Juneteenth celebrations, festivals and much more take place on both sides of the Bay this weekend, so no matter where you are, BART is here to take you there. Are you looking for ways to celebrate Father's Day on Sunday? Treat dad to a ballgame or challenge him to a round of mini golf. We have all the details below.
The Alameda County Fair starts Friday and runs until July 8. Photo courtesy of Alameda County Fair.
The Alameda County fair has no shortage of activities and things to check out: concerts, horse racing, shopping, contests, a carnival and an action sports arena, to name a few. On the music lineup are some legends like Blue Oyster Cult and Sir Mix-A-Lot. Tickets are $5-$40, and can be bought online.
There are various discounts and deals available, so check the website
for further details. Festival hours are 11am to 11pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Take BART to Dublin/Pleasanton
and catch the WHEELS Fair Shuttle (Route 52) to the Fairgrounds. *You can also win tickets to the fair from BARTable. Find out more here!
Filipino folk dance on your lunch break, an Afro-Venezuelan percussion/vocal ensemble, and a Native Contemporary Arts Festival showcasing California native talents are this weekend's performances at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Ride BART to Powell Street and walk five minutes to Yerba Buena Gardens.
Catch the A's Friday night as they take on Shohei Ohtani, Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. But wait, there's more! After the game, stick around for a dinosaur-themed fireworks show. What's a dinosaur themed fireworks show? You'll have to take BART to the Coliseum to find out. The game begins at 6:35pm.
From experienced dancers to newbies, everyone is invited to an evening of rhythm, grooving and Dancing Under the Stars. Dancers will kick-up their heels and pack Jack London Square for free dance lessons. The free show begins at 7:30pm. Take BART to 12th Street/Oakland City Center and walk 15 minutes to Jack London Square.
One of the country's original outdoors festivals is now in its 64th year in historic North Beach. Enjoy over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food, live entertainment, and a blessing of the animals. The free event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Ride BART to Montgomery Street and walk 17 minutes to Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the U.S., dating all the way back to June 19, 1865 when Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the enslaved were now free. San Francisco’s Juneteenth is one of the largest African-American celebrations in California, bringing historical awareness to the public, helping build self esteem for local African-American youth and providing ways for local vendors to showcase their craft. Admission is free. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 19 minutes to 762 Fulton St.
Amadou and Mariam perform June 15 and 16 at SFJAZZ.
The 36th Annual SFJAZZ Festival includes performance by Amadou and Miriam, Arturo Sandoval and more. Ride BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk to one of the nearby SFJAZZ venues.
Patchwork Show is Dear Handmade Life’s bi-annual makers festival showcasing local emerging artists, crafters and designers alongside artisan food, DIY craft workshops, gourmet food trucks and indie music in Oakland’s Jack London Square from 11am to 5pm. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk 13 minutes to the free event at Jack London Square.
Don Quixote loses himself in stories of chivalrous escapades and embarks on a quest of imagination, adventure, and Tejano music in Quixote Nuevo. Photo courtesy of Cal Shakes.
Visit the California Shakespeare Theater and take a journey to the fictional modern-day border town of La Mancha, Texas, where Don Quixote embarks on chivalrous escapades and a quest of imagination, adventure and Tejano music. Celebrated Latino playwright Octavio Solis has created this new version of Don Quixote, which will be played by Sesame Street’s Emilio Delgado. Tickets range from $20-$62 and can be purchased online.
Take BART to Orinda
and catch the free shuttle to the Cal Shakes amphitheater.
From 11am to 7pm, visitors can come listen to live music which will include some of the best of the African-American experience: drumming, jazz, blues and much more. There will also be specialty performances like dance and spoken word, along with historical exhibits and art for children. Admission is free. Take BART to Ashby and walk 4 minutes south of Martin Luther King Jr Way, toward Alcatraz Avenue and Adeline Street.
Come on down to SF's quirkiest mini-golf course, Urban Putt
, grab some brunchy Bar Bites and a round of golf, and Dad’s game is on us. No proof of fatherhood necessary – but you’ll need to buy a round for yourself. Take BART to 24th Street Mission
and walk six minutes to Urban Putt.
Don't miss the last day of an Obie Award-winning performance of a piece that includes a debate between Schreck and a local high-school debater over the future of citizens’ inalienable rights. Head over to Berkeley Repertory Theatre and go watch what New York Magazine called one of the 10 best shows of 2017. Tickets range from $30-$97 and can be purchased online
. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley
and walk 2 minutes to Berkeley Rep.
Photo courtesy of Berkeley Juneteenth.
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