SF's Purple Ube Pop-Up
Fairs & Festivals
SF's Purple Ube Pop-Up
A mini Filipino Night Market with Ube-flavored everything
Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2018
Eat & Drink, Worth the Splurge
Every Bay Area Restaurant Week in 2018
SF, Oakland, Berkeley and beyond, get ready for all 15 Bay Area Restaurant Weeks.
Shake Shack is Coming to the Bay
City Discoveries
Shake Shack is Coming to the Bay
Sip sip, hooray! NYC's Shake Shack burger joint is coming to the Bay Area in Fall 2018

Thursday, January 18

Berkeley Restaurant Week 2018 | January 18-28
Berkeley Restaurant Week 2018 | January 18-28

Discover prix fixe menus at 30 leading Berkeley restaurants during Berkeley Restaurant Week happening from January 18-28, 2018. Participating restaurants are offering lunch and/or dinner menus at special values of $20 per person for lunch, and $25 or $35 per person for dinner (tax and gratuity are ...

Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa
Free Museum & Gallery Crawl: Yerba Buena Third Thursdays | SoMa

Third Thursday Participants
Cartoon Art Museum | www.cartoonart.org
655 Mission Street
Open until 7pm on Third Thursdays
Catharine Clark Gallery | www.cclarkgallery.com
150 Minna Street (btwn 3rd & New Montgomery)
Open until 7pm on Third Thursdays
Always free
Varnish Fine Art | www.varnishfineart.com
16 Jessie Street (btwn 1st & 2nd)
Open until 7pm on Third …

Exploratorium After Dark: Iron | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Iron | Pier 15

Lose yourself in over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science at our adults-only After Dark. Grab your friends and a drink and get immersed in mind-bending experiences and unique, thought-provoking programs.
Tune in to surrounding sounds by experimenting with strings and vibrations, and use …

Sketchfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, January 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Sketchfest NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Laugh your face off as SF Sketchfest takes over the Academy for a knee-slapping night of creatures, cocktails, and comedy, part of the 17th annual SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival.

Join for a night of irreverent science, featuring a live version of the comedy podcast “This Week …

Google Android Things Meetup | SF
Thursday, January 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| HAX SF
Google Android Things Meetup | SF

Get ready for a night dedicated to Google’s Android Things.
Have you ever wanted to design and develop your own products? Android Things lets you build professional, mass-market products on a trusted platform without previous knowledge of embedded system design. With an easy-to-use software development platform based on …

Queer Sex Trivia: The Bondage Pubquiz | SF
Queer Sex Trivia: The Bondage Pubquiz | SF

Win epic sex toy prizes from Good Vibrations (and free drink tokens) for showing off your filthy brain.
The January pubquiz theme is bondage, so you’ll be quized on Betty Page, the surprisingly kinky films of the 1990’s, famous knots, historic sex scandals, and so much …

“The Color of Pixar” Book Talk & Discussion | Lafayette
Thursday, January 18 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| Lafayette Library

Join them for an evening with Tia Kratter, the author of The Color of Pixar. She will share how the details of color convey a story and deepen our emotions.
Tia Kratter joined Pixar Animation Studios in 1993 during the production of the studio’s first feature …

Free Cobb’s Winter Comedy Night: January 2018 | SF
Free Cobb's Winter Comedy Night: January 2018 | SF

Funcheap and Stroy Moyd of #HellaFunny take over Cobb’s Comedy Club for an awesome night of comedy at SF’s biggest comedy club. And you can get on our secret guest list. Every month we handpick some of SF’s top local comedians to showcase for you – often ...

