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

SATURDAY, January 11th – SUNDAY, January 12th


Saturday, January 11th, 10:15 am – 5:30 pm
All Over San Francisco

Ring in the Lunar New Year of the Rat, with an exciting celebration of Chinese lion dance and martial arts. All are welcome.
10:15 – 10:45 – Anza, 11:00 – 11:30 – Presidio, 12:00 – 12:30 – Golden Gate Valley, 1:00 – 2:00 – North Valley, 2:00 – 2:30 – Chinatown/Him Mark Lai, 3:00 – 3:30 – Main Library – Children’s Creative Center – 2nd Floor, 4:00 – 4:30 – Mission Bay, 5:00 – 5:30 – Potrero. Learn more

January Sunrise Tour of Muir Woods

Sunday, January 12, 7:15 am to 12:15 pm
Muir Woods National Monument, 1 Muir Woods Road, Mill Valley

Attend a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. You’ll learn about the local plant and animal residents which are more likely to be seen in the early morning, all of whom have been invited to stop by and meet you. Learn more


Sunday, January 12, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto

Winter brings many opportunities to visit the Palo Alto Baylands, including seeing migrating birds, walking over the marsh on the new boardwalk, and experiencing King Tides! Due to winter alignments of the Earth, Moon and Sun, we’ll experience five King Tide days this winter where high tides will reach or exceed 9 feet (2.74 meters), a few feet higher than we normally see. Learn more

Guided Art Hike: Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio

Saturday, January 11, 10:30 am to 1:00 pm 
Presidio Officers’ Club, 50 Moraga Ave, The Presidio, San Francisco

This guided hike visits the park’s four installations by the world-renowned artist: Spire (2008), Wood Line (2010), Tree Fall (2013), and Earth Wall (2014). The three-mile hike is moderate with a few uphill stretches and surfaces that include sand and rocky areas. Rain or shine. Registration is required. Learn more

Kindness Workshop with Priya Kasturi

Saturday, January 11, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Mountain View Public Library 585 Franklin St, Mountain View

#PracticeKindness is a global movement with the intention of discussing, practicing, and celebrating our common humanity. Join us for this event which aims to bring our community together and share practices to encourage kindness and connection. Learn more

Volunteer Outdoors in Redwood City: Planting at Redwood Creek

Saturday, January 11th, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
Redwood Creek, 427 Main St, Redwood City

Care for Our Creek at Redwood Creek. Join us for a beautiful morning of habitat restoration at Redwood Creek! We’ll take care of our beloved creek by planting native plants, picking up trash, and taking out weeds. Volunteers should expect lots of sun, hands-on restoration, and good bird watching. Learn more

Exploratorium: A Royal Walk with the King Tide

Saturday, January 11, 10:45 am to 11:45 am
Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco

Join Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco staff on San Francisco’s waterfront for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph, and discuss the King Tide. Learn about what causes the tides, why we have King Tides this time of year, and the Port’s Waterfront Resilience Program and related sea-level rise and resilience projects. We’ll meet rain or shine. Come see the future. Learn more

The Art of Pruning Japanese Maples

Saturday, January 11th, 10 am – 12 pm
LYNGSØ 345 Shoreway Road, San Carlos

Few aspects of your garden are as instantly recognizable as the elegant, distinctive contours of a well-maintained Japanese maple. This two-hour clinic includes an in-depth discussion of the various types of maple pruning, as well as specific pruning techniques. Learn the fundamentals of cultivating the elegant, distinctive contours of a well-maintained Japanese maple. Learn more


Saturday, January 11th, 10 AM – 10 PM & Sunday, January 12th, 10 AM – 6 PM
San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W San Carlos St., San Jose

Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the new automotive world. Experience the future of what you drive and how you drive at the Silicon Valley Auto Show. Learn more

“Big Shaker” Ride the World’s Largest Mobile Earthquake Simulator 

Saturday, January 11th, 10 am -3 pm
Los Altos History Museum, 1 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

The world’s largest mobile earthquake simulator, the Big Shaker, rolls into the Los Altos History Museum, weather permitting. In an event titled “Be Prepared for the Big One,” visitors can experience what a magnitude 8.0 earthquake feels like and see what can happen inside their homes if contents are unsecured. Learn more

Family Fun Day at The Foster: The Night Sky

Saturday, January 11, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm 
The Foster, 940 Commercial Street, Palo Alto

One day each month, The Foster welcomes families to take over our galleries for a morning of playful activities, storytelling, gallery explorations, and creative craft time. After our shared discovery of the Tony Foster’s 7 November – The Night Sky from ALMA, we’ll awaken our senses through crafty experiments inspired by the night sky that will spark little artists’ imaginations while building their sense of wonder. Learn more

Napa Lighted Art Festival 2020

Saturday, January 11th -Sunday 19th
Downtown Napa + Oxbow District, Napa

Napa does Art After DarkThis nine-day festival is free to the public and features iconic architecture that becomes the painting in a unique lighted art walk. Original artwork is created by local and international artists with installations at approximately 13 locations in Downtown Napa, the Oxbow District and other places within the City of Napa. Learn more

Napa’s “Night Bloom” After Dark Hot Air Balloons

Saturday, January 11th & 18th, Sunday, January 12th & 19thm 7 pm – 8 pm
Oxbow Commons (Weather Pending)

Napa Valley’s majestic hot air balloons will be uniquely displayed as part of this year’s Art After Dark experience. Several tethered hot air balloons will light up the sky at Oxbow Commons on both weekends of the festival. You won’t want to miss this stunning light show. Learn more

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This post was written by Rumana Jabeen

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