Weekend Event Picks: Chocolate, Film, Jazz, and Art

March 2, 2016


This weekend, take the Capitol Corridor to enjoy chocolate and the arts at destinations along our route, from Sacramento and San Francisco, to San Jose.

San Francisco International Chocolate Salon: 3/5, San Francisco

Chocolate lovers, head to San Francisco from 10am to 6pm on Saturday for some delicious fun at the San Francisco International Chocolate Salon. Now in its 10th year, the event will feature tastings of chocolate, confections, wine, and other culinary offerings from more than 45 vendors; celebrity chef and author talks and interviews; presentations and demos; games; and more. The salon will offer the best gourmet, artisan, and premium chocolates and other delights in a 30,000 square foot space in the Herbst Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor train and dedicated bus to the Pier 39 stop or Hyatt/Financial District stop, or take Capitol Corridor to the Richmond or Oakland Coliseum stations and connect to BART to downtown San Francisco. From any of these San Francisco bus or BART stops, you can walk or take public transit using Google Maps.

Sacramento Jewish Film Festival: 3/5-3/6, Sacramento

Make your way to the California Museum in Sacramento this weekend to experience Jewish history and culture at the Sacramento Jewish Film Festival. On Saturday, showings will include “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” (2016) and “Dough” (2015). On Sunday, “Rosenwald” (2015) and “Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict” (2015) will be featured. Day passes and tickets for individual films can be purchased online in advance. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Museum’s new Unity Center, which will promote appreciation of California’s many diverse cultures. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento Station, hop on Sacramento Regional Transit’s gold or green line at 7th and I St., get off at O St., and you’ll be steps from the museum.

San Jose Jazz Winterfest: Through 3/8, San Jose

Through March 8, come out to enjoy live Jazz, Latin, Blues, R&B, and more at various locations in downtown San Jose during the San Jose Jazz Winter Fest. There will be a variety of performances from jazz giants and new artists alike, plus free special events, master classes, and performances by top youth jazz ensembles. Artist lineups, schedules, and information on purchasing tickets can be found online. To get to Jazz Winterfest, take the train to the San Jose Station. Most venues are are within walking distance of the station or accessible by the VTA. Public transit options can be found on Google Maps.

Asian Art Museum Free Admission Day: 3/6, San Francisco

On Sunday, take advantage of free admission to San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, which boasts one of the world’s most extensive collections of Asian art. The display includes over 18,000 works – encompassing sculpture, paintings, textiles, porcelains, bronzes, and furniture from across 6,000 years – and reflects influences from a whole host of cultures and nationalities. Museum hours are from 10am to 5pm. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at Civic Center, which is a couple of blocks from the Asian Art Museum.