MLK Day of Celebration & Volunteering
Every year, the Bay Area celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a series of festivals, marches and celebrations highlighted by a march and festival near the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
Most of the events are organized by the NorCalMLK Foundation.
Events listed by counties:
Monday, January 20, 2020 at 9:30am – Join thousands in honoring the Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, Alabama marches at the MLK2020 commemorative march/parade from San Francisco’s Caltrain Station to Yerba Buena Gardens. Details.
The 1.5 mile journey crosses the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park to commemorate the crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, a symbol of violence and victory in the civil rights movement. On arriving at Yerba Buena Gardens, an interfaith commemoration will commemorate Dr. King.
Monday, January 20, 2020 | 11 am to 5 pm – Every year on the third Monday in January, over 15,000 attendees come to San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Gardens to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy. Details
January 20th at City View / Metreon – The Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates African Americans’ creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate. The two-day event includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more.
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 3 pm – Join an Interfaith Evensong, with reflections by local faith leaders, a homily by Dr. Andrea C. White, Union Theological Seminary, and music by the Edwin Hawkins Singers. Full details.
- Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 – Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street
- Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 – Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 750 Howard Street
Monday, January 20, 2020 – On certain “fee-free” days throughout the year, enjoy free entrance to all national parks and monuments including Muir Woods and Yosemite National Park and free admission aboard all of the historic vessels at the Hyde Street Pier of SF’s Maritime National Historical Park.
Please note that a parking/shuttle reservation is still required at Muir Woods even on “fee-free” days.
Monday, January 20, 2020 – Make it a “day on” instead of a “day off.” Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Parks at your doorstep and help grow and restore these spectacular parklands. It’s fun, it’s healthy, and it makes a difference—the perfect way to pitch in on a momentous day, launching a new year in the national parks. Full details on volunteering.
January 19-20, 2020. 2 locations.
The Black Comix Arts Festival (BCAF) celebrates African Americans’ creativity in the comic arts and popular visual culture and is dedicated to the notion that all audiences deserve to be subject in the culture in which we participate.
The three-day event includes a grand expo, kids activities, film screenings, panels and conversations, cosplay events and much more. Full Details.
- Saturday, January 18th – San Francisco Public Library (1 pm to 4 pm)
- Sunday, January 19th -San Francisco Public Library (1 pm to 5 pm)
- Monday, January 20th – City View at Metreon (11 am to 6 pm)
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
San Leandro students in grades 3-12 perform an original or well-known essay, speech or poem honoring King and celebrating his message of peace, tolerance and social justice. There will also be live entertainment, crafts for kids and light refreshments. Mon., Jan. 20. 10:30am. FREE. Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St., San Leandro.
El Cerrito Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration
This two-day celebration honors the values of compassionate humanity and social equity. Sun., Jan. 19. 4pm: Community Event, El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Ave. Mon., Jan. 20. 8:30am: Gather at City Hall Plaza, Manila Avenue at San Pablo Avenue. 9:30am: March to El Cerrito High School via Cerrito Vista Park, where there will be entertainment. 11am: Rally at El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater (doors open at 10am). FREE. 510-234-4304.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in volunteer community service projects. The city of Oakland will host outdoor projects to clean, green and beautify parks and open spaces, and indoor projects to assist food pantries. Mon., Jan. 20. Call for times. FREE. Various locations in Oakland. 510-238-7630.
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Service Project
Volunteers are needed to clean and remove invasive plants in order to support and care for wildlife and their natural habitat. Those under 16 must be accompanied by at least one chaperone for every 20 kids. Mon., Jan. 20. 8:30am-12pm. FREE. Oakport Street/Peppermint Gate and Memorial Grove, Doolittle Drive and Swan Way, Oakland. 510-544-2515.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service promotes MLK Day of Service as “a day on, not off!” This important call to service is a way to honor the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and support projects that empower and strengthen local communities. Mon., Jan. 20. 9am. Meet at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-763-2977.
2020 MLK Celebration Train
Take the Caltrain MLK Celebration Train to the 2020 Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and celebration events in San Francisco on Monday, Jan. 21. The Caltrain Norcal MLK Celebration Train will depart from San Jose’s Diridon Station in the morning and will make stops at the Palo Alto and San Mateo stations before heading into San Francisco. Caltrain recommends reserving your complimentary commemorative tickets for departure from one of the above stations, and pick up your tickets at your point of departure at least one hour before travel. Mon., Jan. 20. Check website for times. FREE. San Jose Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St.
MLK Stop The Violence
An annual youth-organized fashion and talent show to raise money for youth in leadership and service opportunities. $10 and up. Sat., Jan.18. 6-8pm. Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose.