San Francisco

Perfect Fall Road Trips for When You Need to Escape San Francisco

Get away from the crowds and into fresh air.

Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park

This time last year, getting out to the open road was one of the few recreational options we had. While places have been reopening since the summer (Museums! Bars!), there’s still nothing like driving along the coast while the sun sets on a quiet road trip. From WFH employees who need direct sunlight to service industry workers who need a break from people-a fall getaway during our gorgeous late summer-esque weather always sounds like a great idea.

As we are still in a pandemic, be mindful of masking (and having proof of COVID-19 vaccination, depending on each business). Many hotels are on reduced room cleaning schedules, and other amenities may be closed or modified. As for outdoor destinations – check the open status and conditions before heading out. Now that that’s out of the way, get ready to gas up your car and throw your bags in the trunk, here are ten road trips for when you need to get out of town:

Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park
Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park

Distance from SF: 125 miles, two-and-a-half hour drive
If you like being at the forefront of outdoor adventuring, then get yourself to California’s newest national park at Pinnacles, which many people still don’t know about. Pinnacles had previously been a national monument prior to getting official national park status in 2013. The park is divided into mountainous East and West areas, all connected by foot trails. The distinctive rocky spires are a result of ancient volcanic activity, as the park is located near the San Andreas fault. There are also three caves to explore, though check the status before going, as flooding, rockfalls, and sensitive Townsend’s big-eared bat populations can cause closures. Pinnacles also houses a California Condor reestablishment program, so bring your binoculars for some majestic bird-watching. Currently, the park is open for day use, and luckily, the visitors’ centers and campgrounds are also open. However, shuttle services within the park are closed.

No hotels are located in the park, so if you need something more than a sleeping bag and tent to snooze, check out the luxury bed-and-breakfast on a vineyard with soaking tubs and gas fireplaces at the Inn at the Pinnacles in Soledad, just a six minute drive south of the West Pinnacles visitor station. For a hearty dinner near the Inn after a day of hiking, try Cocuyos, a cute family-run Mexican joint in a bright turquoise house, where sizzling shrimp fajitas and vibrant homemade salsas fill your belly with warmth. If you exit from the east side visitors entrance, The Inn Tres Pinos in San Benito County, half an hour’s drive north, offers grilled wild salmon and roast rack of lamb in a casual country ambiance.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay near Pinnacles National Park

Moravia Wines
Moravia Wines
Moravia Wines

Fresno

Distance from SF: 186 miles; three-hour and 45-minute drive
You may hear San Franciscans complain about having to drive hours to visit relatives in the unglamorous Fresno during the holidays, but there are actually cool things to do there. Located in the Central Valley, Fresno helps grow California’s produce, including 20% of California’s wine grapes. So-wine journey! The award-winning Fresno State Winery trains the university’s viticulture and enology students, and they host tastings at the Rue and Gwen Gibson Farm Market every Friday and Saturday (this year through November 6). Or try the hidden gem and newer Moravia Wines, which has indoor and outdoor tastings-the latter including shaded areas and a huge lawn looking out at the vineyard. If you’ve drunk all the Fresno options, drive 20 minutes’ north to enjoy a world of other wine tastings along the Madera Wine Trail.

Hit up the Fresno County Fruit Trail (Fresno loves its trails), where many stands are open year-round, like the fourth generation-run Simonian Farms that grows 180 varieties of produce, and offers dried fruits, nuts, and an antique collection of balloon tire bicycles and pedal cars. Visit the Forestiere Underground Gardens, a quirky series of connected underground rooms and tunnels built in the early 1900s over a 40-year period by Baldassare Forestiere, a Sicilian immigrant and citrus grower. Since you’ll be in agriculture country, choose from the many farm-to-table restaurants. Try the wood oven-roasted bone marrow at The Annex Kitchen or the local fig and herbed goat cheese pizza on The Lime Lite‘s outdoor patio.

