February On the Scene

Looking to get out on the town this February? Here are some of the most fun and fabulous local galas, fundraisers, celebrations and other events to see—and be seen at—this month around Marin County and in the Bay Area.

Feb 3 By the Bay Health’s Springtime in Seville Gala

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Guests were transported to the Andalusian capital of Seville—a charming Spanish enclave where life is vibrant and abundant—at By the Bay Health‘s annual gala, Springtime in Seville. Held this year at Peacock Gap, it delivered a full evening of delicious appetizers, Spanish-inspired cocktails and dinner fare highlighting the extraordinary flavors of the region. Guests were treated to a lively Flamenco performance prior to dinner, and enjoyed the groovy sounds of Entourage Band following the evening’s presentation led by By the Bay Health’s CEO, Skelly Wingard. The $750,000 raised during the evening’s lively auction, spirited fund-a-need and grand prize raffle will support the nonprofit’s Community Care Fund, which helps patients and families in need with equal access to quality, compassionate care and support programs. Photos: Steven Gregory Photography

Feb 8 Hearts in SF Gala for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation

This year’s event commemorated 20 years of San Franciscans coming together to raise critical funds for the city’s only public hospital, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. The evening also feted the founders of the annual event, Pam Baer and Judy Guggenhime, as well as Ellen Magnin Newman, who began the public art sculpture series in 2004. The evening was capped off with a lively celebration and a DJ set courtesy of DJ Jazzy Jeff, bringing hospital staff and supporters together on the dance floor.

Feb 10 Marin Valentine’s Ball

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The county’s hottest annual Valentine’s celebration, the Marin Valentine’s Ball, returned to the Marin Civic Center on February 10. The heart-studded event raised donations to support the impactful work of three Marin charities — North Bay Children’s Center, Godmothers of Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys and Side by Side — all of which provide critical safety-net services to help ensure Marin children and youth have the chance to thrive, regardless of their circumstances in life. Photos: Drew Altizer Photography

Feb 10 Youth in Arts’ Annual Rising Stars Show

An extensive range of artwork created by budding artists from Marin’s public, private and alternative high schools served as the centerpiece of Youth in Arts’ annual Rising Stars show at the YIA Gallery in downtown San Rafael. The show consisted of drawings, paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures, mixed media and digital artwork, all of which will be on display and available to see at no cost through April. 

Feb 17 SF Symphony’s Lunar New Year Show

On Saturday, February 17 at Davies Symphony Hall, the San Francisco Symphony celebrated the Year of the Dragon with the Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon concert and banquet. This year’s celebration marked the 24th anniversary of the Symphony’s signature event, which is an elegant celebration of the Lunar New Year, drawing upon vibrant Asian traditions, past and present.

Feb 18 Secret Love Affair Soirée at Robert Mondavi Winery

On February 18, Marin County can represent in Napa by taking part in the Secret Love Affair soirée at Robert Mondavi Winery’s Arch and Tower. The event features decorated chefs Alvin Leung and Jeff Mosher, as well as a performance by vocalist Chris Wong. Celebrate the romance between food, wine and music with the combination of a multi-course meal and Wong’s vocals.


Give Back When You Go Out: Volunteer

Looking for more ways to give back to our community by volunteering your time? Here’s a list of Marin County nonprofits supporting a variety of causes — ranging from helping our most vulnerable residents to keeping our environment healthy — where your assistance can really make a difference.