The Black Joy Parade takes place in Downtown Oakland this Sunday. Photo courtesy of Visit Oakland.
Whether you're a superhero, a Jedi, a wizard, a prince or a princess, or a muggle, we have some great events this weekend to get you out around the Bay. See your favorite characters come to life through pieces of art in San Francisco all weekend, free concerts from upcoming artists and a classic orchestra, and a parade that celebrates the black experience past, present, and future. Keep reading on for more events that are BARTable this weekend.
Editor's note: As Measure RR work continues, expect delays on Sunday from single-tracking through Downtown SF due to electrical traction power system upgrades. Before you go this weekend, plan your trip with our Trip Planner to get estimated travel times.
Singer/songwriter, COBI, will be at The W Hotel. Photo courtesy of COBI.
A new market has launched in UN Plaza every Friday, from 7am-4pm and features the best of San Francisco! Grab fresh fruits and veggies, buy gifts from local vendors, and grab lunch at delicious food stalls representing cuisine from diverse communities throughout the City. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk two minutes to the Plaza.
The W San Francisco is hosting Living Room Live
with singer/songwriter COBI. This free, all-access music series connects music lovers from around the globe with up-and-coming artists in W Hotel Living Rooms. RSVPs are required and can be done online
. Doors open at 7pm and show begins at 8pm. Take BART to Montgomery St
and walk seven minutes to The W.
The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is rolling out an exciting new concert format as Maestro Ben Simon becomes your host for a 90-minute, no intermission variety show. This free concert will be a cross of podcasts Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and From the Top with games, prizes, Ben's famous trivia quiz, and of course, great music. The concert begins at 7:30pm and general audience entry begins at 7:15pm. Seating is first come, first serve. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk nine minutes to Herbst Theater.
The Winter Season of Friday Nights at OMCA is in full effect, bringing after-hours gallery access, DJ sets from the Bay's finest, family friendly drop-in activities, and more. Bring your family and friends for a taste of local music, food, and culture at the Oakland Museum of California. The fun begins at 5pm and runs till 9pm. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to the museum.
The Midnight Rollers is a group of skaters both inline and rollers that gathers every Friday night to skate the city streets from the Ferry Building to Pier 39 and beyond. Skaters come from all over the Bay, other parts of the country and around the world to be a part of this positive energy mass. Meet at the Ferry Building, just five minutes from Embarcadero, at 8:45pm and the skate starts at 9pm. Be sure to check out the website before you go to make sure you have all the appropriate gear needed for the skate.
Your favorite characters come to life at the Pop Culture Art Con at The Palace Hotel. Photos courtesy of Eventbrite/Christopher Clark & Dominic Glover.
Violins of Hope
is a Bay Area initiative using violins once played by Jewish prisoners in World War II concentration camps. The instruments survive today to teach lessons of history, heroism and hope. These strings of the Holocaust saved their owners’ lives. Each sounds its own story. Gustav Mahler’s niece, Alma Rosé, was the conductor of the orchestra at Auschwitz, making this performance of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, on these very instruments, achingly poignant. Mahler/Violins of Hope is at the Paramount Theatre and tickets are online
beginning at $25. The concert begins at 8pm and is minutes away from 19th St/Oakland
Macy's Union Square hosts NFL legend and Hall of Famer, Jerry Rice, for a free in-depth talk and celebration of Black History Month, hosted by San Francisco Board of Education Commissioner, Stevon Cook. After the discussion, stick around for a meet & greet with Jerry Rice, while time permits. Take BART to Powell St and walk nine minutes to Macy's Union Square.
Featuring the art of Disney, Harry Potter, Marvel, Star Wars, DC Comics and more, the work of nationally recognized artists Christopher Clark and Dominic Glover will be on display for the weekend at The Palace Hotel, just one minute from Montgomery St
station. This family, princess, muggle, Jedi and superhero friendly event is free with event registration
As part of Immersive Design Week, taking place throughout the Bay, discover a new perspective on life through mesmerizing installations in The End of You. This never-before-seen immersive exhibition is at the Gray Area, just one minute from 24th St Mission
station. The exhibition is open Saturday from 4-10pm and Sunday from 11am-6pm and tickets are available online
Celebrate the back experience past, present, and future at the third annual Black Joy Parade. Photo courtesy of Visit Oakland.
With more than 40 vendors, the Jack London Square Farmers Market offers local produce, food craft products, and breakfast and lunch option. Also check out the CUESA Food Shed as they have a free seasonal tasting and you can pick up easy market recipes to take home. There's also a Kids' Corner for crafts and other fun activities for the whole family. Take BART to Lake Merritt or 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk 12-minutes to Jack London Square.
Check out nearly 30 local farmers and artisan food vendors at the Heart of the City Farmers' Market in San Francisco's United Nations Plaza from 7am-5pm, rain or shine. With a wide selection of fresh local produce, farm products, bakery items, pastas, hummus and kettle corn, there's something for everyone. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk two minutes to the Plaza.
The third annual Black Joy Parade is Sunday, February 23 in the heart of Downtown Oakland, steps away from both 12th St/Oakland City Center and 19th St/Oakland stations. This is the largest free, family-friendly event of its kind in California. This parade and festival celebrate the black experience past, present, and future.
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