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Bay Area Weekend Happenings June 17-19: Juneteenth celebrations, North Beach Festival, and more

Bay Area Weekend Happenings June 17-19: Juneteenth celebrations, North Beach Festival, and more
Juneteenth in San Jose (Photo: African American Community Service Agency)
By Laila Weir - Published on June 17, 2022.

There's so much going on this weekend! Father's Day, Juneteenth, and more ... In this week's installment of Hoodline's Summertime Happenings series, we look at some great choices for what to do in the Bay Area June 17-19.

Hit the Ball Park for Father's Day

The Giants may be away this weekend, but the Oakland A's are in town for a game against the Royals on Father's Day -- and they're hosting a Father's Day Play Catch where guests can play catch on the field after the game and collect some autographs. It's also Juneteenth, and $5 from every ticket sold will benefit the Black Cultural Zone, whose mission is to work with a coalition of residents, government agencies, churches, and grassroots organizing and community groups to help keep Black folks in East Oakland. And on Friday, the A's also have a Glenn Burke Pride Night game at 6:40 p.m. to support the Oakland LGBTQ Center.

When: Sunday, June 19, 1:07 p.m.
Where: Oakland Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland
Information & tickets: www.mlb.com/athletics/tickets/specials

And in the South Bay, the Minor League San Jose Giants are hosting Beer Batter Weekend with games every day, starting with Friday Night Fireworks after the game Friday. After the Saturday and Sunday games, kids will be invited to run the bases. There will also be "beer batter-themed activities" and players will wear special Beer Batter uniforms that fans can bid on to take right off the players backs. 
 
When: Friday, June 17, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 18, 6 p.m.; Sunday, June 19, 1 p.m.
Where: Excite Ballpark, 588 East Alma Ave., San Jose
Information & tickets: www.milb.com/san-jose

Celebrate Juneteenth at a Bay Area Festival

Berkeley's 35th Annual Juneteenth Festival will feature performances and live music on two stages and a KID/STEM Zone with attractions like a rock wall, skating, and STEM activities. There will also be art programs for young children including dance, storytelling, slides, jumpers and clowns, face painting and art projects.
When: Sunday, June 19, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Adeline & Alcatraz, Berkeley
Information: berkeleyjuneteenth.org

On Saturday, the City of Richmond will be hosting a Juneteenth Family Day and Festival, complete with parade, live music, food and more.
When: Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m. parade; festival 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Parade starts at Booker T. Anderson Community Center, 960 South 47th St., Richmond; Festival is at Nicholl Park, 3230 MacDonald Ave., Richmond
Information: ci.richmond.ca.us

In San Jose, and also on Saturday, the 41st Juneteenth in the Park Festival will feature live music including headliner Tamar Braxton and Gospel headliner Kierra Sheard, food vendors, and more. There are also a variety of run-up events, such as an educational event Friday evening featuring speakers Amanda Seals (Insecure) and Elaine Brown (Black Panthers).
When: Saturday, June 18, 12-7 p.m.
Where: SoFA District, Downtown San Jose (S. First St between San Carlos St & Williams St)
Information: www.sjaacsa.org/juneteenth/home

In Oakland, there's a Juneteenth weekend event around Lake Merritt, with a PanAfrican Wellness Fest on Saturday ($5) and a full-day celebration Sunday with DJs, art, a youth zone, PanAfrican vendors, a Black Father’s Day tribute, and more ($20).
When: Saturday, June 18, 5-8 p.m.; Sunday, June 19, 12-8 p.m.
Where: Lake Merritt Amphitheater, Oakland
Information: www.afrooak.com

Head to Little Italy for the North Beach Festival

Go to North Beach either day this weekend for the 66th incarnation of this long-standing traditional neighborhood street fair. Expect performances, live music, arts and crafts and, of course, food.
When: Saturday, June 18 & Sunday, June 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Columbus and Grant Avenues, and adjacent streets, San Francisco
Information: www.northbeachfestival.org

Try some brews at the Pride + Purpose Beer Festival at East Brother in Richmond

The Pride + Purpose Festival will showcase over 50 different beers from over 25 Northern California breweries. Proceeds from the Pride + Purpose Beer Festival will benefit the Rosie The Riveter Trust, the official nonprofit partner of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

When: Saturday, June 18, 12-6 p.m.
Where: East Brother Beer Company, 1001 Canal Blvd, Richmond
Information: rosietheriveter.org/pages/events