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Enjoying the beautiful weather, San Francisco? This weekend celebrate spring and the earth with fun Earth Day and spring activities. Enjoy the outdoors at the Earth Day celebration at the Civic Center, the Easter and Spring Festival on Union Street or head to wine country for art, wine and food. And remember Earth Day is every day at the California Academy of Sciences!
Celebrate Earth Day every day at the California Academy of Sciences. There’s never been a better time to visit the world’s only aquarium-planetarium-rainforest-living museum. Did you know that Americans throw away 30 million plastic water bottles per day? In honor of Earth Day, bring a reusable water bottle from April 22-May 4 and receive $3 off general admission. See live animals, meet real scientists, and join the journey to make the world a greener place. Learn more at calacademy.org
Photo: California Academy of Sciences
At the Appellation St. Helena Bash, taste wines from more than 30 wineries paired with bites from select star students, local restaurants and purveyors and then vote on your favorite pairing at this hot-ticket annual food and wine pairing competition in the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone’s historic barrel room. The bash is from 6-9 pm on Saturday, April 19. Tickets are $90.
Photo: Appellation St Helena Bash
Celebrate Earth Day at the 4th annual Earth Day Festival in U.N. Plaza/Civic Center on Saturday, April 19. The event features three stages of multi-cultural music and performance, renowned keynote speakers, interactive DIY workshops, green-economy and businesses information, youth groups, green jobs info, eco-fashion and art, organic cooking demonstrations, a green kid’s zone, an eco-carnival and more. The event is from 10 am to 6 pm.
Photo: Earth Day S.F.
This Sunday at Art, Sip, Savor, walk through downtown Yountville, glass in hand, stopping at outdoor art sculptures chat with the artist and try a pour from a different local winery paired with bites from the town’s illustrious restaurants. The event is from 11 am to 4 pm and there’s a donation request of $10.
Photo: Yountville Chamber of Commerce
Sunday is the annual Union Street Easter Parade and Spring Celebration. There is will a variety of children’s and family activities including large inflatable bounces, kids’ rides and games, a climbing wall, a hands-on children’s activities area, costumed characters, a petting zoo, a pony ride and entertainment from some of the Bay Area’s best musicians. The event starts at 10 am and the parade starts at 2 pm.
Photo: Steven Restivo Event Services, LLC
Make Easter easy this year by dining out. Here are some spots to hit on April 20th for that Easter brunch, lunch and dinner.
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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar
Executive Chef Adam Keough has created an additional a la carte menu item, inspired by Southern French flavors, while Bar Manager Jared Schmidt will offer a sweet and festive cocktail. Easter brunch hours are from 11am to 3pm. 398 Hayes St (at Gough), San Francisco. 415.551.1590.
Ironside in San Francisco will be serving brunch from 11am to 2pm with an all you can eat breakfast buffet and a bottomless Mimosa for $30.00 ($18.00 for just the buffet). Kids ten years of age and under can enjoy the buffet for $10.00. Menu highlights will include buttermilk pancakes with banana-rum syrup, scrambled eggs with cheese, steel-cut oatmeal with bourbon vanilla brown sugar, house made spicy chicken sausage, biscuits and sawmill gravy, chipotle-garlic breakfast potatoes, fried sweet plantains with house salsa, cheddar grits, and chocolate chip bread pudding with bourbon caramel. A Bloody Mary bar will allow guests to create their own breakfast cocktail. 680 2nd Street, San Francisco. 415.896.1127.
Savor the brunch fiesta at La Urbana on Easter, with extended hours (10:30am - 3pm), at this Divisadero hot spot! Whether you’re coming from church or just waking up with an hour til close, La Urbana will be firing up the kitchen and bar with dishes like brunch favorites like the Totopos Chilaquiles, Dungeness Crab Sopes Benedict and all the morning cocktail concoctions like the popular Morningcall and Mezcal Bloody Mary. Bring the family, there’s a kids plate as well. 661 Divisadero St, San Francisco. 415.440.4500.
