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Feb. 1-17 — Last Chance to see "Rudolph Nureyev: A Life in Dance" exhibit, de Young museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Dedicated to the life and work of Rudolf Nureyev, the exhibit showcases over 80 costumes and 50 photographs from the the legendary dancer and choreographer's personal collection.
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A Life in Dance at the de Young Museum
Feb. 2 — Silver Oak Cellars
Silver Oak Cellars wineries, Alexander Valley (Geyserville Estate) and Napa Valley (Oakville Estate). Celebrate the Release of Silver Oak's highly praised 2008 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon on Saturday, February 2nd. 800-273-8809
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Feb.-Mar. 17, 2013 — "Royal Treasures from the Louvre: Louis the XIV to Marie-Antoinette" @ the Legion of Honor, S.F.
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Feb.-May 12 San
Francisco Ballet 2013 Season, War Memorial Opera House,
S.F. San Francisco Ballet now ranks among the most exciting and
highly regarded companies in the world. Group discounts on select
performances and seating locations. Tickets: 415-865-2000
Group Tickets: 415-553-4672
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Feb.-June 2 — "Girl With A Pearl Earring" Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, de Young Museum, S.F. See Vermeer's exquisite "Girl with a Peal Earring" (The "Dutch Mona Lisa") masterpiece and 30+ other paintings by artists of the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt, Hals, and Steen. Don't miss this incredible exhibit — we loved it!
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Feb.-June 2 — "Rembrandt's Century", Herbst Exhibition Galleries, de Young Museum, S.F. "Rembrandt's Century" (a companion exhibit to "Girl with a Pearl Earring") features 200+ rarely seen prints and drawings of the Dutch Golden Age.
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Feb.-Apr. 14 - — Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic, Walt Disney Museum, Presidio, S.F. Don't miss this classic Disney exhibit, "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Creation of a Classic" — celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Walt Disney's first feature-length animated film. See 200+ works of art, including early conceptual drawings, story sketches, animations, thumbnail watercolors, vintage posters... and more!
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Feb. 1-June 2 — SF Jazz Spring Season 2013, Various venues.
The San Francisco Jazz Festival was dubbed by The
London Observer as "probably the best Jazz Festival
in the world." Come and enjoy this fun two-week celebration
of today's best music. The Jazz Season spans four months with
42 Concerts featuring more than 200 artists from seven countries.
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artists, concerts, schedules and tickets.
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Feb. 2-3 Chinese New
Year Flower Market Fair & Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
"Year of the Snake: Lunar Year 4711" — Chinatown, S.F.
The Mayor of San Francisco officially opens the festival with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at approximately 10:45am — at the main stage on Washington Street (below Grand St).
the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair takes place the weekend
before the Lunar New Year holiday so that families can come
to the Fair and purchase their traditional holiday plants,
flowers — peach blossoms, narcissus, orchids, snapdragons
and chrysanthemums and fruits such as pomelos, oranges and
tangerines. These flowers and fruits are symbols of the reawakening
of nature for the new year, and are associated with happiness
and prosperity throughout the year. Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 9am-6pm.
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Feb. 2-14 — Carnival of Venice 2013, Venice, Italy. Known as the Serenissima, the
Carnival of Venice is one of the oldest and most famous Carnival
celebrations in the world.
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Feb. 3 Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon
and 5K Run, Stow Lake & JFK Drive, Golden Gate Park,
S.F. Race starts at 8am.
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Feb. 3 Super
Bowl Sunday XLVII
Mercedez-Benz Superdome, New Orleans, Louisianna. Indiana.
friends over for a fun 2013 Super Bowl Party — San Francisco 49ers vs Baltimore Ravens (Colin Kaepernick vs Joe Flacco) —Let the games begin! Beyonce performs at the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
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Feb. 4-10 AT&T Pebble
Beach National Pro-Am, Pebble Beach, Carmel. A 72-hole
PGA Tour Golf Championship, played on three courses - Pebble
Beach, Spyglass Hill and Poppy Hills. Celebrity foursomes rotate
to each of the three courses. 831-649-1533
Ticket Office: 831-644-0333 / 800-541-9091.
on AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am
Feb. 5 — IHop
National Pancake Day Celebration. Join IHop in celebrating National Pancake Day — it dates back several centuries to when the English prepped
fasting during Lent. Strict rules prohibited the eating of all
dairy products during Lent, so pancakes were made to use up the
supply of eggs, milk, butter and other dairy products… hence
the name Pancake Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday. Get a Free Short
Stack* (3) of IHOP's delicious Buttermilk Pancakes from
7am-10pm. *Limit to one free short stack per person at participating
restaurants (dine-in only) while supplies last. Donations supporting
Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
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Feb. 7-10 — San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show, Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, Marina Blvd., S.F. San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show has been heralded as the best Tribal Art Show in the world. Fri-Sat 11am-7pm, Sun 11am-5pm. Admission: $15 includes illustrated color catalog. 415-750-7656
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Feb. 7-21 15th Annual San Francisco IndieFest (Independent Film Festival), Roxie Cinema, 3117 16th Street, S.F. The annual SF IndieFest screens the best independent films and videos from the SF Bay Area and beyond. Festival features 85 films, over 50 bands and five awesome parties.
