BARTable This Weekend: August 17-19
It's the most wonderful time of the year to be in San Francisco. Why? Because half the Bay Area has left for Burning Man, and there's a chance you can enjoy your favorite city hangouts without the impossibly long lines or weekend crowds. We suggest packing a picnic and heading to Dolores Park, take an urban hike through Oakland or sift through vintage store racks for back-to-school fashion. Need more weekend inspo? Check out these BARTable events happening this weekend.
FACT/SF Summer Dance Festival at 16th Street Mission
San Francisco-based contemporary dance company FACT/SF is hosting the inaugural year of the FACT/SF Summer Dance Festival, featuring works by FACT and other dance companies Fog Beast and Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations, with visiting artist Joy Davis. Each performance is stylistically diverse and brings together works from local artists and artists from other regions. There will be three duets and a solo show. Performances will start at 8pm and be held at Joe Goode Annex in San Francisco. Tickets range from $15-$25 and can be bought online. Take BART to 16th St. Mission and walk 10 minutes to the annex.
US Rowing Masters National Championship (Aug. 16-19) at Lake Merritt
This weekend, the US Rowing Masters National Championship comes to Lake Merritt in downtown Oakland. The championship race will be the culmination of Oakland Rowing Week. Ride BART to 19th Street or Lake Merritt stations and walk 10-15 minutes to the lake.
San Francisco is known for its love of the blues. The 8th annual Polk Street Blues Festival is a two-day event that will feature blues artists on two main stages from 10am to 6pm. There will also be a merchant marketplace, arts and crafts, food booths, cafe seating areas and more. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 17 minutes to Polk St. around California to Post streets.
Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party at 16th Street Mission or 24th Street Mission stations
Noise Pop takes over 3 city blocks in San Francisco's Mission District for its annual street party. From noon to 6pm on Saturday, enjoy two stages of live music, food demos, drinks and more. This year's headlining act is Empress off. Free to attend. Ride BART to 16th Street Mission or 24th Street Mission and walk 1 mile to Harrison and 20th streets.
Bay Area Brew Fest at Embarcadero
The Bay Area Brew Festival returns to Pier 35. From noon to 8:30pm on Saturday, check out dozens of breweries, food trucks, a DJ and more. Must be 21 or over and tickets must be purchased in advance. Ride BART to Embarcadero Station and take the Muni F train to Pier 35.
Saturday Stroll at 19th Street/Oakland
Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland’s highly popular First Friday Art Murmur gallery walk are also open every Saturday afternoon. Known as the Saturday Stroll, this is a quieter and more focused time to view art at your own pace and visit with Oakland Art Murmur gallery directors. Learn more about OAM and its programs at About Oakland Art Murmur. The event takes place from 1-5pm throughout Oakland's Uptown District, steps away from 19th Street/Oakland BART station.
Sunday Streets SoMa at Montgomery Street, Powell Street or Civic Center/UN Plaza
Sunday Streets transforms one to four miles of normally congested streets into car-free spaces where kids can play and adults can stroll and mingle. There are often activities for visitors to do as well. On Aug. 19, SoMa will have its Sunday Streets event. It’s the first new Sunday Streets route in five years, spanning Folsom Street from Essex to 10th Street.
Visitors can see the collection at the Prelinger library, tour world-class museums like SFMOMA and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and end the night dancing at DNA Lounge, or one of the other many nightlife spots on 11th Street. There’s also the SoMa StrEat Food Park with many food truck options and outdoor seating. Also worth exploring are the area’s alleyways, murals, small businesses and industrial architecture. The event runs from 11am to 4pm and is free. Take BART to Montgomery Street, Powell Street or Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk about 10 minutes to the Sunday Streets route on Folsom Street.
Brazil in the Gardens at Powell Street or Montgomery Street stations
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival continues its season. This Sunday, see Brazil in the Gardens, a musical party from 1 to 3pm. Ride BART to Powell Street or Montgomery Street stations and walk 5 minutes to Yerba Buena Gardens, between Mission Street and 3rd and 4th streets.