Fillmore Jazz

Weekend Picks: San Francisco Fillmore Jazz Festival, Sacramento Concerts in the Park, and Fremont Halal Food and Eid Festival

June 27, 2018

We have some sizzling events to tell you about this weekend. Enjoy an outdoor music performance in Sacramento, sample delicious Middle Eastern food in Fremont, and bebop the weekend away at the largest free jazz festival happening on the west coast. There’s always something happening along the Capitol Corridor!

Fillmore Jazz Festival: 6/30 – 7/1, San Francisco

Happening: 10am – 6pm
Jazz lovers won’t want to miss the largest free jazz festival on the west coast taking place in the historic Fillmore District. This weekend at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, celebrate the culture of jazz that will bring Bay Area and national jazz favorites together to play two days of music that will surely inspire great vibes. During the two-day fete, visitors can groove to the sounds of live music from multiple stages, peruse 12 blocks of arts and crafts, sip on a variety of beverages, and indulge in tasty food. This year’s theme will pay tribute to the success of San Francisco’s 90’s music scene, featuring musicians and bands playing everything from jazz and hip-hop, to Latin and funk. Popular Bay Area bands reuniting for the weekend festival will include: The Mo’Fessionals, Alphabet Soup, Jungle Biskit, Dogslyde, Marshall Arts, plus Lavay Smith, the Broun Felinis, and Kim Nalley. Visit the website for the full weekend lineup.

Getting there: Depending on your station of origin, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to one of our San Francisco stops. You can also connect to BART at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station. Once in San Francisco, you can take public transit using Google Maps, catch a cab, or take Lyft or Uber.

*Ask the Cafe Car attendant for a free BART weekend ticket

Concerts in the Park: 6/29, Sacramento

Happening: 5pm – 9pm
In Sacramento’s Cesar Chavez Park enjoy an outdoor happy hour complete with live music by local and nationally touring artists at Concerts in the Park. With close to 76,000 fans gathering in the heart of the city along with hometown DJ’s spinning between sets, the event promises to be the ultimate destination for those who love outdoor music festivals. More than 1,000 artists have rocked the CIP stage over the past 26 years, showcasing artists like Cake, Tesla, Deftones, The Brodys, Blackalicous, Del the Funky Homosapien, and more. Check online to learn more about the weekly lineups, food options and on-site activation.

Getting there: Take the Capitol Corridor to the Sacramento Station, which is half a mile from the plaza. You can walk there, or hop on the SacRT Gold Line with a free Transit Transfer.

Halal Food and Eid Festival: 6/30, Fremont

Happening: 12pm – 10:30pm
Do you love Middle Eastern food? Then make a beeline for Fremont’s Town Fair Plaza and the 6th Annual Halal Food and Eid Festival. This event is organized as a collaborative effort by American Muslims from various backgrounds and ethnicities. Attendees will try new and delicious foods while learning about the differences in Muslim cultures at the same time. Cuisine will provide connections to societies from around the world including those in India, Pakistan, the Middle East, the Mediterranean, Arab Africa, as well as America. A large bazaar will highlight vendors selling a wide variety of items such as clothing, jewelry, gifts, toys, and artwork. “Halal” is the word used in Arabic to categorize meat that has been blessed and considered pure and lawful for consumption. Tickets will be available here or at the gate on the day of the event, and children 10 and under will be free.

Getting there: Take Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Fremont Station. The festival is a mile from the station and is accessible by the VTA, with a free Transit Transfer.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo courtesy Rich Yee