16 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.17.22)
After a hiatus last year, Fog Design+Art Fair returns this week. (Courtesy Fog Design+Art)

16 Fun Things to Do This Week (1.17.22)


This week, find comfort in food. Napa Valley Restaurant Week returns, Carmel-by-the-Sea hosts Culinary Week, and Matt Horn expands his Oakland barbecue empire with fried chicken shop, Kowbird.

Plus, Fog Design+Art Fair returns after a hiatus last year, MoAD is offering free admission on MLK Day, and Noise Pop festival passes are up for grabs.

Mask up, tip well, and be kind.

Celebrate the life of legend Betty White on her (almost) 100th birthday with six free hours of the Golden Girls on the big screen at Balboa Theater; Monday, 1pm to 7pm. // Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St. (Mission), balboamovies.com

Visit the foodie paradise that is Carmel, which has more restaurants per capita than any small U.S. city. Enjoy pop-ups, cooking classes, prix fixe menus, wine pairings, and more during Carmel-by-the-Sea Culinary Week, now through Sunday. // Details at carmelcalifornia.com

Honor the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday at Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), which is offering free admission and plenty of family-friendly activities including a scavenger hunt in the galleries, chalk drawing, and performance reflecting on MLK's vision for a world of peace, justice, equality, and inclusion; Monday, 11am to 5pm. // MoAD, 685 Mission St. (SoMa), moadsf.org

Lend the National Park Service a hand and help beautify outdoor sanctuaries including Baker Beach, Crissy Field, Sutro Heights Park, and more. Sure, you could spend your Monday off binging Netflix (do what you need to do), or you can get up and give back to your community on the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service this Monday. // parksconservancy.org

Get your fried chicken fix at Matt Horn’s Kowbird. The new outpost is serving sandos and half birds with Texas toast and savory sides; 11am to 7pm Wednesday and Thursday and until 8pm Friday through Sunday. // Kowbird, 1733 Peralta St. (Oakland), kowbird.com

Explore 45 galleries at Fog Design+Art Fair . Things kick off with a Wednesday night preview gala featuring entertainment, cocktails, and hors d'oeuvres. The rest of the week, check out artist and curator talks on topics including NFTs, Isamu Noguchi, and mural art. Well-known local exhibitors include Cult Aimee Friberg Exhibitions, Altman Siegel, Pace Gallery, and Jessica Silverman; Wednesday through Sunday. // Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. (Marina); tickets at fogfair.com .

Mountains on your mind? Take a detour on the road to Tahoe and stop by one of the quaint towns scattered around the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Virginia Range. Snowy Instagram ops, sleigh rides, and saloon crawls included. // 7x7.com

Enjoy good ol’ fashioned playtime at Cal Academy. Wander Woods is a new outdoor play space that encourages crawling, climbing, and hands-on exploration for kids (of all ages). // California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Dr. (Golden Gate Park), calacademy.org

Consider the American dream versus the reality of the immigrant experience at "Interior Garden," a new large-scale ceramic installation by Bay Area artist Cathy Lu; opening reception Thursday, 6pm to 8pm. // Chinese Culture Center, 750 Kearny St. (FiDi), cccsf.us

Buckle up for a never-before-seen-and-never-to-be-seen-again hip-hop comedy ride. Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail's pre- Hamilton, Freestyle Love Supreme is coming to SF. Audience participation means that no two shows are the same; Friday, through February 13. // The Geary Theater, 415 Geary St. (TenderNob); tickets at act-sf.org

Yeah, the wine is good. But have you tried the food? Napa Valley Restaurant Week is back and showing off the region's world-class cuisine —from Michelin-rated meals to farm-to-table feasts. Expect prix-fix brunch, lunch, and dinner options from participating eateries including Compline, Evangeline, and Acacia House; Friday, through January 30. // Browse menus and make reservations at visitnapavalley.com .

If sage-ing and chakra-balancing is your jam, join the Meritage for a three-day retreat full of morning yoga, meditation, vineyard hikes, healthy food, and more opportunities to renew your energy and rejuvenate your mind for the new year; Friday through Sunday. // The Meritage Resort & Spa, 875 Bordeaux Way (Napa); details at meritagecollection.com

Hear Nina Simone’ s 1967 RCA Victor classic Silk & Soul like never before when Oakland-based bassist, composer, and bandleader Caroline Chung takes on the music at Hotplate Festival; shows at 7pm and 8:30pm Saturday. // SFJAZZ, 201 Franklin St. (Hayes Valley), sfjazz.org .

Get ready to make some Noise Pop! Tickets for our favorite cross-bay festival (February 21-27) are on sale now. Look out for a week of films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts all over SF and the East Bay. Recent lineup additions include headlining sets from Azealia Banks and Jeff Tweedy. // noisepopfest.com

Give yourself something to look forward to; in this case: chocolate. The 14th Annual San Francisco Chocolate Salon is officially scheduled for April 2nd. Grab early bird tix by January 31st. // sfchocolatesalon.com

American's first cannabis college, Oaksterdam University, will offer a four-week budtending certification program this spring, beginning March 16th. // Enroll at oaksterdamuniversity.com

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