Weekend Picks: Sacramento Underground Tour, Berkeley Shakedown, San Jose Lantern Festival, and San Francisco History Walk

September 14, 2016

Spend a weekend touring the underground streets of Sacramento, listen to Grateful Dead music in Berkeley, make Asian lanterns in San Jose, or learn about the Bay’s history in San Francisco. You can get to all the festivities on the Capitol Corridor, and with our Friends & Family deal, you can save 50% on up to five companion fares! 

Underground Tour: 9/17, Sacramento

Take a tour along the streets of Old Sacramento on Saturday, September 17, and learn how the buildings were once “Jacked Up” during the floods of the mid-1800s. The Underground Tour will have guides in period costumes, exploring two spaces that were once created by the city’s successful raising process. The tour departs from the Sacramento History Museum and lasts one hour. It will include hollow sidewalks, sloped alleyways, and underground spaces. Visitors will walk along excavated foundations of the former first floors of Old Sacramento, while learning about the stories that led to the street-raising project. The half-mile guided walking tour is ADA compliant and accommodates groups up to 20 people. Reservations are recommended since tours do sell out. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for youth online. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento Station, which is just a short walk from the museum.

Shakedown Festival: 9/17 – 9/18, Berkeley

Enjoy a two-day festival celebrating the music of The Grateful Dead at the 3rd Annual Shakedown Street Festival in Martin Luther King, Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley. Starting at 10am on Saturday, September 17, festivities will start with an all-day music tribute celebration of the iconic band. From 1pm to 9pm, local bands will be performing songs from the Dead catalog on both days. The free, family-friendly event will have vendors selling local handmade art, clothing, jewelry, antiques, imports, local food, non-alcoholic beverages, and cold beer. 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 Downtown Berkeley BART stop, which is just a short walk from the event.

Lantern Festival: 9/17, San Jose

Bring the kids and head to San Jose this weekend, to celebrate the beginning of harvest season at the 5th annual Lantern Festival. The mid-autumn tradition is observed by Chinese and Vietnamese communities in order to unify families and bring peace when the moon is believed to be the biggest and fullest. The festival is being held at the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose and will be jam-packed with events for the whole family. Starting at 5:30pm, learn how to make and launch rockets, create glow lanterns, and taste moon cakes. Finish off the evening with a spiritual parade led by a lively lion dance. General admission is $7, and museum members are free. 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 free transfer from the Capitol Corridor.

History Walk and Festival: 9/17, San Francisco

Spend a day on an historic walking tour of the beautiful San Francisco Bay with a park ranger for the third annual Pier to Pier History Walk and Festival in San Francisco. Starting at 9am, registered participants will begin the tour at the Maritime Museum, and then walk the Municipal Pier and the Hyde Street Pier for a world-class view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the San Francisco Bay. The goal of this free event is to promote outdoor exercise for adults 50+, but everyone of all ages is welcome to this family event. There will be health and resource tables, raffle prizes and fitness class demos including Zumba, hula, yoga, Always Active, Longevity Stick, and more. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station and then connect to BART to downtown San Francisco. From here, you can take public transit using Google Maps, catch a cab, or take Lyft or Uber.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo by Dayna Wergedal