S.F. Beer Week
Sacramento has a formidable craft beer scene and its own Beer Week, of course (scheduled for Feb. 28-March 9), but the San Francisco Bay Area is home to some pretty special brews, too.
From Friday to Feb. 16, the region will be awash in sudsy events: tap takeovers, specialty beer releases, home-brew workshops, beer and food pairings, and even a beer-fueled dodge ball game. (OK, that sounds slightly dangerous.) There will be pours of Pliny the Younger – the famously limited-release triple IPA from Russian River Brewing – but also appearances by notable, not-local breweries, including The Bruery, Prairie Artisan Ales and Allagash Brewing Co.
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The enormous opening gala at the Concourse Exhibition Center is already sold out, but plenty of other events are free to attend. Locations vary – breweries, restaurants, bars and shops in San Francisco as well as the North Bay, South Bay and East Bay. Check out of the full lineup at www.sfbeerweek.org.
Wine and chocolate
What: Just before Valentine’s Day, grab a loved one and head to the 17th annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend. A ticket gets you admission to more than 40 wineries, where there will be live entertainment, cellar tours and, yes, wine and chocolate pairings.
When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and next Sunday
Where: Lodi Wine & Visitor Center, 2545 W. Turner Road, Lodi
Cost: $45 in advance, $55 at the door
What: Celebrate the return of steelhead to the Russian River at the seventh annual family-friendly event. Expect educational exhibits, fly fishing demos, a trout pond for young fishers, archery, live music and a slew of food trucks.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lake Sonoma, Healdsburg
What: Guides will highlight the startling, colorful flower stalks in the garden’s extensive aloe collection. Hot drinks and desserts will be served, and garden-related gifts will be available for purchase.
When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday
Where: Ruth Bancroft Garden, 1552 Bancroft Road, Walnut Creek
Cost: $10 adults, $7 students and seniors
Valentine’s Day card making
What: Bring in photos of a loved one and learn the art of Victorian card making during this free family fun day.
When: 2-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville