Weekend Picks: Oaktober Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Suisun Art, Wine, Chocolate Festival, and Filipino American History Month

September 29, 2016

This weekend, take the Capitol Corridor to celebrate Oktoberfest, Oakland style, listen to bluegrass in San Francisco, enjoy chocolate, art and wine in Suisun, and get a start on Filipino American History Month at the Asian Art Museum in Francisco! So much to do along our route!

Oaktober Festival in the Diamond: 10/1, Oakland

Bring out the lederhosen and make your way to Oakland on Saturday, October 1, for Oaktoberfest, a day of music, art, food, festivities, and world-class beer! From 11am to 6pm, there will be four stages of music; a traditional Biergarten with 200 craft beers served in the tented beer hall; a wine pavilion; Eco Fair; Kid’s Area with Root Biergarten; a German- style homebrew competition; food trucks; pop-up kitchens; and lots of traditional German food. Oaktoberfest is the Dimond District’s annual fundraising event with the money raised going toward the Business Improvement District. The district pays for five-day-a-week graffiti and trash removal, streetscape improvements, public art, and smaller events like Art in the Street. To get to the festivities, take the Capitol Corridor to the Emeryville Station, and from there, take AC Transit Line 20 with a free transfer from the Capitol Corridor. You can also take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station, connect to BART for travel to BART’s Fruitvale station, and then take AC Transit’s Line 20. Visit Google Maps for directions.


Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival: 9/30 – 10/2, San Francisco

Grab your picnic blankets and head over to Golden Gate Park this weekend for the biggest blue grass music festival in the country. This is Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival’s 16th year, and it promises to be one of the biggest three-day musical extravaganza ever! Starting at 10am on Friday, September 30, to Sunday, October 1, more than 500,000 music lovers are expected to be in Golden Gate Park to watch over 150 acts — including Cyndi Lauper, Chris Isaak, Kris Kristofferson, Emmylou Harris — perform across seven stages. There will be a special educational program for Bay Area middle-schoolers on Friday, September 30, 10:30am to 11:45am, with entertainment by Cirkus Quirkus and Poor Man’s Whiskey. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, and connect to BART for service into downtown San Francisco. Discount BART tickets are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor. From downtown San Francisco, you can take Muni to Golden Gate Park (they will be running extra service throughout the weekend), or catch a cab, Uber or Lyft.


Art, Wine, Chocolate Festival: 10/1, Suisun

Head over to Suisun City’s Waterfront district this Saturday, October 1, to sample top wines, fine chocolate, cupcakes, fudge and other chocolate culinary delicacies at the 12th annual Art, Wine and Chocolate Festival. There will be dozens of artisans displaying hand-crafted items, unique art, fine festival foods and live music. The free event starts at 10 am, with wine tasting from 11am to 5 pm. An Early Bird Wine Sampling Pass includes a souvenir glass, tasting wristband, program and 15 sampling tickets available online for $30 or purchase wristbands onsite at the event for $35, cash only. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Suisun Station, which is a short stroll from the Waterfront District.


Filipino American History Month, Asian Art Museum: 10/, San Francisco

Kick off Filipino American History Month with a celebration at the Asian Art Museum on Sunday, October 2. This free event starts at 10:30am on the museum’s front steps with dancers from the American Center of Philippine Arts (ACPA) and runs through 4pm. Inside, the museum director, Dr. Jay Xu, will kick off the day with opening remarks, and there will be a dance performance by ACPA. Throughout the afternoon, there will be activities for everyone’s enjoyment, including a capella music, folk dancing, hands-on art activities, poetry readings, and special gallery tours focusing on Filipino art. The museum cafe will be serving special Filipino dishes. To get to the Asian Art Museum, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART for service to San Francisco, and get off at the Civic Center station.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan