The 15 Best Things To Do In San Francisco – January 2017

Compared to most of the rest of country, San Francisco winters are mild with plenty of crisp and sunny days. Those blue-sky-days are ideal for whale watching, a walk through North Beach, a luxury wine tour to the Napa Valley, Sonoma, or maybe a day trip to Yosemite.

January events start with a bang with perennial favorites like the launch of SF Ballet 83rd season, plus quirky events like the Noir City Film Festival. If you're up for an adventure choose one of the most popular activities — a helicopter ride over the city and under the Golden Gate Bridge! Whatever your pleasure, even though it is January, San Francisco activities and events are hot, hot, hot!

Half-Price Tickets In January 2017

Discounted Event Tickets


Every month there are half-price tickets to be found for SF events, activities and concerts. Here's what popular in January —

San Francisco DungeonScary-Fun Tour of the Bay Area's Dark History

Madame Tussaud's Legendary Wax Museum

Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in San Francisco January 2017

Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

See the city from the sky!
If the sky is blue, your pilot will fly you directly under the Golden Gate Bridge, then over the city's landmarks and along the Pacific coastline. You'll see San Francisco as you've never seen it before, and you can bet on this helicopter tour of the city, the bay and the bridges being a highlight of your trip.
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Golden Gate Dinner Dance Cruise

Golden Gate Dinner Dance Cruise

Watch the sun set over the Bay as you approach the highlight of the evening — sailing directly under the Golden Gate Bridge. The evening starts with cocktails on deck as you glide by the Bay Bridge, by the piers along the waterfront, and the city skyline. It continues with a multi-course dinner. The band plays live music and then it's up to you — hit the dance floor, or slip outdoors to the observation deck to admire the memorable nighttime view of the city.
Golden Gate Dinner Dance CruiseInformation & Booking

Top Entertainment & Sports

Things to Do in San Francisco January 2017

The 49ers at Levi's Stadium

The 49ers

To kick off the year, San Francisco's 49ers football team are at home in Levi's Stadium to take on the St Louis Rams. If you're in the city at that time, this is the one sports event you don't want to miss!
• January 3
• Levi's Stadium
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Don't Forget to Get the San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.

The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!

The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in San Francisco January 2017

The 83rd Season of the San Francisco Ballet

The 83rd San Francisco Ballet Season

2017 marks the 83rd anniversary of the San Francisco ballet. The season kicks off with the Opening Night Gala on January 21 and the first performance on January 24 of 7 for Eight Magrittomania Pas/Parts from artistic director Heigl Tomasson.
• Season Starts January 24
• War Memorial Opera House

Our Fave Wine Country Day Trips

Things to Do in San Francisco January 2017

Yosemite National Park Day Trip

Yosemite National Park Day Trip

Spend a day discovering the beauty of Yosemite National Park on a small-group tour. Drive through giant sequoia groves, the Sierra Nevadas, and stop along the way for stunning views of the valley. Spend the afternoon hiking, cycling or relaxing in the Ansel Adams Gallery. No need to rent a car, this is the easiest way to enjoy Yosemite. Includes pick-up right from your hotel.
Small-Group Yosemite National Park Day TripInformation & Booking

Tour of Napa & Sonoma Wine Country With Gourmet Lunch

Tour of Napa & Sonoma Wine Country

What we especially like about this tour is that it's a small-group affair that has you traveling in a luxury van (instead of a bus). The tour size guarantees personal attention — you feel more like a VIP than a tourist. You get to experience the best of Northern California Wine Country with vineyard tours, tastings and a gourmet lunch in Sonoma. The final destination is Domaine Chandon for a glass of sparking wine while enjoying the stellar views.
Tour of Napa & Sonoma Wine CountryInformation & Booking

The Most Delicious Food & Wine Events

Things to Do in San Francisco January 2017

Little Italy & North Beach Walking Tour

Little Italy & North Beach Walking Tour

Discover the delights of the best SF neighborhoods for food lovers — Little Italy and North Beach — on this moveable feast of a walking tour. Lonely Planet names it one of the "Top 10 Walking tours for Globetrotting Foodies" and San Francisco Bay Guardian called it the "Best Tour for 2011". You'll feel like an insider as your guide introduces you to local food vendors for extra attention & generous tastings.
Little Italy & North Beach Walking TourInformation & Booking

Ferry Building Food Tour + Alcatraz Visit

Ferry Building Food Tour with Alcatraz

The historic Ferry Building on the waterfront is SF's food nexus, and the best way to learn all about it is on a walk with a food expert. With your guide at your side you sample your way through the finest delicacies that this food hall has to offer. After sampling your way from creamery to deli to patisserie it's time to wander to Pier 33 to pick up your tickets and board the ferry for your Alcatraz adventure.
Ferry Building Food Tour with AlcatrazInformation & Booking

Festivals & Happenings

Things to Do in San Francisco January 2017

Party with the Sea Lions at Pier 39


A strange and wonderful thing happened after the 1989 San Francisco earthquake — sea lions arrived in droves to Pier 39 starting the next January. You simply have to head to the pier to watch these playful creatures as they sun themselves on the rocks or frolic in the waters. Find out more at the Sea Lion Center.
Sea Lion Center

14th Annual San Francisco Noir City Film Festival

14th Annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival

It's the world's most popular film noir festival featuring freshly preserved 35mm rarities, by-popular-demand screenings, and special guest stars. This year's festival promises to be the darkest and most delicious yet.
• January 22–31
• Castro theater
San Francisco Film Noir FestivalWebsite
Ticket Information

Featured Hotels

In The City. In Wine Country.

Galleria Park Hotel – San Francisco

Galleria Park Hotel

Galleria Park HotelRead Our Complete Review

We describe the Galleria as "classic design with a contemporary twist". It's an eclectic mix of Art Deco, 1940s retro, and it even retains elements from the original 1911 building, all completely revamped with hip, modern features. It's in a great location — the Union Square area — and you can walk everywhere. Highly-Rated Plus!
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Hotel Yountville – Napa Valley Wine Country

Hotel Yountville

The free iPads are just the beginning of the wonders of this modern classic luxury boutique hotel, located in the prettiest town in the Napa Valley. It's surrounded by miles of vineyards, it's the perfect base to explore the wine and food and scenery of this astounding wine valley. And it's not just the view that are amazing —the design and details of the hotel are so very well done and so very comforting that you feel at home the minute you arrive.
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