30 Amazing Things To Do In S.F. This Month

We’re not going to judge you if you’ve already broken those resolutions. A gym membership is overrated anyway. But, you can still have a successful first month of the year, especially when it comes to your social calendar.
If you’re in the mood to pick up a new class or fill your schedule with some arts and culture, this is your hit list. We're serious when we say these happenings are life-changing. Not only are they the best events going down this month, but you’re sure to walk away from all of them feeling like a whole new you. Yep, you're going to rule 2015.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ovenly.
Ovenly Dinner
Lauded as one of the best bakeries in Brooklyn, Ovenly is bringing its delicious bites to the West Coast — sort of. Hot on the heels of the acclaimed cookbook launch, founders Ovenly co-founders Agatha Kulaga and Erin Patinkin will be in town celebrating (and whipping up desserts) with a Stag Dining-hosted dinner at Heath Ceramics. You don't want to miss this.

When: Thursday, January 29, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-361-5552.
Tickets: $75; Buy here.
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BuzzFeed CEO At The Commonwealth Club
Join BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti for a conversation with investor Chris Dixon about the site’s wild success, how to raise money, and memes versus investigative journalism. If you want an inside glimpse into the mega-popular site, this is it.

When: Wednesday, January 28, 7 to 8 p.m.
Where: The Commonwealth Club, 595 Market Street (near Montgomery Street); 415-597-6700.
Tickets: $25 to $60
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Elise Hameau & Bliss Lau Trunk Show
We just can't get enough of Loho Bride and the great brands it brings into the wedding market. Well, the Potrero Hill bridal shop is hosting one of its biggest shows ever. Shop the likes of Parisian bridal designer Elise Hameau and pick up baubles by the talented Bliss Lau for a limited time.

When: Wednesday, January 28, to Sunday, February 1.
Where: Loho Bride, 550 15th Street (at Utah Street), Suite M19; 415-525-4544.
RSVP: Here.
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Charles Chocolates Tour & Tasting
One of the Mission’s most under-the-radar sweet shops, Charles Chocolate is any chocolate lover’s dream come true. Take a tour of the space and top it off with a tasting. Yum!

When: Friday, January 9, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Where: Charles Chocolates, 535 Florida Street (at 18th Street); 415-659-8770.
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Academy Of Sciences Nightlife
See Golden Gate Park's famed science museum in a whole new light. Every Thursday, Academy of Sciences stays open late and turns into a boozy haven complete with DJs, DIY stations, and, of course, natural history, planetariums, and aquariums.

When: Thursday, January 8, 6 to 10 p.m.
Where: Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive (near Martin Luther King Jr. Drive); 415-379-8000.
Tickets: $12
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The Cheese School, Cheese 101
Brush up on your cheese knowledge and learn the basic elements of tasting, classification, and production in this class. Located in the Mission in an adorable studio above Stable Café, this is the perfect way to spend a January evening.

When: Wednesday, January 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: The Cheese School, 2124 Folsom Street (between 17th and 18th streets); 415- 346-7530.
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Ferry Building Saturday Market
Sure, it might be the dead of winter, but that doesn’t mean the Ferry Building is lacking fresh, organic produce and treats to enjoy. Peruse the aisles and stands of San Francisco purveyors and makers for a quintessential Bay Area afternoon.

When: Every Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Ferry Building, 1 Ferry Building (at Embarcadero and Market streets); 415-983-8030.
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El Rio Oysters
In the mood to save some dough? Head over to El Rio to score some oysters for free — yep, FREE. The Bernal Heights dive bar serves up complimentary West Coast oysters on the half shell on its famed patio. Talk about a happy hour.

When: Friday, January 9, 5:30 p.m.
Where: El Rio, 3158 Mission Street (between Powers and Precita avenues); 415-282-3325.
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Fullosophie Style Fete: Styling & Floral Retreat
Master the art of styling and florals at this chic retreat at Holman Ranch in Carmel. You’ll walk away from this two-day intensive workshop with the skills to design, style, and creatively grow your business. Count us in!

