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Weekend Picks: Sacramento Global Winter Wonderland, San Francisco Vintage Paper Fair, Berkeley Rep Sunday Sampler, and Silicon Valley Auto Show

January 4, 2017

Continue the holiday spirit at Global Winter Wonderland in Sacramento, look through millions of classic paper products at the Vintage Paper Fair in San Francisco, spend a day dabbling in acting at Berkeley Rep Sunday Sampler and see the latest tech innovations in automobiles at the Silicon Valley Auto Show in San Jose. There is so much to do along the Capitol Corridor!

Global Winter Wonderland: Through 1/8, Sacramento

The holidays may be over, but the spirit is still alive at Global Winter Wonderland, a holiday festival in Sacramento. From 4:30pm to 10pm on most days and open every day until Sunday, January 8, there will be a magical world of festive lights spanning 17 acres at Cal Expo, including a Toyland, Candyland, and the North Pole. The event will feature carnival rides and entertainers performing in the Circus of Light, an action-packed variety show on the main stage. There will also be a Holiday Ice Rink, an interactive craft center featuring a variety of DIY stations where visitors can create their own ornaments and decorate lanterns. General admission is $18, $16 for Youths and Seniors, and free for Children under 3. To get to there, take the train to the Sacramento Station. The festivities are walkable from the station. For local transit connections, check the Sacramento Regional Transit website. Transferring to SacRT is free with a Transit Transfer from Capitol Corridor trains.

Vintage Paper Fair: 1/7 – 1/8, San Francisco

Tired of all the gadgets and apps available and would rather organize the old-fashioned way with pen and paper? Then head over to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco this weekend for the two-day Vintage Paper Fair celebrating West Coast’s largest selection of paper goods. Held at the County Fair Building in the Hall of Flowers on Saturday, January 7 to Sunday, January 8 from 10am to 6pm, the FREE event will have over a million paper product items for sale such as antique postcards, advertising, pinup art, trade cards, photography, labels, brochures, sports and Victorian transportation memorabilia. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to one of our San Francisco stops, or connect to BART at the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station. 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. Discount BART tickets and Muni tokens are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor.

Berkeley Rep Sunday Sampler: 1/8, Berkeley

Want to get a head start on your New Year’s resolution and try something for the first time? Then waste no time and spend an afternoon experiencing the wide variety of programming offered at Berkeley Rep Sunday Sampler. Taught by professional theatre artists, Berkeley Rep will offer free class samplers from 1pm to 3pm, exploring the craft of theatre and the joy of dynamic engagement. Classes for kids include acting, performance workshop; for teens, acting violence, on-camera acting and for adults, acting, audition workshops, basics of music, British dialects and more. The event is FREE and open to youth, teens and adults. Participants may sample three to four select classes with no registration necessary. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit  with a free Transit Transfer. Or, take the train to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART, and get off at the Downtown Berkeley stop, which is just a few blocks from the venue.

Silicon Valley Auto Show: 1/6–1/8, San Jose

Head over to San Jose Convention Center this weekend for the 2017 Silicon Valley Auto Show with hundreds of the latest electric cars, Hot Rods, luxury vehicles, crossovers, SUVs, trucks and more. For four days starting Thursday, January 5, the event will feature more than 350 new vehicles with the latest innovations designed to make driving safer, as well as the hottest alternative fuel options, pre-production vehicles and exotics. From 10am to 10pm, licensed drivers will be able to participate by getting behind the wheel of dozens of new models including hybrids, family vehicles, luxury rides; learn about driver assistance technology to the latest in connectivity, and fuel efficiency. There will also be a social media competition where guests can win a new iPhone 7. Tickets are $11 for ages 13 to 61, $8 for students/seniors, and free to children 6 and under. To get to the San Jose Convention Center, which is about a mile from the Capitol Corridor’s San Jose/Diridon Station, you can walk or take a short light rail ride on the VTA’s Mountain View line with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor or ride VTA’s free Downtown Area Shuttle (DASH).

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo courtesy of Global Winter Wonderland