BARTable This Weekend: Sept. 14-16
It doesn't get much more BARTable than this! Rockridge's "Out & About" Street Festival takes place right outside the Rockridge station. Photo courtesy of Carolina Abolio.
It's another jam-packed weekend of events and festivities. Luckily for you, we compiled all our top picks into one convenient list.
The best food in the Bay will be present at Oakland's Eat Real Festival, which runs from Sept. 14-16. Photo courtesy of Eat Real Festival.
Eat Real Festival at 12th St/Oakland City Center
Oakland’s Eat Real Festival combines the vibes of a state fair, a street-food festival and a block party to celebrate some of the area’s best local food. All food at the festival costs $10 or less and incorporates regionally-sourced and sustainably-produced ingredients. Some of the food featured will be BBQ, falafel, salads, noodles, ice cream and more. There will also be 40+ craft beers, wines and cocktails available. Admission is free. Take BART to 12th St/Oakland City Center and walk 15 minutes to Jack London Square.
Mariachi Festival at Hayward
Experience a fun night of Mariachi music in Downtown Hayward. There will be live music from a variety of amazing Mariachi groups. Food and beverages will also be available for purchase. Bring out the whole fam from 5-9:30pm for a night of good music and food. The event is free. Take BART to Hayward and walk seven minutes to the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.
The Autumn Moon Festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 11am-6pm.
Autumn Moon Festival at Montgomery St
Visitors and locals unite at this festival which celebrates the rich heritage of the city’s Chinatown. Chinese performers and booths stocked with Asian arts and crafts will be present. Try the staple treat of the holiday: different varieties of mooncakes — which are traditionally made with red bean or lotus seed paste and yolks or salted duck eggs. Admission is free. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk ten minutes to California St. and Grant Ave.
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival at Lafayette
See more than 250 fine arts and crafts booths, along with indulging in food from local restaurants and quality wines and microbrews. There will also be three stages playing continuous music such as rock, blues, country and jazz throughout the two-day event. The event begins on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 10am to 7pm and continues Sunday, Sept. 16 from 10am to 6pm. Admission is free. Take BART to Lafayette and hop on a free shuttle that will take you to the festival.
Dragon Boats glide across the lake at the Dragon Boat Festival. Photo courtesy of David Yu.
Northern California Dragon Boat Festival at Lake Merritt
Cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as teams from all over Northern California race to the beat of Chinese drums on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15-16. This two-day, admission-free festival brings a weekend of world-class dragon boat racing, spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and crafts vendors, and kid-friendly activities in Dragon Land where games and arts & crafts await. The event runs from 10am until 5pm each day. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk eight minutes to the lake.
Italian Festival “Festa Coloniale Italiana” at Montgomery St
Come and enjoy continuous live music, authentic Italian cuisine, wine tasting, Italian dancers and an expert pizza toss by 12-time World Champion and restaurateur Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana of North Beach. The event is free and runs from 10am to 6pm. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk 20 minutes to Union and Stockton Streets.
For Colored Girls at Civic Center/UN Plaza
Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-Winning choreo-poem begins this Saturday at the African-American Shakespeare Company, and the piece speaks proudly of what it means to be a woman of color in the 21st century. Actress, teacher and director Elizabeth Carter will helm the opening production. Tickets are $35 and can be bought online. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 11 minutes to Taube Atrium Theater.
Fiesta De Las Américas takes place on Sunday in the Mission. Photo courtesy of Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.
Calle 24 “Fiesta De Las Américas” Street Fair at 24th St Mission
The Calle 24 Latino Cultural District presents the second annual Fiesta de las Américas, taking place within the 24th Street corridor, in the heart of the Mission District. The event will be a sidewalk art stroll style festival with delicious Latino food, music, lowriders, performances and family activities. The event is free and runs from 11am to 5pm. Take BART to 24th St Mission and you’re there.
Rockridge “Out & About” Street Festival at Rockridge
From a business district to a festival, nearly a mile of College Avenue in Oakland will be featuring gourmet food and drinks from local restaurants and food trucks, live music, wellness activities, kids’ activities, and a chef stage. The fun at this free event begins at noon and runs ‘til 6pm. Take BART to Rockridge and walk one minute to the festival.
Concord Antique & Collectibles Faire at Concord
Looking for a-one-of-a-kind treasure? Come check out the antiques and collectibles at the Concord Todos Santos Plaza park from 9am to 4pm on third Sundays from April to October in 2018. Admission is free. Ride BART to Concord and walk eight minutes to Todos Santos Plaza.