Pedalfest Oakland

Weekend Picks: Oakland Pedalfest, Tomato Festival in Sacramento, Outdoor Symphony and Jazz

July 19, 2016

Celebrate the biggest cycling festival in Oakland, taste an array of tomato dishes at the Third Annual Sacratomato Festival in Sacramento, enjoy a free outdoor SF Symphony Concert in San Francisco, and have a waterfront picnic listening to live jazz in Suisun, all along the Capital Corridor!

Pedalfest: 7/23, Oakland Jack London Square

The biggest bicycle festival in the country takes place at Jack London Square in Oakland for Pedalfest, a celebration of bikes, cycling, food, and family! Showcasing what makes cycling such an amazing activity, this free event is for everyone from the recreational rider, commuter, and casual observer, to the seasoned cyclist. Enjoy bicycle-themed entertainment, including a pedal powered sound stage with live music, dare devil stunts, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and the most amazing collection of bicycles from vintage and hand-built bikes, to high-end customs, sturdy commuters and creative art bikes. Free Bike Valet will be available for all visitors. The event goes from 11am to 6pm on Saturday, July 23. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Square Station and you’re steps from all the fun.

Sacratomato Festival: 7/18 – 7/23, Sacramento

Get ready to savor the tomato in the Third Annual “Sacratomato Week” and enjoy a FREE family-friendly festival that will take place on the grounds outside of Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park on July 23, from 4 to 8 pm. The Sutter District bars and restaurants will be participating in the week-long celebration with tomato-themed menu options and drink specials bursting with the farm-fresh flavors that flourish in the agriculture-rich region. There will be plenty of things to do for the whole family, including a fun and lively salsa making competition; hands-on “Tomato Patch” area for kids; cooking demonstrations by the area’s talented top chefs; a variety of popular Midtown Farmers Market vendors; and live music and an entertainment stage. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento Station. You can take Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) from the train station with a free transfer from the Capitol Corridor.


SF Symphony Outdoor Concert: 7/24, San Francisco

Join the San Francisco Symphony for the Second Annual Outdoor Community Waterfront Concert on the grassy plaza in front of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27, from 12 to 2pm, featuring a gripping program including Shostakovich’s rousing Festive Overture, and Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concerto with pianist Makoto Ozone. Audience members are encouraged to bring blankets and picnics to enjoy during the performance at this free event. Valet bike parking will also be available. To get to there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, transfer to downtown San Francisco. From any of these San Francisco bus or BART stops, you can walk or take public transit using Google Maps.

Waterfront Jazz Series: 7/24, Suisun

Spend a lazy summer Sunday afternoon enjoying live jazz music on the shores of Suisun Marina with the cool breezes from the delta at the Harbor Plaza in Suisun. On July 24 from 3 to 5 pm, Dalt Williams Quintet will be featured as part of the Suisun Waterfront Jazz Series. So bring a blanket, a picnic basket, family, and friends for an afternoon of great music and picnicking. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Suisun Station, and you’ll be a short walk from it all.