As Fresno isn’t exactly a resort town, the hotel choices span the usual chains and low-key older motels. The nicer stays include the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Fresno Convention Center and the Hampton Inn & Suites Fresno. If you don’t mind driving half an hour southeast to Kingsburg, though, the Jackson Family Farm Stay offers a personable bed-and-breakfast on a vineyard property, where you can use the pool, tennis court, watch the farm animals, walk along a river, and enjoy organic fruit straight from the farm.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in Fresno

Flickr/Ruthie Bitton
Flickr/Ruthie Bitton
Flickr/Ruthie Bitton

Bodega Bay

Distance from SF: 68 miles; two-hour drive
You’ll have a bodacious ball in Bodega Bay, and it’s not just because of the alliterative possibilities. The chill vibes of Northern California beaches never get old, and what Bodega Bay brings to the (quiet) party is serene isolation, film history, and a plethora of fresh seafood. If you’re a fan of Alfred Hitchcock’s avian horror film “The Birds,” get on over to multiple sites that Hitchcock’s crew either filmed on location or replicated for the movie set. The Potter Schoolhouse, five miles south in Bodega, is Instagrammable from the outside only, as it has become a private residence since filming took place in 1963. However, The Tides Wharf & Restaurant, at The Inn at the Tides, is a real eatery from the movie where you can scarf down a whole local Dungeness crab or zesty cioppino, and snap as many photos as you like. Turns out Bodega Bay is actually great for bird-watching in real life, too, so get ready to see tons of pelicans, herons, and hawks. October and November are still good for whale watching, as you can spot the giant sea creatures making their way south for the winter. Otherwise, go fishing, clamming, or boating.

Aside from the Inn at the Tides, with its bay views and sauna, also consider staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge, which has outdoor fire pits, a bocce ball court, and complimentary beach cruiser bike rentals. As for more eats, create a food itinerary for the drive back to SF that will ease the pain of leaving Bodega Bay. Savor an herbaceous and creamy New England clam chowder from Spud Point Crab Company, followed by fresh oysters and crusty bread at The Marshall Store in Marshall, then crunchy and sweet plantain-crusted shrimp at Sol Food in San Rafael before crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in Bodega Bay

Courtesy of Jordan Winery
Courtesy of Jordan Winery
Courtesy of Jordan Winery

Healdsburg

Distance from SF: 68 miles; one-hour and 15-minute drive
This vibrant Sonoma town is close to San Francisco, so you can spend less time in the car and more time eating and drinking some of the best things that wine country has to offer. Healdsburg is nestled amongst three of Sonoma County’s best-known wine-growing regions of Dry Creek, Alexander, and Russian River valleys, guaranteeing a great spread of wine tasting. Start your trip with lunch at a winery just outside of the town center at either Jordan Winery, where you can experience Paris on the Terrace bistro-style lunch under the shade of oak trees, or Bricoleur Vineyards, an idyllic off-the-beaten-path winery where you can enjoy an outdoor tasting before enjoying “The Essentials Picnic” on the park-like 40 acre estate. (Reservations are required for all winery experiences.)

Once in town, it’s all about eating and drinking, which you’ll want to do on the Bravas Bar de Tapas patio with a pitcher of sangria; at Barndiva, which has two gardens in which to enjoy farm-fresh American fare and creative cocktails; and at Dry Creek Kitchen where you’ll sit under twinkle lights and take down a messy, but delicious smashburger.

We recommend Hotel Healdsburg, which is right on the square, because of its tranquil and sizable garden pool area and stylish rooms. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, there’s an “outdoor lodging experience” (aka: glamping) right outside of town at Wildhaven Sonoma, which is just steps from the Russian River and has tents with electricity, fire pits, and an outdoor kitchen.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in Healdsburg

Olea Hotel
Olea Hotel
Olea Hotel

Glen Ellen

Distance from SF: 50 miles; one-hour drive
The charming village of Glen Ellen may be tiny, but it has everything one could need for a pandemic getaway, including luxurious accommodations, delicious food, wine tasting, and outdoor adventures. Regarding the former, you’ll want to book a room at the recently renovated Olea Hotel. First, the guest rooms are secluded and romantic (all of the rooms are fantastic, but get a garden cottage if you can afford the splurge). Next, there’s a pool and hot tub area that’s open 24 hours a day. And, last, but most important: Olea Hotel has one of the best breakfasts you will ever eat. The complimentary two-course gourmet breakfast changes and is delicious. The breakfast buffet reopened this past spring, so you can also add granola, yogurt, and fresh fruit to your already-filling two-course meal.

At least one dinner (if not two) must be eaten on the heated patio of the Glen Ellen Star, which is right down the road from the Olea Hotel and specializes in wood-fired dishes. It’s a lot of carbs, but you should order both the house-baked bread and a pizza. Also some vegetables (try the cauliflower with tahini, almonds, and sumac). As far as wine tasting goes, make a reservation (required) at Benziger Family Winery for the Tribute Estate Tour, a private tour of the biodynamic farm with tastings along the way, as well as a seated al fresco tasting at the end. Imagery Estate Winery, known for crafting rare wines, is also open for both indoor and outdoor tastings, and picnics on the lawn. Finally, if you’re looking to get some exercise paired with a history lesson, Jack London State Historic Park, where the writer lived, worked, and is buried, is two miles away. The museum is open again, and don’t forget to also enjoy the trails and picnic areas.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in Glen Ellen

Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn
Madonna Inn

San Luis Obispo

Distance from SF: 231 miles; three-and-a-half hour drive
SLO was once named the happiest city in America, and who doesn’t need a little happiness these days? The first place you’ll find it is at the Madonna Inn where you should stay at least once in your life (so, why not now?). It has 110 themed rooms (Antique Cars, Jungle Rock, and Caveman are three of many), world-famous cakes, a pool with a bar on a stunning hilltop, and perhaps the most compelling-a urinal that activates a waterfall when you break a beam of light with your pee. The second place to find joy is in the awesome craft breweries, which offer tons of locally made adult beverages, from double IPAs to sour beers. Oak and Otter Brewing, Central Coast Brewing, and Liquid Gravity Brewing are just a few of them, all of which offer stomach-lining, beer-friendly food such as bready pretzels and fried chicken sandwiches.

If drinking copious amounts of beer and waterfall urinals aren’t quite your thing, the other places you’ll find happiness in SLO are on the beaches, the hiking trails, and on restaurant patios. Hang out on the sand with a good book or check out Bishop’s Peak-the most popular hike in SLO, and only a hour-and-a-half hike to the top. As far as bites go, the halibut tacos and the shrimp tacos at Papi’s Grill a few miles south in Pismo Beach are some of the best seafood tacos you’ll ever put in your mouth.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in San Luis Obispo

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite

Fish Camp

Distance from SF: 208 miles; three-hour and 45-minute drive
Staying at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp is the perfect way to get your California Gold Country and Yosemite National Park fix this fall. Some hotels inside the park are closed for the 2021 season, and because of COVID, park amenities like the shuttle service aren’t available. However, if you book a room, cottage, or cabin at Tenaya Lodge, you can hit a ton of the Yosemite highlights during a day trip on a convertible tour bus arranged by the hotel, and still have time to do a bunch of stuff most tourists don’t even know about.

A 4×4 off-road adventure to an under-the-radar Sequoia Grove that’s home to one of the top ten largest Sequoia Trees and will give you a sad, but important perspective about the logging destruction of the magnificently giant trees. There’s also horseback riding to beautiful vistas, mountain bike rentals, and boating on nearby Bass Lake. You’ll be able to eat most of your meals at Tenaya Lodge, but on your drive there, stop in Oakhurst for local beer and a cheesesteak with housemade beer cheese at South Gate Brewing Company. Want to extend the road trip? Book a couple of nights at The Pines Resort right on the lake. You’ll have access to waterfall hikes and boating, as well as a couple of great restaurants (with huge portions), so you don’t have to drive after you check in.
Airbnb options:Find a great place to stay near Fish Camp

Sea Ranch Lodge
Sea Ranch Lodge
Sea Ranch Lodge

Gualala, California

Distance from SF: 126 miles; 2 1/2-hour drive
Gualala (pronounced “wha-LA-la”) is a chill coastal town in Mendocino where people go to do not a whole hell of a lot. Pack a picnic and float in a kayak down the Gualala River (the weather is oddly sunny there despite its location), take a leisurely whale-watching hike along the oceanfront bluffs of Gualala Point Regional Park, and see the century-old trees with stunted growth in the pygmy forest in Salt Point State Park. Once you’ve gotten all of the “do-ing” out of your system, head to your vacation rental in the exclusive Sea Ranch community where you’ll kick back and take in the views and maybe also take advantage of the trails and rugged beaches. Can’t bear to leave the closeness of nature? Book a camping spot instead. Gualala Point currently requires reservations in advance, while Salt Point welcomes walk-ins, depending on availability.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in Gualala

