BARTable This Weekend: August 13-15

Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism is a new exhibit at OMCA. Photo courtesy of OMCA.
 
It's the weekend and once again you're looking for things to do. We have you covered with everything from a legendary film composer symphony performance to a popular annual parade and festival gone virtual this year, plus several community events around the Bay.
 
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Friday
The Music of John Williams is at the SF Symphony this weekend. Photo courtesy of SF Symphony.
 
 
From "Star Wars," to "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" and "Jurassic Park" ― some of the most epic film scores of all time have been written by someone widely regarded as the greatest film composer in history: John Williams. Relive the magic of blockbuster classics when the San Francisco Symphony fills the hall with the music of Williams’ most legendary film scores ― the perfect summer outing for music lovers and film buffs alike. Tickets begin at $70 with the performance at 7pm. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk seven minutes to Davies Symphony Hall at 201 Van Ness Ave.
 
Ferry Fridays: Music on the Plaza | Embarcadero
 
Join the Ferry Building in San Francisco for free weekly live music from 3-6pm on the Ferry Building’s Back Plaza. There will be local Bay Area bands and DJs all summer long. Grab your favorite refreshments from inside the building and enjoy the outdoor dining area with picture perfect bay views. On Aug. 13, enjoy music from Bay Area Jazz Mobile – Gaea Schell and her band. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
 
Bay Area Walls at SFMOMA | Montgomery St
 
SFMOMA presents a series of commissions by local artists that actively engage with pressing issues of our time. Many of 2020’s inaugural projects delved into the consequences of a year of social isolation and unrest, polarizing news, racial injustice, and economic crisis, all against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now ongoing, the program is designed to support local artists who are keenly attuned to our current moment. Reserved timed tickets start at $19 and can be ordered online. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk three minutes to the museum entrance at 151 Third St.
 
 
On Friday and Saturday night, enjoy an evening of socially-distant drinks and dining at Out Front at The UC Theatre, featuring live music from a special guest Friday night and Piwai on Saturday night. It's free to attend from 6:30-10:30pm. Capacity will be limited to ensure the safety and comfort of guests and neighbors, so go early to snag a table! Enjoy cocktails, beer, and wine with friends and family at the street bar, and a selection of food items from Cali Alley and other neighborhood restaurants. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk four minutes to 2036 University Ave.
 
Saturday
The Pistahan Parade and Festival goes virtual this year. Photo courtesy of Pistahan SF.
 
 
On Saturday and Sunday, experience San Francisco’s 28th annual Pistahan Parade and Festival, a global celebration of Filipino community, culture and cuisine — reimagined as a digital festival this year! The parade and festival happen between 11am-3pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Visit the official Pistahan website for the live stream and information on how you can participate in the celebration.
 
Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism at OMCA | Lake Merritt

This multidisciplinary exhibition will bring together art, music, literature, film, and more that express a present and future where Black voices are centered. Mothership will continue OMCA’s commitment to elevating stories and ideas that inspire a more expansive future by exploring the ways Afrofuturism re-envisions the past and imagines new possibilities. The exhibition debuts this Saturday at the Oakland Museum of CA and is open 11am-5pm. Reserved general admission tickets start at $12. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to 1000 Oak St.
 
 
The Rockridge District in Oakland welcomes you and your family to Rock-N-Stroll, a community celebration on the Second Saturday of each month starting on August 14. Retailers, restaurants and service providers will be offering big sales, live music, art and entertainment as you shop, eat, and enjoy the beautiful neighborhood. Check it out this Saturday from 10am-8pm. Take BART to Rockridge and walk down College Ave right outside the station.
 
ChoreoFest at Yerba Buena Gardens | Montgomery St or Powell St
 
ChoreoFest 2021 highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene. Nine local companies will activate and enliven the beloved downtown park with special site-specific performances. The performance is free and starts at 1pm. Take BART to Montgomery St or Powell St and walk seven minutes to the Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade on Mission St between 3rd and 4th Streets.
 
