BARTable This Weekend: June 14-16
These girls brought dad on BART and just look at how happy it made him!
Editor's note: On Saturday there will be single tracking in Pleasant Hill and Daly City, which will cause slight delays. On Sunday there will be system delays on the Yellow line (Antioch to SFO) due to important upgrade work, which you can read about here. Check BART's Trip Planner or download the Official BART App to plan your trip.
This weekend, give your dad what he really wants for Father's Day - an all-expenses-paid BART trip! We have several ideas on where you can take pa. Enjoy a ballgame with fireworks, watch cattle tromp through the streets at the Alameda County Fair or find a festival that suits his style. It's all right here and it's all close to BART.
Stay tuned after the A's game Friday night for a "Stranger Things" fireworks show. Photo courtesy of Gizmodo.
Oakland A's vs. Seattle Mariners by Coliseum
Catch the A's Friday night as they take on Marco Gonzales, Domingo Santana and the Seattle Mariners. But wait, there's more! After the game, stick around for a "Stranger Things" fireworks show. What's a "Stranger Things" fireworks show? You'll have to take BART to the Coliseum to find out. The game begins at 6:37pm.
Alameda County Fair (June 14-July 7) by Dublin/Pleasanton
The Alameda County Fair has no shortage of activities and things to check out: concerts, horse racing, shopping, contests, a carnival and an action sports arena, to name a few. It even offers specific festivals within the fairgrounds: ones for craft beer, wine and craft cocktails, all on separate days.
This weekend, admission is free on Opening Day, Friday until 3pm and dads are free until 5pm on Sunday. Take BART to Dublin/Pleasanton and catch the WHEELS Fair Shuttle (Route 52) to the Fairgrounds.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival by Montgomery St or Powell St
The YBG Festival is dedicated to presenting long-term and free arts and cultural programs that reflect the cultures and creativity of the Bay Area. This weekend, enjoy a comedic kids' show, "Pi Clowns", northwestern Indian "Garba" dance, and a Native Contemporary Arts Festival. All programs are outdoors, family-friendly and ADA accessible. Admission is free. Take BART to either Montgomery St or Powell St and walk 10 minutes to the gardens at 750 Howard St.
The annual North Beach Festival happens this Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Photo courtesy of Steven Restivo.
North Beach Festival by Montgomery St
One of the country's original outdoors festivals is now in its 65th year in historic North Beach. Enjoy over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food, live entertainment, and a blessing of the animals. The free event takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Ride BART to Montgomery St and walk 17 minutes to Grant Avenue and Vallejo Street.
Phono del Sol Music Festival by 24th St Mission
The Bay Area’s beloved Phono del Sol festival returns from a one-year hiatus on Saturday from 12-7pm at Potrero del Sol Park with one major change – the festival is now free and open to the public. Phono Del Sol promises a glorious summer afternoon filled with great music, food and fun. Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk 16 minutes to 1369 Potrero Avenue.
"Summer Saturdays on Waverly" Street Festival by Montgomery St
Join the Chinatown Youth Center for three weekends of family fun on June 15, June 29 and July 13. There will be dance performers, a balloon artist and bubble blower, unicyclist and juggler and more. The event is from 11:30am until 3pm. Take BART to Montgomery St and walk 12 minutes to Waverly Place in Chinatown.
Berkeley's Juneteenth celebration takes place on Sunday.
Berkeley Juneteenth by Ashby
Back on June 19, 1865, news reached Galveston, Texas that President Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation — which meant that slaves were freed from southern states in rebellion against the U.S. during the civil war. Slaves took to the streets and rejoiced in their newly found freedom. From then on, “Juneteenth” would forever commemorate African American freedom, and communities nationwide have taken part in celebrating this important day every year. Berkeley’s Juneteenth will offer live music, dance, spoken word, health screenings, two on two basketball, historical exhibits and more. Admission is free. Take BART to Ashby and walk five minutes to Alcatraz and Adeline.
Spend a delicious afternoon with Chef Tamearra Dyson of Souley Vegan, a critically-acclaimed Louisian Creole restaurant in Oakland. On the lower level of Macy's Union Square in the Cellar Demonstration Kitchen at 2pm, she will demonstrate how to create one of her favorite summer recipes, Spinach Tofu Pie. The event is free. Take BART to Powell St and walk four minutes to Macy's Union Square.
Kings (ends June 16) by Ashby
“Kings” is a whip-smart political satire that centers on Sydney Millsap, a new member of congress who sees how money corrupts politics. She’s on a mission to do something about it, but a career senator and two ambitious lobbyists react to her efforts. See the dark comedy that Metro Weekly describes as a “snappy addition to the growing canon of fiction that pulls back the curtain on how the sausage gets stuffed in Washington, D.C.” Tickets range from $7-$40 and can be bought online. Take BART to Ashby and walk five minutes to the Ashby Stage.
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