Easter brunch is served from 10am to 2pm at Mandarin Oriental. With an extensive Easter Brunch buffet and a carving station for adults and kids, plus signature mimosas and bloody marys, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Make sure to not miss our annual Easter egg hunt at 11am and again at 1pm with a Golden Ticket to be found in each hunt for a chance to win a fantastic prize. Our photographer will take photos of your child (or you) with the Easter bunny making an appearance from 11am to 1pm to bring home wonderful memories of your day. 222 Sansome St, San Francisco. 415.276.9724.
Top of the Mark at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins
Top of the Mark Executive Chef Nenad Stefanovic presents the annual Easter buffet on Sunday, April 20. In additional to the views to be had from the legendary sky lounge, guests will enjoy a selection of raw bar items, antipasto, salad, and small plates including Almond cucumber gazpacho and Roasted Wild Mushroom with crostini and basil oil. Entrée selections include Alaskan Halibut with caramelized fennel, fire roasted peppers and citrus beurre blanc; Kurabota Pork Loin with Brussels sprouts and whole grain mustard sauce; and Saffron Couscous with spring vegetables and parmesan broth. Brunch favorites can be had at the omelet station and a build-your-own buttermilk waffle station. Guests of Top of the Mark’s Easter brunch will enjoy limitless mimosas, entertainment by pianist Michael Athens, and a special visit from the Easter Bunny. Easter brunch is served from 10am – 2pm; Adults are $109 and children between the ages of four and 12 are $59. 999 California Street, San Francisco. 415.392.3434
Twenty Five Lusk
Twenty Five Lusk in San Francisco will be open from 10:30am to 3:30pm serving a $38 three-course prix fixe menu with main plate choices of lobster Benedict; asparagus frittata; a Storm Hill burger; organic strawberry pancakes; fried green tomato blt; grilled Louisiana Gulf prawns; The Standard (eggs, bacon, hash browns, toast); and grilled rib eye with eggs. The beverage special of the day will be a mimosa with various fresh squeezed juice options. 25 Lusk Street, San Francisco. 415.495.5875.
A16 will host a festive Easter brunch and dinner featuring an a la carte menu with creations from Chef Chris Thompson and Pastry Chef Candace Rowan. For brunch, A16 will offer dishes such as Ceci Fettucine with braised sugo, fava, and pecorino and Pastiera Napoletana, an Italian cake made of ricotta cheese that hails from Naples. For dinner, guests can choose from menu items like Roasted Leg of Lamb with senise peppers, English peas, and tendrils and Cassata Siciliana, a traditional round sponge cake from Palermo with fruit juice and ricotta cheese. The special brunch offerings will be available in addition to the restaurants regular menu. A16 will be open from 11am to 9pm and switch from its dinner menu at 4pm. 2355 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. 415.771.2216.
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant
Beach Chalet Brewery & Restaurant will be open from 8am to 10pm featuring their regular a la carte menu. Brunch highlights, served from 8am until 4pm, will include cold smoked salmon; deviled Easter egg trio; chilled spring pea soup; Meyer lemon poached asparagus; fruit and yogurt parfait; Spanish chorizo omelet; Dungeness crab or classic Benedict; green eggs & ham sandwich; stout braised lamb sandwich; pan roasted salmon fillet; grilled flat iron steak frites; and a grilled chicken Cobb salad.1000 Great Highway, San Francisco. 415.386.8439.
This Easter, celebrate the holiday on the water at the Embarcadero gem, CHAYA Brasserie. Offering a special menus like the young adults’ menu for $15 and the 3-course menu for $42, CHAYA will feature dishes such as Smoked Trout and Crispy Potato with crème fraiche, ikura, and shiso salsa verde; Castelle French Toast with caramelized banana, almonds, and fresh fruits; and Five Spiced Duck Confit Hash with piquillo peppers, red onions, and fried duck egg. For an additional $12, guests can enjoy bottomless champagne or mimosas.132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco. 415.777.8688.
