Weekend Picks: San Jose Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show, Oakland Pedalfest, and San Francisco Art Book Fair

July 19, 2017

Bring your bikes (they’re welcome on board!) and enjoy a weekend celebrating all things pedal-powered in Oakland and San Jose. For something a little more low key, check out the Art Book Fair in San Francisco. There are so many fun things to do all along the Capitol Corridor this weekend!

Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show: 7/21 – 7/23, San Jose

Join bicycle gear heads and enthusiasts from all over Bay Area this weekend for the Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show in San Jose. Come to all three days of bike-related events, starting with the World Famous San Jose Bike Party on Friday night; Saturday at 2pm, is the Shiny Side Up “Pre-Ride” that rolls through the streets of San Jose; and finally on Sunday, July 23, from 10am to 4pm, will be the main event – Shiny Side Up Bicycle Show at History Park. This year will mark the event’s 10th Anniversary featuring hundreds of bicycles of all kinds – from fully custom-built bikes to original rusted Schwinns. Check out the bicycle related vendors, swap meet, food trucks, BMX stunt shows, raffles, music and more! Tickets are $5 for spectators, and $5 for Bike Show Entry. Shiny Side Up is one of the longest running bicycle shows in the United States. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor to the San Jose/Diridon Station. History Park is accessible by the VTA, with a free Transit Transfer from the Capitol Corridor conductor. Public transit options can be found on Google Maps. For those bringing bikes, Capitol Corridor train has two marked “bike cars” with large bicycle storage areas, as well as racks on the other cars.

Pedalfest: 7/22, Oakland

Head over to Jack London Square and celebrate all-things cycling at the Bay Area’s biggest bicycle festival, Pedalfest. From 11am to 6pm, on Saturday, July 22, the family-friendly event features an assortment of pedal-power created food, dare-devil stunts, a kid’s bike rodeo, safety training, and a pedal-powered sound stage with live music. There will be activities for the whole family, including a kid’s bicycle parade to help kick-off the festival and the most amazing eclectic collection of handmade bicycles built from recycled car parts, trampolines, old bicycles, and more. Walk Oakland Bike Oakland and The Original Scraper Bike Team will host a decorating station with kids decking out their bikes. The event is expected to attract more than 20,000 biking enthusiasts, so get there early. For those bringing bikes, the Capitol Corridor train has two marked “bike cars” with large bicycle storage areas, as well as racks on the other cars. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Station, and you’re steps from all the fun.

Art Book Fair: 7/21 – 7/23, San Francisco

Whether you’re an art enthusiast or a bibliophile, you don’t want to miss the 2017 San Francisco Art Book Fair this weekend, held at Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco. From 11am to 6pm on Saturday, July 22, and 11am to 5pm on Sunday, July 23, the free event will feature artists’ books, art catalogs, monographs, periodicals, zines, printed ephemera, and artists’ multiples. These works will be presented by over 100 independent publishers, antiquarian dealers, artists, collectors, and enthusiasts covering a diverse range of talks, discussions, book launches, on and off-site special projects, exhibitions and signings. A preview event will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6pm to 10pm, featuring live music and refreshments. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor’s dedicated connecting bus from the Emeryville Station to the Transbay Temporary Terminal, and take Muni‘s T-Third Street Line going towards Dogpatch District, which is just steps from the venue. Discounted Muni tokens are available for purchase in the Café Car of the Capitol Corridor.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo courtesy of Pedalfest