Week In Transit: S’mores, Aloha Festival, FB Summer Jam and Shakespeare!

By Mahala Herron, @MahalaHerron

National S’mores Day Celebration

If you have a sweet tooth for marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers, then you might enjoy a spontaneous camping trip at SPARK Social SF with your favorite camping treat, S’mores! This event will be held this Friday, August 10, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be toasting stations, deluxe fire pits, and an opportunity to purchase personalized s’mores kits. Grownups can enjoy a High Water Brewery campfire stout, served with a graham rim and a chocolate dipped marshmallow on top. Take Caltrain to the San Francisco 4th and King Station then walk 10 minutes to the event.

23rd Annual Aloha Festival

Get ready to put on those grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts this weekend for the 23rd Annual Aloha Festival this weekend! The San Mateo Event Center is once again the site of this year’s festival on August 11 and 12. All day, get a feel for the islands through dance, music, food, and culture from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, and other islands in the pacific. The festival will have a range of workshops that people can participate in on a first come first serve basis, and will feature arts and crafts vendors, island cuisine, educational exhibit workshops, and an “Ohana Korner” for the kids. Take Caltrain to the Hillsdale Station or Hayward Park Station and walk 15 minutes to the event or SamTrans ECR or 295 Route.

Facebook’s Summer Jam Festival

Celebrate summer with island vibes and reggae beats this Saturday, August 11, as Facebook invites you to join them for their monthly Facebook Festivals, located at their headquarters at 1 Hacker Way, Lot 1, in Menlo Park.  Facebook’s Summer Jam Festival will host over 80,000 attendees, and more than 150 local family farms and small businesses in attendance. Come enjoy the live music, food trucks, artisans and crafts, wine and cocktails, and the kids’ zone from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. There is free parking and admission to the festival. Proceeds from sales will help benefit local environmental and sustainability organizations.

Free Shakespeare in the Park: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The bard comes to Sequoia High School when the 36th season of Shakespeare in the Park, hosted by SF Shakes, brings A Midsummer Night’s Dream to Redwood City. In case you didn’t pay attention in high school English class, the play follows the misadventures of four young lovers, aspiring actors and mischievous fairies as they all enter the woods outside of Athens on a summer night. Invite friends and family, and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy this timeless classic. This event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, and 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 12. Take Caltrain to the Redwood City Station of SamTrans ECR, 295, or 398 Route and approximately a 5 minute walk to the event.


Mahala Herron is one of the San Mateo County Transit District’s summer interns. She studies at UCLA and is from Oakland. She is interning in the District’s communications department.


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