BARTable This Weekend: Aug. 3-5
Photo courtesy of Civic Center Commons' Facebook page
Once again, the Bay Area is making it difficult to choose which events to go to and where to have our next adventure; there are too many options! Maybe it's supporting and celebrating black art during First Friday in Oakland, checking out the largest free outdoor festival on the West Coast, or playing street soccer or giant scrabble at a block party in SF. Make it an epic weekend and see how many of these BARTable destinations you can visit!
Remember, if your trip takes you through Oakland, BART will not be running trains between West Oakland and Lake Merritt. Instead, we will be running
Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and Betti Ono Gallery at 19th St./Oakland
It’s already the First Friday of August, which means flocks of people from all over the Bay can come to Oakland and check out many of the city’s galleries that will be collectively open to the public. Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and Betti Ono Gallery are two of the few black-owned galleries in the Bay Area, and they are both owned by women. Check out “Particular Relativity: As the Universe, So the Soul” at Ashara Ekundayo Gallery and “SIGNIFY” at Betti Ono Gallery. Both exhibitions will be having their closing receptions on First Friday, from 6 to 9pm. Admission is free. Take BART to 19th St./Oakland and walk 8 minutes to Ashara Ekundayo Gallery, or 4 minutes to Betti Ono Gallery.
Photo courtesy of Eventbrite
Silent Party Oakland First Friday at 12th St./Oakland City Center
If you feel like dancing after First Friday festivities, then Complex Oakland will have a silent party where you can get lost in music that will be pumped through special headphones! The Silent Parties phenomenon is still alive and well, and Complex will have its own First Friday edition, where each partygoer will receive Urban Fetes wireless headphone and get the freedom to choose music from three DJs. By wearing a pair of headphones, you have more control of your musical environment — both with songs and volume. Tickets are $15 and can be bought online. Take BART to 12th St./Oakland City Center and walk 4 minutes to Complex.
Photo courtesy of Fremont Festival of the Arts' Facebook page
Fremont Festival of the Arts at Fremont
The largest free outdoor street-festival west of the Mississippi covers more than four walking miles and attracts nearly 400,000 guests — and is right here in the Bay Area, in Fremont. Visitors to the 35th annual Fremont Festival of the Arts can expect to see one-of-a-kind pieces ranging from paintings and drawings to household decorations and furnishings. There will also be a Gourmet Marketplace with specialty foods, along with gourmet food trucks, beer, wine, margaritas and more. Enjoy food and drinks while perusing more than 500 artist booths and listening to the continuous live music on two stages. Admission is free and the event (which is Saturday-Sunday) runs from 10am to 6pm on both days. Take BART to Fremont and walk 8 minutes to Walnut Avenue and Paseo Padre Parkway.
9th Annual Chinatown Music Festival at Montgomery
Traditional and contemporary artists, performances and art will be providing entertainment at the 9th Annual Chinatown Music Festival. The event will feature interactive art activities in partnership with California College of the Arts students. Six students will get to display their work at the Chinese Cultural Center, allow visitors to engage with their art. Some performers include the Lion Dance ME, who were previously on America’s Got Talent, and San Francisco-born band The 29th Street Swingtet, who blend together be-bop, blues and Latin to create a unique “gypsy jazz” sound. Admission is free and the event is from noon to 4pm. Take BART to Montgomery and walk 11 minutes to Portsmouth Square.
Commons Block Party at Civic Center/UN Plaza
Did you know the Civic Center Commons hosts weekend block parties? On every first Sunday from from now until Nov. 4 you can hang out by Civic Center and grab food from Off the Grid, listen to music by Bonneville San Francisco KMVQ 99.7 FM, shop for one-of-a-kind goods created by local SF Etsy artisans, make DIY arts and crafts and more. Aug. 5’s event will feature street soccer, a Friends of the SF Public Library book sale and a game of giant Scrabble. Admission is free. The event is from 11am to 3pm and will be located on Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Main Public Library. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 5 minutes to the Fulton Street.
Flyer courtesy of SoOakland Day Fest Facebook page
SoOakland Day Fest at West Oakland
The SoOakland Collective aims to provide spaces for Oakland residents to embrace community and exchange positive energy with one another, and the group is celebrating its third anniversary. It started in 2015 as a way to celebrate the city’s authentic culture through “party with a purpose” events — a way for young professionals, artists, activists, taste makers and others to network, socialize and break stereotypes. The event is the last celebration of SoOaklandWeek 2018, which started on July 30 and highlights curators around the city who are keeping culture alive and present. Visitors can expect food, drinks, performers, vendors, artists, music, dancing, a “town” car show and children’s corner. Tickets are $15-$20; ages 12 and under are free. The event is from noon to 7pm, and will be held at the historic 16th Street Station. Take BART to West Oakland and walk 18 minutes to 16th Street Station (not the one in SF!).
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