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We know, the rain has you hibernating. But with all the great stuff happening in the Bay Area right now, it’s time to kick off the blanket, put on the rain boots and hit the town.

From celebrating the return of the Bay Lights to rubbing elbows (literally) with the symphony’s top sopranos, here are five things you need to be doing now.


See the Bridge Sparkle

The beloved Bay Lights Project is back for good, and the city is celebrating this momentous victory with a grand relighting at 7:25 p.m. on January 30, followed by a fireworks celebration.


Pound a Few Pints

With more than 600 events over the course of ten days, it’s hard to know where to start at SF Beer Week. Take our advice and check out these three events: 1) Quaff some mead (fermented honey) tonight (January 25) at Cervecería de MateVeza’s Honey vs. Hops affair. 2) Taste Magnolia’s legendary Oysterhead Stout, alongside specially prepared bivalves, at the annual Oyster and Beer Extravaganza (January 26). 3) Sip 20 barrel-aged beers and experimental ales from the OC’s premier craft brewery during this year’s Grand Tasting with the Bruery at Fat Angel (January 30).


Eat Like the French

If you’re going to eat out, you might as well do it during SF Restaurant Week, when more than a hundred restaurants hand you savings in the form of prix fixe lunches and dinners. French brasserie Les Clos is hands down the best deal: a $40 dinner with complimentary wine pairings for each of its three courses (plus the option of a foie gras confit starter).


Watch the Symphony Get Weird

For what seems like the first time since SoundBox launched in 2014, the experimental symphonic spectacular is not yet sold out. Get your tickets for one of the two upcoming shows (February 19 and 20) while they’re still available. (Read: immediately.) The theme this time is transcendence, in the form of an 80-person chorus whose voices will surround you in the stage-less auditorium.


Take in an Odd Bit of History

You can now step inside local artist David Ireland’s quirky home at 500 Capp Street. Ireland, one of the West Coast’s most important conceptual artists, installed site-specific pieces all over this century-old Italianate abode while he lived there, essentially converting it into a work of art in its own right. Newly restored, the Mission home is open to visitors interested in checking out the sculptures, furniture and other ephemera that make up this 3,000-piece collection.

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