Costanoa Lodge
Costanoa Lodge
Costanoa Lodge

Pescadero

Distance from SF: 46 miles; one-hour drive
Pescadero is the NorCal version of spending a day by the seaside, which means all of the beauty of the ocean, but with a side of wind and cooler temps. Like most destinations around these parts, popular activities are geared toward the outdoors. Butano State Park has 40 miles of hiking trails amongst the redwoods, though only some of the trails are open now, and the campgrounds are closed. Try a Costanoa Lodge tent bungalow or cabin for a place to stay. It’s like camping if camping were at an eco adventure resort that has maid service, electric lights, an outdoor hot tub, a restaurant, and a spa.

Other than hiking or hanging at the beach, you’ll want to check out Harley Farms, which has more than 200 alpine goats, as well as llamas and critically acclaimed cheeses, and offers tours, and the 115-foot Pigeon Point Lighthouse, which started guiding ships in 1872 and is one of the tallest in the country. Visitors aren’t allowed to go inside due to ongoing renovations, though. Regardless, do not go home without getting the renowned artichoke garlic herb country-style bread from Arcangeli Grocery Co.. If there’s a loaf that’s fresh out of the oven (and chances are there will be), stop what you’re doing and eat as much of it as you can on the spot. Then be sure to grab a second one for later.
Airbnb options: Find a great place to stay in Pescadero

Timber Cove Resort Sonoma Coast
Timber Cove Resort Sonoma Coast
Timber Cove Resort Sonoma Coast

Jenner

Distance from SF: 77 miles; one and a half-hour drive
Jenner’s rugged cliffs, dramatic ocean views, and isolated beaches are so very quintessential Northern California, as will be your experience when you make your way to this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town on Highway 1. You can make this excursion as relaxing or activity-filled as you want, but no matter what you choose, you’ll definitely be communing with nature in the best way possible. Start your trip by checking in at Timber Cove, a resort hotel with rustic and retro vibes perched on a bluff about the Pacific. Slide some vinyl on the record player in your room, turn on the fireplace, and enjoy a glass of wine before heading out to explore the property or play a game of ping pong in the outdoor living room. After that, enjoy the sunset during dinner at Coast Kitchen, the hotel’s oceanfront restaurant, followed by a drink around the communal fire pit.

If you don’t just want to lounge around the whole time you’re there, Jenner is home to tons of gorgeous beaches and state parks, perfect for hiking or kayaking, as well as Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery, the closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean in California. Tastings at the winery require reservations and include a charcuterie plate, with a vegetarian option available.
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Daisy Barringeris an SF-based freelance writer who recently braved leaving the house during the pandemic for a mini-holiday in Healdsburg. 10/10. Would do again. Follow her on Instagram @daisysf to see where the open road takes her next.

Margot Seeto is a Bay Area freelance writer and a contributor for Thrillist.

San Francisco

How to Celebrate Black History Month in San Francisco

Support and celebrate SF's Black community.

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Though it’s something we need to be doing every day of every month of every year, Black History Month encourages us to pay tribute to the struggles and oppression generations of Black Americans have faced, as well as their often-neglected triumphs and achievements that have helped shape this county and make it better. It’s a time to reflect on how we can do better to confront racism and oppression, which this year’s theme, “Black Resistance,” echoes. This is especially important in a town like San Francisco, where the Fillmore District was known as “the Harlem of the West” before the city displaced a vast portion of the neighbourhood’s Black community in the ’60s and ’70s. This displacement continues today, as the Black population is the only racial group that has declined in every census since 1970.

