Jamila Woods and Raphael Saadiq are performing at the Fox Theater in Oakland on Friday. Photo courtesy of Pitchfork.
Treat your ears to a music-heavy weekend with tons of Noise Pop events across the Bay as well as a student-organized all-day music marathon. Add some art and theater events and you have yourself a well-rounded weekend. Keep reading for the best 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, plan your trip with our Trip Planner to get estimated travel times. Raphael Saadiq is performing on Friday at the Fox Theater as part of Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of Vanity Fair.
Friday Farmers Market & Bazaar at UN Plaza by Civic Center/UN Plaza
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.
Friday Nights at OMCA by Lake Merritt
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.
Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival 2020
Noise Pop Music & Arts Festival takes the best venues in the Bay and collectively turns them into your personal festival ground. Throughout the weekend there are different films, art shows, happy hours, and concerts all over SF and the East Bay. Many events are BARTable, so check the full schedule and simplify your transportation.
Friday Night Outdoor Roller Skate DJ Party: “Midnight Rollers” by Embarcadero
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.
The San Francisco Girls Chorus and Berkeley Ballet Theater team up for "Rightfully Ours" at YBCA. Photo courtesy of YBCA.
African-American Shakespeare Company | The Trial (last weekend) by Civic Center
This satirical play by Karani Marcia Leslie is set up as a mock trial of black female identity—specifically the jovial, asexual and servile “mammy,” along with the hyper-sexualized Jezebel-like “Safreeta Mae” stereotypes, which the main character charges, are actually based on television, advertising and the movies, not reality. And it is these stereotypes that have impeded her success in making it up the entertainment industry’s corporate ladder. Interestingly, the playwright herself was an editor and staff writer for CBS, NBC and Fox, with credits that also include The Cosby Show and Parenthood. Tickets are available and can be purchased online.
Aurora Theatre Company | The Children (last weekend) by Downtown Berkeley
A long-married couple live in a ramshackle cottage near the edge of a nuclear disaster that recalls the 2011 Fukushima catastrophe. Intruding into their somewhat eccentric existence comes Rose, a former co-worker at the power station whose appearance after 30 years is a mystery that will inspire both laughter and an increasing sense of menace. But Rose is on an important mission. A recent hit on Broadway, The Children is at Aurora Theatre Company through March 1 and tickets are available online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk half a block to the theatre.
Richmond Art Center | Art of the African Diaspora by Richmond
Art of the African Diaspora is a group exhibition featuring work by over 150 artists of African descent. The exhibition is held at the Richmond Art Center and runs through March 13. This exhibition is accompanied by self-guided open studios and satellite exhibitions. Admission to the galleries is free and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday. Take BART to Richmond and walk 13 minutes to the Art Center.
Rightfully Ours by Montgomery St
San Francisco Girls Chorus and Berkeley Ballet Theater co-present excerpts from their new collaborative production, Rightfully Ours at YBCA. As the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment approaches, Rightfully Ours addresses both the progress that the suffragist movement represented and the systemic discrimination that remains unresolved today. Tickets range from $28-$50 and discounts are available for YBCA members. The show begins at 7:30pm. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk eight minutes to the Blue Shield of California Theater at YBCA.
SFMOMA Free Family Day by Montgomery St
Head to SFMOMA for its first Free Family Day on Sunday. The museum is always free for visitors 18 and younger, but on Sunday, it is also free for up to two adults accompanying each visitor 18 and younger. Tickets are only available on-site on the day of the event and are first-come, first-served. The museum opens at 10am. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk five minutes to the museum.
20/20: You Decide How It Ends by Civic Center/UN Plaza
It’s the year 2020.The President has been re-elected, the climate is heating up, and the economy is in meltdown. In this satirical participatory performance, audience members choose from a list of possible future scenarios that they want performed: Impeachment? Coup? Revolution? 20/20 asks what people power looks like in a time of vast uncertainty, when even choosing to do nothing at all has its consequences. This performance runs from 2-4:30pm. Presented by SF by the Bay, the Main Library’s grand celebration of Bay Area science fiction continues through April 30. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to the library.
Hot Air Music Festival by Civic Center/UN Plaza
The eleventh annual Hot Air Music Festival is a student-organized new music marathon that focuses on world premieres and collaborations by young composers and performers as well as music written in the past 50 years. The marathon runs from noon to 8:30pm at The San Francisco Conservatory of Music. This is a free event. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 10 minutes to 50 Oak St.
Jack London Square Farmers Market by Lake Merritt or 12th St/Oakland City Center
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.
Heart of the City Farmers' Market by Civic Center/UN Plaza
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.
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