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.
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