19 Fun Things to Do This Week (2.19.24)
Warmer weather is on the way (we hope). Celebrate by taking the ferry over to Treasure Island's TreasureFest, which returns this weekend. (Courtesy of TreasureFest)

19 Fun Things to Do This Week (2.19.24)


The shortest month of the year isn't short of fun things to do.

This week, unleash your inner dragon at San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, discover your next favorite artist at Noise Pop Festival, celebrate culture at Oakland's Black Joy Parade, take in epic views of the Bay from TreasureFest, and much more.

Have a good one.

Celebrate 31 years of Noise Pop Festival with six days of concerts, films, art exhibits, and happy hours. The Bay Area's best venues will host acts including Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Snail Mail, The Mountain Goats, Cherry Glazerr, and more; Thursday through March 3rd. // Tickets are available at noisepopfest.com.

Test your Bay Area knowledge at San Francisco Chronicle’s second annual Bay Area Data Trivia Night. Questions will span demographics, politics, sports, and more. The top three groups will win prizes; Wednesday, 6pm to 8pm. // Manny’s, 3092 16th St. (Mission); tickets at eventbrite.com

Families and Disney-obsessed adults can sing along to favorite songs from Frozen and Encanto while enjoying world-class ice skating, aerial acrobatics, and more at Disney on Ice; matinees and evening shows, Thursday through Sunday. // Oakland Arena, 7000 S Coliseum Way (Oakland); tickets at ticketmaster.com

Wine your way to Ghirardelli Square where Cultivar is the latest hip spot to open at the landmark plaza. The opening night event (6pm to 8pm Thursday) will feature farm to table bites from the kitchen—with wine pairings, naturally. // Cultivar Wine & Kitchen, E-211, 900 North Point (Ghirardelli Square); RSVP for free at eventbrite.com.

Raise a toast to Black-owned business in Oakland at the Black Joy Parade Cocktail Crawl. Choose your route–either Uptown or Downtown–and you’ll receive a premium cocktail at four bars with a ticket purchase; Thursday and Friday at 6:30pm. // Tickets at eventbrite.com

ICYMI, it’s mushroom season. Before you go out foraging after the rains, head to After Dark: Finding Fungi to learn the fundamentals of 'shrooms; Thursday at 6pm. // Exploratorium, Pier 15 (Embarcadero); tickets at exploratorium.edu

Fill your home with one-of-a-kind piecesfrom the Marin Arts & Crafts Show. You’ll find textiles, stained glass, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, recovered architectural objects, clothing, paintings, and more; 10am to 6pm Friday and Saturday, and till 5pm Sunday. // Marin Center Exhibit Hall, 10 Ave Of The Flags (San Rafael); tickets at artsandcraftsshow.com

Be moved by ballet’s greatest love story, Swan Lake. The classical ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s iconic score returns with elevated designs by Tony Award–winning Jonathan Fensom; Friday through March 3rd. // SF Ballet at War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave. (Civic Center); tickets at sfballet.org

Belly up to the best restaurants and wineries in the Tri-Valley. Enjoy 10 delicious days of special events, unique menu offerings, and exclusive deals at local restaurants and wineries; Friday through March 3rd. // Details and participating restaurants at visittrivalley.com

Practice your green thumb at the Black Planter Party, a full day celebrating local and leafy Black-owned businesses. In addition to free plant giveaways, you’ll find interactive activities such as terrarium building, food and drinks, live music, and more; Saturday, 2pm to 7pm. // Hella Bee’s, 2340 Harrison St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com

Take the ferry to TreasureFest to enjoy all things Bay Area. You can eat gourmet foods from a whole lot of vendors; shop local makers, designers, and collectors; drink-award winning wine and beer, plus specially made seasonal cocktails. There will also be live music and games; Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 5pm. // Tickets at treasurefest.com

Plunge into the weekend, literally, with a family-friendly 5K followed by a polar plunge in support of the Special Olympics Northern California; Saturday, 8:30am to 12:30pm. // Aquatic Park, 502 Jefferson (Fisherman’s Wharf); tickets at eventbrite.com

Be Fun & Slutty with Jonathan Van Ness.The Queer Eye cast member, comedian, and podcast host brings their queer joy tour to Oakland; Saturday at 8pm. // Tickets at ticketmaster.com

Have a roaring good time at the return of Chinatown's Chinese New Year Parade—the largest celebration of Asian culture outside of Asia. Considered one of the best night parades in the world, the procession will include fabulous floats, ferocious lions, and firecrackers; Saturday, 5:15 to 8pm. // 2nd St & Market to Kearny & Columbus; details at chineseparade.com

Celebrate culture and community at Oakland's Black Joy Parade. The festival celebrates the Black experience in epic form with more than 200 vendors, plenty of performances, a lively parade route, and special events at neighboring businesses; Sunday at noon. // 14th St. and Franklin St. (Oakland); details at eventbrite.com

Treat yourself to a special collaboration dinner between two star restaurants. Michelin award-winning chef David Yoshimura of Nisei will host one of SF’s top rising talents, chef Harrison Cheney of Sons & Daughters, for a one night only, multi-course meal with optional wine pairings; Sunday beginning at 5pm. // Nisei, 2316 Polk St. (TenderNob); reservations at Tock

Discover the vibrant and transformative music scene that defined San Francisco from the late 1980s to the 2000s. The CJM hosts photographer Jay Blakesberg and Noise Pop cofounder Jordan Kurland to share iconic images and trade insider stories of the city’s music history, memorable concerts, and more; Sunday, 1pm to 3pm. // The Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission St. (SoMa); tickets at thecjm.org

Learn the art of tea at a hands-on workshop. You’ll learn to create popular drinks using loose-leaf teas and natural ingredients from Africa, Asia, and South America. After a fun, educational sampling you’ll try your hand at making your own personalized tea blends; Sunday, 2pm to 4pm. // Alameda Marketplace, 1650 Park St. (Alameda); tickets at eventbrite.com

Hear, see, smell, taste, and feel a truly synesthetic work of art. The San Francisco Symphony has collaborated with Cartier to present a multi-sensory production of Alexander Scriabin’s tone poem Prometheus, The Poem of Fire. This one-of-a-kind presentation combines music, lights, and scent cues by Cartier for an immersive concert experience. Also on the program: Béla Bartók’s bloodthirsty fairy tale Duke Bluebeard’s Castle; March 1–3. // Tickets are available now at sfsymphony.org.

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