Weekend Planner: February 26


Every Friday we put together a list of the weekend events we think look most interesting and provide them here. Keep in mind there is always a lot more going on, and all it takes is a little digging to find something that will be the perfect activity for you.

Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.

Friday, February 26


64th Annual Pacific Orchid Exposition, “A Legacy of Orchids”

Fort Mason Center, San Francisco

All Weekend, All Ages


The 2016 Pacific Orchid Exposition, taking place February 26-28 at Fort Mason in San Francisco, has chosen “A Legacy of Orchids” as the theme for its 64th annual show.

Orchids are one of the oldest plant species and date back thousands of years. Their legacy and importance in society throughout history have been noted on the Ara Pacis of Ancient Rome and in the Materia Medica, which is the oldest known Chinese pharmaceutical text.

The plant has long been a symbol of refinement, wildness and exotic discoveries, but it also represents more than just an object of beauty.  The historical significance of orchids can be further depicted in the Angraceum sesquipedale (pictured above) which is the official image of the 2016 show. This remarkable plant’s roots are traced back to naturalist Charles Darwin, who discovered ties between its extremely long spur and a pollinator moth with a proboscis, or a head appendage, long enough to reach the nectar.

The Pacific Orchid Exposition boasts over 150,000 beautiful orchids from around the world and features docent tours, orchid potting demonstrations, cultivation tips and a diverse array of orchids for sale.

The event showcases intricate exhibits from local, national and international orchid growers, as well as vibrant displays from Orchid Societies around California. Plus, throughout the weekend there is a silent auction featuring fabulous items to bid on like wine, art, trips, and more.

The Pacific Orchid Exposition, which is the largest orchid show in the United States, is hosted by the San Francisco Orchid Society (SFOS), a 501 (c) (3) organization whose mission is to foster the culture and cultivation of orchids and to promote orchid education to its members and the public. The SFOS proudly supports local horticultural conservation efforts, including research and preservation efforts at the Conservatory of Flowers, the U.C. Botanical Garden at Berkeley and many other orchid conservation groups.

*** Special 50% Youth Discount (age 30 and under) on Saturday, Feb. 27th in conjunction with the Rightsiders Band performance.  

*** Refund Policy:  All tickets are final and non refundable.


Russian Festival 2016

The Russian Center, San Francisco

All Weekend, All Ages


Come help us celebrate our 28th year of Russian festivities !

Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian – American experience in one wild weekend ! Sample piroshki , borsch , pelmeni and our ever popular flavored vodkas . Our three – day performance  spectacular  will transport your to Russia of old with ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more; featuring such popular groups such as the Konevets quartet from St. Petersburg, Russian ; local favorities Nikolai Massenkoff, world renowned bass ; Vladimir Riazantsev’s Russian dancers ; and the Firebird Dance Ensemble .

Be sure not to miss the historic treasures in the Museum of Russian Culture, and delight in our fantastic Art Gallery to peruse or purchase originals by our own local Russian artists . Face painting and crafts for the kids! Pick up souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer  boxes and matryoshka dolls!

Saturday, February 27


Santa Clara Bacon and Beer Classic

Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

12 PM, Ages: 21+




Winemaker’s Dinner with Esterlina – Everett Ridge Winery

Max’s Diner, Oakland

6 PM, All Ages


Celebrate Black History Month with Esterlina – Everett Ridge Winery, one of the few African American, family owned wineries in the country. Join us on Saturday, February 27th for some great wine paired with a comforting dinner at Max’s Diner and Bar in Oakland City Center.  We will be serving various award-winning Esterlina and Everett Ridge wines specifically paired with Max’s well known eats.

The Sterling family, owners of Esterlina – Everett Ridge winery, will share their rich cultural experience and the history of their business while pouring their delicious hand-crafted wine. Like many of the pioneering American winemaking families, the Sterlings’ participation in the wine industry is multi-generational.

Get your tickets now as the are going fast.


Elevate Ensemble Presents: Ancient Sounds Meet Modern Minds

SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco

7 PM, All Ages


What happens when you pair an ancient instrument with thoroughly modern San Francisco creatives? Come and find out as we present three new works for the harpsichord written by Bay Area composers alongside one of the 20th century’s masterpieces.


Danny Clay: la folia

Benjamin Sabey: Fera Machina

Nick Benavides: The Color Festivals

Manuel de Falla: Harpsichord Concerto

For centuries, the sound of harpsichord rang in castles and concert halls—the go-to keyboard instrument whenever a church organ was not available. But all that changed in the late 18th century as the piano came into its own, dominating the keyboard repertoire from Mozart to Duke Ellington.  It was not until the mid-20th century that composers began experimenting anew with the delicate twang of the harpsichord.

“Ancient Sounds Meet Modern Minds” will introduce you to this harpsichord rebirth. Historical keyboardist Derek Tam will be our harpsichord soloist for the evening. In addition to his performance, Mr. Tam will lead a pre-concert lecture on the history and evolution of the harpsichord.

Danny Clay’s la folia, a 3-movement work for string quartet and harpsichord, is built on one of the oldest themes in Western Music, the folia bass pattern. Clay says that “writing music based around a pre-existing musical idea is an experience akin to looking in a mirror. When the notes are already laid out, it isn’t what you create that defines your artistic stamp anymore, but the way you treat what you already have. Composing then becomes less of a romanticized fit of inspiration and more like a series of science experiments.”