E&O Asian Kitchen
Located in the heart of San Francisco’s vibrant Union Square district, E&O Asian Kitchen offers modern Asian cuisine in a sleek restaurant and lounge space. The restaurant will be open for dinner on Sunday, April 20th and feature Chef Sharon Nahm’s version of an Easter egg, Lap Souchong Tea Deviled Eggs with char siu lacquered bacon. 314 Sutter St, San Francisco. 415.693.0303.
First Crush Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge
First Crush Restaurant, Wine Bar & Lounge in San Francisco will debut brunch service, currently not available, serving, from 10am to 2pm, regular menu items and a range of breakfast and lunch small plates and entrées, plus there will be a Bloody Mary bar, specialty cocktails and fresh squeezed juices. Dinner will be served from 5 to 10pm. 101 Cyril Magnin Street, San Francisco. 415.982.7874.
Lark Creek Steak
Easter made easy. Lark Creek Steak is serving Easter brunch and dinner. Check their website for all locations and to make reservations. 845 Market St, San Francisco. 415.593.4100.
Presidio Social Club
Get together with family and friends and celebrate Easter, with an extra dose of delicious at Presidio Social Club. Keep it traditional and comfortable with PSC’s full delectable brunch menu, plus a selection of specialty dishes featuring locally sourced baby lamb, and classic Virginia Ham. 563 Ruger Street, San Francisco. 415.885.1888.
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Celebrating its first Easter in Oakland, A16 Rockridge will offer special brunch and dinner offerings by Chef Rocky Maselli. For brunch, guests can choose from an a la carte menu with dishes such as Crespelle with rhubarb compote and whipped cream fraiche and candied almonds and Capunti with lamb heart sugo, gava beans, and pecorino reserva. For dinner, the a la carte menu will feature savory dishes such as Verdetto, Easter Lamb with egg, snap peas, pea greens, and grana padano and a special dessert of Pastiera Napoletana with cinnamon, gelato, and orange caramel. An Easter-inspired libation will be available for the holiday as well. The Carrot Top features Boyd + Blair vodka, carrot, grapefruit, and lemon juice with ginger syrup and garnished with festive carrot fronds. A16 Rockridge will be open from 11am to 9pm and switch from its dinner menu at 4pm. 5356 College Avenue Oakland. 510.768.8003.
Ajanta Restaurant in Berkeley will be open for lunch from 11:30am to 2:30pm and for dinner from 5:30 to 9:30pm serving a $27.50 Chef’s Tasting Menu for dinner with three appetizers and four main dishes plus sides of rice, naan bread, chutneys and pickles. A vegetarian option will offered for $24.50 and the regular menu will also be available.
1888 Solano Avenue, Berkeley. 510.526.4373.
Haven will offer a $35 per person Easter family meal. Executive Chef Chris Johnson has created a seasonal menu in keeping with his modern American bistro style which includes Little Gem Salad, Roasted Lamb Shoulder, herb Roasted Potatoes and Braised Cabbage. 44 Webster St., (Jack London Square), Oakland. 510.663.4440.
This Easter, Jacks Restaurant ‘s brunch will be offering made-to-order omelets, traditional eggs Benedict, cinnamon swirl French toast, assorted cheeses, salads, mimosas and more. Brunch will be served from 11:30am to 4pm. It is fixed pricing: $39.95 adults, $34.99 seniors, $19.95 children 6-12, and 5 & under eat free. 2 Portola Plaza, Monterey. 831.649.2698.
Nick’s Cove Restaurant
Executive Chef Austin Perkins has crafted a special Easter Brunch menu. Some of the dishes on offer include Butter Roasted Local Halibut; Ham and Cheese Sandwich and Potato and Goat Cheese Gratin.. As always, a fully-stocked oyster bar is available featuring several varieties of local oysters as well as Nick’s Cove’s famous The Original Tomales Bay BBQ Oysters. Throughout the day on Easter Sunday, children are welcome to join a hunt for the Easter Bunny out in the Boat Shack, and those who find his hiding spot will receive a special sweet treat from Nick’s Cove. 23240 Highway 1, Marshall. 415.663.1033.
For this weekend, San Francisco, let’s talk about wine! Head up to Napa for an exclusive historic winery tour or stay in San Francisco for the city’s largest tasting room event. Not into wine? Berkeley is throwing a bay festival on Saturday and Japantown has its annual Cherry Blossom Festival. Enjoy!
Starting Thursday, April 10 through Saturday, April 12 is the Historic Wineries Tour in Napa. Get exclusive access to the homes and wineries of Francis Ford and Eleanor Coppola and the Mondavi family while exploring architecture, historic preservation, wine, food and the arts. Tickets start at $50.
Photo: The History Center
Once again it is the San Francisco Vintners Market this Saturday and Sunday. Sip and shop at the city’s largest tasting room, where great deals are to be had from nearly 200 wineries visiting from Napa, Sonoma and beyond. Located at the Fort Mason Center and tickets start $80.
Photo: San Francisco Vintners Market
The 47th Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival starts this weekend April 12 – 13 and is also next weekend April 19 – 20. Dancers, musicians, food vendors and martial artisits take to the streets during this colorful celebration in Japantown. This festival is free and from 10am to 5pm. Check the event calendar for special events.
Photo: Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival
April 12th is the Berkeley Bay Festival. On Saturday, spend the day in Berkeley listening to live music, enjoying food, taking free sailboat and Dragon boat rides. This festival is fun for the whole family. It is outdoors in the Shorebird Park. It starts at 11am and ends at 4pm.
Photo: Berkeley Marina
Are you ready for the weekend, San Francisco? It’s a weekend of film, art, and crafts! Head north of San Francisco to the Sonoma International Film Festival. Get a feel for North Beach and West Portal during the art crawl and craft fair. Plus, explore some Bay Area museums for free. Enjoy!
The 17th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival features over 90 hand-selected films screened at intimate venues within walking distance of Sonoma’s historic plaza. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker and Ray Liotta have enjoyed this unique event. Join this year to celebrate the pleasures of wine country, with world-class cuisine from local artisans and vintners in the laid-back ambiance of Sonoma. The festival is on now through Sunday, April 6. Buy your pass now.
Photo: Sonoma International Film Festival
On April 4th from 6 to 9pm is the North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl. Every month more than twenty North Beach galleries, museums, bars and restaurants are open for this special event of art and entertainment. Explore the local shops of North Beach through this self-guided tour. Click here for a map of participating venues.
Photo: North Beach First Fridays
This weekend, April 4-6, is the 26th annual West Portal Sidewalk Arts and Crafts Fair. Come admire the works of more than 40 artists displaying everything from photography, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. The fair is from 10am to 5pm each day and is located on West Portal Avenue between 15th and Ulloa.
Photo: Pacific Fine Arts
This Saturday and Sunday is the Bank of America Free Museum Weekend! Card holders of Bank of America and Merril Lynch can get into six Bay Area museums for free.
• Contemporary Jewish Museum
• Legion of Honor
• de Young Museum
• Chabot Space & Science Center (Oakland)
• San Jose Museum of Art
• The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose)
Check with participating museums for hours and additional information.
Photo: Legion of Honor
It’s the last weekend of March, San Francisco. On Friday, stop what you’re doing and dance - anywhere! Plus, the music of ABBA should give you reason to dance as Mamma Mia returns to SHN. Saturday and Sunday spend your day on Treasure Island finding those treasures at the flea market or head to see the Macy’s Flower Show before it’s gone.
What if the world stopped to dance? This Friday, March 28th at noon is dance anywhere®, a simultaneous worldwide public art performance in which people from around the world, of all ages and artistic capacities will stop and dance. Whether at work, taking a lunch break, in class, running an errand, in line at the bank, at the library, grocery shopping or walking the dog in the park, the public is invited to participate. Dancers will be joined by thousands around the world and connect with family, friends, colleagues or strangers on the street.
