Weekend Picks: Oakland Cambodian New Year Festival, San Jose Children of the Dragon Festival, Sacramento Food Film Festival and San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair

March 29, 2017

Take the Capitol Corridor and enjoy a weekend full of festivals! Immerse yourself in Asian culture at the Cambodian New Year Festival in Oakland and Children of the Dragon Festival in San Jose, learn all about our food system at the Sacramento Food Film Festival, and shop for artisan goods at the San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair.

Cambodian New Year Festival: 4/1, Oakland

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, the Cambodian New Year festival will be held at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park in Oakland on Saturday, April 1, from 10am to 5pm. The festival will feature Cambodian, Burmese, Thai, and Napali dance groups from all over Northern California, performing traditional dances from the palace, court, and villages in traditional costumes. There will also be Cambodian games, arts and crafts activities, and social dancing. Delicious Cambodian food will be sold at the event, and there will be a special kids fashion show featuring Cambodian dress. The event is free, but RSVP is requested. To get there, take the train to Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, get off at the Fruitvale Station, and connect to AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor.

Children of the Dragon Festival: 4/1 – 4/2, San Jose

Bring the whole family and head over to San Jose for a weekend full of events celebrating the Vietnamese culture at the Children of the Dragon Festival at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose. From 10am to 5pm on Saturday, April 1, and Noon to 5pm on Sunday, April 2, there will be activities and entertainment promoting the culture of the largest population outside of Vietnam. Learn traditional customs, including how rice cakes are folded, make and decorate a conical hat, dress up in traditional clothes (áo dài), take a picture in a xich-lo, and create a dragon puppet. There will also be festive Vietnamese music throughout the day, as well as colorful dances including the lion dance. General admission is $13 for adults and children; $12 for seniors; and infants and members are free. Festivities are included in the price of admission. To get there, take the train to the San Jose/Diridon Station. The museum is within walking distance of the station and is accessible by the VTA, with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor.

Renegade Craft Fair: 4/1 – 4/2, San Francisco

The Renegade Craft Fair, which is the largest curated showcase of independent craft and design, returns to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center in the Festival Pavilion, Saturday, April 1 to Sunday, April 2. From 11am to 6pm, sort through a selection of over 300 best indie-craft artisan handmade goods from a diverse roster of local and national makers. There will be an array of modern indie design, jewelry and accessories, art, fashion, ceramics, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware, and apothecary. The free fair will have a photo booth, local food vendors, live music, craft libations, DIY workshops, demonstrations, giveaways, and live DJ sets to provide a truly one-of-a-kind weekend shopping experience. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to the Pier 39 stop or Hyatt/Financial District stop, or take the Capitol Corridor train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at downtown San Francisco. From any of these San Francisco bus or BART stops, you can walk or take Muni to Fort Mason by purchasing discounted Muni tokens in the Café Car.

Sacramento Food Film Festival: 4/1 – 4/8, Sacramento

Calling all foodies and gourmands! You do not want miss the opportunity to learn all about the path of our food system — from field to fork at the Sacramento Food Film Festival April 1 through April 8. Come enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by Chef Ian McBride while watching an award-winning documentary about Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic Jonathan Gold. On Saturday, April 1, from 6pm to 10pm, the educational food film festival will kick off with an all-star cast of chefs pairing bites with short food films from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital and beyond at the Sacramento Turn Verein. There will be a premiere party after the films, with music, photobooths, and beer and wine for purchase. The festival is held annually to educate the public about the food system, create a community dialog to improve food literacy, and collaboratively work to improve our food system. Tickets for the events can be purchased online. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Sacramento Station. From there, you can walk, take a cab, Uber or Lyft, or hop on the SacRT Gold Line with a free Transit Transfer. For those attending the premiere party, the last westbound Capitol Corridor train departs at 10:30pm every night of the week.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo courtesy of Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose