San Francisco in February

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    San Francisco in February

    Chinese New Year
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    In February, San Francisco is quiet. Weather can be cool but sunny (or rainy), and it's a good time to see the city without the crowds. 

    Chinese New Year: February's Big Holiday (Sometimes)

    Lots of events to celebrate the new year according to the Chinese calendar. It's a lunar holiday that can happen in January or February, and once in a while, the parade is in early March. You can celebrate by going to the big parade, watching the beauty pageant, going on a treasure hunt or walking through Chinatown to see the festivities.  Use the Chinese New Year guide to find out all about how San Francisco celebrates.

    February's Other Big Holiday: Valentine's Day

    Writer George Sterling once called San Francisco the "cool, grey city of love" and we all know that singer Tony Bennett left his heart there. What better place could you find to celebrate Valentine's Day? Use these resources to plan your perfect little San Francisco tryst.

    Things That Are Especially Fun to Do in San Francisco in February

    February is gray whale season around San Francisco. Find out how, when and where you can take a trip to see them in the San Francisco whale watching guide.

    Things That Look Like Fun to Do in February

    These are a few things that should be on anyone's "That Looks Interesting" bucket list:

    SF Indie Fest: If you're a fan of edgy, under the radar independent films, you can indulge your passion at the Indie Fest. They're also known for throwing some fun parties. 

    The Mostly British Film Festival also happens in February.

    San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest wine competition of American wines in the world with more than 7,000 entries. Besides all the snooty sipping and scoring, the competition also hosts a public wine tasting and food sampling events.

    You can also focus on just one wine variety at the Zinfandel Experience or if a beer is your drink of choice, celebrate San Francisco Beer Week.

    More Events in February

    The annual events listed above happen every year, but they're not all that's going on in San Francisco in February. If you're looking for a fun concert, sporting event or theatrical performance try these resources:

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    What to Expect from San Francisco Weather in February

    Golden Gate Bridge
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    February is in the middle of San Francisco's rainy season. Sometimes, a winter storm can dump the entire monthly rainfall in a single day. But you may also enjoy bright, sunny weather during your visit. The average rainfall is 2.95 inches (7.4 cm). If the weather tries to turn your vacation into a soggy mess, try these things to do on a rainy day in San Francisco.

    In February, you can expect about 10 hours of daylight for exploring the city. Even during the rainy season, the city gets about 6.5 hours of sunshine per day, on the average. 

    San Francisco's average February temperatures range from a high of 61°F (16°C) to a low of 48°F (9°C). 

    If you want to compare San Francisco's February weather to other months, check the guide to San Francisco weather and climate.

    Use the weather averages above to get an idea of what things may be like, but it might be different when you visit. In fact, variability may be San Francisco weather's most prominent characteristic. It might rain — or it might not. It might be sunny — or cloudy. 

    Monthly averages are helpful if you're planning far ahead, but don't count on your trip being "average." Check the San Francisco weather forecast before you leave home.

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    What to Pack, What to Wear in San Francisco in February

    Heart Sculpture in Union Square San Francisco
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    If rain is predicted, an umbrella may not be your best choice. They're hard to carry on crowded sidewalks and don't protect from wind-driven raindrops. A warm, waterproof jacket with hood is the best option - or a full-length raincoat.

    A mid-weight jacket (or a bit more) will be enough on dry days. Unless you're going to the ski slopes, you can leave the heavy winter coat at home, but San Franciscans often wear gloves, hat, and scarf on cooler mornings. 

    More San Francisco by Month

    If you're just starting to plan your trip and deciding when to go, you may want to know what San Francisco is like in other months. You find that in these guides: 

    For a quiet time (although it may be rainy), try San Francisco in January when things are at their most laid-back of the year.

    March is the beginning of spring but you can also get spring weather (and crowds) in  San Francisco in April or San Francisco in May.

    Summer in San Francisco may not be what you think, especially if you go to  San Francisco in June or in July, If you're looking for sunny days and lots of sunshine, try San Francisco in August instead.

    By fall, the skies will be clear and the crowds will be gone. In fact, the best times to visit may be  San Francisco in September or San Francisco in October.

    Holiday festivities make the end of the year a good time to go to San Francisco in November or San Francisco in December.