Weekend Picks: Berkeley Bay Area Seed Swap Celebration, San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Oakland Bacon and Beer Festival, and San Jose Kids Food Festival

March 8, 2017

Get ready for spring planting in Berkeley, celebrate the biggest Irish event in San Francisco, indulge in a pork and brew fest in Oakland, and explore kids healthy food choices in San Jose. Whatever your destination, Capitol Corridor is the most fun way to get there!

Bay Area Seed Swap and Celebration: 3/10, Berkeley

Want to get ideas for your Spring garden? Then come to Berkeley’s annual Bay Area Seed Swap and Celebration to celebrate your favorite pulses, and swap seeds with others on Friday, March 10. Hosted by the Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL), the event will provide information about seed libraries and give participants the opportunity to swap home-grown garden seeds, share a potluck supper, and enjoy music with the company of local gardeners and earth stewards. The event will be held from 7pm to 9pm, and admission is free if you bring food and seeds to share; otherwise, a $5-$20 donation is requested. The Bay Area Seed Interchange Library (BASIL) Project is part of a growing network of concerned farmers and community gardeners dedicated to conserving the remaining genetic diversity of our planet’s seed stock. They have created a library of healthy vegetable, herb, and flower seeds that are being made available free to the public. To get there, take the train to the Berkeley Station, and connect to downtown Berkeley on AC Transit with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 3/11, San Francisco

Come celebrate the West Coast’s largest Irish event at the 166th Annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 11. Starting at 11:30am at Civic Center Plaza, there will be a family-friendly parade with over a hundred colorful floats, Irish dance troupes, and marching bands all dressed in green. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be held at Civic Center Plaza in front of City Hall before, during, and after the parade, showcasing Irish culture through live performances and entertainment. There will also be arts and crafts exhibitors, children’s rides and inflatables, non-profit booths representing the Irish community, and vendors selling traditional Irish food and drinks. Featured groups from throughout the Bay Area’s Irish community including schools, youth organizations, labor unions, cultural groups, as well as the San Francisco Fire and Police Departments, will be there to celebrate Irish history and culture. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from Emeryville to the Transbay Temporary Terminal. You can also take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, connect to BART and ride to downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center Station, which is just a short walk to Civic Center Plaza.

Bacon and Beer Festival: 3/11, Oakland

The Bacon and Beer Festival comes back to Oakland for the fourth year on Saturday, March 11, at the Market building along the water in Jack London Square. Between 2:30pm to 5pm, come and enjoy dozens of craft brew samples from local breweries, creative bacon-infused dishes, and even “bacon-y” drinks for devoted pork fans. Tickets can be purchased online in advance and the event will benefit Oakland Grown, a program of the Sustainable Business Alliance aimed at strengthening Oakland’s local economy. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Station, and you’ll be just a short walk from the festivities.

Kids Food Festival: 3/12, San Jose

Bring the whole family and see what’s cooking at Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose for the Kids Food Festival. On Sunday, March 12, from noon to 5pm, kids of all ages will be encouraged to have fun while learning about healthy eating with delicious recipes. There will be hands-on activities such as creating “Ugly Fruit” masterpieces, a balanced-plate scavenger hunt, and pedal power to whip up a healthy fruit smoothie on the Blender Bike. The event is held as part of the museum’s strategic commitment to Childhood Obesity Prevention and promoting the benefits of healthy food choices. Festivities are included in the price of admission; general admission is $13, 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 a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor.