Your Local Guide to What’s Happening in the Bay Area

FRIDAY, January 24th – SUNDAY, January 26th

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Saturday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  
Redwood City Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Ave. Redwood City

This event gives local orchid lovers a chance to show off their orchids, attend seminars and find new orchids to add to their collections or give as gifts. Events include a judged show, American Orchid Society judging, seminars, sales by nine California orchid nurseries and sales by club members. Learn more

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San Jose New Year-Tet Festival 2020

Friday, Jan 24th, 3pm – 11pm, Saturday, Jan 25th & Sunday, Jan 26th, 11am – 11pm
Eastridge Mall, 2200 Eastridge Loop, San Jose

Celebrate Lunar New Year at the biggest Vietnamese New Year Festival in San Jose, happening for 2 weekends in 2020. There will have a new attraction offered this year. You can take pics and selfies at the 3D photo theme park with your friends and family to capture the best moments. The new park features the most fun and authentic cultural settings. Learn more

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2020 Millbrae Lunar New Year Festival

Sunday, January 26, 10 am – 4 pm
Civic Center Plaza, 1 Library Lane, Millbrae

Come celebrate Lunar New Year with cultural performances, street fair and parade in Millbrae downtown. Be part of the team to share in the community’s common values and culture. And above all, to share in a commitment to each other as well as to the successes of the businesses in the city. Learn more

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Lunar New Year Celebration: Lion Dance, Martial Arts Demo & More, Palo Alto

Saturday, January 25, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Stanford Shopping Center,180 El Camino Real, Palo Alto

Celebrate Lunar New Year, the year of the Rat at Staford Shopping Center Pavilion & The Plaza. Enjoy live performances, musical entertainment, giveaways, wish station & more starting at 10:15 am. Plus Chinese Lion Dance, Martial Arts Demonstrations, Guzheng performer, Chinese calligraphy and more. This is an all-ages, free family event. Rain or Shine. Learn more

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Sunday, January 26, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

Join us and enjoy over 200 wines and champagnes, a live DJ, gourmet food trucks, photo wall and more! This event has three sessions. VIP admission ($100) is at noon and includes an extra hour of tasting with shorter lines, access to the special upstairs VIP space with high-end wines being poured by winemakers and sommeliers, the exclusive VIP lounge area with mimosa bar and dedicated seating, and a special commemorative wine tumbler. Learn more

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Young Adult Novelist Convention, Millbrae

Saturday, January 25th, 12 PM – 6 PM 
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae

This free half-day celebration will include panel discussions, author hangouts, and book signings with award-winning, notable, and new YA novelists. Books will be available to purchase on-site thanks to our wonderful partnership with Books Inc.! We are also working with local organizations to provide resources for teens who experience social media and academic-induced anxiety. Learn more

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San Carlos Annual Week of the Family: Family Geocaching Adventure & Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, January 25,10:00 am to 12:00 pm
San Carlos Museum of History, 33 Laurel Street, San Carlos

Come join the fun as a family to find various geocache treasures all over San Carlos. Meet us in front of the San Carlos Museum. REI will again be sponsoring this event and will bring some GPS units to check out and use….or use your own unit. This is at the same location and time as the Family Scavenger Hunt and Family Firetruck Tour events. Learn more

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New Art Kiosk Installation in Downtown Redwood City

Saturday, January 25, 4:00 pm, Cost: FREE
Redwood City Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway, Redwood City

The Redwood City Improvement Association in partnership with Fung Collaboratives has unveiled the latest Art Kiosk Installation exhibit, a video sculpture by artist, Jonathan Fung, titled “Recess.” Join us for the closing reception on Saturday, January 25 at 4 pm at Downtown Redwood City’s Courthouse Square Kiosk. “Recess” works to spread awareness of human trafficking in this site-specific video art installation. Learn more

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Free Friday Night at the Art Center, Palo Alto

Friday, January 24, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Palo Alto Art Center, 1313 Newell Rd, Palo Alto

Join the Palo Alto Art Center for Friday Night at the Art Center! This free event celebrates the opening of our latest exhibition, Rooted: Trees in Contemporary Art. Friday Night at the Art Center will feature opportunities to meet the artists, participate in tree-themed art activities, enjoy specialty cocktails and snacks, listen to live music, and much more. Learn more

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Saturday, January 25, 2020,  All Day 
Cow Palace, 2600 Geneva Ave, Daly City

Get up close and personal and meet the best of breeds as 1,000 dogs from over 100 breeds from around the world compete at the largest benched dog show in the West. It’s your chance to ask questions from owners, breeders and adoption groups on how to select and care for the right dog for you and your family. Watch as seven groups of dogs: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting and herding breeds compete to win First in Group and then compete for Best In Show. Learn more 

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Saturday, January 25, 12:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco

The Bay Area Brew Festival returns for its seventh year, bringing back dozens of breweries, hundreds of beers, food trucks, dj, and much more! Admission includes unlimited beer samplings, with VIP attendees getting an extra hour of admission and some specialty beers poured during the first hour. Tickets are valid for one of the two sessions. First session is noon to 4pm (noon for VIP, 1pm for general admission) and the second session is 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Learn more

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Saturday, January 25, 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM 
SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan Street, San Francisco

Welcome to San Francisco’s only dessert festival, SweetSpotSF! We’re transforming SOMArts Cultural Center into a dessert lover’s paradise, where the best confectioners in the Bay Area will showcase their unique creations. From a DIY S’mores Bar by Smashmallow to ice cream tacos from Rocko’s Ice Cream Tacos, we’ve got your sweet tooth covered. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the SF-Marin Food Bank, an amazing organization dedicated to ending hunger in our community. Learn more

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Friday, January 24, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Grace Cathedral, 1100 California Street, San Francisco

The ​6th Annual​ San Francisco Movement Arts Festival (SFMAF), with over 300+ performers, will celebrate their movement art at the grand Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. ​The entire Cathedral will transform into a stage – the main floor, attached chapels, hallways, stairways and front entryway. As you enter the inspiring space, multiple STATIONS of the Movement (performances) will be going on simultaneously. Stroll around, at your own pace, witness the artists once, and go back to see some favorites. Learn more

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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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