old child. February 4-25.
SENSATION OF COLOR
Bay Area artist Erin Fong transforms the Bedford Gallery into a myriad of vibrant hues at this dramatic display of her prints, paintings, and installations. Through April 2, Wed-Sun.
NAPA LIGHTED ART FESTIVAL
Experience the magic of light of wine country after dark on a walking tour of 10 illuminated art sculptures during the Napa Lighted Art Festival January 21 through February 19.
Direct from Broadway, the hit musical Mean Girls opens at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco January 31. It’s the hilarious story of a naïve newbie who falls prey to the vicious ways of her new frenemies in suburban Illinois. Through February 26.
Take a magical musical trip to the City of Light with Chopin in Paris at California Symphony’s February 4-5 Walnut Creek performances. The Parisian themed concerts are conducted by Music Director Donato Cabrera, celebrating his 10th year with the orchestra.