The San Francisco Girls Chorus and Berkeley Ballet Theater co-present Rightfully Ours at BAMPFA Saturday. Photo courtesy of Berkeley Ballet Theater.
Roll out the red carpet, it's going to be a star-studded weekend with events galore. Take BART to a night out on the town in Oakland on Friday, check out the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade and Giants FanFest on Saturday, and dress in Sunday's best for Oscar watch parties on both sides of the Bay. A lot happening this weekend so it's a good thing it's all just a BART ride away.
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Enjoy a night at Oakland First Fridays Street Festival. Photo courtesy of VisitOakland.
A new market has launched in UN Plaza every Friday, from 7am-4pm and features the best of San Francisco! Grab fresh fruits and veggies, buy gifts from local vendors, and grab lunch at delicious food stalls representing cuisine from diverse communities throughout the City. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk two minutes to the Plaza.
The Winter Season of Friday Nights at OMCA is in full effect, bringing after-hours gallery access, DJ sets from the Bay's finest, family friendly drop-in activities, and more. Bring your family and friends for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California. The fun begins at 5pm and runs till 10pm. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to the museum.
San Francisco City Hall and its 220+ state of the art LED lighting fixtures will illuminate in red, black and green to recognize Black History Month. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to city hall.
The Midnight Rollers is a group of skaters both inline and rollers that gathers every Friday night to skate the city streets from the Ferry Building to Pier 39 and beyond. Skaters come from all over the Bay, other parts of the country and around the world to be a part of this positive energy mass. Meet at the Ferry Building, just five minutes from Embarcadero, at 8:45pm and the skate starts at 9pm. Be sure to check out the website before you go to make sure you have all the appropriate gear needed for the skate.
Every First Friday from 5–9pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) takes over five blocks of Telegraph avenue with artisanal food and craft vendors, and performance and activities for the entire family (including a Kid Zone on 23rd and the KONO Lounge, Oakland's favorite pop-up art bar, on Sycamore). Voted Best Cultural Event by the East Bay Express for three years running, Oakland First Fridays is a celebration of the city's diverse, vibrant and talented community. Take BART to 19th/St Oakland, stroll a few blocks up to West Grand and turn left, the main entrance is two blocks down at Telegraph Ave.
Hit up the Stork Club on 23rd and Telegraph around 9pm for the perfectly strange, First Friday, after-party, The First Friday Follies. Featuring the very best in burlesque and cabaret performances, this event is free (but donations are always appreciated) and 21+. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk 10-minutes to the club.
It doesn’t get more SF than at KNBR’s 27th Giants FanFest at Oracle Park Saturday from 10am-3pm. Spend the day exploring the home of the San Francisco Giants, meet some players and coaches, walk or play catch on the field, play Q&A’s and so much more. This event is free, however the first 10,000 fans to RSVP
get a free Giants’ mystery item. Take BART to Embarcadero
and enjoy a 20-minute walk with panoramic views of the Bay or transfer to Muni Metro N-Judah or T-Third lines.
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown at the San Francisco Chinese New Year Street Fair. Experience Chinese cultural arts such as Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more at the entertainment stage on Washington Street below Grant Avenue. Make sure to get a family photo with the giant puppets, dragon and other memorable artifacts from the parade. The fair takes place on Saturday from 10am-4:30pm and Sunday from 9am-5pm. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk 14-minutes to Washington Street/Grant Avenue.
Macy’s Union Square is celebrating the Year of the Rat with a Lunar New Year-inspired cooking demo with Chef Martin Yan and Chef Tony Wu of M.Y. China. Learn tips and tricks from the master chefs and enjoy samples of their delicious meals. This free demo takes place at Macy’s Union Square, Cellar Demonstration Kitchen beginning at 2pm. Take BART to Powell St and walk seven minutes to Macy’s Union Square.
Celebrate the Year of the Rat at the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade beginning at 5pm on Market St, near the Downtown SF Stations. The parade includes a variety of groups, including our very own BARTy, the BARTmobile. Experience a celebration of Chinese culture and tradition with this historic parade.
SF Beer Week is a collection of curated events, spanning multiple days, celebrating craft beer, the craft community and the Bay Area’s creative spirit. Across the Bay, breweries and venues celebrate independent craft beer and its role in fostering friendships, encouraging collaboration, and as a source of creativity and self-expression. The week spans over 10 days, check out the site
for a celebration near you.
San Francisco City Hall and its 220+ state of the art LED lighting fixtures will illuminate in purple and yellow at sunset in recognition to Kobe Bryant. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to city hall.
Berkeley Ballet Theater and San Francisco Girls Chorus co-present excerpts from their new collaborative production, Rightfully Ours at BAMPFA. As the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment approaches, Rightfully Ours addresses both the progress that the suffragist movement represented and the systemic discrimination that remains unresolved today. The show is included with BAMPFA admissions and begins at 7pm. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to the museum.
Are you red-carpet ready? Photo courtesy of the Oscars.
Macy’s Union Square Cooking Demo by Powell St
Join Macy’s Union Square as they welcome San Francisco Marriott Marquis Executive Chef, David Hollands, for a presentation of flavorful profiles from his menus that emphasize health and sustainability. This free demo takes place at Macy’s Union Square, Cellar Demonstration Kitchen beginning at 2pm. Take BART to Powell St and walk seven minutes to Macy’s Union Square.
Heart of the City Farmers' Market by Civic Center/UN Plaza
Check out nearly 30 local farmers and artisan food vendors at the Heart of the City Farmers' Market in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza from 7am-5pm, rain or shine. With a wide selection of fresh local produce, farm products, bakery items, pastas, hummus and kettle corn, there's something for everyone. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk two minutes to the Plaza.
The 92nd Annual Academy Awards Viewing Party by 19th St/Oakland
Get red-carpet ready and join host Carnie Asada at The Port Bar for the 92nd Annual Academy Awards viewing party beginning at 3pm. This event is free for those 21+ and is followed by #Blessed Cabaret. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk one minute to The Port.
Oscars Viewing Party at Novela by Montgomery St
It's the biggest night in Hollywood- full of glitz, glam, and selfies. Come dressed as your favorite character or in your finest evening attire; it's a red-carpet affair! Watch the Oscars at Novela on two large projection screens and five HD flat panels along with full audio and captions so you don't miss a moment or word. Enjoy a red-carpet happy hour, themed food & drinks, Hollywood décor and more. This event is free for those 21+ but does not include a table reservation. Take BART to Montgomery St
and walk three minutes to Novela.
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