If you’re looking for ways to celebrate Black History Month, there are lots to do. Whether you want to educate yourself by attending films, performances, or conversations, share the joy at a parade or dance party, or do a little bit of it all at a drag show, here are just a few ways you can get involved and have a lot of fun while doing so:

Visit San Francisco Public Library branches for workshops, films, performances, and more

February (and throughout the year)
Library branches and online
SFPL’s “More Than a Month” celebration focuses on the theme of resistance this year. Family-friendly and adult events include film screenings, musical performances, book clubs, workshops, and more.
Cost: Free

Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora
Museum of African Diaspora

See art, poetry, films, talks, and more at MoAD

February (and throughout the year)
SoMa
Right now, at the Museum of African Diaspora, you can see the first and only West Coast exhibition of “The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion,” which highlights the work of 15 contemporary fashion designers “whose images present radically new perspectives on the medium of photography and art, race and beauty, and gender and power.” The museum, which has a robust year-round program and event calendar, has a slew of events to attend, including youth poetry readings, film screenings, open mic nights, book clubs, artist talks, and more.
Cost: Event prices vary; GA to visit the museum is $12 but free every second Saturday of the month

Check out films, art, reading, talks, and more at BAMPFA

February (and throughout the year)
Berkeley
There is always something interesting to discover at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). During Black History Month, you can see films by Pratibha Parmar, “Felwine Sarr: Music, Freedom, Africa,” a conversation through music with the Senegalese writer, scholar, composer, musician, and more.
Cost: Varies

Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe
Old Skool Cafe

Enjoy menu specials honoring Black community members at Old Skool Cafe

February (and throughout the year)
Bayview
For Black History Month, Old Skool Cafe is adding the favourite meals of notable Black community members to the menu each weekend. The nonprofit, youth-run supper club helps at-risk, formerly incarcerated, and foster care youth ages 16-22 gain the skills and experience they need to succeed in various front and back-of-house restaurant roles. Bayview hero/community advocate Mrs. Dorris Vincent is first up, followed by Judge Trina Thompson, Delroy Lindo, and Mayor London Breed.

Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens
Yerba Buena Gardens

Walk beneath the Marting Luther King, Jr. Memorial waterfall

February (and ongoing)
Yerba Buena Gardens
Did you know that Yerba Buena Gardens is home to the country’s second-largest memorial to Dr. King? Visit the sculptural waterfall featuring glass panels inscribed with his inspiring words at 750 Howard Street.
Cost: Free

Attend the Commonwealth’s “Dreaming Forward: A Celebration of Black Joy, Power, and Excellence” conference

Thursday, February 9
Embarcadero
On behalf of Dr. Sheryl Evans Davis and the San Francisco Human Rights Commission, the Commonwealth Club is hosting its second annual Dream Keeper Initiative, a day-long conference/celebration/call-to-action featuring special guests, including April Ryan of TheGrio and CNN.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays
Courtesy of Oakland First Fridays

Celebrate Black Love at Oakland First Fridays

Friday, February 10
Telegraph Avenue from West Grand to 27th Street
Telegraph Avenue transforms into a dining, shopping, and art-appreciating party on Friday, February 10, from 5 pm to 9 pm. There will be food, artist, and retail vendors and a host of Black artists, authors, and entertainment. Please note: This event was rescheduled from February 3 because of potential rain.
Cost: Free

Have a ball at an all-Black drag show at Oasis

Friday, February 10
SoMa
“Reparations with Latrice Royale” is an all-Black drag show hosted by Latrice Royale, the beloved Drag Race star who also happens to be celebrating her birthday.
Cost: $15 to $60

Dance all night and shop all day at the Afro Soca Love carnival and marketplace

Friday, February 10 ‚Äď Saturday, February 11
341 13th Street, Oakland
Afro Soca Love creates experiences that act as a “gateway to building bonds and strengthen relationships-between communities, individuals, and Africa and its diaspora.” See for yourself at the all-ages marketplace (Saturday), where you’ll find food and drink, fashion, beauty and wellness, home decor, and more. But before the shopping comes the dancing at the 21+ Friday Night Carnival, a culturally immersive music experience with music from all over the world.
Cost: The marketplace is free; tickets to the Friday Night Carnival start at $20

See a live performance of “Words That Made the Difference: Brown vs. the Board of Education”

Saturday, February 11
Unity Palo Alto
See a live theatrical performance based on the true events that occurred in the fight to end school segregation. The script draws from trial transcripts of the five cases brought together in front of the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Earl Warren’s memoirs, and the play is set in the courtrooms where it all happened. There will be a Q&A with the playwright before the performance and the cast afterward.
Cost: Free

Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company
Courtesy of San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company

Go to the I, Too, Sing America album release party

Saturday, February 11
Mission
Head to the Brava Theater Center to celebrate the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company’s album release of the music created for I, Too, Sing America, a soulful and uplifting performance that moved audiences when it debuted last year. The night includes an album-listening and sing-along party, DJs, dancing, an open bar, and more.
Cost: $40

Go on the Black Liberation Walking Tour of West Oakland

Saturday, February 18
West Oakland
Take a walk with David Peters, founder of the West Oakland Cultural Action Network, and Gene Anderson, the author of Legendary Locals of Oakland, to learn about resident voices and document sites of cultural and historical significance in the neighbourhood. Peters is a local native, and Anderson is an Oakland historian whose family has historical roots in West Oakland.
Cost: $50 ($30 for West Oakland residents)

See a screening of The Black Kung Fu Experience followed by in-person demonstrations

Sunday, February 19
Great Star Theater, Chinatown
The Chinese Historical Society of America is celebrating Black History Month and social unity with a screening of this film about how a group of African American pioneers became respected in a subculture dominated by Chinese and white men. Afterward, there will be demonstrations and talks with Sifu Donald Hamby and Sifu Troy Dunwood, who “will speak about their success as internationally recognized martial arts masters, their Chinese Kung Fu teachers, and what this practice means in relation to diversity, race and inclusion issues.”
Cost: $15

Sip wine made by Black winemakers at a free tasting event at STEM Kitchen + Garden

Thursday, February 23
Dogpatch
STEM Kitchen + Garden is hosting an afternoon wine tasting celebrating Black-owned wineries in its gorgeous indoor/outdoor space, and best of all, and it’s free to the public!
Cost: Free

Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House
Bayview Opera House

Attend the San Francisco African American Arts & Cultural District Gala Fundraiser

Saturday, February 25
Bayview Opera House
Enjoy an evening of talent, fashion, and community inspiration at SFAAACD’s 1st Annual Gala Fundraiser. Carla Duke, Television News Director at CBS-KPIX Chanel 5, will host the event, which includes inspiring words from keynote speaker Aniyia Williams, an artist, tech creator, and system-preneur.
Cost: $100

Attend a Black History Month & Chinese New Year Poetry Reading on Angel Island

Saturday, February 25
Angel Island
There is so much history in poetry at the Angel Island Detention Barracks Museum, which makes it a fitting location for poets Chun Yu and Michael Warr. The co-founders of Two Languages/One Community will share their poems and stories in English and Chinese, accompanied by projected images of text and photographs.
Cost: $10 to $21

Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade
Courtesy of Black Joy Parade

Feel the joy at the Black Joy Parade

Sunday, February 26
Downtown Oakland
This parade and festival celebrate the “Black experience past, present, and future.” Be prepared to experience “more Black joy than you ever imagined,” starting with the parade (beginning at 14th and Franklin) at 12:30 pm. The family-friendly festival follows (main entrance is at 19th and Franklin) will include 200-plus Black-owned small businesses selling food, drinks, clothing, art, and more. There will also be two stages with Black performers, including The Black Joy Choir.
Cost: Free

Take a sound bath at Grace Cathedral in honor of Black History Month

Monday, February 27
Nob Hill
Take an immersive sound bath featuring Fractals of Sound, a collective of top Bay Area musicians Egemen Sanli, Phoenix Song, and Sam Jackson, with special guest Destiny Muhammad. Together, they will create a “soundscape deeply rooted in world music,” allowing you to take a meditative journey in one of the most beautiful places in San Francisco.
Cost: $25 to $75

See Tsitsi Dangarembga and Angela Davis at City Arts & Lectures

Tuesday, February 28
Civic Center
Co-presented with MoAd, City Arts & Lectures is hosting novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga and scholar and activist Angela Davis for what’s sure to be a riveting conversation.
Cost: $36

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Daisy Barringer¬†is an SF-based freelance writer who spent many childhood days wandering around the Exploratorium. Follow her on¬†Instagram¬†to see what she’s up to now.

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