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40th Annual Soul Food Festival | SF

40th Annual Soul Food Festival | SF

Bayview Hunters Point’s longest-running annual event, the Black Cuisine Festival, was created to highlight culinary talents passed through generations. The Black Cuisine Festival shares delectable food rooted in African American tradition, bringing people together for a little taste of soul.

opens in a new window2020 Black Cuisine Festival
Saturday, March 7, 2020 | 11 am – 6 pm
1753 Carroll Avenue at 3rd Street, SF (Bayview)
FREE, but bring along some cash for food purchases

The free event, the event has become a well-rounded festival with food booths, vendors, live entertainment, fun for kids, cookbooks, and the ever-popular cooking contest. If you want some “down home” southern soul food cookin’ You do not want to miss this 40th Year Anniversary.

2020 Black Cuisine Festival

  • Live Entertainment featuring Grand Theft Reunion (feat. Larry White, former of the Whispers), The Seastrunk Brothers and performance by local Bay Area bands.
  • Some of the Offerings Include: fried chicken, catfish, oxtails, ribs, links, black-eyed peas, red beans and rice, greens, yams, mac & cheese, cornbread, sweet potato pie, peach cobbler, pound cake and other soulful delights–all of which will be sure to rival mama and grandmas’ down-home cooking.
2020 Hot Air Music Festival: Celebration of Contemporary Music | SF

2020 Hot Air Music Festival: Celebration of Contemporary Music | SF

Welcome to the Eleventh Annual Hot Air Music Festival. HAMF is a student-organized new music marathon that focuses on world premieres and collaborations by young composers and performers as well as music written in the past 50 years.

2020 Hot Air Music Festival
Sunday, March 1, 2020 | Noon to 8:30 pm
The San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak Street, San Francisco

Types of music and ensemble types include instrumental solos and ensembles, electronic media (featured primarily in session 2), and mixed performance medias, culminating in a performance of “URSA: an interstellar cantata,” created and performed by L.A. Signal Lab.

Other prominent performances include the Friction Quartet, Helia Music Collective, Keyed Kontraptions, The Dirty Snacks Ensemble, Liminal Space Ensemble, and Mobius Trio.

This Year’S Lineup Is Divided Into Four Sessions:

  • Session 1, 12:00-2:00 pm, Recital Hall
  • Session 2, 2:15-4:15 pm, Osher Salo
  • Session 3, 4:30-6:30 pm, Recital Hall
  • Session 4, 7:00-8:30 pm, Osher Salon

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2020 Russian Festival: Sunday | Pacific Heights

2020 Russian Festival: Sunday | Pacific Heights

Say “Da” and take a trip to Russia without leaving the Bay Area at the annual Russian Festival, a celebration of Russian food, dance, music and art.

32nd Annual Russian Festival
February 21, 22, 23, 2020
– Friday: 5 pm to 12:30 am
– Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm
– Sunday: 11 am to 7:15 pm
Russian Center, 2460 Sutter St, San Francisco
Tickets: Adults: $12; Seniors (62+)/Students (25 & under)/Military: $8; Children 12 and under: Free

Come celebrate the 32nd year of Russian festivities. Enjoy all the flavor and fun of the Russian-American experience in one wild weekend. Sample piroshki, borsch, pelmeni and the ever popular flavored vodkas.

The three-day performance spectacular will transport your spirit to Russia of old with ballads, folk songs, ballet, folk dance, and much more; featuring such popular groups as the Slavyanka Russian Chorus, the San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, Konevets quartet from St. Petersburg, Russia, local favorites Nikolai Massenkoff-world renowned bass, Natalia Borisova’s Russian Collection, Russian Center Dancers, Vladimir Riazantsev, and the Firebird Dance Ensemble.

Be sure not to miss the historic treasures in the Museum of Russian Culture, and delight in the fantastic Art Gallery to peruse or purchase originals by our own local Russian artists. Face painting and crafts for the kids, Pick up souvenirs like Russian scarves, Baltic amber, lacquer boxes and matryoshka dolls.

Discounted parking will be available for $7 at the parking garage across the street. If you have any questions or concerns about ticketing information, ticket day/person transfers, or anything else, please reach out to For more information visit:



PIER 39’s iconic floral festival, Tulipmania, returns from February 8 – 17 with more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden favorites! Enjoy the flowers’ beauty and learn helpful gardening tips by taking free guided tours led by PIER 39’s Landscaping experts.  Tours will begin in the Entrance Plaza each morning at 10 a.m.  At the conclusion of each tour, participants will be treated to a free bag of six (6) mini donuts and one (1) small cup of coffee from Trish’s Mini Donuts. Self-guided tours can also be taken any time during Tulipmania and will be available for download soon.  The tulips typically begin blooming in early February and will last through mid-March (weather dependent).

Subject to availability.  Event and event activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.  Restrictions may apply. 



January 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the world-famous sea lions’ arrival to PIER 39. The boisterous barking pinnipeds came sparingly at first after the Loma Prieta earthquake hit San Francisco in October 1989, but soon after they arrived in droves reaching more than 500 in number by January of 1990. With a protected environment and plentiful supply of food from the Bay, the sea lions quickly decided to make PIER 39’s K-Dock their new home. To commemorate the 30th Anniversary, PIER 39 along with Aquarium of the Bay, will launch the “Sea Lions in San Francisco” initiative in January.  Thirty local artists will paint six-foot-tall sea lion statues in their own unique styles, each with an environmental message. Join PIER 39 to celebrate these playful mammals with a painted sea lion statue exhibition, Sea Lion Encounter Walking Tours, special discounts and more from January 17-20. Check back for more details. *All events and activities are weather permitting and subject to change without notice.