BARTable This Weekend: Thanksgiving 2021

Boy, are we thankful that Thanksgiving 2020 is behind us! As we begin to return to activities and gatherings that resemble life before lockdown, we are thankful for riders who chose BART for their transit needs. Whether you decide to celebrate small or big this year, feel like giving back by donating food or time to a local food bank, taking in a live performance, or simply want to grab the kids and head outdoors, BARTable is here to get you where you need to be. Happy Thanksgiving from BARTable!

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A turkey makes its way over to Martin Canyon Creek Trail in Dublin. Photo courtesy of SFGate.

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Union Square Holiday Ice Rink | Powell Street

Ice skating on Thanksgiving? Yes, please! Not only will you get some fresh air and exercise, but you’ll beat the Black Friday crowds at this iconic San Francisco holiday hangout. Pick a time slot from 10am-11pm, purchase tickets here, and head to your nearest BART station. No need to worry about bringing skates; the rink provides them, in addition to some pros that are on hand for some help (at an additional cost). Take BART to Powell Street and walk four minutes to 333 Post St.

BARTable This Weekend FridayThe incomparable Tuck and Patti performing. Photo courtesy of Freight & Salvage.

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Tuck & Patti | Downtown Berkeley

For 41 years, husband- and wife-duo Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart have enchanted jazz fans with only two instruments—guitar and voice. They manage to fill any venue with uncompromising talent, powerful melodies, and passion for improvisational performance, and soulful gospel lyrics. Their appearance at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage is a welcome return to live performances for the duo and fans. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk four minutes to 2020 Addison St.

Rockridge Hollydays | Rockridge

Rockridge is your destination shopping and dining district throughout the holiday season! With live music every weekend (Fridays through Sundays) at Rockridge BART Plaza, visits from Santa Claus, Merry Minstrels, block parties, big sales, holiday activities, and more! This Friday, see the Revels Solstice Ensemble, Childrens Chorus & Merry Minstrels from 12-3pm. On Saturday, Aidan Moore plays from 11am-1pm; Santa Claus will make an appearance on College Ave from 1-4pm; and, DJ Zaman will play from 1-2:30pm. On Sunday, stop by to see Crisis from 1-4pm. Take BART to the Rockridge station and walk downstairs to College Ave.

Wormhole 9-Year Anniversary | 19th St/Oakland

This gathering of electronic music performers is a do-not-miss event for dance music fans. Think heavy bass, cinematic musical discourse, and experiences that take attendees down a transcendental highway of sound. Grab $20 tickets here and get ready for artists Chmura, Gladkill, and Turnion Sound. Take BART to 19th St/Oakland and walk seven minutes to 1743 San Pablo Ave.

The Golden Girls Live! The Christmas Episodes | 16th St Mission

Enjoy a new twist on an old classic television series at San Francisco’s Victoria Theatre. Rose, Dorothy, Blanche, and Sophia reenact scenes, tweaked with some holiday cheer and song. During “commercial breaks”, sing-along carols are projected on the screen and audience participation is encouraged. Photo ops with the actors commence after each show. This annual San Francisco drag show, now in its 15th year, has become a favorite holiday tradition. With Beach Blanket Babylon no more, maybe it’s time for these ladies to take the helm. Tickets start at $30; purchase tickets here. Take BART to 16th St Mission and walk one minute to 2961 16th St.

Events happening every Friday

Glow 2021: Discover the Art of Light (now until Jan. 30, 2022) | Embarcadero

Visit the Exploratorium this holiday season and enjoy the museum’s take on holiday lights. The exhibit is an interactive experience with lighted sculptures. Eight different artists created one-of-a-kind installations placed throughout the museum. Plan your visit around different family programming like Storytime Science. Children 4-12 are $19.95; teens and adults start at $24.95. Purchase your tickets here. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 15 minutes to Pier 15.

Dear San Francisco, A High Flying Love Story (through Dec. 2021) | Embarcadero

Club Fugazi’s modern circus production is intended to celebrate San Francisco’s reawakening and is full of local and international artists performing acts that defy gravity and logic. Set against a backdrop of original music and striking choreography, the show demonstrates San Francisco’s resilience through grace and physicality. Tickets start at $39; purchase your tickets here. Take BART to Embarcadero and walk 23 minutes to 678 Green St.

Wintertime (through Dec. 19) | Downtown Berkeley

Bay Area fans of live theater are celebrating Berkeley Rep’s first in-person performance in more than a year! The first production, “Wintertime”, is a comedic force, which is pretty much what happens when you assemble an eccentric family in a tight space for a winter weekend getaway. Les Waters directs the play, written by Charles L Mee. Ticket prices start at $39; purchase tickets here. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to 2015 Addison St.

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.

"Father/Daughter" at Aurora Theatre (through Dec. 12) | Downtown Berkeley

In its world premiere, "Father/Daughter," by playwright Kait Kerrigan, is a beautifully written contemporary romance. This show marks Aurora Theatre's return to live, in-person theatre, and they're very excited to be making live art again. Two actors play both pairs of lovers in this structurally inventive play that asks how our relationships with our parents and children impact our romantic lives. The show begins this Friday and tickets start at $40. Take BART to Downtown Berkeley and walk three minutes to 2081 Addison St.

"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.

BARTable This Weekend SaturdayThe Craneway Craft Fair happens in Richmond this weekend. Photo courtesy of Craneway Craft Fair.

New events

Craneway Craft Fair | Richmond

This annual fundraiser for public radio station KPFA is now in its 50th year and it happens this weekend on Saturday and Sunday. The cost of admission to this nationally recognized event supports the station’s programming, one of the few jazz stations available for free listening. With 200 juried artists exhibiting their craft, there is an abundant amount of art to admire and purchase. Bonus points for a beautiful view of the Bay at Richmond’s Craneway Pavilion. Purchase $12 tickets here. Take BART to Richmond and pick up the free shuttle to the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South.

Così Fan Tutte (through Dec. 3) | Civic Center/UN Plaza

SF Opera’s new production of this classic Mozart score is part two of the company’s Mozart-Da Ponte Trilogy. The opera’s story is the same (testing the powers of love), but the setting is different. The production takes the audience to a 1930s-era American country club. The company’s first opera in the trilogy, “Marriage of Figaro”, was set during colonial times. The series concludes with a futuristic “Don Giovanni” (summer 2022), demonstrating that Mozart’s operas transcend time. Purchase tickets, which start at $34, here. Take BART to the Civic Center/UN Plaza station and walk seven minutes to 301 Van Ness Ave.

Events happening every Saturday

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.

Hayward Farmer’s Market | Hayward

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.

Ferry Plaza Farmers Market | Embarcadero

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.

BARTable This Weekend SundayThe Union Square Menorah Lighting begins Nov. 28. Photo courtesy of The Jewish News of Northern California.

New events

Hanukkah in Union Square | Powell Street

Since 1975, the Bill Graham Menorah lighting has inspired and uplifted everyone with its message of miracles. The first lighting is Sunday, and events surrounding the lighting begin at 2pm. Gather at Union Square in the afternoon for food and festivities; or arrive later in the afternoon at 4:45pm, when the sun begins to set and the candles are officially lit. Free. Take BART to Powell Street and walk four minutes to 333 Post St.

Events happening every Sunday

Walnut Creek Farmers' Market | Walnut Creek

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 at the Ferry Building | Embarcadero

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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