BARTable This Weekend: August 20-22

The SF Symphony hits the stage with its live orchestra showcasing "Apollo 13". Photo courtesy of SF Symphony.
 
Summer is still here and the weekend is calling. We've got some nifty indoor and outdoor ideas to fill your weekend calendar to take advantage of the days ahead. Onward and enjoy!
 
Editor's Note: Please wear a mask and keep a physical distance of at least six feet while riding the trains or at an in-person event. Before you travel on BART, use our Trip Planner to get estimated arrival and departure times. Learn what to expect when you return to BART here.
Friday
Picnic on Telegraph
Find all kinds of fun at "Picnic on Telegraph" on Friday evening. Photos courtesy of Temescal Business District. 
 
 
Over 11 blocks of Telegraph Ave will close on Friday August 20 for “Picnic on Telegraph”. Temescal’s open streets festival is returning from 4-8pm and will feature live music, comedy, expanded outdoor dining, pop-up retail, and art. The event will bring Temescal’s businesses outdoors to the streets, and is perfect for music-lovers craving reggae, jazz or pop, foodies wanting some faves or to find something new, trend-setters looking for fall fashions, and all Oaklanders in need of a night out on “The Town.” Take BART to MacArthur and head north on Telegraph Ave. to discover all that’s waiting for you.
 
 
Featuring an epic, gripping score by acclaimed film composer James Horner, director Ron Howard’s Academy Award®-winning drama (Best Sound, Best Film Editing) recounts the harrowing true story of the aborted Apollo 13 lunar mission and NASA’s effort to return the jeopardized astronauts (Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton) to Earth safely.  Tickets begin at $45 with performances both Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm. 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. 20, enjoy music from BFF.fm DJ Miles Otway. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk five minutes to the Ferry Building.
 
 
To prepare for indoor programming that will begin in September, this final Friday of "Out Front" will bring a farewell party and celebration full of Soul, Funk, Blues, and Jazz from the bands and staff who have been a mainstay at the makeshift outdoor theatre throughout the pandemic. 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.
 
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.
Saturday
YBGF
See and hear Brazilian Claudia Villela at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival this Saturday. Photo courtesy of YBGF.
 
 
Claudia Villela seizes your ears with her extraordinary voice, a voluptuous instrument that can caress vowels with a velvet purr or deliver consonants with the percussive snap and rattle of a pandeiro. The Brazilian-born singer is also a capaciously inventive composer with a luminous body of songs that serve as ideal vehicles for her vocal flights. The longtime Bay Area resident performs with several fellow Rio transplants who will also be joined by a special guest or two from California. The performance is free and starts at 1pm. Take BART to Montgomery or Powell and walk seven minutes to the Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade on Mission St between 3rd and 4th Streets.
 
Mothership: Voyage Into Afrofuturism at OMCA | Lake Merritt

This multidisciplinary exhibition brings 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 is now open 11am-5pm at the Oakland Museum of CA. Reserved general admission tickets start at $12. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to 1000 Oak St.
 
 
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
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Play tourist in San Francisco for a day by riding a cable car this weekend. Photo courtesy of SFMTA.
 
 
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!
 
 
Sunday is a perfect day on the weekend to go for an adventure! If you’re looking for something different to do today, why not check out some of our past articles for inspiration. It is still summer after all, so how about ice cream? Our BARTable writers have identified “Five essential ice cream spots near BART.” Or, if it’s a margarita you’re after, we’ve got you covered there too. We’ve found “15 great places to grab a margarita” that take you to different spots around the Bay – why not take BART and try them all? Eating out is truly one of our favorite past times. Let us show you "12 of the Bay Area’s hottest new spots." If a bike ride, hike, or walk is in the forecast for you, check out our Outdoors page for ideas that may take you to a place you didn’t even know existed. Sunday truly is a fun day!
 
 
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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