Three Kings Day

Weekend Picks: San Jose Three Kings Day Party, Sacramento Dine Downtown, and San Francisco MLK Weekend History Walk

January 11, 2017

Celebrate a traditional Latin holiday with the whole family at the Three Kings Day Party in San Jose, check out the hottest restaurants in downtown Sacramento, and learn about the history of different neighborhoods on foot in San Francisco. There are great events this weekend all along the Capitol Corridor!

Three Kings Day Celebration: 1/14 – 1/15, San Jose

Bring the whole family to the Three Kings Day party, a two-day event celebrated by many cultures around the world at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. From 10am on Saturday, January 14 and noon on Sunday, January 15, the El Dia de Los Tres Reyes Mago (Three Kings Day) event will highlight the rich traditions and colorful customs of family, gift-giving, music and art based on the Three Kings observances, marking the 12th day after Christmas in many Spanish-speaking countries. There will be mariachi performances, traditional storytelling and Mexican arts and crafts such as tissue paper flowers, corn husk dolls, and even tortilla-making lessons. Enjoy appearances by the Three Kings in costumes roving through the Museum distributing small goodies and photo opportunities with children and families. General admission is $13, $12 for seniors, and infants and members are free. Festivities are included in the price of museum admission. 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.

 Dine Downtown: 1/12 – 1/22, Sacramento

Sacramento is a foodie travel destination, and to cultivate interest for gourmands of all ages, the city will be hosting the 12th annual Dine Downtown event for 10 straight days. Starting Friday, January 12 to Sunday, January 22, the annual event will give food lovers the opportunity to explore prix fixe, 3-course specialty menus for $35 among 35 participating restaurants in downtown and midtown.  The event will serve more than 15,000 meals, contributing one dollar from every Dine Downtown meal will be donated to social services and community food literacy programs. To make reservations and find out about the list of participating restaurants, check their page online. To get to there, take the Capitol Corridor train to the Sacramento Station. From there, you can walk, take a cab, Uber or Lyft, or hop on the SacRT Gold Line with a free Transit Transfer to visit the eateries.

MLK Weekend History Walks: 1/14 – 1/16, San Francisco

Not sure what to do over the long Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend? Head over to San Francisco for free History Walking tours. From 9:30am to 2pm, on Saturday, January 14 through Monday, January 16, San Francisco City Guides will offer 47 free guided walking tours of many different neighborhoods in the city including Pacific Heights Mansions, Land’s End: Sutro Heights, Gold Rush City, Downtown Deco, Billionaire’s Row, outer Broadway Architecture, 1906: Earthquake, and many more. The tours are open to the public, and perfect for small groups. If you plan to bring 8 or more walkers to a regular tour, please book a private group tour. Click here to register for the 11:00am Fairmont Hotel Tour. 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 are available for purchase in our Café Car.