Things to Do in San Francisco This Weekend
Looking for ways to spend the holiday weekend? San Francisco has plenty of options, from art fairs to music festivals and even a celebration of sea lions!
San Francisco Restaurant Week Returns
Through Jan. 31, San Francisco Restaurant Week will celebrate the top toques and tastes in the U.S. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association has signed up more than 100 of the city’s best restaurants to offer $15 and $25 two-plus course lunch menus, and $40 and $65 three-plus course dinner menus. Reservations are available now for an array of restaurants in more than two dozen neighborhoods, from Bayview to West Portal.
Noir City 18: Film Noir from A to B
The San Francisco Film Noir Festival returns to the Castro Theatre, Jan. 24-Feb. 2, 2020, with a program of 12 “A” and “B” double bills spanning the breadth of the film noir era (1941-1953). The festival screens 24 films as they were experienced in their original release, pairing a top-tier studio “A” with a shorter, low-budget second feature, or “B” film.
Last Chance to Get Curious
There’s still some time to check out the “Curious Contraptions” at the Exploratorium. This returning exhibition features a number of tiny machines called automata, brought to life by intricate arrangements of handmade crams, cranks and other simple mechanisms. Each sculpture performs an absurd miniature drama, often reflecting its maker’s worldview and sense of humor. See them before they go away on Jan. 26.
Wizardry at The Curran
Begin the new year with the thrilling production of "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", a new play based on an original Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. See what unfolds as Harry's son, Albus, struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" continues on stage through July 2020.
Run It Off at The Giant Race!
If you added a few extra pounds over the holidays or made a resolution in the new year to be more active, there are a lot of great spots in San Francisco to run, from scenic coastal trails offering breathtaking views to many one-of-a-kind race experiences. The Giant Race Series will kick off in Scottsdale, AZ and will journey through Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco, celebrating 11 years in 2020. You can register for one or all four of these races now.
Let’s Make a Plan
Jan. 28, 2020 is National Plan for Vacation Day. Are you one of those American workers who leaves vacation days unused? Did you know that planning syncs with greater happiness across nine categories, including financial stability and professional success? We’ve got a couple of tips for you: confirm your time off benefits; review your calendar for the year (especially paid holidays, family events and other important dates); and check with your coworkers. Homework complete? Then start working on your bucket list and make your dream vacation a reality.