Around the Bay in February 2018

Enjoy an afternoon like no other at Contra Costa Humane Society's Best in Show 2018 on February 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd.

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Published: February, 2018


Make Your Dog Best in Show

Enjoy an afternoon like no other at Contra Costa Humane Society’s Best in Show 2018 on February 11 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Concord Hilton, 1970 Diamond Blvd. Celebrate Valentine’s Day a few days early this year with special Valentine’s Day prizes, surprises and a gift for every single canine guest. Let your pup shine on the runway and win prizes in the second annual Contra Costa Humane Society Strut Your Mutt Dog Show. You can strike a silly or serious pose with your furry friend in the guest photo booth with props and costumes provided. Enjoy a day out with your dog (dress ’em up!) and help support the Contra Costa Humane Society programs and services for animals in need. Not to mention fine wine, champagne, nibbles and desserts—for you and your canine. Individual tickets are $50 each and group packages are available. Your well behaved, fully licensed and vaccinated pups are most welcome. For more information, call (925) 279-2247 or visit



PIER 39 comes alive from February 10 to 18 with the vibrant colors of more than 39,000 blooming tulips and seasonal garden favorites during Tulipmania! Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips with the self-guided tour anytime during Tulipmania, or take a free guided tour that begins daily at 10 a.m from the crab statue at PIER 39’s Entrance Plaza and concludes with a special treat from Trish’s Mini Donuts. For more information, visit


Flyway with Me

Both birds and people will be flocking to Mare Island in Vallejo to celebrate what has become a special annual winter ritual. The 22nd Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, February 9-11, includes guided hikes and outings, tours, workshops and an exhibition area. The three-day event celebrates the return of over one million shorebirds and hundreds of thousands of ducks, geese and hawks that migrate through or winter in the San Francisco Bay Area. The main Flyway Festival headquarters is at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Expo Building 221 at 880 Walnut Avenue in Vallejo. The Wildlife and Birding Expo includes exhibits and interactive activities offered by non-profit, natural and historical resource agencies, slide shows, commercial art, birding suppliers and digital equipment and optics vendors. For more information, visit or call (707) 249-9633.


Off the Reef Gala

As parties go, this one will be off the hook or more to the point, “Off the Reef.” This 15th annual gala fundraiser benefiting the San Francisco-based International Ocean Film Festival takes place on Saturday, February 10 at The Pearl, which is located at 601 9th Street in San Francisco. The evening will feature food, fine wine and a silent auction. The event starts with a cocktail reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m., dinner and program from 7 to 9 p.m. and then music by DJ Bryce until 10:30 p.m. Highlighted during the evening will be previews of the festival’s upcoming films and remarks by this year’s “Ocean Champion” honoree, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Louie Psihoyos. Individual tickets are $250 and can be purchased online at


Rec Room Beer Party

East Brother Beer Company will celebrate its one-year anniversary during its second annual Rec Room Party on Sunday, February 11 from noon to 8 p.m. The event is one of many that the brewery will participate in during this year’s SF Beer Week, taking place February 9 to 18 (see page 16 for more details). The event will feature East Brother beer-infused barbeque by Steel Smokin’ BBQ; live music by bands Flowtilla and Walter Hand and the Blue Hand Band; new merchandise for sale; and rec room games like ping pong, pinball and a retro gamer with classic 80s arcade games. On top of all of that, East Brother will be introducing a new beer to be revealed for SF Beer Week. Admission to the Rec Room Party is free, but for $20, attendees can purchase a ticket for a sampler plate of beer-infused food, a pint, and some fun rec room swag. East Brother Beer Company is located at 1001 Canal Blvd in Richmond.


Orchids in Wonderland

The 66th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition takes place Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25 at the Hall of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The exhibit consists of exotic and prize winning orchids from around the world and orchid sales of blooming and non-blooming plants, growing supplies, info sessions on growing techniques and more. There will also be an opening gala preview night celebration held on Thursday, February 22 beginning at 6 p.m. The theme for the 2018 exposition is “Curiouser and Curiouser, Orchids in Wonderland.” The theme plays off the story of Alice in Wonderland, and the Mad Hatter Tea Party will be the theme for the Gala. The Hall of Flowers is located at 1199 9th Avenue on corner of Lincoln. Visit for more information and to purchase advance tickets.


Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics

Steam up your Valentine’s Day with a trip to the rainforest at the one-and-only Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Indulge the senses at the Aphrodisiacs of the Tropics, an annual after-hour event that highlights commonly considered aphrodisiacs from the conservatory’s permanent tropical collection. This year’s celebration will be an exploration of sight, sound, smell and taste, with a range of sensually-inspired experiences taking place throughout the galleries. Roaming docents will go into exuberant detail on plant reproduction with a focus on the sex lives of orchids, and botanical love stories centered on vanilla. An accordion performance by Jasper de Tarr will permeate the glass house, while Fitzgerald and Guislain, a niche perfume house, will infuse the night with sweet aromatics. Enjoy a complimentary sparkling wine and don’t forget to strike a pose and have fun with our photo booth. The event on February 14 is from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and $30 general admission tickets are available at


Seven Floors of Love

Experience the power of love at SFMOMA this February. Fall head over heels for Rebecca Horn’s newly installed kinetic masterpieces on Floor 6, or reconnect with an old flame — Frida Kahlo’s Frieda and Diego Rivera is now on view in our free space on Floor 2. Whether you’re there to honeymoon or in it for the long haul, be sure to pay a visit to the iconic photography of Walker Evans before it closes on February 4. At the SFMOMA Garage, the first three hours of parking are 25% off with validation for the entire month of February — a $24 value for only $18. For more information, visit


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