Weekend Picks: Oakland Patchwork Show, San Jose Holiday Makers Market, Berkeley Film and Video Festival, San Francisco Science Discovery Day

November 2, 2016

Get some creative gift ideas for the holidays at the Patchwork Show in Oakland; shop for American handmade goods at Holiday Makers Market in San Jose; see the best of indie films in Berkeley; or learn what science has to offer at Discovery Day in San Francisco. There is so much to do and learn this weekend all along the Capitol Corridor!

Patchwork Show: 11/5, Oakland

Come peruse and support local commerce on Saturday, November 5, at the Patchwork Show in Jack London Square where independent artists and crafters will be selling some of the most unique and diverse handmade goods. The festival celebrates the handmade movement in Oakland by showcasing jury selected 100+ booths that will feature everything from clothing, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art to home goods. From 11am to 5pm, attendees can buy snacks from curated food trucks, listen to live music, and enjoy taking pictures in photo booths. Attendees are encouraged to create their own crafts at the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) craft booths where adults and kids can learn new skills and create on the spot. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is steps from the event.

Holiday Makers Market in the Park: 11/5, San Jose

Looking for unique handcrafted gifts? Ready to get a head start on the holiday season? Come visit the curated marketplace this Saturday, November 5 at the Holiday Makers Market in Santana Row Park. From 10am to 6pm, shoppers can browse through more than 100 artisan-crafted work from some of Bay Area’s most skilled craftspeople. Their organic, sustainable, ethically-produced handcrafted goods represent the best of American craftsmanship, such as jewelry, handbags, ceramics, glassware, soaps, candles and more! Enjoy the beautiful outdoor park while tasting food and wine. Soaps of 7 Flowers founder & floral designer will have a fall inspired wreathmaking workshop. However, seating is limited, so register early online. To get there, take the train to the San Jose Diridon Station. Santana Row Park is within walking distance of the station or accessible by the VTA, with free transit transfer from the Capitol Corridor. Public transit options can be found on Google Maps.

Berkeley Film and Video Festival: 11/4 – 11/6, Berkeley

Before the Oscar-worthy films get released, there are a multitude of film festivals to attend. But cinephiles should not miss one of the most unique indie film festivals around, screening some of the “best, award-winning independent films in the East Bay.” Starting Friday, November 4, to Sunday, November 6, the 25th annual Berkeley Film and Video Festival will be held at the East Bay Media Center. The festival will screen over 50 indie documentaries, animations, documentaries, features, shorts, experimental cinema and works from Russia, Spain, Hong Kong and Sweden. Tickets are available by calling (510) 843-3699: $10 for Fridays and Sundays, $15 for Saturday. Go online to see the full screening schedule. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Ashby stop, which is just over a few minutes from the cultural center.

Discovery Day: 11/5, San Francisco

AT&T Park will be transformed into the biggest Bay Area science extravaganza on Saturday, November 5, for the 6th annual Discovery Day — part of Bay Area Science Festival’s free event. Experience over 150 hands-on exhibitions from leading science and technology organizations from Northern California, with every exhibit framed as investigative questions to encourage explorations. From 10am to 4pm, there will be interactive activities such as getting an inside-look at the science of sports, learning about the best of biotech with a dozen of the Bay Area’s leading life science companies, and meeting the scientists engineering the next cure. The ballpark will be overrun by robots of all shapes and sizes with high school robotics teams, startup companies, and cutting edge research robots.  To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station , connect to BART to downtown San Francisco. From any of these San Francisco bus or BART stops, you can take public transit using Google Maps, catch a cab, or take Lyft or Uber.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo credit: Nicole Stevenson