BARTable This Weekend: May 24-27
Editor's note: Free buses to replace trains between Concord and Pleasant Hill stations this weekend. Plan your trip at bart.gov before you go!
The upcoming long weekend is the perfect opportunity to spend time with family, friends and loved ones. Where to? We have some local suggestions that are just a BART ride away. And at the Carnaval SF Parade, don't miss the perennial favorite float in parades across the Bay - the BARTmobile!
A free lunchtime presentation takes place at San Francisco's City Hall. Photo courtesy of Dancer's Group.
Rotunda Dance Series: Carnaval SF & La Cumbiamba by Civic Center/UN Plaza
Get a jump start on Carnaval celebrations this weekend with a dance series in San Francisco's City Hall. The “Rotunda Dance Series” is a set of free monthly dance performances in San Francisco City Hall’s extraordinary rotunda. These free lunchtime presentations bring dance forms from across the globe to this magnificent venue. All performances are free and start at noon. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 7 minutes to City Hall.
Kings (ends June 16) by Ashby
“Kings” is a whip-smart political satire that centers on Sydney Millsap, a new member of congress who sees how money corrupts politics. She’s on a mission to do something about it, but a career senator and two ambitious lobbyists react to her efforts. See the dark comedy that Metro Weekly describes as a “snappy addition to the growing canon of fiction that pulls back the curtain on how the sausage gets stuffed in Washington, D.C.” Tickets range from $7-$40 and can be bought online. Take BART to Ashby and walk 5 minutes to the Ashby Stage.
Carnaval returns to the City on Saturday and Sunday.
Carnaval (May 25 and 26) by 16 St Mission or 24th St Mission
Carnaval is a global festive season that traditionally occurs before Lent, and usually involves a public celebration and parade. San Francisco has had its own Carnaval the past few decades, and this year will mark its 41st year. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy. Festivities will run across Saturday and Sunday, and you can catch the BARTmobile at the Grand Parade on Sunday at 9:30am. Take BART to 16th St Mission or 24th St Mission and the festival will be right there.
The 5th annual Burger & Brew Fest in Fremont takes place on Saturday.
Burger & Brew Fest by Fremont
Sorry in advance for making your mouth water -- but Fremont is celebrating its fifth annual Burger & Brew Fest this Saturday from 11am to 5pm, and there will be craft beer, burgers and sliders, gourmet snack vendors and even The Burger Throwdown, a burger cooking competition between local celebrity teams. There will also be local business booths, arts and craft vendors and other live entertainment. Admission is free but tickets for beer tasting packages range in price and can be purchased online. Take BART to Fremont and walk 10 minutes to Capitol Avenue between Liberty Street and Paseo Padre Parkway.
Ledisi will be perfomring at KBLX's Stone Soul Festival on Saturday. Photo courtesy of KMUW.
KBLX Stone Soul by Concord
Are you ready for two days of fantastic R&B and soul? Stone Soul is a weekend-long festival which includes some big name performers such as Maxwell, Ledisi, Eric Benet, Raheem DeVaughn and Kindred the Family Soul. The show runs from 12 to 9pm both Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $53.75-87.50 and can be purchased online. Take BART to Concord and ride the free shuttle to Concord Pavilion.
The annual Burmese New Year Water Festival is on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
Burmese New Year Water Festival by Union City
Join the Bay Area Burmese Community for the annual Burmese New Year Water Festival at Kennedy Park in Union City from 10am to 3 pm. There will be Burmese traditional dance performances, foods from various regions of Myanmar, a traditional ceremony of paying respect to community elders, cultural exhibitions, Thingyan Yein (group) dance and many other fun activities. Take BART to Union City and walk 5 minutes to Charles F. Kennedy Park.
Hans Hofmann: The Nature of Abstraction (ends July 21) by Downtown Berkeley
Hans Hofmann was one of the most significant figures of postwar American art, and played a pivotal role in the development of Abstract Expressionism. This exhibition presents a fresh, eye-opening look at Hofmann’s prolific and innovative artistic practice. Admission tickets range from $11 to $13. Admission is free for BAMPFA members; UC Berkeley students, faculty, staff; 18 and under; one adult per child 13 and under; and artists in the BAMPFA collection/MATRIX. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk 2 minutes to the museum.
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