The Mission. Potrero Hill. Dogpatch. Hunter’s Point. SOMA. Bike through them all – and take in stunning views of the bay – on this sweet tour of the city’s best artisan chocolate and coffee makers. Food, design and history – culinary, creative and cool.
You’ll start off in the mural-rich Mission. Sip coffee from an iconic local coffee roaster while exploring an internationally renowned ceramics factory and gallery. Next peek into the Mission’s favorite chocolatier’s test kitchen and sample their award-winning treats. After a ride along the bay, enjoy a locally-famous sourdough pizza (other delicious options available) in an eco-park with panoramic views of the Bay Bridge, Berkeley and Oakland. Finish the tour with a pedal through the Dogpatch neighborhood and discover its collection of art galleries, chocolate shops, cheesemakers, wine producers and coffee roasters. A few surprise stops chart the fascinating (yet nearly forgotten) history of one of the city’s greatest pastimes.
You know it as home to some of America’s most notorious criminals – Al “Scarface” Capone, “Birdman” Robert Stroud. But there’s more to Alcatraz Island than the notorious federal penitentiary that operated there from 1934 to 1963. Today Alcatraz is home to rare flowers and plants, marine wildlife and thousands of roosting and nesting sea birds. Experience the island’s many moods on this evening visit. Enjoy the beauty of the city and the Golden Gate at sunset, the bridge in silhouette. Hear compelling stories about the island’s history and residents. The Alcatraz Night Tour is limited to just a few hundred visitors per evening, with special programs, tours and activities not offered during the day.
Note: Time includes 60 minutes travel from Embarcadero to catch the ferry at 6:30 pm. Tour duration is 2.5 hours.
Food trucks. Happy Hour. Lumpia. What is Lumpia you say? Filipino egg rolls mainly filled with meat. Do we have to say more? Join YPT San Francisco Bay and the New Rail~Volutionaries at the SoMa StrEat Food Park, where it will be Lumpia Palooza. This is your chance to go local with professionals from public, private and nonprofit organizations from around the Bay Area. Mingle, network and take in the urban landscape with other Rail~Volution attendees and young professionals. Mention you’re with Rail~Volution and avoid the cover!
SoMa StrEat Food Park
428 11th St. @ Division St. (next to Costco), San Francisco
Nestled between the busy Port of Oakland and the City of Alameda, the Oakland Estuary offers a warmer, calmer part of the bay – perfect for kayaking. Explore the historic waterfront with its picturesque houseboats and old maritime ambiance. Kayak past the Brooklyn Basin, a large scale infill development project currently under construction on the estuary. Whether you want a leisurely nature cruise or just want to have some fun, you’ll enjoy this urban wildlife adventure. Experienced instructors will keep you safe and get you on and off the water efficiently.
Note: Time includes one-hour travel from Embarcadero to Jack London Square, 30 minutes return travel, with a 3-hour kayak experience.
Kick off Sunday night’s Welcome Reception early at Oakland’s Port Bar, a gathering place for LGBT East Bay residents and their heterosexual friends. Call it a shout-out to Rail~Volution’s mission to embrace diversity – or just call it a good party. Mix it up with old friends and new, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm, on Sunday night. The Port Bar is just a few blocks from the Fox Theatre, site of the Welcome Reception (6:00 – 10:00 pm). Time it right and hit both events. Mingle a little and network a bit. And if you’re so inclined – dance, a lot!
When Fox Theatre opened its doors in 1928, 20,000 people thronged Oakland’s newest movie palace. The crowd will be smaller, but no less exhilarated, at Rail~Volution’s Welcome Reception at this historic theatre. Ride BART 12 minutes from San Francisco to Oakland’s Uptown District, the demographic center of the Bay Area. The centerpiece of the revitalized Uptown, the Fox is home to live jazz, funk and rock performances, as well as the Oakland School for the Arts.
Ever dreamed of fronting a rock band? Here’s your chance! The Amazing Embarrassonic Human Karaoke Machine will be on-hand at our Welcome Reception to lure you up on stage. They started in the dive bars of San Francisco’s Mission District – and now it’s come to Rail~Volution! No prerecorded tracks. Sing along with a live three-piece band with over 500 songs in their repertoire. Classic rock, punk, pop, soul, classic country – pick your poison. Who knows? After you make your stage debut, mingle with friends, old and new. Nibble, drink and enjoy the exquisitely restored beaux-arts theatre. Come early to explore the district’s art deco buildings, City Hall, the Oakland Museum, Lake Merritt, and new bike lanes. After the reception, check out the long list of critics’ favorites – restaurants, breweries and even an urban winery. Browse songs here!
Rail~Volution is all about connections. Enhance your conference experience by attending this networking event. Establish a mentoring relationship with an industry expert or emerging leader speed dating style! Mentors and mentees will get three minutes to talk, exchange information and ask questions. Then, move on and meet someone new. This event will lead into the Trade Show Reception where you can continue to converse over apps and drinks. If you are interested in attending, check the box about mentorship when you register.
Meet the firms and organizations making a difference in the livability and sustainability movement. Ask questions, share plans and mingle with knowledgeable representatives from across industries. Enjoy exhibits, conversation, hors d’oeuvres and beverages in a relaxed environment.
You asked, we answered. Take these 90 minutes of downtime and do your own thing: Get down to business with a new connection. Down your lunch at a local eatery. Power down for awhile and explore the concept of walkability. Return refreshed at 1:00 pm for dessert and coffee before heading off to your next session.
Don’t blink! You’ll miss our annual Pecha Kucha Slam. Fast-moving and even faster-thinking, this flurry of ideas is a favorite, so get there early. 20 slides x 20 seconds each per topic. Think, drink and have a raucously intellectual evening.
Rail~Volution is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the American Planning Association’s AICP Certified Maintenance (CM) program. Accredited conference events are reflected using this notation (available in September): AICP CM 1.5