Martin Luther King Day Events around the Bay Area

There are 2019 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.

Silicon Valley

2019 MLK Celebration Train Take the Caltrain MLK Celebration Train to the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. parade and celebration events in San Francisco on Mon., Jan. 21. The train departs 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. Check website for times. FREE. San Jose Diridon Station, 65 Cahill St. 

MLK Youth Leadership Training Northern California middle-school and high-school youth explore the Youth Changing the World Toolkit and prepare to take on service projects – from ideas to action through the various stages of project development. After a one-hour training, participants network with civic leaders and business professionals at the Martin Luther King Jr. VIP Reception and Stop the Violence event.  FREE tickets available. $50. Sat., Jan.19. 1-2pm. Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service – Work with your neighbors to spruce up landscaped areas at Marin County Civic Center. All ages welcome; those under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Mon., Jan. 21. 9am-12pm. FREE. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. 415-763-2977.

San Francisco

Celebration Train – This annual train runs between San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to allow the community to commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Check website for date, times and details. FREE. .

MLK 2019 – The event includes a march and parade, children’s activities, music festival and more. Fri., Jan. 18-Mon., Jan. 21. San Francisco.

MLK Celebration: Advancing the Dream – At this celebration, youth learn about employment opportunities, participate in small discussion groups and talk to mentors about their career path, participate in mock interviews and have their resume reviewed. Mon., Jan. 21. 11am-2pm. FREE. War Memorial Veterans’ Building, 401 Van Ness Ave. 415-252-2500. 


MLK Day of Service and Mayor’s Tree Planting – The city of East Palo Alto and Canopy will host this event. Check website for more details. Mon. Jan. 21. 9am-12:30pm.

Alameda County

MLK Day of Service The East Bay Regional Park District needs volunteers to assist staff with restoration work and invasive plant removal at the Memorial Grove and Damon Marsh. Youth ages 16 and under are welcome with an adult chaperone. Please register online. Mon., Jan. 21. 8:30am-12pm. FREE. Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, Doolittle Drive and Swan Way, Oakland. 888-327-2757, option 2.

Celebration & Oratorical Festival San Leandro students will perform an original or well-known essay, speech or poem that honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrates his message of peace, tolerance and social justice. Mon., Jan. 21. 10:30am. FREE. Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St., San Leandro. 510-577-3473.

Contra Costa County

El Cerrito MLK Celebration Gather at 8:30am for this 30th annual parade and rally that moves with a march from City Hall to El Cerrito High School at 9:30am. A rally and program will begin at 11am at the school's performing arts center (540 Ashbury Ave.) including music, dance and other entertainment. Mon., Jan. 21. FREE. El Cerrito City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave. 510-234-2518. 

Service the Richmond Greenway Celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service with volunteer projects at the Richmond Greenway followed by speeches, tours, performances and other educational entertainment. Mon., Jan. 21. 8am-3pm. FREE. Richmond Greenway, Harbour Way, north of Ohio Avenue. 510-778-5886. 

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