8 Haute SF Bay Area Winter Events You Don’t Want to Miss

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Michael Tilson Thomas
Michael Tilson Thomas

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We know you’re just getting back into the swing of things after the holiday break, but it’s time to start thinking about the hautest San Francisco Bay Area winter events on tap. From next week’s 70th birthday gala for San Francisco Symphony‘s iconic music director Michael Tilson Thomas (we don’t believe that he’s 70 either) to a canine couture fashion show to the always spectacular Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s Mid-Winter Gala on March 27, there will be plenty of exciting events happening in and around San Francisco. Don’t be surprised if you have a Bill Clinton sighting. With four speaking engagements scheduled, he’ll be spending a few days here. For more details, read on.

January 15

MTT 70th Birthday Gala
Michael Tilson Thomas, the San Francisco Symphony’s iconic music director, celebrates his milestone birthday with the audience he loves. Join MTT and a dazzling array of guest stars for a spectacular concert and surprises yet to be revealed. And maybe wear a touch of blue? It’s the guest of honor’s favorite color, after all. In addition to MTT conducting, Emanuel Ax, Jeremy Denk, Marc-André Hamelin, Jean-Yves Thibaudet and Yuja Wang will also perform.

Jan. 22
San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala 2015 Infinite Romance: The opening of San Francisco Ballet’s 82nd repertory season and Artist Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson’s 30th season with the company takes place with .

February 3-5
President Bill Clinton: Our former president will be making the rounds in the Bay Area when he speaks at the Marin Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium on Feb. 2 and Feb. 5, the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Feb. 3 and the San Mateo Performing Arts Center on Feb. 4 as part of the MPSF Speaker Series.

Feb. 6
Haute Dog SF 4: San Francisco’s chicest pooches will strut their stuff on the runway as they showcase couture outfits designed specifically for them by some of the Bay Area’s most prominent interior designers with exquisite fabrics provided by showrooms at the San Francisco Design Center. Trust us, you’ll be howling with delight as these doggie divas work the runway. Hosted by local fashion icon Mr. Wilkes Bashford, Haute Dog | SF 4 offers wine, bites and a raffle as well as Posh Pup Lane, a shopping emporium of doggie delights. Turn out in support of Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, the events beneficiary which finds happy homes for senior dogs.

Feb. 9-15
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: One of the most exciting events on the PGA TOUR, the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is contested annually on three of the Monterey Peninsula’s premier golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and Monterey Peninsula Country Club Shore Course in front of over 150,000 spectators and millions of television viewers.

March 20
The Junior League of San Francisco’s 89th Annual Fashion Show & Gala: Grab your couture gown and let The Junior League of San Francisco, in partnership with Wilkes Bashford, transport you to Paris, the City of Love, during L’Atelier.

March 27
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Mid-Winter Gala: Presented by the Junior Committee to benefit the Fine Arts, this Friday night gala is the highlight of the winter as socialites from near and far are expected to descend on the Legion of Honor in their finest frocks.

April 9-12
Pebble Beach Food & Wine: This marks the eight year for the premier epicurean lifestyle event on the West Coast, matching 250 acclaimed wineries and 75 celebrity chefs to create a hedonistic four-day destination on one of the most picturesque strips of coastline in the world. Throughout the weekend you’ll enjoy intimate access to the pinnacle of culinary and wine talent at wine tastings, cooking demos, and some of the most exclusive, unique dining opportunities available in the world.


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