BARTable This Weekend: April 20-22
There’s plenty of BARTable events going on in Oakland and San Francisco this weekend. Whether you feel like seeing some art or performances, indulging on pizza or beer, or helping beautify Mother Earth, these local events will have you covered.
You may have seen various neon signs illuminated around San Francisco at night. But have you ever thought about their importance? San Francisco Neon and the Historic Neon Network have organized what might be the first-ever festival and symposium about neon signage, called “Neon Speaks”, and it’s happening this weekend. Friday’s and Saturday’s events will be held in San Francisco, and Sunday’s will be held in Oakland. If you have appreciation for the art of neon signs, or just want to learn more about them, this festival is for you. 3-day passes are $90.
BART stations: Montgomery St. (SF), Powell St. (SF), Ashby (Berkeley)
Have you ever been to an improvised musical? If not, your chance to do so is at Operavised! at the All Out Comedy Theater in Oakland. Operavised! is made up of classically-trained singers/improvisors who perform long-form, improvised musicals based on audience-suggestions, the whims of their accompanist and what each of them feel.
BART station: 19th St. (Oakland)
Walk time: 10 minutes
While Earth Day isn’t officially until Sunday, there are plenty of related events happening locally this Saturday.
Oakland’s Earth Day volunteers can help at approximately 100 sites across the city. Earth Day is Oakland’s largest annual volunteer cleanup event. Join over 3,000 volunteers and help beautify Mother Earth with activities such as litter pickup, graffiti removal, weeding, planting, and habitat restoration in parks, creeks and streets.
BART stations: Various across Oakland
“This is One Earth Friendly Party” is an all ages event happening at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco. The event will feature speakers, music, sustainable fashion shows, a green education center, an organic food court and more. Kids will have access to eco-activities ranging from arts and crafts to a bike-powered merry-go-round.
BART station: Civic Center (SF)
It’s the international record store day on Saturday, an annual event held on every third Saturday of April. Both major and independent label artists will have special, vinyl-only limited edition releases available at participating stores. Dozens of record stores in the Bay Area, such as the famous Amoeba and Rasputin in San Francisco, will be celebrating. There will also be some local stores hosting special events with DJ sets and giveaways. Here are the participating stores, and many of them are #sfbartable!
BART stations: Various across SF, Oakland, El Cerrito, Berkeley
For beer aficionados who love Hazy IPAs and sours: there’s a festival just for you happening in Oakland on Sunday. Attendees will get unlimited pours from 19 east and west coast breweries. There will be two sessions of around 300 people each:
Session 1: 11am - 2pm
Session 2: 3pm - 6pm
There will also be food and merchandise for purchase. The festival is a follow up to sold out “Juicy Brews” festivals in NYC and Pittsburgh, so don’t miss the chance to check out its Bay Area appearance. Tickets are $45 plus fees. Proceeds will also go towards local City Slicker Farms, which supports high-yield urban farms and community gardens — so you can feel less guilty about those beer calories!
BART station: 19th St. (Oakland)
Walk time: 12 minutes