Bay Day at Facebook HQ: Bratwurst, Beer & the Bay

FB Farmers Market

We’re thrilled to have Facebook as the lead sponsor of the first-ever Bay Day — one day for the entire Bay Area to come together and celebrate the Bay.

Facebook’s generous sponsorship is helping Save The Bay launch this amazing celebration at locations throughout the Bay Area. Their also hosting us at the Facebook Farmer’s Market on the company’s main campus.

Stop by the Save The Bay booth, then stick around for cocktails, live music and free activities for children and families. Bay Day is also Oktoberfest at the market, so you can salute the Bay with German specialties including pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and beer.

The Facebook Farmers Market is held in Lot 15 of Facebook’s Menlo Park campus, Saturdays from 2-5 p.m.

Find more great Bay Day events at www.bayday.org.

First Official Bay Day

The first-ever Bay Day is indeed turning out to be much more than an ordinary Saturday in October.

The extraordinary support we’ve seen for Bay Day has come from every corner of the Bay Area. This amazing expression of Bay pride would not have happened without the many Bay Area cities, community organizations, and small businesses that have all come together for San Francisco Bay.

It now serves as a culmination of community effort and support for the place we call home.

We’re so thankful to cities and local leaders who have answered our call to officially declare Bay Day in their communities, and to the Association of Bay Area Governments that helped us rally support across the Bay Area. Here’s the list of cities that are on board so far — and we expect many more to join the Bay Day bandwagon in 2017!

Accepting Union City's Bay Day Proclimation
Accepting Union City’s Bay Day Proclamation
Alameda
Albany
Belvedere
Benicia*
Brisbane
Burlingame
Contra Costa
Emeryville
Foster City
Hayward*
Marin
Martinez
Menlo Park
Napa
Newark
Novato
Oakland
Redwood City
San Francisco
San Jose
San Leandro
San Mateo
San Pablo
Santa Clara*
Santa Clara*
Sonoma*
Union City

*Formal action pending


Interactive Bay Day declaration map provided by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG): http://abag.ca.gov/bayday/cities.html

Yelp’s Top Bay Area spots to celebrate Bay Day

Bay Day is almost here! Museums, aquariums, parks, community organizations, and small businesses across the Bay Area will host special Bay-themed programs for residents to explore, enjoy, and learn more about our Bay on Saturday, Oct. 1. Whether you’re in San Francisco, the East Bay, South Bay, or North Bay, there’s something for everyone on Bay Day. Find the event that’s right for you at BayDay.org!

And for more ways to celebrate and enjoy the Bay, check out these top spots as curated by our friends at Yelp:

Celebrate Bay Day at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is offering three family-friendly programs and activities free of charge on Saturday, Oct. 1 in honor of Bay Day.

 

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is gearing up for Bay Day in a major way on Saturday, Oct. 1 with three major events that are free of charge to the Bay Area community.

Named after former Rep. Don Edwards, the Refuge now serves as a 30,000-acre oasis for millions of migratory birds and endangered species.

“The Refuge is the first urban national wildlife refuge in the country,” said Carmen Minch who serves as the Refuge’s Outdoor Recreation Planner. “It lives in three counties and nine cities, and provides wildlife habitat for endangered species and migratory birds, and offers opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education.”

All three free activities have been carefully planned by the staff at the Refuge in honor of the first-ever Bay Day, and encourage residents and visitors alike to celebrate and learn more about the Bay’s significance to our community.

“The Bay is so important ecologically,” said Minch. “Not only does the Bay and surrounding marshes provide food and shelter for organisms from plankton to fish to birds, it also provides essential ecosystem functions to all living organisms, including humans and ecosystem functions such as clean air, clean water, flood control and carbon sequestration. The Bay also gives us great recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, wildlife watching, and fantastic scenery.  We all depend on the Bay at some level and we should celebrate it!”

The Refuge is offering the following family-friendly programs and activities free of charge on Bay Day Saturday, Oct. 1:

Bay Day Bike Ride
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Every day is Bay Day! See the beauty of San Francisco Bay by taking a 4.5-mile bike ride that winds around Mallard Sough at Alviso and ends at Coyote Creek in San Jose. Throughout the ride you’ll learn how wetland restoration benefits the San Francisco Bay and the overall ecosystem. Bring your hybrid or mountain bike, water, helmet, and sense of adventure. You’ll never know what you’ll see. This Bike Ride will be led by Steve Dill, and meets at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso, located at 1751 Grand Blvd. Register here.

Bay Day Litter Poster Making
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Using paper cuts, plastic debris and photography, visitors can flex their creative muscles to design a poster that celebrates our Bay and encourages watershed protection. This workshop is led by Michele Guieu who is exhibiting her “Coastal Clean Up” installation at the Education Center for the summer. Visitors are asked to bring their smart phone and/or tablet, and download the free app PicCollage prior to arrival. This event takes place at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso, located at 1751 Grand Blvd. Ages 7+ are encouraged to participate. Reservations are required and can be made here.  Contact Julie at (408) 262-5513 ext. 104 for more information.

Bay Day Bair Island Walk
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Bair Island is now open! On this 1.5-mile walk, witness wetland restoration in progress. Hear the story of Bair Island and see how the Refuge is turning the former salt pond back into a healthy tidal marsh. Reservations are required and can be made here. Contact Julie at (408) 262-5513 ext. 104 for more information. The Bair Island Walk is located in Redwood City.

Driving directions to the Bair Island Walk:  Take Highway 101 and exit at Whipple Ave. in Redwood City. Head west toward the Bay. The road winds 0.5 miles becoming East Bayshore, then Bair Island Road. The Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Bair Island parking lot is located on the right. Meet by the restrooms.

 

For more information about the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge click here.