Photo: dance anywhere®
Starting Friday, March 28th, the smash hit musical phenomenon, “Mamma Mia”, returns to SHN until April 6th. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone’s having the time of their lives! Click here for ticket information.
The Macy’s Flower Show continues. On Saturday, March 29th don’t miss a very special terrarium making demonstration. Philip Kuhn and Abraham Rodriguez, expert makers and contributors to the bestselling book “The Maker Boys” share their secrets in creating the perfect terrarium. This demonstration will take place at 2pm at the Cellar Kitchen on the lower level.
Rain or shine, this Saturday and Sunday is the monthly Treasure Island Flea Market. Come shop hundreds of local vendors from artists, antiques, vintage, new and more. Enjoy good eats and drinks. Plus there’s live music and workshops. It’s fun for the whole family and dog friendly. Parking is free and admission is $3 per person and children 12 and younger are free. The flea market is from 10am to 4pm. Don’t forget to visit the wineries on the island as well.
Photo: Treasure Island Flea
Ready for the weekend, San Francisco? Get out and about to visit the California Academy of Sciences’ new ocean exhibit. Do you smell the flowers? Enjoy Macy’s flower show and head out to Fillmore Street for a great trunk show of Anne Sportun’s new jewelry collections. Are you a cheese lover? Head up north to the annual Artisan Cheese Festival.
Celebrate the world underneath the waves with Brilliant!Science: Incredible Ocean, a festival presented by the California Academy of Sciences from March 15-30. Discover the diversity that characterizes the California Coast through active science and exploration. Dive into inter tidal zones, rocky reefs, and the Farallon Islands to learn how we can protect this vital resource. Programming includes a weekend Family Festival, lectures, photography workshops, and more. For full schedule and to buy tickets visit www.calacademy.org/brilliantscience
Photo: California Academy of Sciences
Anne Sportun will be at Gallery of Jewels for a three day event this weekend of March 21st-23rd at Fillmore Street Gallery. Her statement rings and colorful gemstone wrap bracelets are irresistible! Plus, Anne Sportun will be there to show you her new collections. Come Friday or Saturday from 10:30am to 6:30pm and Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Photo: Gallery of Jewels
Once again, the California’s Artisan Cheese Festival is bringing together more than 50 Californian artisan cheesemakers, restaurants, breweries and wineries this weekend, March 21 – 23 in Petaluma. Following the same format as last year, participating restaurants have been paired up with a cheesemaker to create unique cheese-centric bites, and attendees will have a chance to vote for their favorite. Check the schedule for different events and to purchase tickets.
Photo: California’s Artisan Cheese Festival
San Francisco’s Union Square Macy’s welcomes spring with the annual Macy’s Flower Show®, a gift to the city of San Francisco and surrounding Bay Area, from Sunday, March 23, through Sunday, April 6. The Secret Garden, this year’s floral extravaganza, will offer spectators a peek behind the magic and majesty of a variety of lush landscapes. Macy’s Flower Show will showcase two weeks of in-store special events, with music, fashion, cooking and D-I-Y demonstrations that will delight floral fanatics while celebrating the rejuvenating power of the season. The gardens include: “The Abandoned Estate,” “Maze Garden,” “Junkyard Garden,” and “Rooftop Gardens.” The rooftop-themed gardens will showcase multiple concepts, including fruits and vegetables, wild flowers, Southwest cactus, Zen, tropical and a formal garden placed within San Francisco scenery.
Are you enjoying the weather, San Francisco? This weekend spend it outside at celebrations and parades for St. Patrick’s Day. Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Salon. Say oui to the French Fair. Or take a trip to wine country to enjoy food and drink. Have fun this weekend!
Start the St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Friday, March 14 at Taverna Aventine’s annual St. Patty’s Day Alley Party. The party starts at 4pm and includes live music, drink specials and food trucks. Three outdoor bars and two indoor bars serve Guinness and other beverages. It’s free to attend. RSVP here.
