SF weekend: Fantastic Negrito, SF Wine Competition public tasting, salsa festival, more

By Mike Pinzuti - Published on February 14, 2019.

Don't let the rain ruin too much of your fun this weekend: there are free concerts and cultural celebrations, wine tastings and salsa workshops to keep you busy. Here are our top picks for getting out in San Francisco over the next few days.

Black History Month Concert with Fantastic Negrito


As part of its Black History Month celebrations, Macy's is hosting a free concert from Oakland’s own Fantastic Negrito, who won his second Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album last weekend. Following Fantastic Negrito's performance, San Francisco School Board President Stevon Cook will host a forum on local issues, complete with light refreshments and the chance to meet Negrito himself.

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 2 - 4 p.m.
Where: 170 O'Farrell Street
Price: Free

Wine Competition Public Tasting


The rain is currently scheduled to continue into Saturday, so why not spend your time indoors sampling award-winning wines from more than 300 U.S. wineries? For the final day of the 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, organizers kick open the doors for the public to taste the best wines around, paired with a variety of artisanal treats from around the Bay Area, Japan and Mexico.

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 1 - 4 p.m.
Where: 2 Marina Blvd
Price: $70, tickets are available here 

11th Annual Salsa Rueda Festival


Billed as the largest Cuban dance festival on the west coast, the Salsa Rueda Festival is now in its 11th year. Drop by to see some world-class performances, or hit the dance floor yourself for workshops, bootcamps and social dancing for all levels. In the evening, the Hotel Whitcomb's main ballroom will host acclaimed bands and DJs to keep everyone moving into the early-morning hours.

When: Saturday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Where: Hotel Whitcomb, 1231 Market St.
Price: Starting at $20, tickets are available here

Lunar New Year Celebration at the Asian Art Museum


The Asian Art Museum is welcoming the Year of the Pig with a celebration of its own. For the price of regular museum admission, visitors can enjoy traditional zodiac calendar readings, an interactive lion dance performance with local troupe LionDanceMe, Chinese calligraphy lessons and art projects for kids from countries across Asia.

When: Sunday, Feb. 17, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Where: 200 Larkin St.
Price: Free with museum admission ($25 for adults, free for kids under 12)

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