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5 Best Things to do This Week

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


1. Chinese New Year Parade

Nowhere in the country will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers, and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite will be the new 288-foot Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It takes a team of over 180 men and women from the martial arts group White Crane to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco.


Parade Route

The Chinese New Year Parade, celebrating the Year of the Pig, will be on Saturday, February 23 at 5:15 p.m., starting off at Second and Market Streets. It is a free event for all to attend but tickets must be purchased to sit in the bleacher sections.



2. Dash and Splash

Hop, skip, run or jump into the chilly waters of the Bay Area for Special Olympics athletes. Plunge with a Purpose encourages inclusion and changes the way that people think about and treat individuals with intellectual disabilities.


Dash (5K/3K)

The Dash is a 5K/3K Fun Run through some of San Francisco's most beautiful neighborhoods. Registration is $45 per person.

Splash (Polar Plunge)

The Polar Plunge challenges brave participants to take a chilly splash into the bay. A fundraising minimum of $125 per person is required. Water not your thing? Register as a “chicken” and enjoy the same perks as plungers while staying dry. Not able to attend, but still want to help? Register as a virtual plunger.

Dash and Splasher

Want to really make an impact? Register for the 5K and the Polar Plunge. Pay the $45 registration fee and raise an additional minimum of $125 and enjoy all kinds of perks.



3. TreasureFest Mardi Gras Special

Join in for a special Mardi Gras themed TreasureFest (formerly known as Treasure Island Flea).

First 500 visitors each day get free Mardi Gras beads. Happy hour specials include buy one, get one craft hurricane cocktails. The event will also be featuring over 30 food trucks and tents serving New Orleans inspired foods like West Coast gumbo, California beignets as well as live jazz music and more.



4. T Sisters at HopMonk Novato

The T Sisters, born and raised in California, have been singing and writing music together since childhood, and the lifetime of practice shows. The group is made up of Erika (guitar, vocals), Rachel (guitar, banjo, vocals) and Chloe Tietjen (percussion, vocals). Distinguished by close harmonies, catchy melodies and potent lyricism, the T Sisters have created a refreshing brew of indie-folk/Americana music. In the last few years, they’ve been honored to support such acts as The Indigo Girls, Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Outside Lands, Merlefest, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sisters Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’ In March of 2019 T Sisters will release their next EP, We Are Bound, produced by renowned musician and producer Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers.



5. Hamilton is Back

In case you’ve been under a rock for the last five years, creative genius, Lin-Manuel Miranda reminds us (assuming we paid attention in history class) about founding father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and then became the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  And, as we all know, he does this via a blend of hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B… in other words, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now. 

Get tickers with a new digital lottery

Producer Jeffrey Seller and SHN have announced a digital lottery for tickets. Forty four tickets will be sold for every performance for $10 each two days prior to the performance. The lottery opens at 11 a.m., and tickets must be purchased online with a credit card by 4:00 p.m. the day prior to the performance using the purchase link and code sent in a customized notification email. Two tickets per entrant. To sign up, download the official app for HAMILTON or visit the Hamilton Lottery to register, or just purchase the tickets here.


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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