When: Monday, January 19, and Tuesday, January 20.
Where: Holman Ranch, 19 East Carmel Valley Road, Suite C, Carmel Valley; 831-659-2650.
Tickets: From $699.
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Paint & Wine Party: Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge is a beaut — duh. So, why wouldn’t you want to let the creative juices flow (with the help of a few glasses of vino) and create your own portrait of the iconic bridge? Book this class and enjoy two hours of sipping and painting, and unleash your inner Picasso in the process.

When: Monday, January 5, 7 to 9 p.m.
Where: Beyond Canvas Studio, 1021A Valencia Street (at 21st Street); 415-286-5503.
Tickets: $50
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The Cable Car Nymphomaniac
This new show (by brand-new theater group FOGG) explores a sex scandal that rocked S.F. in the '70s. It involved a young woman who sued the city after a cable-car crash supposedly turned her into a sex addict. How, exactly? Well, we can't wait to see the show and find out!

When: Saturday, January 17, to Saturday, January 31; times vary.
Where: Z Below, 450 Florida Street (near 17th Street); 415-626-0543.
Tickets: $30; buy here.
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S.F. Ballet's Production of Giselle
Start the New Year off on an artistic note by catching the San Francisco Ballet’s iteration of Giselle. The show kicks off January 29 and is sure to be an incredible performance that you won’t want to miss.

When: Thursday, January 29, through Tuesday, February 10; times vary.
Where: War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Avenue (at Grove Street); 415-864-3330.
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Ai Weiwei On Alcatraz
If you haven’t made it to the Rock to see Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei’s exhibit, what are you waiting for? The show explores freedom of expression and human rights, and will give you an entirely new perspective on the infamous institution.

When: Now through Sunday, April 26.
Where: Alcatraz Golden Gate National Recreation Area; 415-561-4900.
Tickets: $30
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Good Food Awards
Celebrating its fifth year, The Good Food Awards honor American food and beverage purveyors for their efforts in sustainability, social responsibility, and, of course, deliciousness. Snag tickets to attend the ceremony and gala, where you can rub elbows with peeps like Alice Waters and taste-test all the winners.

When: Thursday, January 8, 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Where: Palace of Fine Arts, 3301 Lyon Street (near Palace Drive); no phone.
Tickets: $120; buy here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Bluxome Street Winery.
Beer Vs. Wine Dinner
Join Stag Dining Group, Bluxome Street Winery, and Almanac Beer for a dinner-slash-culinary-face-off. You’ll enjoy a five-course meal with beer and wine pairings, in a battle of the best beverage pairings. Will it be wine, or will it be beer? A little competition never hurt anyone, right?

When: Thursday, January 22, 7 to 11 p.m.
Where: Location TBA.
Tickets: $135; buy here.
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Attack Of The Typewriters
We never tire of a good typewriter, but add booze and letter-writing to the equation, and it’s on. Gather at the Make Out Room, and prepare to get your political gripes off your mind and into the hands of a public official. Typewriter, stamps, and paper are all included, free.

When: Monday, January 5, 6 p.m.
Where: Make Out Room, 3225 22nd Street (between Bartlett and Mission streets); 415-647-2888.
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Photo: Courtesy of DeYoung Museum.
Janet Delaney: "South Of Market" Exhibit
See vintage images of SoMa before the tech explosion in this rare glimpse into the industrial neighborhood. Artist Janet Delaney snapped more than 50 pics from SoMa in the '70s and '80s, and the results are eye-opening. Talk about a blast from the past.

When: Saturday, January 17, to Sunday, July 19.
Where: De Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive; 415- 750-3600.
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Oakland Restaurant Week
We don’t need much of a reason to cross the bridge and explore Oakland. But, the fifth annual Oakland Restaurant Week makes it that much more enticing. More than 75 eateries will offer $20, $30, or $40 prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus for a week. Now there’s really no excuse not to try the East Bay’s culinary offerings.

When: Thursday, January 15, to Sunday, January 25.
Where: Locations vary; see full list here.
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S.F. Sketchfest
S.F. Sketchfest is back and funnier than ever, with a lineup that has us chomping at the bit. From Weird Al to Natasha Lyonne, you can bet this year's schedule won't disappoint. See everything from video tributes to sketch comedy to kids' shows during its two-week run.

When: Thursday, January 22, to Sunday, February 8.
Where: Locations vary; see full list here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Beyond Canvas.
Shibori Dyeing Workshop
What better time than the new year to take up a hobby? Learn the ins and outs of Japanese shibori dyeing at this workshop. Soon, everything you own will be doused in indigo — you can thank us later.

