Fling into Spring with Amtrak San Joaquins!

April 1, 2022

It’s the perfect weather for farmer’s markets, festivals, and having brunch outside in the sun–and there’s still time to squeeze in a spring trip to do it all! Now through April 29th, students can still save 30% on tickets to over 100 destinations, whether it’s to catch a wave in LA, catch a view in Yosemite or catch a trolley car in  San Francisco. Saving on travel means more money to spend on chic hotels, tickets to events, or trying new restaurants. 

If you’re looking for things to do during your spring vacation, here’s what’s happening in popular destinations along the Amtrak San Joaquins route.

Fresno

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Vineyard Farmers Market

100 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA 93704 | Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM PDT

Every Wednesday and Saturday, people flock to this farmers market for the freshest produce and locally-grown fruits and vegetables, direct from the growers! The market is located in a beautiful structure designed by Christopher Alexander, Professor Emeritus of Architecture at UC Berkeley, and made of redwood arched trusses and concrete columns. A floor of gray concrete with blue concrete ornaments, let into the slab, forms an endless pattern. See for yourself!

Click here to learn more. 

Directions: After arriving at the Amtrak Fresno Station, take a 10-minute Uber or Lyft ride to the destination.

NoLove Live Arts and Music Fest

Clay Hand Studios, 660 Van Ness Ave, Fresno | Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Come celebrate the incredible art and work going on throughout the Fresno Art scene. This event is intended to shine a spotlight on the artistic and creative communities throughout Fresno County. Come join and support local artists, musicians, creators, and galleries. Enjoy live music, and food trucks, and buy some gallery merch! This event is completely free to attend. For more information about the NoLove Live Arts and Music Fest please visit the Downtown Fresno Partnership Events page. 

Directions: Riders who arrive at the Amtrak Fresno Station can take a quick 13-minute walk by turning left onto Sante Fe Street, taking a right on Inyo Street, taking a turn left toward Mono Street, and finally turning a right onto Mono Street. where the destination will be on the right. If you prefer rideshare, the Clay Hands Studio is a quick 3-minute Lyft or Uber ride from the Fresno Amtrak Station. 

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Sacramento Earth Day Festival

Southside Park, 2115 6th Street, Sacramento | Sunday, April 24 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM PDT

Find ways to help the residents and community of the Greater Sacramento region and reduce your ecological footprint by celebrating Earth Day. Come down to Southside Park and enjoy a variety of activities, including interactive educational games, extensive displays, live music, and delicious plant-based/vegan food options. To learn more about Sacramento’s Earth Day festival please visit the Environmental Council of Sacramento

Don’t forget to look for the Amtrak San Joaquins booth!

Directions: Once Riders arrive at the Sacramento Valley Station they can take a quick 6-minute Lyft or Uber to Southside Park. 

Loud Festival

Cesar Chavez Plaza, 910 I Street, Sacramento | Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM PDT

Loud Fest is coming to Cesar Chavez Plaza! The festival will last three days and include local, regional, and national acts. Come enjoy live music, comedians, food, and on-air personalities from local radio station 102.5 KSFM. Tickets for the three-day music event start at $75 for individual days and $200 for the full weekend. To learn more about the festival and the performers please visit their event page

Directions: Once riders arrive at the Sacramento Station they can head east toward I Street, and take a left leaving the station. Cesar Chavez Plaza is a quick 9-minute walk down I street and will be located on the right-hand side between 9th and 10th streets. 

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Multiethnic friends celebrating summer holi festival
68th Annual Autorama Hot Rod Show and Expo at the Cobo Center in

Sacramento Autorama

Cal Expo Race Track, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento, CA, 95815 | Friday, April 29 - Sunday, May 1, 2022 | 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM PDT

In its 71st year, the Sacramento Autorama returned to Cal Expo. Over 500 vehicles will be showcased and compete for awards. The Lowrider Showcase room is making its 5th appearance and will have over 250 custom-made Lowriders, bicycles, and motorcycles being featured. Come see what car clubs & culture built and the lifestyle that made auto shows what they are today!  Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. For more information about the Sacramento Autorama please visit their website

Directions: Once riders arrive at the Sacramento Valley Station they can take a quick 16-minute Lyft or Uber ride to the Cal Expo Race Track. 

Stockton

Stockton Earth Day Festival

Victory Park, 1001 N Pershing Ave, Stockton | Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Earth Day is every day! Celebrate Earth Day with the City of Stockton and San Joaquin County. 

