BARTable This Weekend: October 15-17

One of San Francisco's most fun block parties returns this Saturday. Photo courtesy of 20th Street Block Party.
 
It's another busy weekend in the Bay with lots of reasons to get out there and enjoy the offerings. Check out a new otherworldly immersive experience in San Francisco, catch an outdoor flick or two, or see live music at the return of this popular block party.
 
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
A new immersive exhibit, Nocturne X opens this Friday. Photo courtesy of Nocturne X.
 

New events

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.

 
"TRY HARDER!" is a Sundance selected doc that focuses on five students – four seniors and one junior – attending Lowell High School. The students, all high-achieving, struggle to feel competent in the elite school as they apply for college. The film treats each of its subjects with immense empathy, allowing the students to open themselves up to the audience in their process of discovering their authentic selves. The free show is playing at the PROXY Walk-In Theater in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. It starts at 6pm. RSVP and make sure to get there early to claim a good spot, enjoy a frosty brew from Fort Point Beer Company and tasty offerings from Al Carajo food truck. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk 10 minutes to 432 Octavia St.
 
 
"Fidelio", one of the most affirming and exhilarating of all operas, is Ludwig van Beethoven’s only opera. Disguised as a guard, one woman infiltrates a nightmarish detention center to unravel the mystery of her activist-husband’s disappearance. Enter a modern-day reflection of incarceration with director Matthew Ozawa’s brand-new production of this greatest first opera of all time. SF Opera is offering a special 25% discount to BARTable subscribers. Take BART to Civic Center/UN Plaza and walk seven minutes to 301 Van Ness Ave.
 

Events happening every Friday

 
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.
 
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
Disney's "Hocus Pocus" is playing this Saturday at Lesher Center for the Arts. Photo courtesy of Polygon. 
 

New events

 
After moving to Salem, Mass., teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) explores an abandoned house with his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend, Allison (Vinessa Shaw). After dismissing a story Allison tells as superstitious, Max accidentally frees a coven of evil witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy) who used to live in the house. Now, with the help of a magical cat, the kids must steal the witches' book of spells to stop them from becoming immortal. You are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, dinner, and any other comforts of home. The movie begins at 7:15pm. Reserve your tickets today and bring your friends and family! Take BART to Walnut Creek and walk 10 minutes to 1625 Locust St.
 
20th Street Block Party | 16th or 24th St Mission
 
The Mission's 20th Street corridor will once again be transformed into a free party to showcase and celebrate a diverse neighborhood that blends modern ideas with community traditions to create a new San Francisco experience. See eight live bands handpicked by Noise Pop and enjoy a curated food lineup from La Cocina. The fun happens from noon-6pm. Take BART to either 16th or 24th St Mission and walk 15 minutes to 20th and Harrison Streets.
 

Events happening every Saturday

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (until Nov. 7, 2021) | 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.
 
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
Sunday Streets is back this Sunday with "Phoenix Day." Photo courtesy of Sunday Streets.
 

New events

Sunday Streets' "Phoenix Day" | Multiple SF stations
 
Sunday Streets SF is back with five open streets destinations, a 20+ mile community bike ride, and dozens of neighbor-hosted block parties. Get ready to celebrate community, health, resilience, and car-free fun in the streets of San Francisco on October 17 from 12-5pm. From Valencia to Chinatown, Bayview to Tenderloin, community bike rides to block parties, Sunday Streets Phoenix Day will have something for everyone. Take BART to Montgomery St, Civic Center/UN Plaza, 16th or 24th St Mission, or Balboa Park depending on which event you'd like to attend.
 

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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