Weekend Event Picks: Martinez Vintage Market, Oakland VegFest, Tour of CA

May 18, 2016

The Capitol Corridor is your connection to weekend fun, from a festival and tour in Oakland, to a vintage market in Martinez, to a cycling event in Sacramento.

Martinez Vintage Market: 5/21, Martinez

Head to downtown Martinez this weekend to check out the Martinez Vintage Market, one of Northern California’s largest outdoor antique and collectible fairs. The admission-free event will take place from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and feature over 150 vendors offering an array of antiques and collectibles – including pottery, furniture, glassware, toys, porcelain, Native American wares, and more – plus more than 50 arts and crafts vendors. In addition to the many offerings at the fair, visitors can check out Martinez’s 15 antique and collectable stores, all located downtown. To get there, take the train to the Martinez Station, and you’ll be a short stroll from downtown.

Oakland VegFest: 5/21, Oakland

Vegetarians and omnivores alike will enjoy Oakland VegFest, which will take place from 11am to 5pm on Saturday along the water at the beautiful Lake Merritt Amphitheater. As part of Oakland Veg Week, now in its third year, this free event will feature world-class speakers, book signings, over 35 veg-friendly local merchants, and delicious food samples, plus a kids’ area with face painting and the Cutest Dog Contest. To get to the festivities, take the Capitol Corridor to the Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is just over half a mile from the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. For public transit options, check out Google maps.

Guided Walking Tour of Chinatown: 5/21, Oakland

Make your way to Oakland on Saturday for a free, guided walking tour of Chinatown, where you’ll get a taste of the rich history of Chinese and other Asian immigrant cultures in the Bay Area and California. The tour begins at 10am at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza Fountain on 9th St. between Webster and Franklin, and will include a viewing of the displays at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, plus opportunities to explore Chinatown’s unique sidewalk markets. Reservations are recommended, but not required. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is just over half a mile from the Pacific Renaissance Plaza. For public transit options, check out Google maps.

AMGEN Tour of California Finale: 5/22, Sacramento

The 11th annual Amgen Tour of California will end in Sacramento on Sunday, and fans won’t want to miss the spectator-friendly finale of the men’s and women’s Tours. At the end of the final, 93-mile stage of the event, riders will make circuits around the Capitol building before crossing the finish line in front of the West Steps. The men’s race begins at 11:20am, and the women will start shortly after at 11:45am. In addition to the exciting races, there will be an admission free Lifestyle Festival from 10am to 3pm located next to the finish line, plus viewing parties at a number of nearby restaurants featuring live coverage of the race and food and drink specials. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Sacramento Station, which is just over half a mile from the Capitol. From there, you can walk or hop on the SacRT Gold Line.