BARTable This Weekend: August 10-12

It’s shaping up to be another pleasant weekend in the Bay with no shortage of things to do. We know y’all like festivals and this weekend the City plays host to one of the year’s biggest- Outside Lands. We have the details on the best way to get there (hint: it’s not by driving). Prefer your festivals to be a bit more intimate and local? There are plenty of those to get excited about as well.

 
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Outside Lands runs from August 10-12 at Golden Gate Park. Photo courtesy of Instagram.
 
Outside Lands at Civic Center/UN Plaza
Outside Lands is the Bay Area’s biggest music festival, with last year’s lineup attracting over 200,000 guests. The first shows begin at noon Friday and continue until Sunday night when the festival wraps up. Big names on the guest list include Florence + the Machine, Janet Jackson, The Weeknd, Beck and Portugal. The Man. Beyond just music, Outside Lands also offers attractions focused around food, wine, beer and art.
 
There are single-day and 3-day tickets available, which are available to purchase online. Single day tickets are $149.50 and a 3-day ticket is $325. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza, transfer to the SF Muni outbound N Judah, ride to 34th and Judah and walk two blocks north to Golden Gate Park. Alternatively, ride BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza, transfer to the Muni 5 Fulton at McAllister and Jones outbound to 25th and Fulton.

Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival at 24th St Mission
The 6th Annual Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival (BAIDDF) at Dance Mission Theater consists of performances and workshops that highlight the important contributions that deaf and hard-of-hearing artists make to our community. There will be artists flying in from all over the world for this special event. Performances take place this Friday and Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm. Tickets range in price from $12-30. Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk one minute to the Dance Mission Theater.
 
Caroline Wright & Xochitl Sosa perform during the San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of RJ Muna.
 
The biennial San Francisco Aerial Arts Festival is the premiere event for aerial arts in the San Francisco Bay Area. This dynamic, three-day indoor and outdoor event features innovative spectacle, daring athleticism, aerial dance, and circus performances. The fun begins Friday and lasts through Sunday. Tickets vary in price from $15-40 and can be bought here. Ride BART to Powell St and walk five minutes to Kearny St & Geary St where you can catch the SF Muni 30 bus north to Chestnut St and Laguna St and then walk five minutes north to Fort Mason. Shows begin at 8pm Friday night and last through the weekend.
 
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The Pistahan Parade & Festival runs this Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of Flickr.
 
The Filipino American Arts Exposition organizes the annual Pistahan Festival and Parade, which is billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S. On Saturday, there will be a parade down Market St. to 4th St. displaying Filipino culture and traditions with marching bands, cultural dance groups and even Stormtroopers.
 
The festival, which will run on both Saturday and Sunday at the Yerba Buena Gardens, will have seven pavilions for exploration, discovery and learning — plus four food contests! The two-day event is expected to draw over 80,000 people over the weekend. Admission is free. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza for the parade. For the festival, take BART to Montgomery St or Powell St and walk 10 minutes to 750 Howard St.
 
A block party for a transit center? We might be biased but we think this will be worthy of attending, transit fan or not. The new $2.16 billion terminal with a 5.4-acre rooftop park has been years in the making. In addition to all the bus bays and public park, there will be multi-level retail space, bicycle parking and administrative offices. The free event will also include pop-up retail shops, food trucks and cafes. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to Fremont St and Natoma St. The event runs from 12-4pm.
 
The 19th Annual Laurel Street Fair is a day filled with live music, DJs, street dance, artisan vendors, carnival, a petting zoo, food trucks and local chefs in Oakland’s Laurel District.
 
The free fair has grown every year in scope and is now known as one of the biggest and best neighborhood events in the East Bay with attendance estimated at 8,000 people. Take BART to Fruitvale and catch the AC Transit 54 bus north to 35th Ave and MacArthur Blvd and then walk three minutes to the festival. The fun starts at 11am and lasts until 7pm.
 
Oaktown Half (Aug. 11-12) at 12th St./Oakland City Center
Festivites for the 5th annual Oaktown Half begin this Saturday at noon with a #RootedInOakland Festival, 5K, Youth Mile, Kids Stomper’s Stomp presented by the Oakland A’s and a half marathon on Sunday. Take BART to 12th St./Oakland City Center and walk four minutes to City Hall.
 
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The Reefriders will perform along with The Young Barons on Sunday at Union Square. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
 
The 2018 Union Square Live festival presents dozens of free events like live music, swing and tango dance lessons, film nights, circus arts, and more in Union Square Park from May through October.
It’s a double header Sunday featuring the experienced sounds of The Reefriders vs the young men known as The Young Barons. Ride BART to Powell St and walk four minutes to Union Square. The event begins at 2pm.

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