San Francisco has several FREE events planned for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday (January 16), including a parade, free museum activities, free film screenings and a children’s reading festival. MLK Day 2012 is also included as part of the free days at National Parks this weekend. Service fees are waived at more than 100 parks, including Yosemite, Muir Woods, and San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park.
SAVVY TIP: Free and discounted service on many Bay area transportation services is available on Monday, including BART, SFMTA and Golden Gate Transit and Ferry, along with AMTRAK’s Capitol Corridor Service and the Central Valley Corridor Service. Limited availability and first-come-first-served.
MLK Day Activities Around the Bay
- 2012 MLK Day March and Parade: January 16, 2012, 11am – The 1.5 mile march crosses over Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park to commemorate the Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, marches, which crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights era.
- Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA): 11am – 4pm — YBCA celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on Monday, January 16th, by providing FREE admission. YBCA, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103.
- The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD): January 16, 2012, 11am – 5pm – Open free with special events planned for all ages for WHAT IS YOUR DREAM? Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Activities include chalk drawing mural in front of the museum, “What is Your Dream?” Visionboard project in the MoAD Education Center. Jewelery making, films about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement, and more. MoAD, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco, California 94105.
- MLK Free Days at National Parks: January 14-16, 2012 – More than 100 national parks will waive entrance fees this year (2012), including several in California, like Yosemite National Park. Plan ahead and enjoy the days listed below, including January 14-16, 2012, Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.
- 2012 MLK Liberation Film Festival: January 16, 2012, follow link for times and locations. In partnership with California Newsreel, 2012 will inaugurate the civil rights film festival. The new film festival is designed to provide screenings throughout the day at various screening rooms in the Yerba Buena area with civil rights documentaries and films for all ages.
- 2012 Children’s Reading Festival: January 16, 2012, follow link for times and locations. The Festival launch is designed to deliver a wide range of activities for children. And, through the Children’s Activity Map, participants will learn about civil rights through innovative activities and films.