Shiba Ramen Comedy Night | Oakland
Thursday, January 18 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Shiba Ramen
Shiba Ramen Comedy Night | Oakland

Join Liz Stone at Shiba Ramen in Oakland for laughs and hot ramen one night a month. Shiba Ramen Comedy Nights feature a lineup of the Bay Area’s best comics and, in addition to ramen, the menu offers an all-night happy hour on sake, beer …

Friday, January 19

“America’s Got Talent” Auditions | San Jose
Friday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Jose McEnery Convention Center

What can you do in 90 seconds? NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” will be holding open-call auditions at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center on January 19, 2018.
The auditions are free, and it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for performing artists. They enjoy all talent, whether …

SF’s Insane “Free Bazaar” Sign Party | 2018
Friday, January 19 – 8:00 am | Cost: FREE | Market and Montgomery
SF's Insane

Delight, amuse and confuse your fellow humans on their way to work.
Event date update: Please note this event takes place on Friday, January 19, 2018 (not thursday) as was listed previously.
The organizers will provide free poster boards and markers. You’ll write “FREE (WHATEVER YOU WANT)” and offer …

“Sea Lion” Day: Free Admission to Aquarium of the Bay | Pier 39

To celebrate the 28th anniversary of Pier 39’s world famous sea lions on January 19, 2018, there will be free admission to Aquarium of the Bay.
Make sure to arrive early. The first 28 guests to mention “Sea Lion Love” at the front desk of Aquarium of the …

2018 Concord Comfort Food Restaurant Week | Jan 19-28
Friday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Concord
2018 Concord Comfort Food Restaurant Week | Jan 19-28

“The First Annual Concord Comfort Food Restaurant Week is an incredible opportunity to take advantage of some of most authentic culinary experiences in the destination, some not available any other time of the year,” Schroth noted. No tickets necessary – just ask for the Concord ...

The “Unofficial Department of Handshakes” | SF City Hall
Friday, January 19 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Francisco City Hall
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For the month of January, The Unofficial Department of Handshakes will occupy the information kiosk at the Van Ness entrance of San Francisco City Hall in an effort to observe, collect, and analyze the handshakes shared under the dome. The Unofficial Department of Handshakes is ...

“This is Hunger” Interactive Exhibit | Final Day
Friday, January 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Lodge

Stories about hunger. In their own words. This Is Hunger is a powerful and interactive exhibit, housed in a big rig, that takes individuals on a journey—one that that will challenge their beliefs about who in America struggles with hunger and why, and inspire them ...

Google / YouTube / MSNBC Town Hall at YBCA | SF
Friday, January 19 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free and an RSVP is encouraged.
| Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Google / YouTube / MSNBC Town Hall at YBCA | SF

Be a part of the live audience for a special MSNBC town hall event. Recode’s Kara Swisher and MSNBC’s Ari Melber will co-host this special broadcast featuring Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.
This dynamic discussion will focus on Google, YouTube, and the impact of …

Tropical Disturbance: Placemaking & Contemporary Art of Hawaii | SF
Friday, January 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | The Luggage Store Gallery
Tropical Disturbance: Placemaking & Contemporary Art of Hawaii | SF

Bay Area’s 1st major exhibition of Hawaii artists opens at Luggage Store Gallery on January 19, 2018.
Ten artists address the notion of place in Hawai‘i. Free programming includes performance by renowned San Francisco Hula Choreographer Patrick Makuakāne, and film series on women and surfing.
 

Win Tix: SF Sketchfest 2018: The Best Week 2 Events
Friday, January 19 – 7:30 pm | Cost: WIN | All Over San Francisco

SF Sketchfest is only the bestest comedy festival in the country, right here in our very own backyard.

Week two has a ton of great shows with stars from Netflix, Showtime, Kids in the Hall, 30 Rock and tons more… and we’ve got tickets for …

San Jose Bike Party: The Party Animal Ride!
Friday, January 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Secret San Jose Location
San Jose Bike Party: The Party Animal Ride!

San Jose Bike Party is a place to ride bikes, make friends, and have a good time every third Friday of each month at 8 pm. San Jose is the largest city in Northern California, but they are hidden in the suburban sprawl. It’s time ...

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show | SF
Friday, January 19 – 8:00 pm | Cost: $10*
*$10 general admission at the door
| Mezzanine
The Pancakes & Booze Art Show | SF

Pancakes & Booze Art Show: Over 100 emerging artists showcasing their hottest work in a Warhol-style, anything-goes, massive warehouse environment–live music, body painting, multimedia displays, and free pancakes. The show originated in 2009 in Los Angeles and since has popped up more than 300 times ...

