Weekend Event Picks: SF Spring Book Sale, Sacramento Beer Fest, Oakland First Fridays

March 30, 2016

This weekend, take the Capitol Corridor to enjoy arts, culture, literature, beer, and more at events along our route!

Spring Big Book Sale: 3/30-4/3, San Francisco

Looking for some fresh reading material, or something to add to your entertainment collection? There will be plenty to suit your fancy at the 6th Annual Spring Big Book Sale, hosted by the Friends of the SF Public Library. This admission-free event will take place at the Fort Mason Center in San Francisco from 10 am to 6pm and feature more than 250,000 books, CDs, DVDs, vinyl, and books on tape. Everything will be $3 or less, and everything remaining on Sunday will sell for just $1. All proceeds from the event will benefit the SF Public Library’s education and literacy programs. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to the Pier 39 stop or Hyatt/Financial District stop, or take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station 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.


Bockbierfest: 4/1-4/2, Sacramento

Make a trip to Sacramento this weekend for the 48th Annual Bockbierfest, a springtime version of Oktoberfest featuring delicious brews and German food, plus traditional music and dancing. The festivities will take place on Friday starting at 6pm and Saturday at 3pm at the Turn Verein, Sacramento’s center for German traditions and culture since 1854. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor train to the Sacramento Station, and then hop on SacRT for a direct trip to the event.


Oakland First Fridays Festival: 4/1, Oakland

On Friday, head to the East Bay for a lively cultural experience at Oakland First Fridays. From 5pm to 9pm, Telegraph Ave. will be closed off from West Grand Ave. to 27th St. to make way for musicians, dancers, DJs, street artists, poets, local gourmet food vendors, galleries, and more. Enjoy an evening of entertainment and local flavor while you support local arts and businesses. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Square Station, and then hop on AC Transit to Telegraph and West Grand Ave.


SF Civic Symphony’s Free Spring Concert: 4/3, San Francisco

Music lovers, make your way to San Francisco on Sunday to enjoy a free spring concert put on by the San Francisco Civic Symphony, the oldest community orchestra on the West Coast. The 3pm to 5pm show will take place at the Nourse Theatre and include performances of works by George Gershwin, Aaron Copland, Diana Gameros, and Jean Sibelius. RSVPs are appreciated but not required, and you can do so online. To get there, take Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to the Financial District stop (SFF), which is half a mile from the Nourse Theatre on Hayes St. Or, take the Capitol Corridor train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Civic Center stop, less than half a mile away.