Best Things to Do in the South Bay This February

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in the South Bay? With so many offerings in the area, weve curated some of the top events this month so you dont have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Courtesy of Will Buckner
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Home in the World

February 1

Nobel Laureate, Economics (1998) and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University, Amartya Sen sits down with George Hammond via livestream to discuss the idea of home from an Oxford University master born in Bangladesh and educated in Calcutta.

More info: commonwealthclub.org

Lunar New Year Celebration

February 5

Though the new year technically kicks-off a week of festivities on January 31, the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose honors the new year with a bringing together of Chinese and Vietnamese traditions.

More info: cdm.org

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Dream Big

February 9–13

Favorite Disney friends such as Mickey, Minnie, Miguel, Moana, Elsa, Belle, Genie, and others highlight Disney tales told through figure skating as Disney on Ice returns to SAP Center in San Jose.

More info: disneyonice.com

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Santa Cruz Symphony: Beethoven & the Hill We Climb

February 12-13

The Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium hosts an avalanche of beautiful music, including Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture and Symphony No. 6, Chin’s Subito Con Forza, Muhammad’s Butterfly Jig and much more.

More info: santacruzsymphony.org

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Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the Rio

February 16

Rio Theatre welcomes South Africa’s five-time Grammy Award winners, who were made famous by Paul Simon’s 1987 Graceland album and inspired Nelson Mandela to call them “South Africa’s cultural ambassadors to the world.” The latest Grammy came for Shaka Zulu Revisited, which was named Best World Music Album, and gave them more Grammys than any world music group on Earth.

More info: kuumbwajazz.org

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Winterfest

February 18

San Jose Jazz appears at the San Jose Museum of Art with genre-spanning music from R&B, soul, Latin, New Orleans and other musical traditions to warm up winter and feed your soul.

More info: sjmusart.org

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San Jose Sharks

February 24

Erik Karlsson’s overtime goal launched the Sharks over their East Coast rivals, the New York Islanders, in December. The teams return from the All-Star break once again matched up and with the Sharks on a hot streak.

More info: nhl.com/sharks 

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Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Elliott

41st Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off

February 26-27

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk hosts a chowder lover’s fever dream with two days of tastings, namely amateur chefs on Saturday, followed by professional chefs on Sunday. Both days feature Boston and Manhattan clam chowder, and attendees help pick a winner each day. Tasting kit proceeds benefit Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation.

More info: beachboardwalk.com

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Memphis Jookin’: The Show

February 28

Lil Buck’s dance improvisation with Yo-Yo Ma turned him into a YouTube sensation, but he has become a star for his agile, fluid dance moves and impossible-looking footwork, as demonstrated in a show dedicated to a style that emerged in a Southern city in the 1990s. 

More info: live.stanford.edu

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