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Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 "Nightlife
at the Academy", California Academy
of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Mingle, explore
the museum at night, interact with scientists and other
experts, enjoy DJ music and no-host bar. 6-10pm. Adults ages 21 and over.
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Feb. 8-12 — Rio Carnival & 2013 Samba Parade, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Known as the "Carnival Capital of the World," Rio draws over 500,000 people every year to its famous Carnival. Don't miss this wild 4-day celebration that takes place 40 days before Easter.
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Feb. 8-17 — 14th Annual San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, @ venues all over the SF Bay Area. The 10-day Festival comprises more than 30 shows at numerous small clubs around the Bay Area featuring some of the most talented musicians on the Americana and Roots music scene today. For the first time the festival will feature a Band Contest which will bring out some of the up-and-coming new Northern California Bluegrass and Old-Time bands. The San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival (sponsored by the Northern California Bluegrass Society) is an all-volunteer, non-profit festival bringing great music to the Bay Area.
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San Francisco Arts of Pacific Asia Show — As of 2013 future shows are postponed
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Feb. 9 — 20th Annual KNBR
680 Giants FanFest, AT&T Park, S.F. Join the San Francisco
Giants and KNBR for the 18th Annual KNBR 680 Giants FanFest.
Live broadcasts, player autograph booths, clubhouse and dugout
tours, interactive baseball games and exhibits, plus Giants Players
Q&A stages. Expanded Kids Zone, interactive games and activities
throughout the ballpark. Free admission. 10am-3pm. Rain or shine. 415-972-2000
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Feb. 10 55th Grammy
Awards, Staples Center, Los Angeles. Don't miss watching "Music's Biggest Night" at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Also look for the Red Carpet show on the E channel at 3pm PST.
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Feb. 10 — BAFTA 2013 Awards (Orange British Academy Film Awards), Royal Opera House, London, U.K. Watch the UK's version of our Academy Awards on Sunday, February 10th, hosted once again by Stephen Fry — this is a fun prelude to the Oscars on Sunday, February 24th in Hollywood. Check your local TV listings (airing on BBC in London).
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Party on Mardi Gras
Feb. 12 — "Mardi
Gras New Orleans" New Orleans, LA. Held annually
in New Orleans' French Quarter, Mardi Gras is "One
Big Party" of Parades, Masquerade Balls and festive
street celebrations that take place during Carnival Season.
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Feb. 14 Valentine's Day (Thursday) - Fun & Gift Ideas
Do something Romantic and Fun — Pamper your loved one. Plan
a Surprise "Thursday" Long Weekend Getaway. Walk on the Beach, see
a Romantic Movie together, indulge in a relaxing Couples Spa Treatment,
cook a Romantic Candlelight Dinner together (or make Lunch or Dinner reservations at your
Favorite Restaurant), visit a Museum, go Dancing, hit a Comedy Club... or if you're in NYC, go to Times Square to Renew Your Vows. Whatever
you do, have FUN!
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Feb. 14 — 3rd Annual Union Street Has A Crush On You Valentine Wine Walk, Union Street (from Gough to Steiner) and on Fillmore Street (from Union to Lombard, S.F. On-site Tickets: $25 or Advance Tickets via website $20 for those wanting to participate in sampling program. 4-8pm. Rain or shine. 800-310-6563
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Feb. 14 — Valentine's Day Times Square, Times Square, New York City. Join others from around the world in celebrating Valentine’s Day for a "Renewal of the Vows Ceremony" on the glass Red Steps in the heart of Times Square. Last year, over 100 couples from around the globe came together to renew their vows.
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Feb. 14 — Valentine's Day Love Train Lunch & Dinners aboard The Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa Valley. Reserve seats on either the Vista Dome or Gourmet Express. Valentine's Day Love Train Lunch includes a Chocolate and Glass of Sparkling Wine. Dinners also include Strolling Musicians. Special romantic Love Train Lunch and Dinners sell out quickly so be sure to book well in advance. 1-800-427-4124
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Feb. 14 — 2013 Eternity Ball (San Francisco Valentine's Day Black-Tie Gala), Marines Memorial Club, S.F. Celebrate Valentine's Day at this FUN Black-Tie Gala. Host Franco Finn will be the MC for the evening. Enjoy live entertainment, cocktails, buffet dinner and dessert. Attire: Ball gown, Wedding or Bridesmaid Dresses or Tuxedo. Must be 21 years or older. Tickets available online. 7pm-11pm. 415-967-3977
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Feb. 14 — Spin the Bottle - NightLife @ the California Academy of Science in S.F.
