Get in the spirit of Halloween with a ghost tour in Sacramento, dance in the streets of Berkeley, celebrate all things Bacon in San Jose, or slurp your favorite oysters in Oakland. There’s always plenty of weekend fun along the Capitol Corridor route!
Ghost Tours: 10/14 -10/29, Sacramento
Get ready to be spooked this weekend and head over to Old Sacramento as the eerie and ever-popular one-hour Ghost Tours return. From 6pm to 9pm, “ghosts” (guides) will lead daring guests through the mile-long trek of Old Sacramento’s infamous locales. Experience the darker side of California’s history and relive 19th-century lore with tantalizing narratives about the deaths of wayward miners, murder victims, and other colorful Gold Rush characters. The walking tour departs every 30 minutes from the Sacramento History Museum and is ADA compliant, accommodating groups of up to 20 people. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth online. Please note that tours are not recommended for children 8 years or younger. Reservations are recommended since tours are limited and do sell out. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento Station, which is just a short walk from the museum.
Oyster Oyster Block Party: 10/15, Oakland
Make your way over to Oakland’s Jack London Square on Saturday afternoon for the Oyster Oyster Block Party. From 12pm to 6pm, local restaurants will offer a variety of craft beer favorites and of course, oysters! Slurp down your favorite bivalves while Lungomare and Jack’s Oyster Bar prepare several different styles of oyster dishes, along with a raw bar. This event is free, but there are a few different advance purchasing options available online. You can buy a commemorative pint glass and first beer for $12, or purchase baller tickets, which include a limited edition pint glass, three beer tokens, and the Oyster Oyster t-shirt. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Station, and you’ll be just a short walk from the fun.
Bacon Festival: 10/15 – 10/16, San Jose
Head to San Jose this weekend for a two-day pork extravaganza, celebrating all things bacon at the 4th Annual Bacon Festival of America from 12pm to 7pm. There will be food and dessert trucks, local craft brew tastings, roasting bacon/chocolate s’mores over open fire, San Jose made artisan crafts, live music, pro-wrestling revolution, and family camp. The festival will be held rain or shine, and tickets can be purchased online. General admission tickets are $9.99, $2.99 for kids under 12 years, and VIP tickets are $42.99, which includes a beer glass and VIP craft beer pass. The festival is located in the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park in downtown San Jose, which is about a mile from the Capitol Corridor’s San Jose/Diridon Station. From there you can walk or take a short light rail ride on the VTA’s Mountain View line with a free transfer from the Capitol Corridor or ride VTA’s free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH).
Sunday Streets Festival: 10/16, Berkeley
On Sunday, come to Berkeley for the East Bay’s biggest open streets event, Sunday Streets Festival. Starting at 11am and going through 4pm, there will be activities for all ages along a 17-block, mile-long section of Shattuck Ave. The streets will be car-free and will be transformed into parks where people can stroll, dance, skate, and cycle, or play music, chess games, soccer, and more. This is the fourth year for the open streets initiative inviting people to focus on sustainability and alternative transportation modes. The event also encourages community organizations and small businesses to use the space creatively, providing spontaneity and discovery. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley Station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit with Capitol Corridor’s free transit transfer. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Downtown Berkeley stop, which is just over a block from the festivities.
Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Feature photo by Ric Horner