Weekend Event Picks: Earth Day, Wine and Food Fest, Sacramento Film Festival

April 19, 2016

This weekend, enjoy Earth Day events, gourmet food and wine, and cinema along the Capitol Corridor!

Oakland Earth Day Celebration: 4/22, Oakland

On Friday, head to the City Center Plaza in downtown Oakland to celebrate Earth Day at a free outdoor festival. This family-friendly event will include live entertainment, including a DJ, percussionist, and dance performances. There will be Earth Day games, local artisans, educational and green living booths, information on conservation, sustainability,  recycling, and more. This free event will take place from Noon to 2pm, and is less than a mile from the Oakland Jack London Square Station, from which AC transit provides a convenient transit option. Or, you can take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the 12th Street Oakland City Center stop.

Earth Day Shoreline Clean-up: 4/23, Emeryville

Take part in Earth Day in Action by participating in a Shoreline Cleanup with the Emeryville Community Services Department at Shorebird Park. With free refreshments and three volunteer projects from which to choose, this will be a fun way to give back while enjoying the natural beauty of the East Bay shoreline. The day begins at 9am with registration and a short training with the Fire Department outside of Chevy’s restaurant in Emeryville. Chevy’s is within walking distance of the Emeryville Station and can be accessed via the Bay Trail.

29th Annual Wine and Food Fest: 4/23, Sacramento

On Saturday evening, make your way to the Sacramento Convention Center for the 29th Annual Wine and Food Fest, Sacramento’s premier tasting event. With over 100 local restaurants and wineries offering gourmet fare, there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s fancy, and the evening will be highlighted by a live auction with 30 items up for bid. Proceeds from the event will go to the Northeastern California and Northern Nevada chapters of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Doors open at 5pm, and tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance. Take the train to the Sacramento Station, and then hop on SacRT to get to the Convention Center on J St.

Sacramento International Film Festival: 4/23-5/1, Sacramento

Film aficionados won’t want to miss the Sacramento International Film Festival, which will kick off on Saturday with a gala organized by the California Film Foundation. Now in its 21st year, the week-long festival will feature a whole host of unique films, many produced by regional filmmakers, shown at the Crest Theatre and Delta King Theater in Sacramento. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online in advance. A full schedule of screenings is available. To get there, take the train the Sacramento Station, which is just over half a mile from both the Crest Theatre on K St. and Delta King Theater on Front St.