San Francisco Hot Culture For Winter
From belly busting comedy to belly filling cuisine, San Francisco heats up this winter with amazing events and festivals that celebrate the City by the Bay. Whether you crave classical ballet, creative food, craft beer or dark cinema, here’s what’s happening in San Francisco this month.
San Francisco Restaurant Week – January 21 – 30
Foodies can enjoy a culinary adventure at more than 100 restaurants during San Francisco Restaurant Week. This week-long food event is a fantastic way to try new dining experiences and creative menus at eateries, like Absinthe, Anzu, Chapau, Chaya, Brasserie, DOSA, Garçon, Il Fornaio, La Mar, Luce, Rose Pistola, Ramen Bar, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Spruce. Enjoy two-course lunch menus for $25, three-course dinner for $40 and the Discovery tasting menu for $85.
SF Sketchfest – January 22 – February 8
Enjoy side-splitting laughter and anything-goes comedy at SF Sketchfest. With deep roots in hilarious comedy and a vibrant comedy scene, San Francisco hosts two weeks of comedy stars and up-and-coming comedians from across the country at The Punch Line and Cobb’s Comedy Club. Fans will get to see impromptu performances by Dave Chapelle and a dynamo line-up of sketch, stand-up, alternative, and improve comedy, as well as music, films, tributes, and workshops. Robin Williams launched his career in San Francisco at these iconic clubs.
Noir City: San Francisco Film Noir Festival – January 16 – 25
Celebrating the darker art of cinema, the San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to the Castro Theatre. The festival presents 25 extraordinary films depicting the shadowy side of love and marriage, including rare and obscure films. Movie buffs will enjoy cinema masterpieces, such as Luchino Visconti’s Ossessione and H. G. Clouzot’s Les Diaboliques, as well as Doris Day’s absurd romp Julie and William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man, movies’ most mythically perfect union. The program will also present world premieres of two new 35mm restorations, Woman on the Run and The Guilty.
San Francisco Ballet Gala Opening – January 22
Experience the opening of America’s oldest professional ballet company. The San Francisco Ballet launches its spectacular 2015 season of classical and contemporary ballet performances at War Memorial Opera House. This month, the repertory will perform George Balanchine’s Serenade and Helgi Tomasson’s epic Giselle, a most beautiful and haunting tales of a young girl who loves to dance.
Bay Area Brew Festival – January 24
Tapping into the microbrew scene in California, the 4th annual Bay Area Brew Festival features dozens of international and domestic beers and San Francisco’s best food trucks at Fort Mason. Beer connoisseurs will enjoy sipping craft beer from many regional and local breweries, like the San Francisco Brewing Company, Anderson Valley Brewing Company, Golden State Cider and Petaluma Hills, while sampling local fare. General admission is $40 for unlimited beer tasting.