Weekly Roundup: Holiday schedules, Music and Carnaval

By Will Reisman, @WillReisman

Transit Changes Coming for Memorial Day: Memorial Day is on Monday, May 25, and as a result, local transportation agencies will be offering modified schedules for the holiday. Caltrain will run its Sunday schedule for the holiday, as will SamTrans. BART will also run a Sunday schedule, meaning later start times for trains and less overall service. AC Transit and SF Muni will also run reduced schedules as part of their Sunday service plans for Memorial Day. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority will operate its holiday schedule, as will Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, meaning there will be no commute buses or ferries operating that day.

Enjoy Music in the East Bay This Weekend: The Eastlake Music Festival, a free music and cultural arts event in Oakland, returns for the second straight year on Saturday. The gathering, which will take place on the shores of Lake Merritt, is a non-profit event completely staffed by volunteers and featuring scores of local musicians. The all-ages event begins at noon on Saturday and will run into the evening. Located in the heart of Oakland, Lake Merritt is a short walk from BART’s Lake Merritt Station and is accessible by numerous AC Transit bus lines.

Carnaval 2014Carnaval to Take Over San Francisco’s Mission District This Weekend: Carnaval, the two-day extravaganza of music, dancing and food celebrating Spanish-speaking and Latin American culture, will take place in San Francisco for the 37th straight year on Saturday and Sunday. Featuring spectacularly-choreographed dances numbers, the theme for this year’s Carnaval will be Agua Sacrada—“Sacred Water,” a recognition of the powerful and essential role that water plays in our lives, and one that takes on particular significance as California continues to battle a lengthy drought. San Francisco’s Carnaval—one of the biggest in the Western Hemisphere—will take place in the streets of the city’s Mission District, and will be capped off by the Grand Parade at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Sheila E. a Bay Area musician who has drummed for artists like Prince, Marvin Gaye and Ringo Starr, will act as the Grand Marshall for the parade.

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