Martin Luther King Day Events around the Bay Area

There are 2020 events throughout the Bay Area designed to commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through celebration and acts of service in the community.



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.  


Marin, San Francisco and Peninsula

Celebration Train – This train offers communities from San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties an opportunity to come together and commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Check website for date, time and details. FREE. 

MLK2020 March – Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision by participating in this 1.5-mile march. Mon., Jan. 20. 11am. FREE. Crosses the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and stops at Willie Mays Plaza at AT&T Park, San Francisco.

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. 


Silicon Valley

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.


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