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8 fun things to do in San Francisco this weekend

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Ivy McNally

After Hours: Night at the O Club

Take the opportunity to explore the gorgeous, historic Presidio Officers’ Club during the magic hour while crafting some era-appropriate art projects and tippling on classic San Francisco cocktails and Fort Point beer. Head to the dance floor to make connections with like-minded social animals and linger by the fire once the sun sets. Just be sure to R.S.V.P. for this free event!  

Union Street Has a Crush on You Wine Walk

You waited too long to book your sweetie that wine country limo tour, but no worries. Now in its 7th year, the Union Street Has A Crush On You Valentine Wine Walk is an ideal date night, with posh restaurants and merchants on Union between Gough and Steiner and Fillmore from Union to Lombard opening their doors to sippers and noshers alike. There are jewelry stores on the route if you made the mistake of assuming your lover is not really the Valentine’s Day type.   

SF Beer Week Opening Gala

The craft brew craze shows no sign of slowing down, so raise a glass or 20 to the creative brewers working hard to keep the party going. SF Beer Week events will trickle throughout the city over nine days, but this tasting event is the can’t-miss affair, featuring more than 120 breweries serving hundreds of beers from all around Northern California alongside beer-friendly fare from the Bay Area’s best food vendors.

Giants Fan Fest

Those who bleed orange and black are looking forward to another even-numbered year of sheer torture. While April may feel miles away, Giants FanFest should satiate the need to see our boys out on the field (signing autographs in this case, but we’ll take what we can get). Bring your hats, your jerseys, your gloves or whatever memorabilia you’ve got on hand to collect your favorite player’s John Hancock.

Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair

A precursor to Lunar New Year festivities, the Flower Market Fair is the place for families to load up on fruits, candies and of course, fresh flowers to decorate for the coming celebrations. In addition to this swirl of activity in already-bustling Chinatown, attendees are greeted by traditional Chinese magicians and acrobats and charmed by traditional folk dance and opera performances. Find the fair on Grant Avenue between Clay and Broadway and follow the scent of fresh spring bouquets throughout the neighborhood.

ILLEAGLES: Eagles Tribute Band

For those who don’t give a flip what “The Dude” Lebowski has to say on the matter, the little Los Angeles band that Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Co. built is the gold-standard of American rock. Exhibit A: the ILLEAGLES, a talented troupe of Bay Areas musicians dedicated to keeping the hits alive. Sing along to the tunes we all know you know, and be sure to arrive in time to catch Stung, a Police cover band, obviously.  

Anchor Brewing's Battle of the Bands

Local bands will battle to win top honors at this SF Beer Week kick-off event. Pick up the all-you-can-drink beer passport to make this mini-outdoor music festival even more festive. Anchor Brewing’s brew crew will be on hand to answer all your questions about their stable of craft beers. Chill out, dig the vibes, and cast your vote for best band alongside a panel of esteemed judges. Dogs and children welcome!

Bob Marley Tribute Night

No woman, no cry: there’s still a chance to catch the second night of the Elbo Room’s Bob Marley tribute featuring performances by Sol Horizon and Native Elements. Expect to hear all the tunes from the Greatest Hits disc you wore out in college, as well as some deep reggae cuts. Woolite your tie-dye and get ready sing sweet songs of melodies pure and true all night long.   

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