Week in Transit: SamTrans 40th, Oktoberfest, Armenian Food Festival

By Jessica Loi

Celebrate 40 Years of SamTrans Service: This Saturday, SamTrans is hosting a free event to commemorate four decades of bus service. From 11am to 3pm, the public is invited to the SamTrans 40th Anniversary Celebration at the San Mateo County Event Center. The program includes a variety of transit-related entertainment such as bus-driving skills demos, vintage bus displays, and a SamTrans memorabilia exhibit. In addition, there will be gourmet food trucks, children’s entertainment, live music from the Sequoia High School Pep Band, information on employment opportunities, and free giveaways. The San Mateo County Event Center is located at 1346 Saratoga Drive in San Mateo. Admission and parking will be free for event attendees. Additionally, the event center is located a short walk from Caltrain’s Hillsdale Station, and SamTrans’ Route ECR and Route 292 provide direct service to the site.

showimageJoin the Merriment at Oktoberfest: Redwood City’s Oktoberfest is happening this weekend, just in time to welcome the change in seasons. For the third year, Oktoberfest will be held in the Courthouse Square for all to attend. Taking place from September 9 to11, the event features live entertainment presented by AlpinersUSA and the Golden Gate Bavarian Club. In addition, Redwood City Oktoberfest offers authentic German food, dancing, singing, stein holding, yodeling contests, and, of course, beer! Enjoy Oktoberfest without the worry of driving afterward by using public transit to travel to and from the event location. Caltrain’s Sequoia Station is located across the street from the Courthouse Square. Additionally, SamTrans Route ECR stops at the Redwood City Transit Center, only a two-minute walk from downtown Redwood City.

Taste the Flavors of Armenia: Celebrate the culture of Armenia in San Francisco this weekend at the 59th annual Armenian Food Festival and Bazaar. From September 9 to11, participants are welcome to enjoy authentic Armenian cuisine, folk dancing troupes, kemenche bands and players of Armenia’s national instrument, the duduk. The festival will also provide a kids zone featuring fun and exciting entertainment such as laser tag, a video game theater, carnival games, and more. Steer clear of city traffic this weekend by using Caltrain, BART, and Muni as transportation during the festival. Caltrain provides service to the Millbrae Transit Center, where passengers can take BART to the Daly City station. After a ride on Muni’s Route 57 to the stop on Chumasero Drive and Galindo Avenue, a seven-minute walk will take transit riders to the Armenian Community Center Hall at 825 Brotherhood Way.

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