The new year is here and with it comes a promise of a new beginning. Looking for events in San Francisco this January? These events are sure to put a smile on your face, a spring in your step and some hope in your heart. Happy New Year!

Events in San Francisco this January

Napa Valley Resolution Run
When: January 1st, 2017
Where: Yountville Community Center
6516 Washington Street
Yountvillle, CA

Blast from the starting line to begin a glorious New Year! Run a 5K/10K through beautiful Yountville on January 1st, at 10am. The race starts and ends at the Yountville Community Center. Celebrate the new year running!

Free Day at San Francisco Botanical Garden
When: January 1st, 2017
Where: San Francisco Botanical Garden
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA

Escape to a unique, 55-acre urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. The Botanical Garden is a living museum within Golden Gate Park, offering 55 acres of both landscaped gardens and open spaces, showcasing over 8,000 different kinds of plants from around the world.

Lumination Chinese Light Show
When: January 6th and 7th, 2017
Where: Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park

As the sun sets, Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park is transformed into a dramatic display of spectacular sights and sounds from ancient China. You will be whisked away to another time and place as you stroll through colossal light displays that illuminate over 2,000 years of Chinese history and culture.

These incredible displays—some towering as high as 6 stories into the night sky—include giant dragons, mythical Qilin, and playful pandas, as well as historic landmarks like the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Terracotta Warriors.

29th Annual RV Show
When: January 7th – 16th, 2017
Where: Alameda County Fairgrounds
4501 Pleasanton Avenue
Pleasanton, CA

See 100s of RV manufacturers’ lines –new and used RV’s — speak directly with many different dealers and representatives and … do it all in one convenient location — the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton California.

Art and Design Fair
When: January 12th – 15th, 2017
Where: FOG Design & Art
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
San Francisco, CA

FOG Design+Art showcases 40 contemporary design dealers and art galleries and hosts lectures by artists and designers in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason.
Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
When: January 13th – 15th– 2017
Where: Louden Nelson Community Center
301 Center Street
Santa Cruz, CA

This three day event features hundreds of species of local fungi presented in a unique fashion, and draws thousands of visitors each year. The Fair showcases speakers, cooking demonstrations, a special Kids’ Room, and a taxonomy panel for identification of fungi. Many books and mushroom-related items are available for sale, as are wild mushroom delicacies

Napa Truffle Festival
When: January 13th – 16th, 2017
Where: Various Locations in Napa Valley

The American Truffle Company returns to Napa with the sixth annual Napa Truffle Festival – bringing together two complementary aspects of European truffles:  the best chefs in the world known for their truffle cuisine, and the best truffle experts/scientists in the world recognized for their expertise and data on truffle cultivation. Gourmands and aspiring truffle growers alike will find a bounty of activities throughout the festival weekend to satisfy their appetite and curiosity for the flavor and knowledge of one of the world’s most prized and delectable foods.

Bringing the Noise for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
When: January 16th, 2017
Where: Nourse Theater
575 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

There is no better way to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King than through the voices of young poets and writers. Curated by Senior Poet Mentor M.C. K~Swift, this year’s showcase is inspired by Dr. King’s seminal speech and text “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?” We are excited to represent the history of Youth Speaks, with both veteran performers and the next generation all hitting the stage in this annual gathering.

27th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ Arrival
When: January 20th – 22nd, 2017
Where: Pier 39
San Francisco, CA

Celebrate the 27th anniversary of the sea lions’ arrival to PIER 39! The boisterous barking pinnipeds began arriving in droves shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the sea lions quickly decided to make PIER 39’s K-Dock their new home.