BARTable This Weekend: July 12-14
No-sky July has been in moderate effect lately in the Bay, but this weekend a sunnier, warmer forecast will prevail which gives you plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy summer's offerings. Check out a First Friday event on the second Friday of the month, watch waiters race, or show your community some love by noshing on delicious noms.
First Friday this month focuses on women, with special performers all evening.
Oakland First Fridays by 19th St/Oakland
First Friday is coming on the second Friday of the month in July due to the Independence Day holiday. This month the focus is on women and there are some great performers lined up - host Yolanda Littles will be gracing the 24th Street Stage and presenting DJ Snick at Night, Alia Faye, Netta Brielle and Shirlee Temper; as well as the interdisciplinary pop-up performance of FURY on 25th Street. Additionally, standbys Curb Service, SoulBeatz Oakland and TURFinc will be giving it up throughout the event. As if that weren’t enough, there's also the debut of Oakland First Fridays Kid Zone on 23rd Street, with diversions for the whole family. Ride BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk ten minutes north on Telegraph Ave. to the free event.
Light up the Night - The San Francisco Friday Night Skate by Embarcadero
This Friday night, roll on the world famous San Francisco Friday Night Skate. Meet at the Ferry Building at Market and the Embarcadero at 8pm. Then take off at 9pm for a rolling skate party that winds through a 12-mile loop through the city. The route will take you to Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, Aquatic Park, the Marina, the Palace of Fine Arts, Union Street, the Broadway Tunnel, the Stockton Tunnel, Union Square, the “Concrete Canyons” and back to the Ferry Building where it began. The event runs from approximately 9pm-midnight and is free. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
See waiters race at this year's Bastille Day Festival in the City.
Bastille Day Festival by Embarcadero
Come be a part of a grand Bastille Day celebration and discover French cuisine, wines and crafts. There will be an outdoor bistro with wine, beer and pastis, a Tahitian dance group, a waiters' race —a test of speed to see how fast a waiter can carry a loaded tray without tipping any of its contents, pétanque —a French game similar to lawn bowling or bocce ball, and much more! Festivities begin at 11am and run until 6:30pm. Admission is free. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk two minutes to Justin Herman Plaza.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival by Downtown Berkeley
This Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3pm, UC Berkeley will host the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival as Zellerbach Hall becomes a beacon for the beauty and power of our diversity, with performances by the finest world dance and music artists in the Bay Area creating magical moments you'll find only on the Festival stage. Attendees can expect Japanese, Congolese, Egyptian, Lebanese, Indian, Mexican, Cajun and Pan-Afro performances, among others.
Tickets range in price and can be purchased online. Children's, group and subscriber discounts are available. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 10 minutes to Zellerbach Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
Colma Community Fair by Colma
Enjoy music, arts & crafts and food at the 3rd Annual Colma Community Fair. There will be craft vendors, local businesses, food vendors and activities for all. Some of this year's special features include an electric vehicle test drive, award-winning food trucks, delicious desserts, free bike tune-ups and music. The event takes place from 11am to 3pm and is free. Take BART to Colma and walk 13 minutes to the Community Center at 1506 Hillside Blvd.
Craving Chinatown Food Festival by Montgomery St
Come hungry for the 2nd annual Craving Chinatown Food Festival. The festival will feature a selection of Chinatown restaurants offering items that bring to mind memories of "What food cravings bring you to Chinatown to eat?" It happens from 11am to 3pm. $15 a person gets you five items from one of the 15 local chinatown vendor booths. RSVP and get a $5 discount. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk 12 minutes to Waverly Place in Chinatown.
Macbeth (ends July 28) by Civic Center/UN Plaza
A murderous king, a plotting wife, the throne of Scotland. Macbeth ascends the throne racked with guilt from his actions, in another classic story of a good man driven to evil actions. African-American Shakespeare Company Artistic Director L. Peter Callender directs this adaptation of Shakespeare’s oft-performed play, re-envisioned in modern verse by Migdalia Cruz. General admission tickets are $35 and can be purchased online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 10 minutes to Taube Atrium Theatre.
The BBoy Connection returns to the Mission District for their best event of the year, during Sunday Streets. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
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.
In San Francisco, there will be Sunday Streets in the Mission from Duboce Ave. to 26th St. and Valencia St. Visitors and residents have a chance to roll, walk or pedal to local institutions like The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Puerto Alegre and Dog Eared Books. The event runs from 11am to 4pm and admission is free. Ride BART to 16th St Mission or 24th St Mission and walk one block from the Sunday Street route on Valencia Street.
In Berkeley, Sunday Streets will take place in Downtown Berkeley with thousands of people coming out to stroll, skate, cycle, dance and play in the street. There will also be a pet parade from 12:30-2pm. Awards will be given for best dressed pet, best dressed pet and owner and best pet group combo. Enjoy live music from David Luning, food, and beer at Cornerfest starting at 11am. Celebrate Bastille Day from 11am-6pm in Downtown Berkeley. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and you're in the heart of Sunday Streets.
Hairspray (ends August 11) by 16th St Mission
The sixties are back, and Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad wants nothing more than to dance on the “Corny Collins Show.” In the process, she manages to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network. Bay Area Musicals closes their fourth season with this fun and catchy musical, which runs until August. Tickets are available online and range from $20-$100 each. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk less than a minute to the Victoria Theatre.
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