BARTable This Weekend: Nov. 5-7

Ice skating is back in SF. Photo courtesy of Union Square Ice Rink.
It's a new month and with it comes a new slate of events for you to enjoy. This weekend, hear some soulful sounds at an outdoor Oakland street festival, see an artistic dance performance in San Francisco, or take advantage of free admission to this popular museum.
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Oakland's First Fridays November theme is "Attitude of Gratitude." Photo courtesy of First Fridays.

New events

Oakland First Fridays | 19th St/Oakland

After a long time away, Oakland First Fridays is finally back and ready for a COVID-safe reunion! This Friday, from 5-9pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) takes over five blocks of Telegraph avenue with artisanal food and craft vendors, and performances and activities for the entire family. People come from across the Bay Area and beyond to see and experience art, be inspired, eat great food, enjoy live music, and stroll through the amazing, eclectic city of Oakland. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland, stroll a few blocks up Broadway to West Grand and turn left, the main entrance is two blocks down at Telegraph Avenue.

Events happening every Friday

Nocturne X Immersive Exhibition (now until Jan. 7, 2022) | 24th St Mission
Opening October 15, adventurers of all ages are invited on a journey to a massive otherworldly forest that responds to touch, sound, and movement. This expansive exhibition is home to hundreds of bioluminescent sculptures and unique interactive installations created by the newly formed Bay Area-based collective Numina Studio. Tickets start at $20. Take BART to 24th St Mission and walk two minutes to 2665 Mission 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.
See the premiere of "Here. Now.", an artistic dance performance at Pier 15 in SF. Photo courtesy of The Exploratorium.

New events

Spend a day along the Embarcadero and stop by Pier 15 to see the world premiere of "Here. Now.", an hour-length outdoor dance production put on by Alyssa Mitchel, her company of ten dancers and the Exploratorium. This outdoor collaboration is a fusion of artistic styles by artists of diverse backgrounds. Ten dancers will guide the audience through a dynamic meditative journey at The Exploratorium’s Buckyball and outdoor plaza. This free event happens on Saturday at noon and Sunday at 1pm and 3:30pm. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 13 minutes to Pier 15.
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square (through Jan. 17) | Montgomery St or Powell St
After a year on hiatus, the ice skating is back in the heart of San Francisco! With the holidays approaching, begin the celebrating with a traditional visit to the rink for some seasonal fun. Skating at Union Square is available through January 17 and is only a six-minute walk from either Montgomery St or Powell St station. Don't know how to skate? No problem! Every Saturday and Sunday (except Christmas and New Year's Day), from 8-9am, join the fun with free lessons courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. For all other times, tickets start at $13 and are available online.
Experience Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic masterpiece, "Four Seasons," through an all-strings concert at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. Bay Area native and violin virtuoso Alexi Kenney leads a conductor-less first half, with the concert concluding with Jessie Montgomery’s "Starburst plus Death and the Maiden," a piece that explores the range of human emotions, from dark and heavy to positive and optimistic. Tickets start at $44. There are two shows this weekend -- the first on Saturday at 7:30pm and the second on Sunday at 4pm. Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 10 minutes to 1601 Civic Dr.

Events happening every Saturday

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (final weekend) | Montgomery St
Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor. Featuring a fast-paced, wildly funny and touching story and a truly fresh and vibrant score, this bee is one unforgettable experience. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents (all portrayed by adult actors) vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show takes place at the Children's Creativity Theater until November 7. Take BART to Powell St and walk seven minutes to 221 4th St.
San Francisco Chinatown Walkway Weekends (through Dec. 2021) | Montgomery St
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.
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.
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.
Spend some time in Oakland Museum of California's (OMCA) gardens this weekend for Free First Sundays. Photo courtesy of OMCA.

New events

The Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) brings together collections of art, history and natural science under one roof to tell the extraordinary stories of California and its people. OMCA’s Galleries of California Art, History, and Natural Sciences, as well as the gardens, are all open and free on Sunday! The museum is open from 11am-5pm. Take BART to Lake Merritt and walk two minutes to 1000 Oak St.

Events happening every Sunday

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.
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.
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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