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Celebrate Black history in San Francisco

Illustration of the state of California lit by red, green and yellow lights.

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

Happy Black History Month!

What's happening: We've rounded up some events in San Francisco to celebrate the occasion.

Magnolias blooming at San Francisco Botanical Garden

Magnolias

Magnolia campbellii 'Darjeeling.' Photo: Courtesy of Saxon Holt/SFBG

February is approaching, which means it's time to head to the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

What's happening: The magnolias are starting to bloom!

San Francisco's comedy festival Sketchfest turns 20

SF Sketchfest banner

Image: Courtesy of SF Sketchfest

San Francisco's comedy festival Sketchfest kicked off over the weekend.

  • But if you didn't catch a show, don't worry. Plenty of the 200+ acts are still appearing ahead.

3 places to ski and snowboard within 4 hours of San Francisco

Ski time at Lake Tahoe in 2021. Photo: Michael Ho Wai Lee/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Northern California has a handful of options for those wanting to take a quick trip to the mountains.

Sierra-at-Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe
Nick Bastone
Jan 18, 2023 - News

Madonna's greatest hits tour to visit San Francisco

Madonna playing guitar

Madonna performs in 2016. Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images

Madonna announced plans for her upcoming “Celebration Tour” Tuesday, and San Francisco is among the pop icon's 35 stops across North America and Europe.

Details: The tour kicks off July 15 in Vancouver, Canada, and heads to the Chase Center on Oct. 4.

The stunning view from San Francisco's big blue tower

blue water tank

La Grande Tank in McLaren Park. Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

Before the storm hit, I took some time to walk up into McLaren Park to the blue tower formally known as La Grande Tank, and the view was amazing.

State of play: The 80-foot-tall tank, perched upon McLaren Park in the Excelsior, was originally built in 1956.

5 San Francisco spots serving great nonalcoholic drinks

two cocktails sitting in front of three bottles on a table

All the makings for Ocean Beach Cafe's non-alcoholic Jasmine "cocktail." Photo: Megan Rose Dickey/Axios

Heavier-than-normal holiday drinking can inspire a January break.

  • Others are done with alcohol for good.
Nick Bastone
Dec 15, 2022 - News

Flower shop turns garage into the Mission's newest cafe

Marigold co-owners Aubriana MacNiven (left) and Gena Banducci (right) inside their new Mission area cafe.

Marigold co-owners Aubriana MacNiven (left) and Gena Banducci inside their new Mission-area cafe. Photo: Mariko Reed

Something exquisite has emerged out of a former garage in the Mission.

What's happening: Known first for its flowers, Marigold expanded last month into the world of coffee, opening a new cafe near the corner of 21st and York streets — next to its retail shop and production space.

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