Oakland First Fridays kicks off the new year this Friday. Photo courtesy of skyhighoakland's Instagram.
It's a new year and that means there's no better time to ride BART to some fabulous events. This weekend, see a striking meteor shower, get some ice skating in and sing along to The Little Mermaid.
Editor's note: Before you go, plan your trip with our Trip Planner to get estimated travel times. There will be single tracking on Sunday through Downtown San Francisco for cable upgrades. Please expect delays of up to 30 minutes.
The Quadrantid Meteor Shower will be peaking Friday night. Photo courtesy of Donovan Shortey.
Oakland First Fridays Street Festival by 19th St/Oakland
Every First Friday from 5–9pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) takes over five blocks of Telegraph avenue with artisanal food and craft vendors, and performance and activities for the entire family (including a Kid Zone on 23rd and the KONO Lounge, Oakland's favorite pop-up art bar, on Sycamore). Voted Best Cultural Event by the East Bay Express for three years running, Oakland First Fridays is a celebration of the city's diverse, vibrant and talented community. Take BART to 19th/St Oakland, stroll a few blocks up to West Grand and turn left, the main entrance is two blocks down at Telegraph Ave.
Quadrantid Meteor Shower across the Bay
Start the new year by getting away from the city lights in the San Francisco Bay Area and treating yourself to a cosmic show brought to you by the Quadrantid Meteor Shower between between midnight and dawn on January 4 (Friday night/early Saturday morning). The sky is predicted to be dark for great viewing. Take an urban hike from BART to find a great secluded spot to enjoy the show.
The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center closes this Sunday. Photo courtesy of Embarcadero Center.
Lunar New Year Lion Dancing: Traveling Festival by 24th St Mission
The San Francisco Public Library invites you to ring in the Lunar New Year of the Rat, with an exciting celebration of Chinese lion dance and martial arts. The fun takes place all over San Francisco, but from 3-3:30pm this performance will be very easily accessible by BART. Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk one minute to 300 Bartlett St.
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square (ends Jan. 20) by Powell St
The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is wrapping up in San Francisco's iconic plaza. From families to friends to coworkers, everyone can enjoy this outdoor ice-skating experience. This San Francisco holiday tradition is at Union Square until January 20 and is only a three-minute walk from Powell St station. Tickets start at $13 and are available online.
Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center (ends Sunday) by Embarcadero
There's one more weekend to get your skating on at the Bay Area's largest outdoor ice rink. Ride BART to Embarcadero and walk four minutes to the twinkle-lit holiday ice rink across from the historic Ferry Building. The signature San Francisco ice rink is perfect for holiday fun. Tickets start at $12 for adults and $7 for children and are available online.
Winter Park Ice Rink at Civic Center (ends Sunday) by Civic Center/UN Plaza.
This winter-themed wonderland is coming to a close this weekend. It's San Francisco's holiday ice rink and track, which includes a 400-foot skating track weaving through a lighted tree forest. Tickets start at $13 and are available online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and the rink is in Civic Center Plaza, right in front of San Francisco City Hall.
The Asian Art Museum is offering free admission this Sunday. Photo courtesy of Asian Art Museum.
The Little Mermaid Sing Along by 16th St Mission
This interactive presentation of Disney’s Oscar-winning classic has been customized with onscreen lyrics for all the songs so that audiences can sing along to such unforgettable tunes as “Kiss the Girl” and “Under the Sea.” Your hosts will introduce each performance and warm up your vocal chords and in addition to belting out the tunes, goody bags will be handed out to everyone. Plus, audience members can add to the fun by dressing up as a favorite character from the film. The fun runs from 2-4pm. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk 20 minutes to the Castro Theatre.
Asian Art Museum - Free Admission Day by Civic Center/UN Plaza
If you've been wanting to go to the Asian Art Museum but have been holding off because of the cost, this Sunday is the day to go. Enjoy free access to one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian Art, with a collection of over 18,000 artworks spanning 6,000 years of history. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk two minutes to the Museum.
Mission Dolores Neighborhood Walking Tour by 16th St Mission
See a mix of treasures in one of San Francisco’s most eclectic neighborhoods, starting at the famous golden fire hydrant where hundreds of locals successfully fought to save the area during the 1906 earthquake. Learn the history of gorgeous Dolores Park, when it was home to earthquake survivors and where today you will enjoy one of the most iconic views of the city’s skyline. The tour happens from 11am-1pm. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk 20 minutes to the gold-painted fire hydrant at the southeast corner of Church and 20th Sts.
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