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5 Best Things to do This Week

Hand-picked events and happenings you won't want to miss.


1. Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena

Come out on this Thursday to downtown San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood for a monthly outing full of arts, food, and drink. Wander the blocks around Yerba Buena Gardens to soak in art and music. Pick up an event badge at participating galleries and museums for exclusive Third Thursday specials at participating shops, bars, and restaurants and experience art immersion with special installations, performances, and events. Look for the yellow balloons for Third Thursday events, and be sure to pick up your wristband at YBCA for special rates at participating bars and restaurants. All gallery and museum admissions will be free, except for the Contemporary Jewish Museum which will offer a special entry price of $5.


Some of the Third Thursday Participants include:

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Contemporary Jewish Museum

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Museum of the African Diaspora

UC Berkeley Extension Art & Design Gallery

Press Club

B Restaurant and Bar

Thirsty Bear Restaurant




2. Gem Faire

Gems, crystals, and so on, surround us. They adorn our bodies, we collect them in video games, some purportedly have healing powers — if you believe that kind of thing — are highly coveted and generally come with a hefty price as a result. So whether you’re a fan of these multifaceted baubles or have a loved one who is, be smart and take advantage of the Gem Faire taking place this weekend. From Friday to Sunday at the Marin Center guests can find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, minerals and much more all at manufacturer’s prices. The event will be featuring over 70 exhibitors from around the world and the convenient bonus of having your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop. Guests will also have the chance to win door prizes each hour and those who bring a can of food to benefit SF-Marin Food Bank get in for free.



3. Edge of See: Twilight Engines by Vishal K. Dar at the Headlands

With an augmented reality (AR) light installation at former army batteries in the Marin Headlands, this exhibition combines accessibility, technology, beauty, and conceptual rigor. The exhibition opens Sunday, January 20 at Headlands Center for the Arts will be on view through March 3. The light sculptures at the batteries, viewable through an iOS app, will be accessible through 2019. 



4. Sea Lion 29th Anniversary

Celebrate the 29th Anniversary of the Sea Lions’ arrival to Pier 39! The boisterous barking pinnipeds began arriving in droves shortly after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the Sea Lions quickly decided to make PIER 39’s K-Dock their new home. Click here to learn more about the Sea Lions’ arrival. From January 19-20 there will be free Sea Lion Center Walking Tours given by Aquarium of the Bay naturalists at 12, 2 and 3pm. Tours depart from the Sea Lion Statue, west of the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza. Tour participants also receive a complimentary beverage and special discounts at select PIER 39 businesses.*


Stop by the Sea Lion Center and enjoy these special daily presentations:

Party for the Planet Blue – 10:30am

What’s for Lunch? – 12:30pm

Sea Lion Shenanigans – 2:30pm


*All events and activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice. Tour availability is limited and available on a first-come, first served basis. Discount and refreshments are for tour participants only, and only available while supplies last. One discount per participant. Cannot be combined with any other offer.



5. Women’s March

On January 19, 2019, Women's March Bay Area will unite in San Francisco once again to reaffirm a commitment to building a positive and just future for all, and to celebrate the spirit of resistance efforts over the past year. The marches are designed to engage and empower all people to support women's rights, human rights, social and environmental justice.


All listings are correct at the time of posting. Please be aware that events may occasionally be canceled or postponed. We always suggest contacting the promoter or venue to confirm details haven’t changed since the of publishing.

Kasia Pawlowska is the associate editor at Marin Magazine. She enjoys sending and receiving postcards and perfect outfits for the right occasions. When she’s not busy writing and researching articles, you can find her with a crumpled New Yorker in her tote and enjoying the Bay Area music scene. Kasia supports National Public RadioPBS and the World Wildlife Fund  Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @ohhkasia. 



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