Come out and join the good food and fun every Saturday! For over 20 years, the farmers market in Hayward has been the place for the local community to get their fill of fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The Hayward Market features over 35 farmers, food purveyors, and artisans selling their produce and goods. Market runs from 9am-1pm. Take BART to Hayward and walk three minutes to the market on Watkins between B and C Streets.
 
 
SF’s Chinatown’s iconic Grant Avenue is closed off to traffic and cars for a pleasant walkway every weekend (11am-5pm). Enjoy a historic street stroll, outdoor dining, and a cultural shopping experience. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk four minutes to the Grant Avenue Chinatown entrance.
 
SoMa Outdoor Comedy | Montgomery St
 
The Setup and Don't Tell Comedy are combining forces to give you the best live outdoor comedy experience in San Francisco! Two shows every Saturday, 7pm and 8:45pm Experience the top performers in San Francisco as well as traveling headliners from Los Angeles showcasing their funniest material. With two of the largest comedy forces in San Francisco collaborating, this will be an epic series that is not to be missed. Comedians from CONAN, America's Got Talent, and HBO are sure to leave you with a night to remember. Tickets start at $30. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk five minutes to the Gasser Garden at 176 2nd St.
 
 
The Ferry Plaza Farmers Market is widely acclaimed for both the quality and diversity of its fresh farm products, and artisan and prepared foods. Some of San Francisco’s best chefs, and most famous farmers, can be seen at the market that is known as one of the top markets in the country. While you’re there, pop inside the Ferry Building to grab a coffee at Blue Bottle and a tidbit to go with it at one of the resident vendors – you won’t be sorry you did! Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
 
Sunday
The San Francisco Cable Car Museum is one of our recommended stops in our new feature. Photo courtesy of BARTable staff.
 
 
Have you heard? The SFMTA cable car is running again in San Francisco after being out of service since March 2020 due to the pandemic. During the month of August, rides are free, and Sunday is the perfect day to experience this historic landmark. Face masks are required, and all lines are running from 7am-10:30pm. There's lots to see along the cable car routes and we'll show you some of our favorite spots to visit when playing tourist in the City. Ride BART to Powell St, and then make a quick and easy transfer to Muni. Let's go!
 
 
Fog City Flea is excited to be part of your visit to SF's historic Ferry Building. Every Sunday from 10am-5pm, this curated market of makers and merchants from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond offer their very best in handcrafted jewelry, apparel, accessories, apothecary, housewares, furnishings, and well-edited vintage. The event is in Suite 37 (the old Sur La Table space) and is free. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
 
 
With the market’s mission to support the development of local and sustainable farming, this is the place where the community goes to show their love to the farmers, family-owned food producers and artisans that live and work where we live and work. Open every Sunday from 9am-1pm year-round, you will find fresh flowers, local honey, farm fresh produce, coffee, baked goods, and more. Grab what you need for the week, snag a snack and a coffee and enjoy some local entertainment. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk three minutes to the market on Locust St.
 
San Jose Berryessa Flea Market | Berryessa/North San José
 
The San Jose Berryessa Flea Market is steps from our Berryessa/North San José station. The Flea Market is a not-to-be-missed San Jose tradition where "one person's junk is another person's treasure." With over 120 acres of shopping, activities, and food vendors, there's bound to be fun around every corner. The market is currently open from Wednesday, Friday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. Walk-in admission is $2-3 depending on which day you go, and the entrance is located near Garden at the Flea and the East Lot.
 
Heart of the City Farmers' Market | Civic Center/UN Plaza
 
This farmers' market is a uniquely independent, farmer operated, non-profit farmers' market located year-round on Sundays and Wednesdays in San Francisco’s United Nations Plaza. An iconic and beloved community resource, the market supports and sustains small farmers and makes fresh food accessible for all. The market is open every Sunday from 7am to 5pm and on Wednesdays from 7:30am to 5:30pm – rain or shine. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk three minutes to UN Plaza/Civic Center.

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