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February 16, 2018
The weekend is finally here.

Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend

No weekend is ever the same in San Francisco, but it always leaves you with the same feeling: you always want more. Here's what you shouldn't miss this coming weekend.

Doggone It!

On Feb. 16, 2018, San Francisco will welcome the Year of the Dog. Chinatown will resound with firecrackers and welcome a brand new Golden Dragon to the menagerie of lunar animals that play a central part in the festivities. Ceremonial lions will romp in the streets and Miss Chinatown USA aspirants will flock here from all over the country to compete for the festival crown. On Feb. 24, 2018 the night of the Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade, the revelry will crest in a glittering display of pageantry. Bleacher seats to watch the parade are available for $35. A walking tour of Chinatown is the perfect prelude to a festive dinner in Chinatown.

Bill Fontana: Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns

In 1981, sound artist Bill Fontana created a live acoustic map of San Francisco Bay. Microphones were installed at eight different positions around the bay in order to hear the multiple acoustic delays from the foghorns on the Golden Gate Bridge. Sounds were broadcast to the facade of Pier 2 at Fort Mason Center. Listeners are able to hear various locations simultaneously, delayed by the distances the sound has to travel, translating topography into sound. On Feb. 16, 2018, Fontana’s “Landscape Sculpture with Foghorns” returns to its original location on the eastern wall of Pier 2, now the San Francisco Art Institute’s campus at Fort Mason Center for Art & Culture. For this exhibition, Fontana also presents never-before-seen audiovisual artworks, which he refers to as “acoustical visions.”

Youth Speaks Turns 22

Slam season is here. The voices of the 21st century are celebrating their 22nd annual Youth Speaks Poetry Slam. Founded in 1996, Youth Speaks is the leading nonprofit presenter of spoken word performance, education and youth development programs in the country. The two-month-long Youth Speaks Olympic-style poetry competition kicks off on Feb. 16, 2018 with preliminary rounds. Young poets ages 13-19 will compete at venues in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley. The event concludes with the Grand Slam Finals at the Nourse Theater on April 14, 2018. Champions will go on to represent the Bay Area at Youth Speaks' national Brave New Voices Festival, which takes place in July.

Pop Goes Noise Pop

Noise Pop, Feb. 19-25, 2018, is one of San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts and film festivals.  Now in its 26th year, Noise Pop has brought early exposure to many emerging artists in the Bay Area and beyond, many of whom have gone on to widespread acclaim. More than 180 bands are set to play. In addition, the festival boasts culinary events, film series and visual arts shows. Tickets often sell out early, so act now to get yours.

On the Waterfront

San Francisco’s waterfront is a playground of attractions and amusements including Alcatraz Cruises, Aquarium of the Bay, Madame Tussauds San Francisco and San Francisco Dungeon. Now through March 5, 2018 enjoy special discounts at these attractions as well as waterfront restaurants and hotels. Visit “Winter on the Waterfront” to secure details, discounts and information on shuttle service provided by Hornblower Classic Cable Cars.

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