Jack London Square Walking Tour

Weekend Picks: Oakland Walking Tour, Food and Wine Tasting in Sacramento, Civil War Living History in San Francisco, and Food Truck Festival in Emeryville

August 17, 2016

Come enjoy a day of food and wine tasting in Sacramento, relive the Civil War at Fort Point in San Francisco, walk in the steps of Jack London in Oakland, and taste the latest food truck fare in Emeryville, all along the Capital Corridor this weekend!

Oakland Walking Tour: 8/20, Oakland

Follow the footsteps of Oakland’s famous literary son, Jack London, and visit sites that played important roles throughout the author’s life along the Oakland Walking Tour path. The images of the author will be part of the historic square and waterfront tour, where he spent time as an oyster pirate and sailor, inspiring his 1904 novel “The Sea Wolf.” The two-hour tour will include a turn-of-the-century wholesale produce district still in operation; the USS Potomac, the restored yacht of President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and some of the best views of the San Francisco Bay. The walking tour begins at 10am at the Jack London Square entry arch at the foot of Broadway. Reservations are recommended for the 90-minute walking tour by leaving a message on the Tours’ 24-hour hotline at (510) 238-3234 or via email to [email protected]. To get there, take the train to the Oakland Jack London Square Station, which is in walking distance from the waterfront.

Off to the Races Food and Wine Tasting: 8/20, Sacramento

The 18th annual celebration of art, wine, and food from locally celebrated restaurants, “Off to the Races”, will be held at its new location, the California Railroad Museum, on Saturday, August 20, from 6pm to 8:30pm. Stroll through the museum and check out 19 steam locomotives and seven new exhibits while sipping on wine from Sean Minor and other great wineries. Taste the latest appetizing creations from Evan’s Kitchen, Fabian’s Italian Bistro, Frank Fats, Hawks Provisions, and so much more. There will also be live entertainment from El Dorado Musical Theatre, as well as Capital Dance Project. Purchase tickets online for $40, or $50 at the door. To get there, take the train to the Sacramento Station, which is just a short walk from the museum.

Civil War Living History Day: 8/20, San Francisco

Come relive a historical day in the past at Fort Point’s Civil War Living History Day. The event will be held within the 155-year-old walls of the fort, standing watch under the southern anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge. There will be plenty of activities for the whole family, including American Civil War live re-enactments, artillery demonstrations, flag raising and lowering ceremonies, performances by period military musicians, discussions of medicine in the 1800’s, Victorian dance, and exhibits displaying the lives of men, women, and children of days past. The free, all-day affair takes place on Saturday, August 20, from 10am to 5pm. To get to there, take the Capitol Corridor to the Richmond Station or Oakland Coliseum Station, transfer to BART and take to downtown San Francisco. From here, you can take public transit using Google Maps, catch a cab, or take Lyft or Uber.

Off the Grid Public Market: 8/20, Emeryville

Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the latest culinary craze or a tasty treat from the dozen or more food trucks offering their unique delights at Emeryville Public Market. Starting Saturday, August 20, the weekly Off the Grid will now be a monthly, larger-scale Food Truck Festival and will repeat the third Saturday of every month. By shifting the concept to occur less frequently, the event will be larger with a wider variety of food trucks. It will also include live music performances and children’s activities and focus more on community partnerships. The new monthly event will continue to be held in the parking lot on Shellmound St. directly across from Urban Outfitters and next to Hyatt House. To get there, take the Capitol Corridor train to the Emeryville Station, which is just a short walk from the parking lot.

Written by Sylvia Sheehan
Photo credit: Keith Braunies