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A flower market in Chinatown—and four more things to do in SF this weekend

Customers shop for flowers at the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair in San Francisco Chinatown on Jan. 29, 2022. | Getty Images

1. Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair


🗓️ Saturday, Jan. 14-Sunday, Jan. 15
🕔 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
📍 Chinatown neighborhood

Rain or shine, the Chinese New Year Flower Market Fair will be blooming this weekend in Chinatown. Taking place the weekend before the Chinese New Year, the fair is a one-stop shop for fresh flowers symbolizing growth and other goods to ring in a positive Lunar New Year.


2. San Francisco Tape Music Festival


🗓️ Friday, Jan. 13-Sunday, Jan. 15
🕔 Various scheduled times
📍 2961 16th St.

Though you can probably expect to hear some traditional instruments at the San Francisco Tape Festival, that’s about the most you should anticipate from the music at this unconventional event. The event, which says it presents audio works in a three-dimensional way, features artists who push the boundaries of sound. Forty-six local and international composers will gather for four scheduled concerts throughout the weekend.

$10-$50 admission

3. Mellow Sessions


🗓️ Saturday, Jan. 14
🕔 8:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
📍 1401 Haight St.

By day, The Mellow’s Haight location is a houseplant haven with an accompanying coffee bar, but after hours, dimmed lights and luscious foliage transition the space into a perfectly ambient setting for live music. Mellow Sessions is an intimate way for locals to hear Bay Area music and converse with artists and attendees alike.

$30-$40 admission

4. Harlem Globetrotters 2023 World Tour

Mission Bay

🗓️ Sunday, Jan. 15
🕔 12 p.m.
📍 1 Warriors Way

The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to the Bay Area this weekend for a game against the Washington Generals at Chase Center, with Friday and Sunday events in Oakland, too. Show up for a mesmerizing game of basketball full of action, finesse and guaranteed laughs—plus promised audience engagement like never before. 

$36-$162 admission

5. Free National Park Day

All over California

🗓️ Monday, Jan. 16
🕔 All day

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service is offering free National Park admission. If you’re not afraid to get your hiking shoes a little dirty, extend your weekend with a rainy day trip to one of the parks within a short drive of the Bay Area. You can check out Pinnacles or Yosemite, or the promotion also includes National Monuments and Historic Sites like Muir Woods.


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