Sit Back & Relax this Labor Day with Amtrak San Joaquins

August 31, 2022

This Labor Day weekend, you deserve a break—so why not sit back and enjoy a relaxing, scenic train ride to any of Amtrak San Joaquins’ 100+ destinations all over California? There’s tons to explore along our routes this long holiday weekend, from festivals to minor league baseball games and even a swank hotel pool party! Plus, everyone can join the fun for less with our Friends and Family Discount, when you buy one ticket and save 50% off on up to five companion fares! Use code V302.

Here’s our list of the most exciting Labor Day events you can access from our routes:


Hiero Day

3rd Street & Martin Luther King Junior Way | Monday, September 5th | 11-8 PM

The 10th annual Hiero Day celebration is happening on Labor Day in Oakland! The now decade running Hip - Hop block party attracts fans from across the Bay area together for one day of celebration that is open to all-ages and showcases over 30 live performances! Throughout the day there will be 3 stages rocked by the best legendary, underground, and undiscovered artists in genres such as hip-hop, R&B, and more. In addition to the amazing music, this event will bring a plethora of culture, local foods, crafts and other Bay Area specialities. 

Get tickets here

Directions: The event is a quick 12 minute walk from the Amtrak Oakland station. After arriving, just walk down 2nd St. or take the scenic route along the water until you reach Martin Luther King Jr Way. 

SF Giants Vs PHI Phillies

24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94107
Friday, September 2, 7:15 PM | Saturday, September 3, 1:05 PM | Sunday, September 4, 1:05 PM

Oracle Park will be hosting the Phillies for a Labor Day triple series! Both teams have something to prove as they battle one another at the storied Oracle Park in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Following the game, stay a while to enjoy the views of the Bay, check out some nearby restaurants, or visit a nearby park. 

Directions: Amtrak Thruway bus riders arriving at 555 Mission St. can take a quick 4 minute walk to the SF Muni by taking a right on 2nd St. After arriving at the Muni, take the KT or N line to King & 2nd St. which is right outside of the Oracle Park stadium. 

For individuals traveling on Amtrak San Joaquins and leaving form the Oakland station, you can walk to the Lake Merrit train stop 12 minutes north of the station. Take the Green or Blue line to the Embarcadero stop, and transfer to the KT or N line to Oracle Park. 

Dramatic sunrise from above, San Francisco
Dramatic sunrise from above, San Francisco

Sazon Latin Festival

Sazon Latin Food Festival
1195 Evans Avenue San Francisco, CA 94124 | Monday September 5th | 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

This Labor Day weekend, head over to San Francisco to celebrate the Sazon Latin Food Festival. Taste dishes from a dozen different Latin food vendors including but not limited to the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Bring your friends and family to enjoy the festival with! Listen to great music while savoring delicious food and drinks.Tickets are free but limited. To register for the event please click here.

Directions: From Amtrak San Joaquins San Francisco bus stop. Walk northeast toward Shaw Alley. Turn left on Ecker St. then turn left on Market St. Cross Market St and hop onto Muni line 15 at Sutter St & Sansome St.. Get off Muni at Hudson Ave & Keith St.. Head southwest on Hudson Ave towards Keith St.. Turn left on Keith St and your destination will be on your right.

Fresno Grizzlies vs. Modesto Nuts at Chukchansi Park

1800 Tulare St, Fresno, CA 93721 | Sunday, September 4th | 3:05pm - 5:05pm

Take me out to the ballgame at Chukchansi Park for Fan Appreciation Day with the Fresno Grizzlies and Modesto Nuts! Grab your friends and family for a great game in a beautiful stadium right in the middle of downtown Fresno. 

Get tickets here.

Directions: A quick 15-minute walk from the Fresno Amtrak station, head southwest toward Santa Fe Ave. Take a right on Santa Fe and another right on Inyo Ave. The stadium will be on your right.


Summer Pool Party at the Darling Hotel

210 N. Court St, Visalia, CA 93291 | Monday, September 5th | 1pm - 4pm

The Darling Hotel & Elderwood are delighted to welcome you to their first ever Pool Party experience on the Pool Terrace, featuring local DJ's, cool drinks, and good vibes all around. Ticket entry will include access into the Pool Terrace, swag bag, and live entertainment. Specialty cocktails and other beverages created by the Elderwood Bar Team will be available for purchase. General seating around the pool and towels will be available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Get tickets here.

Directions: A short 5-minute walk from the Amtrak Visalia throughway bus station, head west on Center Ave. toward Bridge St. Turn right onto Court St. The hotel will be on your right.

