BARTable This Weekend: August 27-29

Birds in the Moon, a mobile chamber opera will be making their west coast premiere on Saturday in Berkeley. Photo courtesy of Birds in the Moon.
 
Performances aplenty are the theme of this weekend and we think you'll be dazzled by the offerings. Experience opera on both sides of the Bay, a drone light show, a circus act, and much more. Did we mention it's the last weekend to ride the cable car for free? Get out there 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
Performances of "Tosca" are on Friday and Sunday this weekend. Photo courtesy of SF Opera.
 
San Francisco Opera's "Tosca" | Civic Center/UN Plaza
 
She lived for art. She lived for love. Now, the singer Floria Tosca faces a brutal police chief whose cruelty forces her to sacrifice everything she cares for — in the hope of surviving. Eun Sun Kim takes up the baton to conduct her first opera as music director — Puccini’s dramatic classic "Tosca." Be swept away by this tale of heartache and romance featuring some of opera’s most memorable musical moments. There will be two shows this weekend — the first on Friday at 7:30pm and the second on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets start at $26. Don't miss a special 25% off discount for our BARTable subscribers. To get there, ride BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk nine minutes to 301 Van Ness Ave.
 
 
After the Oakland A’s take on the New York Yankees, fans will be invited to sit on the outfield grass to enjoy the dazzling Star Wars Light Show on Friday. Sit on the field and take in the show as 200 drones fly high overhead in this MLB first. Tickets start at $25 for the game and it starts at 6:40pm. BART is the easiest and most convenient way to get to the game. See our guide here.
 
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. 27, enjoy music from Aki Kumar. 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.
 
Saturday
Circus Bella’s "Humorous" will delight and amaze audiences of all ages this Saturday. Photo courtesy of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.
 
 
"Humorous!" is a celebration of the fantabulous world we discover together through the simple gifts of wonder and laughter. Directed by Abigail Munn, the sixty-minute performance features the amazing Circus Bella Company — a diverse and talented troupe of acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, and clowns — performing to the live music of Rob Reich and the Circus Bella All-Star Band. The performance is free and starts at 12pm and repeats at 2:15pm. Take BART to Montgomery or Powell and walk seven minutes to the Yerba Buena Gardens Esplanade on Mission St between 3rd and 4th Streets.
 
 
Head to Downtown Berkeley for a festival of opera, music, spoken word, and dance. On Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3pm, there will be free performances on Harold Way. Capping off each day will be Birds in the Moon, a traveling chamber opera built into a state-of-the-art shipping container. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to Harold Way.
 
 
Four high school kids discover an old video game console and are drawn into the game's jungle setting, literally becoming the adult avatars they chose. What they discover is that you don't just play Jumanji - you must survive it. Join Lesher Center for the Arts on top of their garage for an outdoor showing of "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle." You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, dinner, and any other comforts of home. The movie begins at 8pm. Reserve your tickets today and bring your friends and family! Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 10 minutes to 1625 Locust St.
 
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
cable car
Play tourist in San Francisco for a day by riding a cable car this weekend. Photo courtesy of SFMTA.
 
 
It's the last weekend to ride the cable car for free, and Sunday is looking like a beautiful 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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