Weekend Picks: San Jose Scavenger Hunt, Oakland Sneaker Culture Exhibit, Berkeley Jazz Search West, and San Francisco Macy’s Flower Show

March 23, 2017

Spring is in the air and a weekend full of events celebrating the blooming season await along the Capitol Corridor! Go on a scavenger hunt in San Jose, experience the sneaker culture exhibit in Oakland, watch rising jazz stars compete in Berkeley, and enjoy spectacular floral displays welcoming Spring in San Francisco!

Scavenger Hunt Adventure: 3/24, San Jose

Bring the whole family and head over to San Jose for a day of fun at the Scavenger Hunt Adventure on Friday, March 24. Channeling the excitement of the Amazing Race, the city of San Jose will turn into a giant game board with a three-hour city tour, all self-guided by smart phones from 10am to 8pm. With 15 clues and two to three hours to finish, teams will be able to start anytime from the Children’s Discovery Museum and go on a self-paced walking adventure to discover hidden art, historic churches, and famous museums. The scavenger hunt route will also show lost history of the tech town, well-known and overlooked gems of the city while solving clues and completing challenges along 1.3 miles. The scavenger hunt price is $49 per team of 2 to 5 people and you can redeem your ticket as a Prepaid Code online. To get there, take the train to the San Jose Diridon Station. The museum is accessible by the VTA, with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor. Public transit options can be found on Google Maps.

Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture: 3/25 — 4/2, Oakland

Come to the Oakland Museum of California this weekend to view “Out of the Box: The Rise of Sneaker Culture”. In its second to last weekend, this fun exhibit features over 140 iconic and rare sneakers from well-known brands such as Nike, Puma, Adidas, and Converse, and worn by NBA stars and other style icons. Through photography, film footage, and illustrations, the exhibit, which ends on Sunday, April 2, looks at how sneakers make a statement in fashion and sports. The museum is open from 11am to 9pm on Friday, and from 10am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. There is a special fee for this exhibit of $4 in addition to the regular admission. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Station, and connect to AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Lake Merritt stop, which is just a short walk from the museum.

Jazz Search West: 3/26, Berkeley

Come and hear some of Bay Area’s Jazz talents compete for awards in Berkeley at Jazz Search West 2017. On Sunday, March 26, from 6pm to 10pm, 16 contestants — adults and teens 15 and up — will be performing to compete for a coveted prize. Each contestant will have a professional rhythm section and will receive feedback from a panel of prestigious judges. Three finalists will be chosen at the end of the evening with the help of audience voting and will move on to perform at the Grand Finale at Yoshi’s Oakland . Top winners will be awarded prizes designed to enhance their musical career such as full tuition to Jazz Camp West, a scholarship to the California Jazz Conservatory, demo CD, recording studio time and performance opportunities. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance online. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley Station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Downtown Berkeley stop, which is just a short walk from the venue.

Macy’s Flower Show: 3/26 — 4/9, San Francisco

Welcome the season of renewal with a celebration of flowers at the annual Macy’s Flower Show in San Francisco beginning Sunday, March 26 to Sunday, April 9. The iconic Macy’s marquee store in Union Square will be transformed into breathtaking organic floral scenes with blooms, fantasy flowers and lush plants with nearly 130 varieties of flowers, trees and plants from around the world during the two-week exhibition. This year’s theme, “Carnival” will be celebrating the color and whimsical motifs by nostalgic representations of The Midway, The Fun House, Tunnel of Love. The show’s centerpiece — a carousel-inspired praxinoscope — will feature images of moving merry-go-round horses projected from a flat disk by a rotating mirror of old carousels and orchestral music from Wurlitzer organs. Taking root throughout the 1st floor of Macy’s Union Square, the gardens are planted into specially designed and full-scale presentations. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville Station to the Transbay Temporary Terminal. You can also take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station and connect with BART, and get off on Powell Street Station, which is just a short walk to Union Square.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo courtesy of Macy’s Northwest Media