20 Fun Things to Do This Week (2.20.23)
Noise Pop Festival returns for its 30th year this week. (Courtesy of @noisepop)

20 Fun Things to Do This Week (2.20.23)


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

This week, party New Orleans–style on Fat Tuesday, discover your next favorite artist at Noise Pop Festival, celebrate culture at Oakland's Black Joy Parade, laugh out loud with Sarah Silverman, head to Angel Island for peaceful poetry, and much more.

Have a good one.

Celebrate 30 years of Noise Pop Festival with six days of concerts, films, art exhibits, and happy hours. The Bay Area's best venues will play host to acts like Yo La Tengo, Boy Harsher, Duster, and more now through February 26. // Tickets at noisepopfest.com

Find your heart at the Ferry Building: this year's Hearts in SF sculptures are on display just one more week. Designed by local artists and featuring iconic SF imagery, they'll be auctioned off to raise funds for Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center; through February 28. // Ferry Building Marketplace (Embarcadero); details at ferrybuildingmarketplace.com

Feast on classic French fare with waterfront views at Left Bank Brasserie's new Jack London Square location. Enjoy a salad Nicoise or steak frites during happy hour (3pm to 6pm); open daily. // Left Bank Brasserie, 55 Webster St. (Oakland); reservations at leftbank.com

Experience peak magnolia season in San Francisco's Botanical Garden. Show proof of SF residency to enjoy free admission daily from 7:30am to 5pm. // San Francisco Botanical Garden, 1199 9th Ave. (Golden Gate Park); details at sfbg.org/magnolias

Celebrate Mardi Gras SF-style with a free, family-friendly festival complete with a Zydeco and blues concert, a second line parade, colorful costumes, and more; Tuesday, 5pm to midnight. // The Fillmore Center Plaza,1475 Fillmore St. (NoPa); details at eventbrite.com

Get a taste of Bourbon Street at Maybeck’s. On Fat Tuesday, the restaurant will be serving up two specials: New Orleans–style beignets with hot fudge, coffee, and crème Anglaise, and a Sazerac slushy; Tuesday, 4pm to 10pm. // Maybeck’s, 3213 Scott St. (Cow Hollow); reservations at maybecks.com

Practice your rumba when Carnaval San Francisco celebrates Fat Tuesday in the historic Calle 24 Latino Cultural District. Enjoy live samba drummers, dance performances, and lively music; Tuesday, 5pm to 10pm. // 3250 24th St. (Mission); details at carnavalsanfrancisco.org

Honor the great Creole traditions of New Orleans with dancing and live Cajun and zydeco music; Tuesday, 7:30pm. // Ashkenaz, 1317 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley); tickets at eventbrite.com

Experience Grace Cathedral in a different light at their Carnivale celebration. Put on your best "bright black tie" for an open bar, live entertainment, and more late-night revelry; Tuesday, 9pm to 11pm. // Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at e.givesmart.com

Find peace by the gram at Solful's new Inner Sunset dispensary. The award-winning cannabis brand selects 100 percent of its flower direct from local farms. We especially love that the new shop is in close proximity to Golden Gate Park; open daily, 9am to 9pm. // Solful, 900 Irving St. (Inner Sunset); details at solful.com

Get your hands on some rare beauties at the 70th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, presented by the San Francisco Orchid Society; Friday through Sunday. // San Francisco County Fair Building - Hall of Flowers (Golden Gate Park); tickets at orchidsanfrancisco.org

World Ballet Series'Cinderella is coming to town for one night only, performed by a multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers; Friday at 7pm. // Palace of Fine Arts Theatre, 3301 Lyon St. (Marina); tickets at worldballetseries.com

Win(e)d your way through Downtown Napa's tasting rooms. With a winery passport, this weekend you'll be treated to a glass of wine paired with a bite at more than 20 participating tasting rooms; Friday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. // Downtown Napa; tickets at exploretock.com

Treat yourself to some shopping: Bricktown Nights will feature more than 100 vendors. Scoop up handmade goods, wellness items, food and drink, yoga and pilates classes, and more from Black-owned businesses at the event put together by Black Joy Parade and Agency Oakland; Friday, 6pm to 11pm. // Agency Oakland, 2150 Livingston St. (Oakland); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Take self-care seriously with a visit to Kim + Ono's luxe store in Chinatown. Shop for kimonos while enjoying relaxing jazz music and vegan Chinese and Taiwanese sweets from Annie's T Cakes; Saturday, 3pm to 5pm. // Kim + Ono, 729 Grant Ave. (Chinatown); RSVP at eventbrite.com

Journey to Angel Island for a Black History Month x Chinese New Year poetry reading. Poets Chun Yu and Michael Warr co-founded Two Languages/One Community to exchange culture and common experiences between African Americans and Chinese Americans. Hear their words in English and Chinese, accompanied by projected images of text and photographs at the Angel Island Immigration Station; Saturday, 11:30am to 3pm. // Angel Island Immigration Station (Tiburon); tickets at aiisf.org

Expect a few Elon Musk roasts when Sarah Silverman takes the stage for her "Grow Some Lips" tour; Saturday at 7pm. // The Masonic, 1111 California St. (Nob Hill); tickets at livenation.com

Pair your sushi with some Hanson Sonoma Whiskey. To celebrate the distillery's 2023 Single Malt Double Barrel Whiskey release, the spirit makers are partnering with Sushimotos for a three-course meal paired with cocktails and tastings; Saturday, noon to 2pm. // Hanson of Sonoma Distillery, 22985 Burndale Rd. (Sonoma); tickets at exploretock.com

Celebrate culture and community at Oakland's Black Joy Parade. The massive parade and festival will celebrate 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 Street and Franklin Street (Oakland); details at eventbrite.com

Enjoy a seasonally-inspired brunch curated by Tanya Holland, in celebration of her latest cookbook, California Soul; Sunday at 10am. // 1 Hotel San Francisco, 8 Mission St. (Embarcadero); tickets at eventbrite.com

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