5 Best Things to do This Week: March 11–17


1. Fairfax Brewfest

Craft beer lovers from all over will gather in Fairfax this Saturday for the one of the best beer tastings in Marin. Hometown Iron Springs Pub & Brewery will serve the "brewery host" for this year’s event, which has been voted Best Craft Brew Event by the Pacific Sun in both 2017 and 2018. Over 25 local and regional brewers will sample their handcrafted libations, with many brewery staff and brewmasters in attendance and pouring. Some brews are so special that this may be your only chance to try them! Check out the brew lineup. Admission includes a silk screened commemorative sampling glass, unlimited tastings and live music. There will be free bicycle valet parking and food available for purchase.



2. Yountville Live

The fifth annual Yountville Live will be taking place from Thursday, March 14 to Sunday the 17. Considered the culinary heart of Napa Valley, Yountville is the ultimate luxury getaway that marries a beautiful setting and small-town ambiance with a sophisticated Wine Country lifestyle. The event will feature award-winning chefs Chris Cosentino and Timothy Hollingsworth as well as well-known chefs around the Napa Valley including Anita Cartagena, Ken Frank, Chris Kollar and more during the four day event. Joy Bauer, one of the nation’s leading health authorities, host of NBC’s Health + Happiness, and the nutrition and health expert for the TODAY show, will host events during the weekend as well. The event will conclude with a very special Bubbles Brunch March 17th presented by CMT Next Women of Country featuring an in-the-round performance by Kelleigh Bannen, Ingrid Andress, Natalie Stovall and Lauren Duski as they enjoy a breakfast brunch inspired by a passion for open-fire cooking.



3. Learn to Saltwater Fish

Come spend the morning learning the basics of saltwater fishing at Paradise Beach Park. A limited amount of poles will be available on a first come, first-served basis. Bait will be provided. A valid California fishing license is required when fishing from the shore, not from the pier. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring a fishing pole. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Rain will cancel.



4. 168th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

This annual spectacle is the West Coast’s largest event celebrating the Irish people’s history and culture. The parade will start at the corner of Market and Second Streets where over a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes and marching bands will wind their way to Civic Center Plaza. Activities surrounding the parade will showcase Irish culture through live performances and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, food and beverage concessions, a children’s zone, and non-profits booths representing the Irish community. The festival will take place before, during and after the parade on Saturday.


Saturday, March 16, 2019

  • Festival Hours: 10am to 5pm in the Plaza
  • Parade: Begins at 11:30am at 2nd and Market



5. Jonathan Wilson at Terrapin Crossroads

Jonathan Wilson had a busy 2017, producing Father John Misty's Grammy-nominated Pure Comedy and touring arenas around the globe as a guitarist and vocalist for Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters (for whom he also contributed to the lauded Is This The Life We Really Want? album.) Wilson also saw widespread acclaim heaped on Karen Elson’s sophomore LP Double Roses, which he recorded with her in Los Angeles in 2016. But it's not looking like Wilson is going to get much of a rest in 2018 either, as he'll be continuing on with the worldwide Waters tour and is set to release his own new solo album Rare Birds in the spring. The highly anticipated long player — which features backing vocals from Lana Del Rey, Josh Tillman, fellow Roger Waters bandmates Lucius and an extraordinary musical gift from otherworldly Brian Eno collaborator Laraaji — will be released through Bella Union worldwide. Wilson describes Rare Birds as a "maximalist," high density album more influenced by 80s British production more than anything to do with Southern California in 1970s. It’s a dynamic new approach for Wilson that calls to mind one of Peter Gabriel's early solo albums or even mid-period Kate Bush. Of the album as a whole Wilson says, “I want my music to hit people like an emotional tidal wave. With my songwriting it's never about a clever couplet or smug turn of phrase, it's about the intensity, the impact. Besides, we're all fishing downstream from Townes Van Zandt anyway, so the only thing left to do is go BIG."


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.