BARTable This Weekend: June 28-30
During the last week of SF Pride, San Francisco City Hall is lit at night in rainbow colors. Photo courtesy of San Francisco City Hall.
As June comes to a close, spend your weekend out celebrating summer at various Pride events, the Alameda County Fair or Bay Area festivals. Cool down in the evenings with a beautiful view of San Francisco City Hall and an outdoor movie in Hayward.
This year, march participants rally and campaign to demand that resources are allocated for trans and GNC people’s right to housing. Photo courtesy of Facebook
16th annual San Francisco Trans March at 16th St. Mission
Though Pride month is coming to an end, the celebrations don’t stop. This year’s annual San Francisco Trans March will be at Dolores Park. In the morning there will be a Youth & Elder Brunch starting at 11am, followed by a resource fair and performances, speakers and special guests. The march starts at 6pm and is an approximately 45 minute walk up Dolores Street and then along Market Street. But the fun doesn’t end with the march — there will be several after parties for all age groups; more details can be found online. Take BART to 16th St./Mission and walk 15 minutes to Dolores Park.
Tech in the Tenderloin Festival at Civic Center/UN Plaza
You don’t need your own VR machine to get a glimpse of crazy virtual worlds — local Bay Area tech companies and organizations are bringing out their coolest tech to share with the community at this year’s Tech in the Tenderloin festival. From 3D modeling to augmented and virtual reality, kids have the opportunity to learn more about emerging fields of technology, and try them out for themselves. The festival kicks off at 1pm and features other activities like face painting, a bounce house and balloon animals. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 6 minutes to the Kroc Center Gymnasium.
2019 Outdoor Movie Night Kick Off: Hotel Transylvania 3 at Hayward
Summer vacation also means monster vacations! Count Dracula is looking for love on a cruise boat in this third installment of “Hotel Transylvania,” and ends up falling for his archenemy’s great-granddaughter. The event starts at 6pm with music and local vendors and the movie begins after dark, around 8pm. Take BART to Hayward and walk three minutes to Hayward City Hall Plaza.
Ballet Flamenco with Carolina Lugo and Carolé Acuña at Powell Street
This mother-daughter duo takes the stage by storm with rhythmic clapping, castanets and impeccable footwork. The flamenco is a classic Spanish dance, and according to The San Francisco Chronicle, “Carolina Lugo is one of the top flamenco artists in San Francisco.” If you plan on dining, come an hour and a half early to ensure enough time to enjoy your New American bites and cocktails before the show. Take BART to Powell and walk five minutes to PianoFight theatre, restaurant and bar.
It’s the second weekend of Stacy Ross’s one woman performance of “The Year of Magical Thinking.”
The Year of Magical Thinking at Downtown Berkeley
California author Joan Didion has experienced no shortage of grief, which she beautifully pens about in her memoir, later adapted into a one-woman play, “The Year of Magical Thinking.” After losing her husband and the illness of their daughter, Didion creates delusions of “magical thinking” to protect herself from the “vortex” of what reality is. Stacy Ross performs in the Bay Area premiere of this play directed by Nancy Carlin and hosted by the Aurora Theatre Company. Friday and Saturday showings are at 8 pm and tickets can be bought online. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk two minutes to Aurora Theatre.
San Francisco City Hall Lights at Civic Center/UN Plaza
For all of Pride Week, from June 24 to 30, San Francisco City Hall will be brightly lit in rainbow nightly. But on Friday, in honor of the Trans March, City Hall will be blue, pink and white, in the colors of the trans flag. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk seven minutes to City Hall in the evening for a festive sight.
After Mindfulness Urban Retreat at Downtown Berkeley
Wondering what’s next after meditation and yoga? This two-day retreat centers on the steps after “mindfulness,” and explores the intersections of compassion, loving, kindness, inclusivity, acceptance, service and community engagement. Speakers from all over the world will discuss topics like social justice, Buddhism, ethics and education. All events take place on UC Berkeley’s campus, from panels at Zellerbach Hall to live performances at Sproul Plaza. Local restaurants, including Burma Superstar, will have food trucks and vendor tents on campus as well. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk about 10 minutes into the UC Berkeley campus.
Alameda County Fair at Dublin/Pleasanton
Funnel cakes, carnival games, kettle corn, petting zoos and more! The Alameda County Fair is back this summer — perfect for fun in the sun and warm summer evenings. This weekend features the Wine Fest; the Red, White and Blues Festival; and monster trucks. Tickets range from $10 to $15, with discounts and deals on certain days. Check the Fair website for tickets and more information. Take BART to Dublin/Pleasanton and catch the WHEELS Fair Shuttle (Route 52) to the fairgrounds.
San Francisco Pride Parade at Embarcadero
The 49th annual San Francisco Pride Parade starts at 10:30am, and is the largest gathering of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies in the U.S. Be a part of the celebration and join over 100,000 spectators to see colorful floats, bands, performers and others march down Market Street in unity and solidarity. A selected panel of judges will be awarding participants for creativity and engagement by a in categories that include “Absolutely Outrageous Contingents” and “Absolutely Fabulous Float Contingents.” Take BART to Embarcadero and the parade kicks off right there, at the intersection of Beale Street and Market Street. The route is eight blocks long, and concludes at 8th Street, a one-minute walk from the Civic Center/UN Plaza station.
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