Saturday, January 20

“The Craig Show” Late Night Rave | The Great Northern
Saturday, January 20 – 12:30 am | Cost: FREE | The Great Northern

Join them for a special late night pro raver bangarang as they celebrate their fearless Great Northern leader’s birthday, none other than, The Craig Show.
If you’ve met this man for even 5 minutes, you fully know just how special, kind, welcoming, fun, and how just …

Lichen BioBlitz Workshop and Treasure Hunt | Berkeley
Saturday, January 20 – 9:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free with advance registration
| UC Berkeley Botanical Garden
Lichen BioBlitz Workshop and Treasure Hunt | Berkeley

Calling all Lichen enthusiasts, join lichen experts, UCBG faculty, Garden staff and citizen scientists for a lichen “Treasure Hunt” on Saturday January 20th.
Participants are asked to pre-register and attend an orientation session the morning of the event.
Participants will work in teams to document the lichen …

Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | SF
Saturday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco
Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival | SF

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a mini traveling festival of free lion dancing performances at several San Francisco Public Library branches. 2018 Lunar New Year Lion Dancer Celebrations Saturday, January 13, 2018 10:15 – 10:45: Golden Gate Valley 11:15 – 11:45: Western Addition 12:00 – 12:30: ...

Women’s March Oakland | 2018
Saturday, January 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lake Merritt Amphitheater
Women's March Oakland | 2018

Women’s March Oakland 2018 is a rally and march in partnership with the Bay Area chapter of youth organization March for Our Future. They are joining 19 other California chapters in hosting rallies on the anniversary of the historic Women’s March.
This anniversary event will focus …

Mushroom Walk in McLaren Park | SF
Saturday, January 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Mushroom Walk in McLaren Park | SF

Join mushroom enthusiast, J.R. Blair, for a fungal foray in McLaren Park on January 20, 2018. They will meet at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater parking lot. Drought cancels (that is, if there is no significant precipitation in the month of January.)
Email J.R. at jrblair@sfsu.edu if …

Exploring San Bruno Mountain’s Saddle and Bog Trails | Brisbane
Saturday, January 20 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Bruno Mountain
Exploring San Bruno Mountain's Saddle and Bog Trails | Brisbane

This field trip is a winter staple so let’s start with an easy walk around the saddle and bog with East Bay and San Francisco views. It features grasslands, mono-cultures of gorse, a eucalyptus forest, the headwaters of Colma Creek, and a rare upland wetland. …

Women’s March Contra Costa Anniversary March | Walnut Creek
Saturday, January 20 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Walnut Creek Civic Park
Women's March Contra Costa Anniversary March | Walnut Creek

Women’s March Contra Costa invites all community members to join on January 20, 2018 for an Anniversary March. Stand up for democracy. March for equity, tolerance, and justice. Speak up for human rights and dignity.
Whatever your reasons are, join us for this nonpartisan, peaceful, family-friendly …

Tory Farms & Allstar Organics’ Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market
Saturday, January 20 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Ferry Building
Tory Farms & Allstar Organics' Free Seasonal Cooking Demo & Tasting | Ferry Plaza Farmers Market

Stop by the CUESA Classroom for a cooking demo featuring the seasonal bounty of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, and featuring two of their market seller-farmers.
A California native, Executive Chef Reylon Agustin has been instrumental in establishing Madera as one of the leading culinary destinations …

Opening Day of 2018 Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week | January 20-27
Saturday, January 20 – All Day | Cost: 20% off*
*Get up to 15% – 20% discount at participating eateries; conditions may apply.
| First Street (Benicia)
Opening Day of 2018 Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week |  January 20-27

Downtown celebrates California Restaurant Month with Restaurant Week in January.
A dining passport offers a 15-20% discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply).

The Great Mac ‘n Cheese Melt-Off
Saturday, January 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: $5 | SoMa StrEat Food Park
The Great Mac 'n Cheese Melt-Off

Experience the biggest Fête du Fromage in San Francisco. Fifteen of the best food trucks and pop-up shops will be mixing up mouthwatering Mac and Cheese specials all day long. Who will be the mac and cheesiest? Cast your vote for the chancellor of cheese, ...