Weekend Event Picks: Disney On Ice, Tulipmania, Pirate Ship Tours, and Chinese New Year

February 17, 2016


There’s a whole lot to do this weekend, and you can get to the fun on the Capitol Corridor!

Disney On Ice presents Frozen: 2/17-2/22, San Jose; 2/24-2/28, Oakland

Whether you’re a fan of Disney’s Frozen or simply enjoy the beauty of ice skating, you won’t want to miss the magic come to life as Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt makes its Bay Area debut! The heart-warming tale of sisters Anna and Elsa will be told live and feature all of your favorite songs from the film, plus mesmerizing skating performances and dazzling special effects. In true Disney style, the show will be hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and include special guest appearances by a whole host of Disney characters. Shows will take place at the SAP Center in San Jose from Wednesday, February 17, through Monday, February 22, and at Oracle Arena in Oakland from Wednesday February 24, through Sunday, February 28. Tickets can be purchased online, and families can save $3 on show tickets by using the promo code AMTRAK. You can also save 25% on Capitol Corridor train travel to any of the shows by booking online. To get to the SAP Center, take the train to the San Jose Station, and to get to Oracle Arena, take the train to the Oakland Coliseum Station.

Tulipmania: 2/13-2/21, San Francisco

Come out to Pier 39 this weekend to immerse yourself in the colorful beauty of more than 39,000 blooming tulips and other seasonal garden plants at the annual Tulipmania flower festival, which runs through Sunday, February 21. This free botanical bonanza will feature daily guided tours at 10am with helpful gardening tips and complimentary refreshments. Visitors are also welcome to take a self-guided tour at any time. To get there, ride the Capitol Corridor train to the Emeryville station, and take our dedicated connecting bus to the Pier 39 stop.

Historic Pirate Ship Tours: 2/20, Oakland

Head to Jack London Square on Saturday to get a taste of the pirate’s life aboard two historic vessel recreations: the Hawaiian Chieftain, which originated in Hawaii and has ventured across the Pacific and Atlantic, and the Lady Washington, which has appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean, among other productions. From 10 am to 1pm, there will be free walk-on tours while the ships are docked between cruises, and crew-members in period costume will be on hand to share stories and answer questions. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Station, which is a short and scenic walk from the dock.

Chinese New Year Parade and Chinatown Street Fair: 2/20-2/21, San Francisco

Celebrate Chinese New Year in the heart of Chinatown at the Annual Chinese New Year Parade and Chinatown Community Street Fair. On Saturday from 10am to 4:30pm and Sunday from 9am to 5pm, check out the Street Fair for cultural arts — from lantern and kite making to calligraphy, plus traditional and modern entertainment. The free street fair will take place on Grant Ave. between Clay St. and Broadway; Pacific Ave. between Kearny St. and Stockton St.; and Jackson St. between Kearny St. and Stockton St. And on Saturday from 6 to 8pm, enjoy the spectacular Lunar New Year Parade featuring over 100 floats and acts, beautiful costumes, traditional lion dancing, firecrackers, and Miss Chinatown USA. The parade begins on Market St. at Second St. and makes its way down Post St. and around the edges of Chinatown at Sutter St. and Kearny St. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor train to the Emeryville station, connect to our dedicated bus, and get off at the Financial District (SFF) stop. You can also take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Montgomery stop.

Stitches West Convention: 2/18 -2/21, Santa Clara

Experienced knitters and dilettantes alike will find something to suit their fancy at the annual Stitches West Convention, northern California’s premiere knitting event. From Thursday through Sunday at the Santa Clara Convention Center, visitors will enjoy a market with over 320 booths, free demos, classes, a fashion show, opportunities to win daily prizes, and more! Even better, you can save 50% on your train travel when you take the Capitol Corridor to the event. Be sure to book your tickets online in advance in order to take advantage of this special offer. To get there, take the train to the Santa Clara/Great America Station, which is a short VTA ride or walk from the Convention Center.