Things to do in San Francisco in January 2024

Ali Sullivan
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Explore the vibrant side of San Francisco in January with our comprehensive guide. Discover the best activities to make the most of your visit to the City by the Bay this January.

San Francisco in january

As the rest of the country bundles up, San Francisco invites you to discover a January that is anything but ordinary. From festive events that light up the city to cozy corners in local cafes offering respite from the chill, this guide is your key to unlocking the secrets of San Francisco in the first month of the year.


January is a time when the city’s hills are kissed by a subtle mist, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge stands tall against a backdrop of clear skies. It’s a month of contrasts, where you can witness the excitement of winter festivals in one moment and find tranquility in the next as you explore the city’s diverse neighborhoods. From the bustling streets of Chinatown to the artistic vibes of the Mission District, each corner of San Francisco has something unique to offer.


In this guide, we’ll take you on a journey through the best things to do in San Francisco in January. Whether you’re a visitor planning a winter escape or a local seeking new adventure, embrace the magic of San Francisco in January with ITH. So, grab a jacket and your sense of curiosity, and let the adventure begin!

Watch a Golden State Warriors Basketball in san Francisco in January

Experience the energy of a Golden State Warriors game in San Francisco this January, where the roar of the crowd and the court action create an unforgettable atmosphere. As you step into the Chase Center, be prepared to be immersed in the passion of basketball fandom. From the iconic halftime entertainment to the displays of skill on the court, a Warriors game is more than just a sporting event – it’s a celebration of the indomitable spirit of the Bay Area. 


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MJ, The Musical at the Orpheum Theatre

January 30 & 31


Step into the legendary world of the King of Pop as you attend MJ, The Musical, at the historic Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco this January. Watch the captivating journey of Michael Jackson’s life and career, brought to life through performances and the beats of his greatest hits. The Orpheum Theatre provides the perfect backdrop for this spectacular musical tribute. From the moonwalk to the unmistakable silhouette of the fedora, experience the magic of Michael Jackson’s legacy. 

Hot Chocolate 15k/5k

January 7th


Join the sweetest race in San Francisco in January at the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k! This delightful event not only offers the thrill of a race but also tantalizes your taste buds with a decadent chocolate experience. Imagine crossing the finish line to be rewarded with a steaming cup of rich hot chocolate and an array of delectable treats, creating a sweet celebration of your accomplishment. With the Golden Gate Bridge as your backdrop and the promise of chocolate delights, the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k is a delicious way to kick off the new year.


SF Sketchfest

January 18 – February 4


Prepare for a laughter extravaganza as SF Sketchfest takes over San Francisco in January. This comedy festival transforms the city into a comedic playground, featuring a lineup of hilarious stand-up performances, improv shows, and live podcast recordings. Imagine iconic venues across the city buzzing with the contagious energy of laughter as talented comedians and improvisers take the stage. SF Sketchfest isn’t just an event; it’s a celebration of wit, humor, and the vibrant comedy community.

Martin Luther King Jr. March & Festival

January 16th


Join the celebration of equality and justice at the Martin Luther King March and Festival in San Francisco. Commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., this event brings together the community in a powerful display of activism. The march is a symbolic journey towards justice, echoing Dr. King’s principles. Following the march, the festival unfolds, featuring inspiring speakers, live music, performances, and community-driven activities.

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ZinEx in San Francisco in January 

January 25th


Embark on a journey of mindfulness and well-being at ZenEx in San Francisco on January 21st. This transformative event invites you to explore the principles of Zen living, offering a day of immersive workshops, meditation sessions, and enlightening discussions led by seasoned practitioners. Against the backdrop of San Francisco’s serene landscape, ZenEx provides a space for self-discovery and connection.


As we wrap up our guide to the best things to do in San Francisco in January, the city’s charm awaits your discovery. From festive events to scenic wonders, there’s no shortage of excitement. Elevate your experience by staying at ITH Pacific Tradewinds Hostel, where comfort meets the community in the heart of Chinatown. Book your stay now and let the adventure continue as you immerse yourself in the unique spirit of San Francisco. Whether you’re a solo traveler or on a group expedition, make ITH Pacific Tradewinds Hostel your home base for an unforgettable journey in the City by the Bay.

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