Around the Bay in February

It's as easy as "drink, play, win." Five rounds of 10 questions on pop culture, music and more, now with free popcorn.

Published: February, 2019


Trivia Tuesdays at Rosenblum

It’s as easy as “drink, play, win.” Five rounds of 10 questions on pop culture, music and more, now with free popcorn. Every Tuesday, just buy a drink to play and win. Rosenblum Cellars is located on the waterfront, right in front of the Jack London Square ferry terminal. Trivia begins at 6 p.m. with Nicole, your host. Check out the Rosenblum Facebook page for weekly topics and clues. Must be 21 years old to compete. For more information, call (510) 601-2200 or visit



PIER 39 comes alive from February 9 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


SF Giants Fan Fest

It’s not quite baseball season yet, but the Giants and their fans are going to kick into action this month with their annual fan fest event on February 9. This is your chance to meet players like Madison Bumgarner and Buster Posey, get their autographs, take photos with the World Series trophies, play catch on the field and purchase new merchandise. Admission is totally free, so get on your orange and black and get ready for a fun-filled day at beautiful Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Ocean Film Fest Premier

Join the International Ocean Film Festival’s Bay Area premier screening of Canada C3: Coast to Coast to Coast at San Francisco’s Cowell Theater on Wednesday, February 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. followed by a Q&A session. The movie follows a 150-day expedition aboard the Polar Prince which began in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia and ended in Victoria, British Columbia. Traveling over 25,000 kilometers along Canada’s coastline, the longest of any country in the world, over 400 people participated in the journey, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The journey engaged thousands of citizens living in the over 75 coastal, mostly indigenous, communities as well as millions who engaged virtually through various social media and digital learning platforms. Connecting Canadians through shared stories of community, place and culture, the expedition focused on reconciliation, the environment, diversity and inclusion. Ticket prices are $20 or $10 for students and $40 for a VIP reception in the lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. featuring wine, beer and light appetizers as well as preferred seating in the theater. Visit

for more information.


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 24th Annual San Francisco Bay Flyway Festival, February 8 to 10, 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 Building 34 (and an adjacent tent) at 1080 Nimitz 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.


Violet Comes to Town

Bay Area Musicals presents Violet, a multi-award-winning musical, at the Alcazar Theatre from February 16 through March 17. The musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister, discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way. Featuring a folk/bluegrass/gospel-flavored score from Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley, Violet has been astounding critics and audiences alike for over two decades. The Alcazar Theatre is located at 650 Geary Street in San Francisco. Tickets are $35 - $65 and may be purchased online at


Orchids of the Enchanted Forest

The San Francisco Orchid Society’s Orchids of the Enchanted Forest brings a new and exciting vision to the mystical world of orchids for the 67th annual Pacific Orchid Exposition. More than 150,000 gorgeous, unusual and rare orchids will be on display and for sale at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park from February 21 to 24, presented by the finest local and international vendors. Three days of fun and adventure for the entire family await, with daily demonstrations on how to successfully grow orchids in the Bay Area, hard to find supplies, companion plants, and a new feature that kids will just love called Orchid-gami. There will be a preview night gala on Thursday, February 21 beginning at 6 p.m. where attendees will be the first to enjoy the orchid displays with reduced crowds of a few hundred rather than a few thousand people. Gala attendees will have first pick of the show vendors’ most beautiful and exotic orchids while enjoying live music from the Letterboxers, wine and hors d’oeuvres. Admission is free for children 16 and under when accompanied by an attending adult. General admission is $15. The preview gala is $75 per person (must be 21 or over) at the door. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The Hall of Flowers is located at 1199 9th Avenue on corner of Lincoln. Visit for more information and to purchase discounted tickets in advance.


Chinese New Year’s Parade

The Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco is one of the largest in the world. The main draw of this celebration, the Grand Parade, will be held on Saturday, February 23. It starts at 5:15 p.m. at the corner of 2nd and Market. It then weaves its way through Chinatown and ends at Jackson and Kearny around 8 p.m. There are more than 100 parade entries—including several floats, the largest and most popular of which is the 28-foot-long Golden Dragon. It takes a team of more than 100 people to operate and move it through the streets of San Francisco.


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