BARTable This Weekend: October 1-3

Oakland First Fridays are back. Photo courtesy of Oakland First Fridays.
 
This weekend, a very popular Oakland street festival finally returns, we kick off a trail challenge, and a celebrated theatre group puts a comedic spin on Shakespeare. Get out there and enjoy!
 
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Friday
Art by the Bay in Albany. Photo courtesy of Tom Holub.
 
 
From October 1-31, take the Bay Day Trail Challenge and connect, discover, and explore San Francisco Bay. There’s an experience for everyone with two ways to participate in the challenge: explore 25 miles of trails or complete 5 activities of your choice that connect you to the Bay. New this year, you can form a team with friends, family, or colleagues to compete and challenge one another.
 
Oakland First Fridays | 19th St/Oakland
 
After a long time away, Oakland First Fridays is finally back and ready for a COVID-safe reunion on October 1! From 5-9pm, Oakland’s KONO district (Koreatown/Northgate) takes over five blocks of Telegraph avenue with artisanal food and craft vendors, and performance 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.
 
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
Installed in 1994, the Oakland Firestorm Memorial has a plaque listing the names of those who died. Photo courtesy of Fotos by Flee.
 
 
The public is welcome to join the City of Oakland, the Oakland Fire Department and BART to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Oakland Hills Firestorm. The free event will be outdoors on the Rockridge BART Station plaza at the west entrance on October 2, 2021 starting at 10am. 
 
 
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.
 
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.
 
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
San Francisco African-American Shakespeare Company presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged" on Sunday. Photo courtesy of SF/Arts.
 
 
"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Abridged" is a sharp, agile and hilariously comic take on the works of the Bard, all of which find their way onto the stage at one moment or another. So, yes, 75 characters from 37 plays, performed by three actors in approximately 97 minutes. This free outdoor performance will take place in Thrive City, the 3.2-acre community gathering space surrounding Chase Center. The event begins at 11:30am. Take BART to Embarcadero or 16th St Mission and transfer to Muni. Your event ticket is your Muni ticket! Ride Muni to Chase Center for FREE with your event ticket (excludes the Cable Car). For more information on transportation, visit the Chase Center website.
 
 
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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