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Weekend Planner: January 20th, 2023


View of San Francico,with Bay Bridge in the background.

Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!

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

 

Friday, January 20th

 
Stowe Lake Boathouse Lakehouse Jazz Concert

Stowe Lake Boat House, San Francisco

7:30 PM, Ages: All

$35


Indulge in a truly unique and immersive music experience at Lakehouse Jazz.


Our intimate concert series, nestled within the iconic Golden Gate Park, offers the perfect setting to unwind and escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. As Karl the Fog sets in and illuminates the lake, join us inside for an evening of influenced jazz music from the Bay Area's finest musicians, paired with a glass of wine or beer.


Not only will you enjoy an unforgettable night of live jazz, but your attendance also supports the local art scene and its musicians.


Experience the thrill of the unknown with our secret concert series, featuring new bands every Friday and Saturday. Discover a wide range of jazz styles, from 1920s swing to latin, funk, fusion, hip-hop, bossa, and original compositions. This concert series is produced by Mellow Sessions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind experience. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this exclusive and intimate concert, considered the best-reviewed worldwide. Secure your tickets now and elevate your music experience to new heights!

 

Space Exploration VR Simulation Experience

Craneway Pavilion, Richmond

10 AM, Ages: 8+

$50


Imagine putting on a virtual reality headset and finding yourself floating in space. Space Explorers: THE INFINITE is the world’s largest immersive experience to take you on an awe-inspiring interactive journey to Space aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

  • Explore an entirely walkable 3D model of the International Space Station.

  • Witness the first ever spacewalk to be captured in cinematic virtual reality.

  • Admire mind-blowing views of Earth and feel the immensity of Space.

  • Join the crew of astronauts and discover their daily epic adventures.

“I can see astronauts in front of me. And when I look down, I can see the entire planet. It's really incredible!” ABC7 San Francisco Bay Area


Ready to blast off to Space?

Opening Hours:


Monday + Tuesdays: Closed

Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

Thursday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. (last entry at 8 p.m.)

Fridays: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

Saturday: 10 a.m.- 10 p.m. (last entry at 9 p.m.)

Sunday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (last entry at 6 p.m.)


Duration: 1 hour

 

Saturday, January 21st

 
mellow sessions on haight music at a plant store

The Mellow Haight, San Francisco

8:30 PM, Ages: All

$30


You'll arrive at a magical space called The Mellow Haight, a houseplant store by day and a private venue by night.


Early birds: Arrive 15min prior, to grab a good seat and for the concert to begin promptly. Before that time we can't allow anyone inside.


We offer performers a space that acts as the in-between of a concert hall and a bar - where folks actively feel and listen to the music. The audience is encouraged to interact with the performers directly, discuss the compositions, ask questions, and fall in love with live music.


- NOTE: Guests are welcome to BYOB - Please practice "pack in, pack out" and take ALL trash with you. Plan to bring cups, wine cork, etc as these items are not available on-site. Anyone drinking alcohol must be 21yrs+


About us


Mellow Sessions is the next step in a journey of curating and producing unique concerts in intimate settings for the past 3 years. Produced by local musicians and composers, these sessions will feature original music and arrangements by the best musicians, DJs, and composers of the Bay Area, as well as touring artists. Always new artists, always a surprise!


Where we'll be:


The venue is located in the upper Haight (corner of Masonic & Haight). Upper Haight is a historic and deeply-rooted neighborhood with ties dating back to experimental music, rock, jazz, blues during the '60s and a counter-cultural revolution that eventually took over the US. and the world.


At The Mellow Haight, we'll be surrounded by lush plants, greenery, and a laid-back vibe. All the right elements to stimulate our minds and engage in active listening, interaction, and enjoyment!


Accessibility: The Mellow Haight has a bathroom for guests to use and it is located upstairs. Guests with accessibility needs, please contact us 48hrs in advance.


See you soon! ✌🏼

 
Lunar New Year of the Rabbit Thrive CIty  SF

Thrive City, San Francisco

4 PM, Ages: All

Free


Ring in the Year of the Rabbit with fun festivities, culinary delights, and cultural performances during the Lunar New Year Celebration in Thrive City. Join a multicultural celebration filled with wishes for health, luck, and prosperity throughout the new year!

Event highlights include:

  • Special performances by LionDanceMe, Nguyen Dance Company, and Korean Culture Center Urisawe Drum Performance

  • Rabbit Statue designed by a local artist

  • Rabbit statue photo opportunity

  • Rabbit petting zoo

  • Arts & crafts

  • Balloon artists

  • Festive décor and more!

Registration does not guarantee admission. Space is limited and subject to availability.


First come, first served.

 

Sunday, January 22nd

 

San Francisco Roller Rink Fulton Plaza

Fulton Plaza Roller Rink, San Francisco

12 PM, Ages: All

$15


Let’s roll! Whether you are new to roller skating or a skating pro, San FranDISCO offers a fun skating atmosphere for everyone!

The rink is located at Fulton Plaza (next to the Main Library) and features both the traditional roller rink flooring and a roof to keep the fog and sun off your stylish moves! Open to the public as of Saturday, October 15, 2022; hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8pm, through the end of the year.

With good tunes spinning all day long and illuminated skates at night — come get your groove on and dance to the beat of music. This rink is for everyone: from the young to the young-at-heart — in the Heart of the City! And grab a bite at an area restaurant after you skate!

A project of San Francisco's notorious "Church of 8 Wheels," San FranDISCO offers 90 minute skating sessions 3x per day starting on even hours: noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm and 4-5:30pm and one 120-minute session: 6-8pm.

*The rink is also available for Private Parties on days outside of the regular schedule.

TICKETS are $15 for adults (18 and up) and $5 for youth.

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! San FranDISCO roller rink at Fulton Plaza is brought to you by the City and County of San Francisco in partnership with the Civic Center Community Benefit District.

For hosting a private party, contact the rink.

 
San Francisco Sketchfest Castro Theater Comedy Sketches

San Francisco

All Weekend, Ages: All

$30


SF Sketchfest returns January 20 – February 5, 2023! Tickets on sale now!

The easiest way to buy tickets is by using the Schedule below. Find the “Buy Tickets” link on any show’s event page and you’ll be walked through the purchase process. Depending on the venue, tickets may also be purchased over the phone for an additional fee. Certain advance tickets may be purchased in person to avoid service fees. Visit the Venues page for more info.

If a show is marked “Sold Out” we may still have a limited number of tickets available at the venue’s box office the night of the show. A line begins approximately 60-90 minutes before showtime, and any available seats will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

For any ticketing-related questions, please email boxoffice@sfsketchfest.com. Check back often for added shows!


SF Sketchfest was founded in 2001 by David Owen, Cole Stratton and Janet Varney as a way to showcase the talents of six Bay Area sketch comedy groups: The Fresh Robots, Kasper Hauser, The Meehan Brothers, Please Leave the Bronx, Totally False People and White Noise Radio Theatre. The festival debuted in January of 2002 at the Shelton Theatre in downtown San Francisco and has grown rapidly into a nationally recognized comedy festival that mixes national headliners, local favorites and the best up-and-coming groups from throughout North America for a month of sketch, improv, stand-up and alternative comedy. A favorite with audiences, critics, and performers alike, the festival has grown substantially to become a highly anticipated artistic showcase that consistently delivers top quality comedic performances, tributes and panel discussions. To learn about past participants, visit the Past Festivals page.

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