BARTable This Weekend: June 8-10
We’ve got jazz, folk, film and live painting festivals all at our fingertips this weekend — along with dance lessons, an art walk, a street fair and more. Don’t be tempted to stay inside this weekend, there’s too much to explore and enjoy!
SFJAZZ Festival at Civic Center/UN Plaza
SFJAZZ’s globally renowned jazz festival is celebrating its 36th year this month. Over the span of 13 days there will be 43 different shows at five various venues around Hayes Valley in San Francisco. This is the festival’s first weekend, and the artists playing on Friday are Kendrick Scott Orange, Irma Thomas & The Professionals and Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers with Bobby Black. Venues, times and ticket prices vary for each show. Tickets can be bought online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk to one of the venues in Hayes Valley, depending on the show.
Photo from the QWOCFF website.
2018 Queer Women of Color Film Festival at 24th St. Mission
June is Pride month, and the annual Queer Women of Color Film Festival is always held two weeks before SF’s Pride Sunday. The focus of this year’s festival is “Indigenous Futures.” The festival will premiere 20 films in three screenings from June 8-10, and describes the films as a “barometer for our revolutionary tomorrow.” There will be subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing and ASL interpretations, along with other forms of disability access. Admission is free. Take BART to 24th St. Mission and walk 12 minutes to the Brava Theater.
Dancing Under the Stars at 12th St./Oakland City Center
Have you kept thinking about when you’re finally going to take some dance lessons? Well, Jack London Square is hosting a free summer dance lesson series every Friday night until the end of August. Here’s your chance to learn some moves from professional dance instructors and enjoy dancing outside under the night sky. Friday’s lesson will be Pop (Michael Jackson night). From 7:30 to 8pm is the dance lesson, and 8 to 9pm a mixed music dance party. Take BART to 12th St./Oakland City Center and walk 17 minutes to the square.
Battle of the Canvas at West Oakland or MacArthur
This live painting festival is making its first appearance in Oakland. It was originally produced in Philadelphia with the aim to expose, support and celebrate local artistry. WAXXED and the Bay Area Mural Arts program have partnered to bring it to the Bay, and Saturday’s event will have 25 artists live paint under the theme “The Oakland Experience: What’s Your Imprint?”. The battle will last for four hours and the audience will judge each piece. Each ticket can grant one vote, and all pieces will be auctioned at the end of the night, starting at $100. Festival hours are 11am to 11pm. Tickets range from $15-$50 and can be bought online. Take BART to West Oakland or MacArthur stations and take a 10-minute Lyft or bicycle ride to the venue.
Photo courtesy of Yerba Buena Alliance's Facebook page.
Yerba Buena Art Walk at Montgomery Street or Powell Street
San Francisco’s Yerba Buena neighborhood is filled with world class museums and galleries. On Saturday, the Yerba Buena Alliance is presenting the 11th annual Art Walk, which offers a way to explore the neighborhood and soak up its art for free. Attendees can pick up their Yerba Buena Art Walk Passport to get stamped at each location. Those who get stamped at each stop will be entered to win the grand prize: a pair of guest passes to each participating institution.
Visitors can hang out at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival from 1 to 2:30pm before the walk. The walk portion lasts from 3 to 6pm, and then from 6 to 7:30pm is the after party and prize drawing at the American Bookbinders Museum.
Admission is free, but RSVP is needed. Take BART to Montgomery Street or Powell Street and walk 10 minutes to 750 Howard St.
2018 San Francisco Free Folk Festival at 16th St. Mission
The San Francisco Free Folk Festival has been around since 1977, and is an all-volunteer effort. It’s organized by the San Francisco Folk Music Club, which is an organization of singers, instrumentalists, performers, songwriters and more. The 42nd annual event will be a full day of folk music, dance and storytelling workshops, along with crafts, vendors and family-friendly fun. Admission is free. Take BART to 16th St. Mission and walk 11 minutes to Everett Middle School.
The 15th annual Temescal Street Fair will feature live music and entertainment on three stages, food from popular food trucks and Temescal eateries, craft beer and business and community booths. There will be a Kinetic Arts Center Circus stage, Salsa in the Street live music and local musicians at the 45th St. Jazz Stage, among other entertainment. The family-friendly fair will have a Fun Zone and Carnival rides for kids. Enjoy the festival from noon to 6pm. Admission is free. Take BART to MacArthur (Oakland) and walk 9 minutes to 4430 Telegraph Ave. in Oakland. There will also be free Valet Bike parking for those arriving on two wheels!
Flyer from the CUESA website.
CUESA’s 25th Birthday Bash at Embarcadero
CUESA, the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, is a nonprofit whose mission is to cultivate a sustainable food system. It operates many local farmers markets and educational programs, and on Sunday from 6 to 9pm it’s having its 25th birthday party. For its birthday, the Ferry Building will be transformed and feature a feast of unlimited food and drink crafted by 45 restaurants and 20 spirit companies, wineries and breweries. There will also be birthday surprises, hands-on activities, a silent auction, live music and more. Come and mingle with CUESA’s community of farmers, chefs and change makers. Tickets range from $140-$165 and can be bought online. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 4 minutes to the Ferry Building.
Craft Spirits Carnival at Powell Street
If you’re looking for handcrafted, ultra-premium spirits from around the world, the Craft Spirits Carnival in San Francisco is the place to be. The event is on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend and will feature 100 beverages to choose from such as absinthe, vodka, whiskey and more. Each ticket includes entry into the Craft Beer Saloon — an area with unlimited tastings from craft breweries from the Bay Area and beyond. Tickets range from $100-$150 without fees and include admission, a tasting glass and unlimited tasting. Hours are from 2 to 5pm. 21 and older only. Take BART to Powell Street and walk 4 minutes to the Metreon. Please remember to drink responsibly, and have fun!
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