Photo: Taverna Aventine
The culinary capital of the Napa Valley, Yountville boasts an impressive number of Michelin stars within six blocks. Many of its acclaimed restaurants and dozens of local wineries serve up savory bites, micro brews and wines during the town-wide block party on March 15. Admission is free, and tasting tickets are $1 each. In addition to the signature block party event, the weekend also features special events around town, including a juried show and sale of 45 Napa Valley Open Studios artists.
Photo: Yountville Chamber of Commerce
This weekend is your last chance for Sonoma County Restaurant Week. New for the fifth annual event, participating restaurants will be featuring a specific two-course prix-fixe lunch menu for $10, $15 or $20. Plus, the traditional three-course prix-fixe dinner options are still offered for $19, $29 and $39. Both meal options feature excellent tastes from Sonoma County’s world-class chefs and delicious local ingredients.
Photo: Sonoma County Restaurant Week
This Saturday is the annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade! Beginning at the corner of Market Street and 2nd Street at 11:30am the parade runs to the Civic Center. Celebrate San Francisco’s Irish community, Irish culture and history. There will be live music, Irish food and beverages and dancing. It’s fun for the whole family.
Photo: David Yu
The 8th annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon is this Saturday. Discover, savor, and taste some of the finest artisan and premium chocolatiers and confectioners. The salon features chocolate tasting, demonstrations, new product launches and flavor combinations, fair trade & organic offerings, celebrity chef & author talks, wine pairings, Chocolate Art Gallery, games, and book signings. This tasty event takes places at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion from 10am to 6pm. Tickets for adults start at $20 and children for $10.
Photo: San Francisco Chocolate Salon
This Saturday, March 15th is Palo Alto’s French Fair 2014. This event is the largest ever of its kind devoted to French culture, food and fashion in the San Francisco Bay Area. It will feature an exhibit celebrating the centennial of French writer and philosopher Albert Camus, a fashion show with the latest creations of talented local French designers, live French music, book reading sessions for kids, an amazing gourmet food court and much more. It’s from 10am to 6pm. Plus, it’s free but sign up here to enter the raffle to win a 7-night stay at an all-inclusive Club Med resort!
Photo: French Fair
This Saturday and Sunday at the 2014 Savor Sonoma Valley, wineries will be showcasing 2013 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired perfectly with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants. Plus meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers behind-the-scenes, peruse art from local artists and listen to live music. Tickets range from $10 to $65 and this event is from 11am to 4pm both days.
Photo: Heart of Sonoma Valley Winery Association
Ready for the weekend, San Francisco? It’s your chance to sample wine straight from the barrel. On Saturday, Jack London Square in Oakland has its monthly market. Get outside on Sunday for the kick off of Sunday Streets. Don’t forget on Sunday Daylight Savings Time begins. Spring forward one hour.
It’s the last weekend of the 36th Annual Barrel Tasting Wine Road in Northern Sonoma County. With more than 100 wineries, this is your chance to sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore Northern Sonoma County. Pack a picnic and get ready to taste what the future holds. This event is from 11am to 4pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are sold at the wineries.
Photo: Wine Road
Every second Saturday is the Jack of All Trades Indie Crafts and Antique Market. This Saturday from 11am to 5pm come out to Jack London Square in Oakland to shop, eat, drink. and music. There is a mix of over 150 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, and artists.
Photo: Jack of All Trades
This Sunday, March 9th, is the annual season opener of Sunday Streets on the Embarcadero. This is one of the longest Sunday Streets routes as it is over three miles of open streets along the waterfront. The route includes the northbound lanes of Embarcadero from Powell St to King St, King St to 3rd St, 3rd St to Terry Francois Blvd, and Terry Francois from 3rd St to Mission Bay Blvd North. Enjoy different activities along the way. It’s from 11am to 4pm.
Photo: Sunday Streets
As you make your way along the waterfront during Sunday Streets to PIER 39, your family can take the Kids Sport Challenge. At PIER 39 Local Advantage booth you can pick up your obstacle guide. Shoot some hoops, kick the ball around, and then race your way to the finish line for your chance to win the gold! Cyclists can park their bikes at the free bike valet in the PIER 39 Entrance Plaza.
