Sea lion anniversary at Pier 39 tops weekend events in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- We've partnered with the team at Hoodline - the hyperlocal neighborhood website to find weekend activities in and around the Bay Area.

Sea Lions 27th Anniversary

You may be familiar with the sea lions who live at Pier 39, but you may not know that they took up residence there shortly after the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

It's time to celebrate the anniversary of the sea lions choosing the K dock as their home. At first, their appearance was a phenomenon that garnered national attention. Now they're established locals.

"They're charismatic...they're just talking and shouting. You can almost just relate yourself to them," said Carrie Chen of the Aquarium of the Bay. "It looks like they're hanging out, looks like they're getting in fights with one another. They have personalities."

You can see all that personality up close this weekend. There are complimentary sea lion encounter walking tours at 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. enjoy complimentary coffee and hot chocolate and free two-hour parking.

Celebrate Chinese New Year: Make your own dumplings, dim sum luncheon

It's time to celebrate the Year of the Rooster. You can learn to make delicious dumplings for free on Sunday morning. The event is put on by A Better Chinatown Tomorrow. There's also a dim sum luncheon at New Sun Hongkong restaurant, donations are welcome.

Churn Your Own Ice Cream at Smitten'

Smitten' uses liquid nitrogen and a special machine to make ice cream in moments. For $70 you can prototype your own flavor, churn it and take home your own custom pint.
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