22nd Annual Chalk It Up! Chalk Art & Music Festival

John C. Frémont Park 1515 Q St, Sacramento | Satuday, September 3 - Monday, September 5, 2022 | 10:00 AM PDT - 6:00 PM PDT 

Join the Sacramento Community with the 22nd annual Chalk it Up! This annual labor event is a three-day celebration of local artists and the arts community. This family-friendly event is free and perfect for celebrating Labor Day weekend. Enjoy live music and food vendors, and watch the local artist turn the surrounding sidewalk into beautiful works of art. Creating performance art as they work during the festival.

Directions: San Joaquins passengers and Amtrak Thruway bus riders arriving at the Sacramento Valley Station can take a 8-minute Lyft or Uber to the John C Frémont Park.

Multiethnic friends celebrating summer holi festival
Multiethnic friends celebrating summer holi festival
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FoodieLand Night Market

California State Fair, 1600 Exposition Blvd, Sacramento | Friday, September 2- Monday, September 5 | Friday 3:00 PM PDT - 10:00 PM PDT, Satuday- Sunday 1:00 PM PDT - 10:00 PM PDT 

FoodieLand is the perfect outdoor food event for everyone. Bring your friends together for late-night sounds, tastes, and scents where you can experience a street food festival this summer in the Sacramento area. Enjoy authentic multicultural street foods and many enticing beverages and desserts to please your palette. Don't miss our bar by Cal Expo for your favorite alcoholic drinks. Shop small, discover talented local artisans, live music, DJs, and more. Finally, find Sacramento's finest FoodieLand Night Market to eat, drink, shop, and play. This event will feature over 150 vendors, allowing you to experience a variety of unique foods and drinks, arts, and crafts, games, and live entertainment in one great location. Tickets start at $5 and are available on the FoodieLand website. 

Directions: San Joaquins passengers and Amtrak Thurway bus riders arriving at the Sacramento Valley Station can take a 14-mintue Lyft or Urber ride to the California State Fair Grounds at Cal Expo.

Annual Labor Day Community Pow Wow

Derosa Lawn at University of the Pacific, 3601 Pacific Avenue, Stockton | Saturday, September 3, 2022 | 11:00 AM PDT - 9:00 PM PDT 

The University of the Pacific El Centro and the Stockton Pow Wow Committee will host the 41st Annual Stockton Labor Day Pow Wow event. This event is free and open to the public as we invite you to this family-friendly, free celebration of Native culture. Indigenous peoples of the West share their songs, dances, drums, arts, crafts, and foods. Vendors will set up booths for this year’s Pow Wow. Offering Native foods, artwork, crafts, clothing, jewelry, and other items. Look for buffalo burgers, Indian hotdogs wrapped in frybread and deep fried, Native American tacos, which include ground beef and other toppings on frybread, and of course, frybread!

Directions: San Joaquins passengers and Amtrak Thurway bus riders arriving at the San Joaquin Street Station can take a 10-mintue Lyft or Urber ride to the University of the Pacific Campus.  



End of Summer White Party

Waterfront Warehouse Amphitheater, 445 W Weber Avenue, Stockton | Saturday, September 3, 2022 | 4:00 PM PDT - 11:30 PM PDT 

With the summer season ending, what better way to celebrate than enjoying live music, food, and a cocktail along the river? So come on down to the Waterfront Waterfront Amphitheater and enjoy the live sounds of local favorites of  Mike Torres Jr Band and the Soul Trust Band, along with Fonzo & DJ Manuel C, which will keep you dancing into the late evening hours. White attire is not mandatory but recommended. The first 100 guests through the gates will receive a complimentary chair for seating. Special reserve seating for groups of 8 or more is available with pre-paid reservations. $15 cover the day of the event. With plenty of boat docks and parking spaces, feel free to arrive by land or water. Visit their event page here to learn more about the End of Summer White Party.

Directions: San Joaquins passengers and Amtrak Thurway bus riders arriving at the San Joaquin Street Station can take a 5-mintue Lyft or Urber ride to the University of the Pacific Campus.  


Pay It Forward Yoga at Stonum Vineyards and Winery

Stonum Vineyards and Winery,16388 N Alpine Road, Lodi| Sunday, September 4, 2022 | 10:00 AM PDT – 12:00 PM PDT 

Start September off right with an energized soul and body cleanse. Stonum Vineyards and Winery host a morning of yoga, brunch, and wine. Yoga starts at ten, with each class being 45-minutes long. This will be followed by a socializing brunch featuring what’s in season from the Stonum Vineyard Garden and your choice of a complimentary glass of our newly released Chardonnay or Rosé. Tickets start at $50, and all proceeds help fund Yoga Access to All Event, a day of free yoga promoting yoga accessibility. For more information about Stonum Vineyards and their event, vist their website at

Directions: San Joaquins passengers and Amtrak Thurway bus riders arriving at the Lodi  Station can take a 10-mintue Lyft or Urber ride to Stonum Vineyards and Wineary.  

Tuscan vineyard with red grapes ready for harvest.
Tuscan vineyard with red grapes ready for harvest.

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