Whether you’re interested in buying unique handmade goods at the Davis Craft and Vintage fair, strolling around Main Street sipping on wine and tasting chocolates in Martinez, enjoying the festive Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco, or looking for the rarest book for your collection in Oakland, Capitol Corridor is your ticket to a weekend full of adventure!
Davis Craft and Vintage Fair: 2/12, Davis
Bring the whole family and head over to Davis on Sunday, February 12, for the Davis Craft and Vintage Fair. From 11am to 4pm, at Davis Central Park, local artists will be selling their original artwork, and over 30 vendors will be selling handmade vintage-inspired clothing, artisan-made, one-of-a-kind and recollection jewelry, hand crafted soaps/spa items, unique home décor, and up-cycled products — a creative reuse of by-products from waste materials — such as furniture made with bicycle parts. The event will include live music from the New Harmony Jazz Band throughout the day and DJ Duke in the afternoon. Local caterers, Angels of Hope and Main Avent Catering, will be serving lumpia and loads of tasty goodies. The event will be held under the pavilion at Central Park at the corner of 3rd and C streets and hosted by Square Tomatoes Crafts, a cooperative organization of local artists, crafters, and vintage vendors. To get there, take the train to the Davis Station, which is just over half a mile from the park and a short walk away.
Wine and Chocolate Stroll: 2/11, Martinez
Gather a group of friends and head over to the downtown shopping district in Martinez on Saturday, February 11, for a relaxing afternoon at the Wine and Chocolate Stroll. From 2pm to 5pm, sip on wine samples and nibble on chocolate treats while shopping and perusing participating businesses. Redeem your advance purchased ticket for a wine glass, tasting tickets, and a passport at Main Street Plaza before strolling along Main Street. Tickets are $20, available through the Main Street Martinez website. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Martinez Station, which is just a short walk from downtown.
Chinese New Year Street Fair and Parade: 2/11 – 2/12, San Francisco
Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of Chinatown this weekend in San Francisco at the Chinatown Community Street Fair. From 10am to 4:30pm on Saturday, February 11, and 9am to 5pm on Sunday, February 12, the free street fair will have festivities to delight everyone, including lantern and kite making, calligraphy, fine arts demonstrations, and colorful folk and lion dancers celebrating the Chinese culture. Enjoy magic demonstrations and puppet shows, as well as traditional and modern entertainment which will be performed on the main stage both days. After spending a day at the fair, stay to watch one of the world’s largest Chinese New Year Parades outside of Asia from 5:15pm to 8pm on Saturday. Over 100 groups will be participating on lavish floats with beautiful costumes — traditional lion dancers, firecrackers, and Miss Chinatown USA. Even Cirque du Soleil will be part of the parade lineup. The parade will start on Market St., go up Geary Blvd., down Post St., and end on Kearny St. at Columbus Ave. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from the Emeryville Station to one of our San Francisco stops, or connect to BART by taking the Capitol Corridor train to the Richmond or Oakland Coliseum stations and get off at the Montgomery BART stop. You can walk from BART or take public transit using Google Maps, catch a cab, or take Lyft or Uber. Discount BART tickets are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor.
California International Antiquarian Book Fair: 2/10 – 2/12, Oakland
If you’re a bibliophile or just starting a book collection, you do not want to miss the world’s largest book fair this weekend at the 50th California International Antiquarian Book Fair. The event will feature collections and rare treasures of nearly 200 booksellers from over 20 countries. This is an opportunity for book lovers to see and learn about purchasing the finest in rare books, manuscripts, maps, autographs, graphics, photographs, fine bindings, children’s and illustrated books, and ephemera from many centuries and countries. From esteemed first editions to eclectic one-offs and expensive originals, the event is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most prestigious exhibitions of antiquarian books known of its kind. The book fair will take place at the Oakland Marriott City Center on Friday, February 10 from 11am to 7pm, and 11am to 5pm on Saturday, February 11, and Sunday, February 12. Friday admission tickets are $25, Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15, and all tickets allow return admission for the remainder of the fair. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit using a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the 19th Street Oakland BART stop, which is just a short walk from City Center.