Looking to pack more fun things into the shortest month of the year? We've got you covered.
Stuff your face with king cake on Fat Tuesday, get a made-to-fade tattoo, take a clean beauty master class at Credo, shop for actually affordable art at the Superfine art fair, please do touch the art at de Youngsters Day Out, catch Lovett or Leave It live, and much more.
See you out there!
Folks with commitment issues can get made-to-fade ink from the pioneering tattoo studio Ephemeral, which opens its first SF location on Monday. Applied in the same process as a regular tattoo, these designs promise the same artistry and self-expression as traditional tats but disappear within nine to 15 months; reservations at ephemeral.tattoo.
Curious to learn more about what makes you you? In this Enneagram workshop, you’ll uncover your intrinsic motivations, personality style, how you communicate, and how to strengthen your relationships; Monday, 6pm to 8:30pm. // HAVN Collective, 3329 Sacramento St. (Presidio Heights); tickets at eventbrite.com
Celebrate Mardi Gras SF-style with a free, family-friendly festival complete with a Zydeco and blues concert, a parade, colorful costumes, and more; Tuesday, 5pm to 10pm. // The Fillmore Center Plaza,1475 Fillmore St. (NoPa); details at eventbrite.com
Practice your rumba as 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 9pm. // 3250 24th St. (Mission); details at carnavalsanfrancisco.org
Honor the great Creole traditions of New Orleans at a lively cocktail party with jazz, NOLA-inspired cocktails, food from Top Chef’s Nelson German and, of course, king cake; Tuesday, 6pm to 11pm. // Sobre Mesa, 1618 Franklin St. (Oakland); tickets at eventbrite.com
Get inspired at the biannual Gray Area Artist Showcase, featuring new works fostered within the Artist Incubator and Creative Code Immersive education program. Using tools like deep-fakes, lidar, 3D animations, and physical computing, the future-forward art creates sensory spaces that engage our embodied selves in relation to the new paradigms of Web3; opening night Wednesday, 7pm to 10pm. // Gray Area / Grand Theater, 2665 Mission St. (Mission); tickets at grayarea.org
Clean up your beauty routine with a master class at Credo, where you’ll learn easy product swaps, receive personal recommendations from the pros, and get 10 percent off in-store shopping; Thursday, 5pm to 6:30pm. // Credo SF, 552 Hayes Street (Hayes Valley); RSVP at eventbrite.com
Join Bay Area band Fast Times for a live set and the debut of their new music video, “Girlfriend,” filmed in San Francisco; Thursday, 7pm to 11:30pm. // Saint Joseph’s Arts Society, 1401 Howard St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com
Superfine, the art fair for everyone, returns to SF to connect art lovers with approachable, non-stuffy creatives and their work. Shop from more than 60 artists with pieces ranging from $50 to $3,000. Plus, 20 percent of ticket sales will benefit the It Gets Better Project to support LGBTQ+ youth; Thursday to Sunday. // Gallery 308, Landmark Building A, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at eventbrite.com
Wake & Shake with Shake Shack and Red Bay Coffee’s new collab—hand-spun vanilla frozen custard with Red Bay Coffee, maple syrup, and orange zest. To celebrate the partnership, Shake Shack will host a one-day event with live music, giveaways, and more at the Downtown Oakland location. All sales from the event will be donated to the local art non-profit The People’s Conservatory; Friday at 11am. // Shake Shack, 1954 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland); details at berkeleyside.org
Toast America's top culinary talents at the Good Food Awards. The evening begins with a welcome reception with award-winning bites and drinks, followed by a ceremony with the bestowing of the medals by Alice Waters; Friday at 5pm. // Palace of Fine Arts, 3601 Lyon St. (Presidio); tickets at eventbrite.com
Take a whiskey-fueled walk through downtown Alameda. Tickets include a collectible tasting glass, premium whiskey tastings at multiple locations, and paired bites by local chefs; Friday, 6pm to 9pm. // Downtown Alameda, 2324 Alameda Ave. (Alameda); tickets at alamedastrolls.com
Join former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett (and some friends) for "Lovett or Leave It: Live or Else." The political podcast is hitting the road, stopping first in SF to break down the week’s biggest news and make fun of our insane political landscape; Friday at 8pm. // Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St. (Castro); tickets at crooked.com
Stop and smell 100,000 tulips. Normally, picking flowers from a strange yard is frowned upon but, on Flower Bulb Day, it’s highly encouraged, in Union Square at least. Bouquets are free; Saturday, 1pm until they're gone. // Union Square, 333 Post St. (Union Square); details at flowerbulbday.com
Take the family for some hands-on art-making at de Youngsters Day Out. The free all-day event includes workshops and entertainment both inside and outside the museum; Saturday, 9:30am to 5:15pm. // de Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr. (Golden Gate Park); RSVP at eventbrite.com
If you prefer your fairytales with a little bit of spice don’t miss Twisted Disney—a dance party and drag spectacular tribute to Disney icons at Oasis; Saturday at 10pm. // Oasis, 298 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com
Give vegetables their due at the Oh My Gulay (OMG) Plant-Based Festival. Expect plenty of healthy food plus pottery, crystals, medicinal potions, house plants, yoga, and more at this free event; Saturday, noon to 5pm. // Kapwa Gardens, 967 Mission St. (SoMa); details at kapwagardens.com
Get your hands on some righteous gemstones at the Northern California Crystal Fair. Shop for wholesale and retail crystals and minerals, have your aura read, learn from master teachers and holistic trainers, and more; Saturday and Sunday. // San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th & Lincoln (Golden Gate Park); details at crystalfair.com
Kick it with keynote speakers Hunter and Lexi Pence at Bring Change to Mind’s (BC2M) annual fundraiser luncheon at Oracle Park. Musician Charles Jones and Super Bowl champ Ricky Watters Sr. will also make appearances to support children and young adults facing mental illness; Saturday, 12:30pm. // Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (SoMa); tickets at bringchange2mind.org
Partake in a one-night-only, hour-long percussion sound bath by Ward Spangle at the Napa Lighted Art Festival; Saturday at 7pm. // Veterans Memorial Park, Main St. (Napa); details at festivalnapavalley.org
Get yourself to Sunday school—Chandon’s mixology school, that is. Learn to make festive sparkling cocktails
with their expert resident mixologist; Sundays at 11am through March 28th. // Chandon, 1 California Dr. (Yountville); tickets at tock.com