The Bay Area is a magical mystical place where MEGAPOLIS partyfunz happen on occasion (Jun 5-7 2015). On Friday June 5th we’ll be in SF. On Saturday the 6th we’ll mostly be in downtown Oakland. And on Sunday the 7th we’ll largely be in Temescal / north Oakland.
Registration / Buying your Tickets
- Friday night (7p-10p), head to the Lab (2948 16th St. SF) for Matmos and Kevin Blechdom.
- Saturday (10a-5p), head to E.M. WOLFMAN BOOKS (410 13th St. Oakland).
- Sunday (11a-5p), head to Omni Oakland Commons (4799 Shattuck Oakland).
- Outside of these times go directly to festival venues.
View MEGAPOLIS 2015 venues in a larger map.
Doesn’t everyone have a ‘friend’ in the Bay Area? Yes. But other MEGAPOLIS attendees probably have the same friends and you won’t all fit in the same closet. Regardless, see where the festival venues are at and try to get close.
Is it even cool to suggest this? But it’s better than a stoopid hotel. Speaking of …
If you have money to burn, go to richy rich hotels and get that private spa and minibar and valet service for your Maserati. Then invite us over to spray champagne on the walls because you have to.
If yer solo and don’t know a soul OR want to spend a penny on lodging, Megapolis Festival thinks you should be finding some couch using the highly free CouchSurfing.com. Do people still use this site? We dunno, but are you willing to pass on the chance you’ll stay with some random awesome people who may even like audio art as much as your twisted self? Think not.
Getting Around Oakland+SF
Everything is walkable if you can muster the will, but please keep in mind: stay alert in some areas around festival venues, particularly at night in Oakland. Walk in groups if you can, and ask a helpful Megafest volunteer or organizer at the registration desk if you’d like some pointers.
- The BART. Particularly helpful between SF + Oakland, but also between downtown Oakland (Saturday) and north Oakland / Temescal (Sunday).
- Buses run fairly regularly and are reasonably reliable.
- You can buy a Clipper Card at a San Francisco BART stop at one of the MUNI ticket machines (for some reason you can’t buy them in Oakland). Clipper cards work for all forms of public transport, including buses and MUNI in SF, and they’re re-fillable. Just makes life a tad easier.
You can rent a bike if you’re the two-wheel-motion type. I think this place does some of that.
Ride in style. Hail it up with a arm-out waving hand motion. Pay in dollars, tip in kindness.
What To Bring (so you don’t look silly)
Yourself. Other people. Your wallet. Some snacks. Stickers. Fishing wire. Various pinwheels.
SRSLY tho, you should bring all of the above plus:
- Some moneys. No meals are included in the ticket price. We’d love to provide you with that if our wallets were deep, but alas. We’ll also have merch for you soze you can relieve yourself of those unwanted coins.
- Your ‘gear’. Some workshops actually require you to be prepared with recording gear, laptops, instruments, etc. Read the workshop descriptions with a keen eye to determine what you need. If you’re not sure, Contact us.
- Audio/video/photo recorders, even if you aren’t attending one of the above workshops, if you want to help us document all the crazee things going on. We’ll happily link to your efforts from our website after the fest.
- Appropriate clothings. Some events are outside in rain/sun. We also can’t predict how cold or warm it will be inside festival venues. PLANIT.
We humans require food to live (don’t listen to those tricky breatharians) and luckily Oakland carries most items you’ve requested on your food bucket list. On Saturday night you can score from food trucks during the Fantastic Negrito show, and on Sunday night you can feed at the potluck from Slideluck, but you’ll still need lunch and bfast and all that. We’ll have some menus at our registration desk, but otherwise here are some recommendations for where to grab viddles in Oakland each day, in proximity to these BART stations:
Saturday June 6th
Nearish 12th street BART
- Hi-Life – pizza and pinball.
- Shandong – objectively the best noodles.
- Spices 3 – Chinese food. spicy Chinese food.
- Golden Lotus – vegan Vietnamese food.
Nearish 19th street BART
- Telegraph Beer Garden – good beer selection with a number of burgers and sandwiches.
- Rudy’s Can’t Fail – a diner open early and late (by Oakland standards).
- Xolo – fancy tacos.
- Cafe Van Kleef – a bar. order a greyhound.
- New Parkway Theater – ok, this is a movie theater- but it is very rad and also has a full food menu.
Sunday June 7th
Nearish MacArthur BART
- Beauty’s Bagels – Montreal-style bagels and eggs and coffee and everything you’d want for breakfast.
- Burma Superstar – tasty Burmese food. sometimes a little wait but always worth it.
Nearish Ashby BART
- Alchemy Coffee Collective – nice cafe with breakfast foodz.
- Easy Creole – stews and gumbos with hella vegan options.
- Flacos Tacos – vegan tacos with outdoor seating.
- Lois the Pie Queen – a bit of a walk from the BART but has famous omelettes, grits, chicken and waffles, tons of pies.
- Thai Temple – only open Sunday brunch. trust us this is v special.
- Hoi Polloi – bar that serves truffle popcorn yaaaas