Around the Bay in March 2019

In their ninth season of free monthly dance performances in San Francisco City Hall's extraordinary rotunda, Dancers' Group and World Arts West continue their partnership to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world.

Rotunda Dance Series

In their ninth season of free monthly dance performances in San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary rotunda, Dancers’ Group and World Arts West continue their partnership to bring audiences lunchtime glimpses into movement and musical traditions from around the world. On Friday, March 15 at noon there will be a performance by Ballet Folklórico México Danza, a Hayward-based dance company that presents the beautiful cultural heritage of Mexico through folkloric dance and live instrumentation. The Rotunda Dance Series brings many of the Bay Area’s most celebrated dance companies to San Francisco City Hall for free monthly noon-time performances and is presented by Dancers’ Group and World Arts West, in partnership with Grants for the Arts and S.F. City Hall.

 

Beer Here!

Marin’s favorite rite of spring, the 24th annual Fairfax Brewfest, will take place on Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features over 20 of the best California microbrewers pouring the freshest batches of over 70 of their award-winning ales, lagers and special limited brews alongside live music and delicious pub food at the historic Fairfax Pavilion. Presented by Iron Springs Pub & Brewery and the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, the festival brings you a day of great beer, music, food and friends! Being one of the first big beer events of the season, many of the brewmasters themselves will be pouring the beer so patrons can critique, ask questions and swap beer stories with the experts. Taste the brews and meet the brewers who make these amazing libations. In addition to unlimited beer tastings all day, you can dance to lively traditional Irish dance music from the Gas Men. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door. Visit www.fairfaxbrewfest.com for more information.

 

Yountville Live

From March 14 to 17, Yountville Live combines the very best in music, wine and food with the small-town lifestyle and sophisticated ambiance of Yountville. This event is the ultimate luxury getaway event, featuring exclusive performances from some of today’s hottest recording artists, exquisite foods from world-class restaurants and award-winning chefs, and a unique variety of some of Napa Valley’s most celebrated wineries. This weekend is the perfect blend of premium entertainment and epicurean experiences, with all of the luxury and sophistication that the Napa Valley has to offer for guests who appreciate the art of living well through discovery and exploration. For more information and a complete list of performers, visit www.yountvillelive.com.

 

168th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The West Coast’s largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture, the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 16. Mayor London Breed as grand marshal will lead the parade down Market Street. For 168 years, the Irish and their many friends in the communities that make up the San Francisco Bay Area have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a parade. Last year, over 130 groups participated in the parade. The theme of the parade this year is “Women Breaking Barriers.” The parade will start at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Market and Second streets, where over 5,000 participants from all over the country will make their way down Market Street in colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, marching bands and more—all the way to Civic Center Plaza. The San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is a time to celebrate and participate in the city’s Irish culture and it’s a great day out for everyone—Irish or otherwise. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival usually held at the Civic Center Plaza after the parade has been canceled this year. For more information, please visit www.uissf.org.

 

JLS Beer Walk

Discover and drink craft beer in the Jack London Square District of Oakland during this guided walking beer tour from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30. Say cheers to the newly founded Jack London Brewing District, the historic warehouse district and the heritage of Jack London Square. Visit two local craft beer establishments that provide a true taste of the neighborhood. All of your beer tastings and a pretzel necklace are included. Enjoy a variety of beer styles and take a behind-the-scenes brewery tour to learn how beer is made. It’s the perfect day for anyone who loves craft beer and hanging out on the waterfront. Visit www.wholebrewworld.com for tickets and more information.

 

13th Annual S.F. Chocolate Salon

TasteTV and the International Chocolate Salon are pleased to announce that the premiere West Coast artisan chocolate show returns this spring at the 13th Annual San Francisco International Chocolate Salon on March 30 in Golden Gate Park. Featuring a delicious selection chosen and curated by the organizers, the participants include master chocolatiers, confectioners and other culinary artisans. Chocolate aficionados, fanatics, buyers and journalists can experience the finest in artisan, gourmet and premium chocolate in one of the world’s great culinary metropolitan areas. Salon highlights include chocolate tasting, chef talks, demos and ongoing interviews by TasteTV’s Chocolate Television program. Salon entry includes all chocolate and confection tastings and demos. The event is from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the County Fair Building at the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door, children ages 6 to 12 are $10. Visit www.sfchocolatesalon.com for more information.

 

Inspire

Join Bay Street and KBLX 102.9 FM radio personality Sterling James at the first ever Bay Street Art Wall to celebrate love and diversity through artistic expression. Free to participate, all ages are invited to visit Bay Street every Saturday in March from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to paint 12” x 12” acrylic tiles, with images that visually demonstrate diversity. The tiles will then be secured and displayed on the fencing along the corner of Christie Avenue and Shellmound Street, near the Hyatt Place, to help raise awareness for diversity. Local Emeryville school children will also participate in the creation of the tiles and Bay Street will donate to Lend a Hand Foundation, an Oakland-based nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for impoverished children, youth and families. Once all 960 tiles are created, the art wall will remain on display for the entire year. For information and specific hours, visit www.baystreetemeryville.com.

 

Human Rights Film Festival

The SF Human Rights Film Festival offers powerful works about the issue of human rights abuses throughout the world. This year marks the 17th anniversary of this important festival, which takes place March 21 to 23 at the USF Presentation Theater. Over the course of the three-day event, you can see pieces on a variety of human rights issues, including political repression, torture and disappearances. Some of the other issues highlighted at the festival include environmental destruction, the effects of war on children, poverty and HIV.  The goal of this festival is to educate the broader public about these issues and provide a basis to begin discussions for change. It’s also a way for the University of San Francisco to unite with Bay Area human rights organizations and help support their causes. In addition to the international films shown at the festival, USF students and alumni will also have the chance to showcase their own works. These thought-provoking films will leave you with many questions, including how you might be able to help. The entire SF Human Rights Film Festival is free and open to the general public. For more information, visit  www.usfca.edu.

 

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