Celebrate SF Beer Week and Valentine’s Day on February 14 (ages 21+)
Taste your way through a beer hall full of local brews, hear from sexologist Carole Queen, sample sweet treats and make valentines—all during Spin the Bottle NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences on February 14, 2013. Whether you’re drowning your sorrows or looking for love this Valentine’s Day, there’s no better place to make it happen.
WHEN: 6:00 - 10:00 pm on Thursday, February 14, 2013
WHERE: California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
TICKETS: $12 ($10 Academy members) available online Buy Tickets in Advance Here - It will likely Sellout on tonight .....or at the door. Must be 21 or older to attend.
Feb. 15-17 — The 46th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, Concourse Exhibition Center, S.F. The 3-day event is the largest antiquarian book fair in the world — and includes seminars and special exhibits. Tickets available online and at the door.
Fri 3pm-8pm, Sat 11am-7pm; Sun 11am-5pm. Hotline: 415-962-2500;
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Feb. 15-23 — Kid-O-Rama! @ Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe. Fun week-long kids' extravaganza includes: Street Parties, Balloon Animals, Big Trucks, Skating Parties, Kids' Concerts... and more! The fun begins at 9am. Call 800-403-0206 for lodging, reservations and trip planning to Lake Tahoe
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Feb. 16 — 11th Annual "Wild Jungle Love Sex Tour"
Wild Jungle Love— Valentine's Day Romantic Safari", Safari West, San Rafael. Get in touch with your animal instincts on a Wild Safari Tour where you'll probe the "Ins and Outs" of intimate relations between cheetahs, giraffes, rhinos and more.
2pm — Chocolate & Wine Reception (Sparkling Cider for Adults 18-20))
2:30pm-5:30pm — Safari Sex Tour
$80 per person. Reservations a must! Jungle Overnight Packages are available.
Private "Sex" Safaris are available by reservation thru' the month of February
707-566-3667 / 800-616-2695
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Feb. 16 San Francisco
Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting, Festival Pavilion at Fort
Mason, S.F. Sample Award-Winning Wines from hundreds of wineries,
taste Gourmet Specialty Foods and enjoy Celebrity Chef Demos.
Public Wine-Tasting Tickets: $70 in advance; at the door $85 (if available; event usually sells out). 2-5pm.
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Chronicle Wine Competition Public Tasting
Feb. 16-17 — Bay Area Travel & Adventure Show, Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara. Discover fun travel adventures, snap up deals, attend seminars, see cultural performances, and win trips in show giveaways. Hear Travel Tips from Rick Steves, Travel Writer and Host of "Rick Steves' Europe & Travel with Rick Steves." Experience ziplining, rock wall climbing and enjoy chef demos and dance performers. Admission Tickets: Adults $15 per day (Children under 16 are free when accompanied by adult). Public Show Hours: Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm. Travel Trade Hours: 9:30am-5pm; Sun 11am-4pm. 203-878-2577
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Feb. 16-24 TulipMania, Pier 39, S.F. This event is free to the public. See thousands of
beautiful tulips from all over the world throughout
the Pier — Apricot Beauties, Texas Flames, Purple Princes,
Flaming Parrots, Swan Wings, Burgundy Lace and more. Complimentary landscaping tours daily at 10am (meet at Pier 39 Entrance Plaza). 415-705-5500.
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Feb. 21-24 — 2013 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Miami Beach, FL. A national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities. 877-762-3933
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Feb. 21-24 — Pacific Orchid Exposition "East Meets West" at Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center, S.F. If you like orchids, you won't want to miss "East Meets West" at the 61st annual Pacific Orchid Exposition — the largest orchid show in the United State. This year, the event returns to San Francisco to showcase over 150,000 unique orchids from across the globe. Event kicks off with a Benefit Preview Gala on Feb. 21 from 6:30-10pm and features a lavish auction, live music, delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting from some of Northern California's best wineries. Gala Benefit: $40 online/$45 at door (includes wine glass and tastings). Exposition Tickets: $13 online; $15 at the door, seniors $10/$12. Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm. 415-665-2468
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Feb. 22 — Harrah's Miss Chinatown
USA Coronation Ball, San Francisco Hilton & Towers, S.F. No Host Cocktails @ 6pm. Dinner @ 7pm and Dancing @ 8:30pm til midnight. Pageant starts at 7:30pm. Miss Chinatown USA Pageant Tickets: $35, $45, $65.
