The new year is officially here. And that brings with it a fresh slate of activity around the Golden State. With restaurant openings, can’t-miss events and other “only in California” happenings to get you excited about calling California home, 2017 has a lot to offer.

Here’s what we’re most excited about in Los Angeles and San Francisco this year.

 

Best Food Transplants

Los Angeles 

San Francisco’s famed Tartine Manufactory (that of freshly baked bread and long lines) is set to open in Los Angeles this year, a project that is over two years in the making. The Downtown LA location will be three times the size of the SF original, offering a casual breakfast and lunch operation with a full dinner service. And Tartine isn’t alone in its southern California venture. Other San Francisco originals moving to LA: The Slanted Door, a James Beard Outstanding Restaurant offering modern Vietnamese fare, and Craftsman & Wolves, a famed San Francisco patisserie from James Beard–nominated chef William Werner.

San Francisco

For a city that doesn’t have a traditional “summer,” San Francisco sure boasts an impressive ice cream game. No matter the temperature, folks line up in droves for a sweet scoop of Bi-Rite, Humphry Slocombe, Three Twins or Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous. Now, add Portland-based Salt and Straw to the mix. Coming to both Fillmore Street and Hayes Valley, the SF outposts will feature a menu of flavors created just for San Francisco. And the cherry on top? All Salt & Straw locations in San Francisco will benefit local schools.

 

Hottest Ticket in Town

Los Angeles and San Francisco

It must take something exceptional to become the hottest ticket in town in two major metropolitan cities. Enter, “Hamilton.”

The blockbuster Broadway musical kicks off its national tour at the SHN Orpheum Theater in San Francisco on March 10 through August 5. Following the San Francisco run, “Hamilton” swings into the Pantages Theatre for a five-month engagement in Los Angeles.

The Tony and Pulitzer-winning pop culture juggernaut sold out both cities almost as quickly as tickets went on sale despite steep prices. For those who didn’t score a ticket during the initial sale, the theatres will release limited $10 day-of tickets via an online lottery.

 

Most Anticipated Opening (or Reopening)

Los Angeles

The Marciano Art Foundation, an alternative contemporary art museum from Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano, will open this spring inside a renovated former Scottish Rite Masonic Temple on Wilshire Boulevard near Koreatown. The museum is reported to be free and open to the public.

San Francisco 

Built in 1922, the Curran is set to reopen after a major restoration and renovation under the curation of eight-time Tony Award winner Carole Shorenstein Hays. In addition to a new look, the Curran aims to be a venue for producing edgier, less populist work and will reopen on January 25 with “Fun Home,” the groundbreaking 2015 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical.

 

Best Way to Burn Calories

Los Angeles

Among the largest marathons in the country with more than 25,000 participants, the LA Marathon is also one of the most scenic. Following an exciting “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, runners embark on a tour of Los Angeles passing major landmarks such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Capitol Records Building, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Sunset Strip and Rodeo Drive. Registration is now open for the March 19 event.

San Francisco

Known for drawing creative costumes and tens of thousands of participants and spectators, the 100 year+ annual tradition of Bay to Breakers is a true “only in San Francisco” event. The 2017 edition will take place on May 21 and once again draw a mix of serious runners and rambunctious revelers.

 

Most Colorful Cultural Celebration

Los Angeles

The highly-anticipated second edition of Pacific Standard Time, a regionwide exhibition led by the Getty, will begin on September 15 and continue through January 31, 2018. Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA (or Los Angeles/Latin America) is an extraordinary collaboration across more than 70 cultural institutions in Southern California offering exhibitions, programs and events on the subject of Latin American and Latino art.

San Francisco

2017 marks the 50th Anniversary of San Francisco’s Summer of Love in 1967, when nearly 100,000 young people descended upon the streets of San Francisco to join a cultural revolution. In tribute, San Francisco is planning a yearlong celebration of its counter-culture including exhibitions, performances, literary events and tribute concerts at venues throughout the city.

 

Greatest Way to Get Your Grub On

Los Angeles

Dine L.A. Winter Restaurant Week kicks of January 13-27 when L.A.’s best restaurants of all prices and cuisines offer fix-priced lunch and dinner menus at a discount for two weeks of adventuresome dining across Los Angeles. And, because two weeks of decadent dining aren’t enough, Dine L.A. returns in July for a two-week summer installment, followed shortly after by LA Food and Wine on August 24-27, a four-day epicurean event showcasing the finest in food and drink culture throughout Los Angeles.

San Francisco

Kick off the culinary year on January 18-29 with SF Restaurant Week, a celebration of San Francisco’s world-class dining community featuring nearly 130 restaurants throughout the city offering special prix-fixe menus. Then, come August, pull out the elastic pants for Eat Drink SF, the Bay Area’s premier annual food, wine, beer and spirits festival with four days of delicious events that feature 160+ restaurants and 70+ different beer, wine, spirits and cocktails.

 

Best “New” Sports Scene

Los Angeles

Let’s just pretend the dismal LA Rams inaugural season didn’t happen, okay? The new Rams season kicks off on September 10. And you never know, maybe 2017 will be the year of the Ram.

San Francisco

Professional soccer is coming to San Francisco. Founded by a diverse group of entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and Brazil, the San Francisco Deltas will begin play in March at Golden Gate Park’s legendary Kezar Stadium, the original home of the San Francisco 49ers.