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SATURDAY, January 18th – SUNDAY, January 19th


Sunday,  January 19, 1:00 PM 
Hillsdale Shopping Center, Sixty 31st Avenue. San Mateo

Join us to bring in the Lunar New Year and celebrate the Year of the Rat! Enjoy Lion Dancers as they parade from the North Block Plaza to Macy’s Center Court (weather permitting) accompanied by music and heart-pounding beating drums. Take in the beauty of Fan Dancers in authentic, colorful costumes and view the artistry of a Chinese Calligrapher penning Chinese characters onto silk fans Learn More


Saturday, January 18th, 2020 – 7:30 pm 
Odd Fellows Hall, 526 Main St. Half Moon Bay

Join us for a night of traditional Scottish and Irish music for your listening pleasure. The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers are exemplars of Scotland’s classical-traditional string music, offering strathspeys, reels, marches, jigs, airs, and waltzes in the authentic styles of the Northeast, the Highlands, the Borders, the Shetland Isles, and Cape Breton. Learn more


Sunday, January 19, 11:30 am, Cost: FREE
Cantor Arts Center, Lomita Dr at Museum Way, Stanford

Stanford University’s distinguished outdoor art collection includes nearly 100 sculptures and features important figurative and abstract works in a variety of media by artists of the late 19th century to the present. This tour begins in front of the Cantor Arts Center with marble statues, dating from 1891, that flank the main entrance. The tour continues with the work of Auguste Rodin, Beverly Pepper, Mark di Suvero, and Andy Goldsworthy. Learn more


Monday, January 20, All Day
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St, San Francisco

Every year on the third Monday in January, over 15,000 attendees come to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Join the annual MLK Jr. March at Caltrain, or head straight over to Yerba Buena Gardens for the MLK Jr. Festival. Learn More


Sunday, January 19, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
SPARK Social SF 601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco

OH SNAP, crab season is almost here! Side-step on over to SPARK Social SF for the fourth annual Crab Feast, with ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT Dungeness crab legs, savory garlic noodles, crisp salad, and refreshing iced tea! For an exceptionally clawsome time, pair your succulent crustaceans with a thirst-quenching craft beer or house-made sangrias from the Sip Bar, and you’ve got yourself a feast fit for King Neptune. Grab your friends and family for a bib-wearing, lip-smacking, finger-licking good time! Learn More 


Saturday, January 18th, 10 AM – 2 PM 
Millbrae Library, 1 Library Avenue, Millbrae

Come and support library programs as the Friends of the Millbrae Library bring out their collection of great children’s book and cookbook bargains! You’ll find books for children of all ages and in all languages along with a wide variety of cookbooks at hard-to-resist prices, so come early! There will also be crafts projects for the children at 10:30 am. Learn more

SF Chamber Orchestra “World of Woodwinds” Family Concert

Sunday, January 19, 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm, Cost: FREE
Palo Alto Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto

Founded in 1953, the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra has remained an active voice in the Bay Area music community, presenting free concerts with an ensemble of the region’s top professional musicians. Join us for an entertaining and engaging family concert with the wonderful woodwinds of the Bellavente Woodwind Quintet. Learn and listen to the unique and vibrant colors of the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and French horn. Learn more

2020 Chinese New Year Flower Fair, Chinatown

Saturday 18, & Sunday, January 19, All Day
Chinatown, Washington and Grant, San Francisco

Each year, the Chinese New Year Flower Fair takes place the weekend before the Lunar New Year holiday, so that families can enjoy the festive atmosphere and purchase fresh flowers, fruits, candies and brand new supplies for the home to begin the new lunar year. Delight in performances of traditional Chinese magicians, acrobats, folk dancers and opera as you take in the beautiful fragrances of spring. Learn more

Nature Hike with the Family, San Carlos

Saturday, January 18, 9:00 am to 11:00 am 
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve, 166 Edmonds Rd, Redwood City

Enjoy a great morning walking with the family in this lovely San Carlos nature spot. Local hiker Tom Davids will explain the local history of the preserve. Learn more

Summit to Suds: San Bruno Mountain to Broken Record, Daly City

Saturday, January 18, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Daly City BART, 500 John Daly Blvd, Daly City

We will meet at the Daly City Bart station. From there we will walk through Crocker-Amazon into San Bruno Mountain State Park. We will hike the Summit Loop Trail (ooooh look at that pretty view!) We will then descend back into Crocker-Amazon to sip on some tasty suds at Broken Record. This is an A to B so we will not go back to Daly City Bart but Balboa Park Bart is super duper close to Broken Record. Learn more


Sunday, January 19,10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
220 South Linden Avenue. South San Francisco

Join us for the ultimate weekend workout/recovery session!!! We know you can handle your drinks, but can you manage your discipline? Can you show up for yourself here like you show up to the party? There will be a 35 min High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) class lead by Keanna followed by a 45 min Yoga class, lead by Aundria, to assist in recovery. 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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