It definitely feels like summer in the Bay, so it's only fitting that this week we show you plenty of events that'll have you outside enjoying the sunshine.
If you'd like to get your weekend off to an active, heart-pounding start, grab your bike and head to the Bay Area's newest transit-accessible urban BMX park. If you're more of the type to get your adrenaline going by viewing from a safe distance, head to the Bill Pickett Rodeo on Saturday or Sunday.
There are also numerous street festivals, a premier spot to watch the final match of the World Cup and more!
Kids test out the pump track, which is part of a larger BMX park opening in Richmond. Photo courtesy of East Bay Times.
Dirt World, the Bay Area's only urban BMX park accessible by BART, opens in Richmond this Friday. Located along the Richmond Greenway between 20th and 21st streets, the new public park features a half-pipe, race course, banked turns and bumps, outdoor seating area and gathering spaces. Grab your bike, take BART to Richmond and ride 6 minutes to the track.
The Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo (BPIR) isn’t your typical rodeo — it specifically celebrates and honors black cowboys and cowgirls and their contributions to building the west. BPIR hopes to share stories about the black western subculture and also serve as a cultural event and opportunity for families to enjoy and embrace cowboy culture. The fun begins at 2:30pm on Saturday at the Rowell Ranch Rodeo Grounds. Save a few bucks by buying tickets
in advance online. To get there, ride BART to West Dublin/Pleasanton
and take the free shuttle to the event.
Come be a part of a grand Bastille Day celebration and discover French cuisine, wines and crafts. The Festival revels in its 140th anniversary this year and to honor that there will be 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 10am and run until 7pm. Admission is free. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk two minutes to Justin Herman Plaza.
Thousands flock to the streets for the 3rd annual 40th Street Block Party. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Get ready to rock outdoors to great live music including punk, jazz, blues plus special guests and DJs curated by Broken Guitars and 1-2-3-4 Go Records and indulge in delicious local food, beer and wine at the 3rd annual 40th Street Block Party in Temescal (40th Street between Webster and Opal). The free event starts at 11am and runs until 5pm. Take BART to MacArthur and walk seven minutes to the event.
One of Shakespeare’s most fascinating and complex anti-heroes comes to life in “Richard III.” Richard is a character who has his eyes on the crown — and his path to glory is marked by seduction, murder and betrayal. African-American Shakespeare Company Artistic Director L. Peter Callender stars as the unapologetic king you love to hate. Performances will run start this Saturday and also run on Sunday. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online
. Use discount code, BART15 for 15% off. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza
and walk 9 minutes to the Taube Atrium Theater.
The 8th Annual Castro Valley LGBTQ Pride Festival will take place at Castro Valley High School this Saturday at noon. This is a free family-friendly pride event featuring food, entertainment and nearly 60 vendors. Take BART to Castro Valley and walk 14 minutes to the event.
Cheer on France or Croatia in the World Cup Final Match watch party at Civic Center Plaza. Photo courtesy of SF Chronicle.
There will be a free watch party for the final game between France and Croatia on Sunday. The final will be hosted at Civic Center Plaza starting at 8am. On top of watching the matches, visitors can enjoy a mobile rock climbing wall, lawn games, food trucks and soccer activities for children. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 6 minutes to the 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. Come find the BARTable tent for a chance to win fun tchotchkes and free BART rides! Admission is free and the event runs from 11am to 4pm. Ride BART to either 16th St Mission or 24th St Mission and walk two minutes to Valencia St.
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