When: Monday, January 19, 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Where: Beyond Canvas Studio, 1021A Valencia Street (at 21st Street); 415-286-5503.
Tickets: $60; Buy here.
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Slave 4 U Dance Class
We'll never (and we mean NEVER) forget the sultry moves in Britney Spears' classic video for "I'm a Slave 4 U" — and now you can finally learn 'em in person at this rad class. Sure, Beyoncé dance classes may be all the rage, but we're kicking it old-school with this one. Can you blame us?

When: Tuesday, January 13, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Metronome, 1830 17th Street (between Rhode Island and DeHaro streets); 415-871-2462.
Tickets: $95
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Off The Grid At Marin Country Mart
Live music, grub, and shopping — sounds like the makings for a perfect Sunday, right? Well, at Marin Country Mart this is what goes down, so get excited. Head over to the Larkspur shopping mart for bluegrass tunes, food trucks, and more. Count us in!

When: Sunday, January 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Marin Country Mart, 2257 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur; 415-461-5700.
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Social Good Tech Week
This weeklong event celebrates everything in tech and social good, and if you're looking to be plugged into the best companies, practices, and strategies, you should attend. Join influencers for TED talks, demos, and keynotes at this informative gathering.

When: Tuesday, January 27, to Sunday, February 1.
Where: Times and locations vary.
Tickets: $150 to $300; buy here.
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Sea Foraging With Kirk Lombard
"Intertidal Harvester" Kirk Lombard rose to fame after Todd Selby unearthed and shared his unique story and talent for sea foraging. Join Kirk for one of his educational tours that explore clam digging, poke and pull fishing, and more.

When: Monday, January 19, 2:30 p.m.
Where: Pillar Point, Half Moon Bay, details provided after booking.
Tickets: $52
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BHLDN Pop-Up
Brides-to-be, listen up. BHLDN is bringing its ethereal gowns to S.F.! The online bridal offshoot of Anthropologie will be in town for a few days, with its gorgeous garments in tow. You don’t want to miss viewing the stunning dresses and accessories IRL.

When: Friday, January 23, to Sunday February 1; opening-day party January 23, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Firehouse 8, 1648 Pacific Avenue (between Polk Street and United States Highway 101); 415-890-4800.
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FOG Design+Art
Celebrate the best in modern and contemporary design at this can't-miss event at Fort Mason. Exhibits, installations, and creative discussions are all part of the robust four-day extravaganza, which features some of today's best and brightest figures and galleries in the art world.

When: Wednesday, January 14, to Sunday, January 18; times vary.
Where: Fort Mason 2 Marina Boulevard; 415-345-7500.
Tickets: $15 to $20; buy here.
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Photo: Courtesy of Tiffanie Turner.
"Dead Of Winter" by Tiffanie Turner
Curated by local artist Tiffanie Turner — known for her incredible, botany-inspired paper works of art — this exhibition takes a look at botanical life forms in the middle of the coldest season. She's culled a multitude of artists across many mediums to display their works at Rare Device's first show of the year.

When: Wednesday, January 7, to Wednesday, February 4; opening reception Friday, January 9, 6 to 9 p.m.
Where: Rare Device, 600 Divisadero Street (at Hayes Street); 415-863-3969.
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Hella Smart At Southside Spirit House
Brush up on your trivia skills at this weekly event at SoMa's Southside Spirit House. After all, booze and trivia are a perfect combo, right?

When: Every Tuesday night, 8 to 10 p.m.
Where: Southside Spirit House, 575 Howard Street (between 1st and 2nd streets); 415-543-5874.
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Ride At SoulCycle SoMa
Because, those New Year's resolutions aren't going to work themselves. Get a little cycling and calorie-burning session in at this shiny-new studio.

Where: SoulCycle SoMa, 75 First Street (near Mission Street); 415-695-7685.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pier 39.
Sea Lions At Pier 39
Play tourist for a day and head over to popular Pier 39 to catch a glimpse of the seasonal sea lion migration. Sure, the crowds may be intense, but this moment is just too cute.

When: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: Pier 39, at Beach Street and Embarcadero; no phone.
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