BARTable This Weekend: July 20-22
Photo courtesy of Urban Air Market's Facebook page
This weekend is your chance to support local artists — like comedians at Chillarious or crafters at Urban Air Market — or talent from across the globe like dancers at the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival or players at the Rugby World Cup Sevens. It’s always a great time to celebrate the diverse communities and events the Bay Area has to offer. Get out there and have some fun laughing, dancing, crafting and cheering across San Francisco and the East Bay this weekend.
Chillarious at Ashby (Berkeley)
If you thought a comedy show at a mattress store couldn’t happen, think again. Berkeley’s Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom store hosts an annual comedy showcase where Bay Area comedians come and do stand up while guests get to lounge on luxurious organic mattresses and pillows. There will be a raffle prize and some refreshments served, but you can also BYOB. Just no red wine or dark beer! Must be 21 or older. Every third Friday of the month until October. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30pm and show starts at 8pm. Take BART to Ashby and walk 13 minutes to the store.
Photo courtesy of San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival's Facebook page.
San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival at Civic Center/UN Plaza
The San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival brings together world dance artists to broaden appreciation of world dance and music forms in the Bay Area.
Opening day started on July 6 and the festival is about to have its closing weekend. There will be performances by 10 Bay Area dance and music ensembles showing global traditions, such as South Indian Kuchipudi and Spanish Flamenco.
World Arts West has put on the festival annually the past 40 years and has a vision to work with artists, organizations and communities to advance cultural understanding and achieve support of the world’s diverse dance traditions.
Tickets range from $25 to $45 and can be purchased online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 9 minutes to the War Memorial Opera House.
Urban Youth Arts Festival at 24th St. Mission
Now celebrating its 22nd year, the Urban Youth Arts Festival held at San Francisco’s Precita Park provides a fun, safe space for street artists and youth to express themselves. There will be a kids arts and craft station, a community mural painting station on a 200-foot wall, performances by local musicians, food donated by Urban Services YMCA and art supplies donated by Blick and MacPherson’s Art Supplies. The event is from noon to 5pm and admission is free. Take BART to 24th St. Mission and walk 13 minutes to Precita Park.
Photo courtesy of UNDISCOVERED SF's Facebook page
UNDISCOVERED SF Creative Night Market at Powell Street
UNDISCOVERED SF Creative Night Market is having its season premiere for 2018. It’s an event featuring an outdoor food festival, live performances, creative retail/exhibits, a community pavilion and three full bars. It’s the only Filipino-inspired night market in San Francisco and it’s happening in SOMA Pilipinas — the city’s new cultural district.
Kultivate Labs, a nonprofit business accelateror, is the producer behind UNDISCOVERED SF; it hopes to jump-start economic activity and public awareness of SOMA Pilipinas. The event will be held every third Saturday of the month from 4 to 10pm. Admission is free, but a donation of $5 is suggested. Take BART to Powell Street and walk 6 minutes to 401 Minna St., right behind the San Francisco Chronicle building.
Pete the Cat at Downtown Berkeley
Looking for a family-friendly outing? Ride BART to Bay Area Children's Theatre to see "Pete the Cat." Ride BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 5 minutes to the BACT Berkeley Center, located at 2055 Center Street in Berkeley. Through Aug. 4.
2015 Rugby World Cup Sevens, Australia vs. Wales. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
Rugby World Cup Sevens at Embarcadero
We know the World Cup for soccer just ended, but there’s another serious World Cup happening right now — and it’s on our home soil! The Rugby World Cup sevens is bringing together the world’s top 24 men’s and 16’s women’s teams for a weekend of intense competition. Will New Zealand continue to defend its championship title it won in 2015 in Moscow? Or will Olympic Games gold medal winners Fiji and Australia take over? To find out, head over to AT&T Park and join a global group of Rugby fans. Tickets range from $82-$249 and can be bought online. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 24 minutes to the stadium, or take MUNI or a rideshare.
Urban Air Market at 19th St./Oakland
Sometimes it feels like we live in an e-commerce dominated world, but there are plenty of opportunities around us to support local businesses and find our latest treasures in person. The annual Bay Area Urban Air Market is returning to the East Bay and is a pop-up marketplace for sustainable design. There will be artisans and designers showcasing locally made, high-quality, sustainable goods such as apparel, accessories and home items. The event will be held in Oakland’s Hive courtyard, where visitors can complement their shopping with a craft brew from Drake’s or grab an ice cream scoop from Humphry Slocombe. Admission is free. Take BART to 19th St./Oakland and walk 6 minutes to 2335 Broadway.
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