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Feb. 22-May 27 — China's Terracotta Warriors "The First Emperor's Legacy", Asian Art Museum, S.F. The exhibition includes 10 figures (a sample of the actual Terracotta Army, estimated to include 7,000+ life-sized figures and 10,000+ weapons.
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Feb. 23 — Chinese New
Year Parade "Year of the Snake" (Lunar Year
4711), Chinatown in S.F. Celebrate the "Year of the Snake" — San Francisco's Chinese New Year Parade is the largest event of its kind outside Asia. The Parade takes place on Saturday, Feb. 23rd — see beautiful decorated floats, Chinese acrobatics, Lion Dancing, fun festive activities and Chinatown's famous Golden Dragon. Parade begins at approximately 5:15pm til 8pm. Parade Route: Market and Second Street to Kearny & Jackson (Bleacher seats on Kearny St between Sacramento & California and between Pine & Bush). Watch Parade on TV (KTVU Fox 2 or KTSF Channel 26) @ 6-8pm on Saturday, Feb.23rd. Free admission; $30 Bleacher Tickets. 415-340-3055 or 415-982-3071
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Feb. 23-24 — Chinatown New Year's Festival "Community Street Fair", Chinatown, S.F. Join in celebrating the "Year of the Snake" at Chinatown's New Year's Festival (Community Street Fair) on Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 23-24th. Enjoy traditional Chinese dance, music and Chinese arts, including calligraphy, kite-making and acrobatics. The festival takes place
on Grant Avenue (from California to Broadway), Pacific Avenue (Kearny
to Stockton) and Washington and Jackson Street (Kearny to Stockton).
Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 9am-5pm.
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Fun Chinatown Walking Tours
Feb. 23-24 — The Great San Francisco Crystal Fair, Fort Mason Conference Center, S.F. Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm. Admission $6 (children under 12 free accompanied by adult).
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Feb. 24 — NASCAR Daytona
500 Race in Daytona, FL
One of the Top NASCAR Races in the U.S. takes place at Daytona National
Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida each year. The Daytona 500 first started in 1959 and today it's more popular than ever! Race starts at 1pm ET
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Feb. 24 The 85th Annual
Academy Awards, Kodak Theater, Los Angeles. Oscar Party
time! Seth MacFarlane will host the 2013 Academy Awards. Tune in early to watch the
Oscar Red Carpet Pre-Show and check out the latest fashions. Don't forget the Red Carpet Show on the E Channel @ 3pm PST. The main Oscar
Show Telecast on Sunday, beginning at 4pm PT/7pm ET on ABC (Channel
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Feb-Mar 31 — Mavericks
Surfing Contest & International Festival 2013, offshore from Pillar Point, Princeton-by-the-Sea, Half Moon Bay. Stay tuned for Mavericks Surf Contest updates... On just 24
hours' notice, between Jan 1-Mar 31, 24 of the world's greatest
big-wave surfers will descend upon the cold waters of Half
Moon Bay for the chance to compete in the Mavericks Surfing
Contest and ride "the most dangerous waves in the world." New this year: Mavericks International Festival will take place during the competition. NOTE: If the contest doesn't take place due to poor surf conditions, the tickets are non-refundable but can be used at a Special Festival with the surfers that will be held on March 31, 2013 (the last day of the season). Also returning this season — the second annual Mavericks Awards. 415-462-6200
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Moon Bay Hotels
Moon Bay Restaurants
for FUN Surfing Photos and Posters
Jan Thru' Feb. Monarch
Butterflies at Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary, Pacific
Grove on Monterey Peninsula. If you like butterflies, don't miss
a visit to the outdoor Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary — see
thousands of beautiful butterflies clustered on pine, eucalyptus,
cypress and redwood trees. The Monarch Butterflies arrive at
the Sanctuary in October, where they overwinter until late February,
before joining in the spring migration. The Sanctuary is located
just minutes from Cannery Row in downtown Monterey. Fun for kids
and big kids too!
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Feb.-Mar. — Elephant Seal
Habitat "Mating & Birthing," Ano Nuevo
State Reserve. This makes a FUN one-day outing on the coast.
Special Elephant Seal Guided Walking Tours are available during Breeding
Season" (early December through March). Mating activity peaks by mid-February (Valentine's Day).
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Posters and Framed Prints of Seals
Nights at the de Young returns March 29, de Young
Museum, Golden Gate Park, S.F. "Friday Nights at the
de Young" features a mix of live music, poetry, films,
dance, art-making demos, lectures, docent tours and interactive
kids activities. The entire museum is open until 8:45pm.
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Napa Valley Mustard Festival, Napa Valley.
Festival has been discontinued until further notice. Stay tuned for 2014 updates...
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