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On the Calendar: North Bay February 2020

Stories Patty Malesh

For many people, February represents love. But for Californians and beer aficionados, it’s the time of year for something even more special. Pliny the Younger, named after the Roman lawyer and writer whose works survive to this day, is brewed once annually and always released on the first Friday in February. Those in the know will line up for hours to get a pour of Pliny, so if you join the throng, wear comfy shoes and bring company—or make friends with some of the strangers who have flown in just to experience Pliny time. 


Marin Valentine’s Day Ball

Feb. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Marin Center, San Rafael  
$250, single; $400, couple
This 24th annual event features complimentary cocktail bar, live and silent auction, seated dinner, and live music and dancing. It’s a fundraiser for The Godmothers of St. Vincent’s School for Boys, North Bay Children’s Center, and Side by Side.

Who’s Live Anyway

Feb. 14, 8 p.m.
Marin County Civic Center, San Rafael 

Cat Video Fest 

Feb. 22, 2–3:15 p.m.
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael  
A portion of the proceeds from these screenings will benefit Marin Humane.


Yountville International Short Film Festival

Feb. 6–9
Various locations, Yountville 
This festival will feature more than 80 world class short films, film and wine events, and meet the filmmaker events. Screenings take place at three pop–up locations.

Emergence Festival

Feb. 7–9
Performing Arts Center, Napa Valley College, Napa 
Donation for entry
Napa Valley college students, faculty, and staff perform new works—plays, dance, and other performances.

Pliny the Younger, Limited Release

Feb. 7–20
Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa and Windsor
This triple India Pale Ale has three times the hops of a regular IPA. For the first time in its 16 year run, this treat will be on tap each day until the taps run dry, and there’s a maximum of three pours per person, per day. Even better, Pliny will be available for the first time in bottles. 

Cork Art Class

Feb. 8, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
The Village Food & Wine Center 
Vista Collina Resort, Napa  

Culinary Crawl

Feb. 13, 5–8 p.m.
Downtown Napa Association, Napa 

Wine and Oysters

Feb. 15–16, 12–4 p.m.
Black Stallion Winery, Napa
Enjoy Hog Island oysters (raw and BBQ), award–winning wine, and live music at Black Stallion Estate Winery in Napa over Presidents’ Day weekend. No reservations needed.

Napa Wedding Expo

Feb. 23, 2–5 p.m.
Silverado Resort and Spa 
Tickets on Eventbrite


Chinese New Year Celebration

Feb. 1, 5 p.m. 
Veterans Memorial Building, Santa Rosa
$25 adults, $10 children

Isabella Rossellini: Link Link Circus

Feb. 8, 7–10 p.m.
Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma  
$45 / 

The Garagiste Wine Festival

Feb. 15
Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall, Sonoma  
More than 40 small local wineries showcase and sell micro– productions and first vintages that you won’t see on store shelves or find in tasting rooms.

George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic: The Farewell Tour 

Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma  

Santa Rosa Tattoos & Blues Festival 

Feb. 28–March 1
Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa 

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