Photo: PIER 39
It’s a weekend filled with music, wine, and culture. Enjoy a weekend of jazz in San Jose or wine in Napa Valley. Beat the rain in the Asian Art Museum for a free day. Enjoy your weekend, San Francisco!
It’s the annual Jazz Winter Fest in San Jose this Friday through Sunday. It’s a weekend of honoring the jazz tradition and ever-expanding definitions of the genre with singular concerts curated for audiences within the heart of Silicon Valley. Acts include Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Anton Schwartz Quintet with special guests Taylor Eigsti & Dominick Farinacci, Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys, Nikki Hill, Kim Nalley, and Grupo Samba Rio. Located in downtown San Jose, tickets to the concerts range from $5 to $27.
Photo: Jazz Winter Fest
Starting this Friday, Feb. 28th is CabFest. Join 2,000 cabernet enthusiasts, from notice to connoisseur, and more than 100 Napa Valley’s top wineries for a weekend of wine tasting, culinary demonstrations, pairings, lectures, music, and entertainment. Celebrate the king of Napa Valley varietals and discover a new appreciation for the subtleties and varieties of a great cabernet wine. On Feb. 28, Jeff Bridges and his band The Abiders take stage for a kickoff concert. Tickets start at $125. Located at Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater.
Photo: Lincoln Theater
As you probably know, Saturday is March 1st. This kicks off Fish Story’s annual half off wine month in Napa! Enjoy an inexpensive offering or splurge, because every bottle on their list is half price at every lunch, brunch, happy hour and dinner throughout March.
Photo: Fish Story
It’s free first Sundays at the Asian Art Museum. Come enjoy collection of over 17,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. However, special exhibits may require a fee. Open on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.
Photo: Asian Art Museum
What’s on this weekend, San Francisco? Take a trip into the universe at the new planetarium show at California Academy of Sciences. Watch a sword disappear before your eyes or pick up some cool treasures at the flea market. You can go smell the flowers at the Pacific Orchid Exposition. Whatever you decide have fun this weekend!
What you can’t see will amaze you! Take an exhilarating voyage through the known and unknown with the new planetarium show, Dark Universe, at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Explore two of today’s greatest cosmic mysteries—dark matter and dark energy— which make up 95% of the known Universe. Narrated by famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, this immersive planetarium show features exquisite renderings of cosmic phenomena and spectacular scenes in deep space. Enjoy a suite of new cosmology-themed programs, build the Universe in a hands-on activity, meet NASA scientists, and more. Exhibit available now until October 19th. Buy tickets.
Photo: California Academy of Sciences
This Saturday, Feb. 22nd is the 7th annual World Sword Swallower’s Day celebration at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! More than 125 feet of solid steel will go down the hatch - hopefully without a scratch! In San Francisco, Matthew Bouvier will demonstrate his sword swallowing skills at a free performance at Ripley’s San Francisco Odditorium, Fisherman’s Wharf. The show will start at 1:30 p.m.
Photo: Ripley’s Believe It or Not!
This 62nd year of the largest Pacific Orchid Exposition in the United States boasts more than 150,000 beautiful blooms. This Friday through Sunday exhibits and displays incorporate creative musical concepts corresponding with this year’s theme: Orchids…and All that Jazz. The event also features docent tours, potting demonstrations and horticulture seminars throughout the weekend. Tickets are $13 online and $15 at the door. Located at Fort Mason Center at the Festival Pavilion.
Photo: Pacific Orchid Exposition
This Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22nd and 23rd, is the monthly Treasure Island Flea Market. Come shop hundreds of local vendors from artists, antiques, vintage, new and more. Enjoy good eats and drinks. Plus there’s live music and workshops. It’s fun for the whole family and dog friendly. Parking is free and admission is $3 per person and children 12 and younger are free. The flea market is from 10am to 4pm. Don’t forget to visit the wineries on the island as well.
Photo: Treasure Island Flea