This weekend, celebrate Earth Day, as well as other great exhibits and festivals! View the RFK Train exhibit in San Francisco, celebrate International Children’s Festival in San Jose, and enjoy a day of activities on the UC Berkeley Campus. You can do it all when you take the Capitol Corridor!
Earth Day Events:
Earth Day San Francisco: 4/21
Happening: 11am – 7pm
This free event will take place at the Civic Center Plaza. Learn how the environment plays a role in a range of social issues from health care, to transportation, to housing rights. Visitors will be entertained by chefs, musicians, vehicle showcases, kids activities, and more.
Getting there: Take the train to the Emeryville Station and hop on our dedicated bus to one of the San Francisco stops. Or depending on your station of origin, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the San Francisco Civic Center stop.
Earth Day Sacramento: 4/22
Happening: 11am – 4pm
Take your friends and family to Southside Park where you can enjoy live music, try fresh foods, view art from local artists, watch environmental education demonstrations, and more. Everyone will be out celebrating with an environmental conscious and will leave with a little more knowledge on how to live more sustainably.
For more Earth Day activities and events in your area visit Eventbrite.
The Train Exhibit: Through 6/10, San Francisco
Happening: 10am – 5pm
Are you a Kennedy family history buff? Then make a trip to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) for the The Train: RFK’s Last Journey exhibit. On June 8, 1968, three days after Senator and presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, a funeral train carried his remains from New York City to Washington, DC for burial at Arlington Cemetery. “The Train” exhibit will look at the historical event through three distinct works: First is a group of color photographs by photographer, Paul Fusco, taken from the funeral train. His images capture mourners lining the railway tracks to pay their final respects. A second perspective features photographs and home movies from train spectators themselves, collected by Dutch artist, Rein Jelle Terpstra, in his project, The People’s View (2014–18). The third work, by French artist, Philippe Parreno, is a 70mm film reenactment of the funeral train’s journey, inspired by Fusco’s original photographs.
Getting there: Take the train to the Emeryville Station and hop on our dedicated bus to one of the San Francisco stops. From there you can walk or take MUNI. Or depending on your station of origin, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Montgomery Street stop, which is just a few blocks away from the museum.
International Children’s Festival: 4/21, San Jose
Happening: 10am – 5:30pm
Bring the kids to San Jose for the International Children’s Festival. The festival is organized to encourage friendship and dialogue among the diverse communities of the Bay Area, uniting people through food, fun, and dance. More than 20 different groups, spanning a variety of ethnicities, will perform folk dances and native songs. There will also be arts and crafts, magic shows, balloon twisters, face painting, pony rides, and many more children’s activities. At the food court enjoy authentic homemade dishes and desserts from around the world. Profits from food sales will be donated to reputable charities, such as Home & Hope and Embrace Relief. Held at the Discovery Meadow Park, next to the Children’s Discovery Museum, the park offers a grassy area for children to play. Last year, more than 3,000 people attended, so get there early!
Cal Day: 4/21, Berkeley
Happening: 9am – 4pm
You don’t have to be a prospective student to enjoy a full day of activities at the University of California, Berkeley campus during Cal Day. Throughout the day, participants will have the opportunity to choose from more than 400 events, including free lectures, performances, tours, and concerts, all showcasing the campus, its students, and the school’s programs. This year marks the School of Public Health’s 75th year of educating the public health workforce. The school’s work has produced groundbreaking research and has had a transformative impact on health in California. In celebration, a concert featuring Cuco, a 19-year-old Chicano dream-pop artist, and No Vacation, San Francisco’s favorite indie rock band, will bring sunny beach vibes to Memorial Glade.
Getting there: Take the train to Berkeley Station, and from there you can ride AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer to the campus. You can also ride the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Downtown Berkeley stop, which is about half a mile from campus.
Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo © Magnum Photos, courtesy Danziger Gallery