Sponsored by the Organizing Committee of Earth Day Festival Stockton, the festival is an opportunity to help out the environment. Enjoy Yoga on the park green, live music and dance, and a March for Science. Earth Day is a day to recognize the importance of caring for the Planet’s environment and natural resources. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more about Stockton’s Earth Day festivities by visiting their website

Don’t forget to look for the Amtrak San Joaquins booth!

Directions: Once Riders reach the San Joaquin Street Station they can take a quick 7-minute Lyft or Uber to Victory Park.

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hand holding young tree for planting. concept eco earth day

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A line up of classic old cars cruising the local strip.
A line up of classic old cars cruising the local strip.

Lowrider Stockton Super Show

San Joaquin County FairGrounds, 1658 S. Airport Way, Stockton | Sunday, April 24, 2022 | 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM PDT

The Lowrider Stockton Super Show returns! Hosted by Impalas Magazine, featuring some Of the world’s finest cars, trucks, bikes, and hoppers. Enjoy live musical performances and much more! Don’t miss this family-friendly event! For more information about the event please visit Impala Magazine's Facebook page

Directions: Once Riders reach the San Joaquin Street Station they can take a quick 6-minute Lyft or Uber to the San Joaquin County FairGrounds.

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Motown Fry Fest

Graceada Park, 401 Needham St, Modesto | Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM PDT

Social and philanthropic organization  Omega Nu presents the Modesto Fry Fest! Experience the creativity of local chefs as they put their culinary skills to the test with loaded fries. Hosted by Omega Nu, this savory event will have you begging for me. Enjoy from the sweet to the savory with so many combinations in between! Enjoy live music, drinks, a kid's play area, and a maker’s bazaar. With this celebration of creativity and fries, there is something for everyone to enjoy at the Motown Fry Fest. Tickets start at $10 for General Admission and $25 for limited VIP. For more information about Motown’s Fry Fest please visit their All Events page. 

Directions: Once Riders arrive at the Modesto Station they can take a 15-minute Lyft or Uber to Graceada Park. 

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Oakland

Beautiful home garden in full bloom
Beautiful home garden in full bloom

Oakland, CA | Sunday, April 24 | 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT

Spring Garden Tour

Watch the Spring season bloom into action at the Spring Garden Tour presented by the Hillside Gardeners of Montclair. Get a spectacular tour of seven gardens showcasing stunning views, garden art, and rare plants! There will be a pop-up garden gift store, refreshments, and a free raffle entry for ticket holders to win valuable prizes. Attendees are recommended to wear a hat & sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

This event will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 11 AM to 5 PM. Attendees aged 12+ must purchase a $30 ticket online. All proceeds benefit local horticultural students and conservation groups! 

Directions: Directions to the different gardens will be revealed after registering for the event. 

 

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Celebrate Earth Day At The Greenway Gardens

Unity Park Community Plaza, 16th Street, Ohio Ave, Richmond,| Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT

Celebrate Earth Day at the Greenway Gardens. Come together with other community members to keep Richmond parks and gardens beautiful while participating in a variety of fun activities! Participate in mural painting, planting a flower garden, and helping build a free fruit tree stand for the edible forest. There will also be a petting zoo!

Directions: This event is free and will be held on April 23rd from 10 AM to 2 PM. From Amtrak Richmond Station, walk four blocks down 16th Street to reach the Unity Park Community Plaza where the event will take place.

Colourful Tulips Flowerbeds and Stone Path in an Spring Formal Garden, retro toned
Colourful Tulips Flowerbeds and Stone Path in an Spring Formal Garden, retro toned
Italian antipasti wine snacks set. Cheese variety, Mediterranean olives, pickles, Prosciutto di Parma, tomatoes, artichokes and wine in glasses over black grunge background
Italian antipasti wine snacks set. Cheese variety, Mediterranean olives, pickles, Prosciutto di Parma, tomatoes, artichokes and wine in glasses over black grunge background

The 13th Annual Food and Wine Event

Contra Costa College,2600 Mission Bell Drive, San Pablo| Saturday, April 23, 2022 | 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM PDT

Bring your taste buds to the 13th Annual Food and Wine Event held by the Culinary Academy Department at Contra Costa College. Come and sample delicious food and beverages from over 40 participating Bay Area restaurants and wineries. Attendees must purchase a $40 ticket to attend the event online. Donations raised will benefit Culinary Academy Students with new opportunities that will benefit their education, training, and employment potential.

Directions: This event will be held on Sunday, April 24th from 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM at Contra Costa College. From Amtrak Richmond Station walk to the bus stop to catch line 74 which will take you directly to Contra Costa College.

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