Not in Rio? Olympics Watch Parties in the Bay Area

The 2016 Olympic Games kick off on Saturday, with more than 11,000 athletes heading to Brazil for the competitions. Even if you can’t fly to Rio to catch the action live, there are plenty of viewing parties in the area where you can watch the game.

East Bay

Fremont Festival of the Arts— Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

39488 Stevenson Place, Suite 100, Fremont, CA 94539

Enjoy Fremont’s festival while watching the action on a giant screen. The festival starts at Paseo Padre Parkway.

The New Parkway Theater— Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.

474 24th St., Oakland, CA 94612

Watch the U.S. and France compete in the Olympic soccer match in the spacious viewing venue. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased on their website.

Hillside Covenant Church— Aug. 8 at 5 p.m.

2060 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94595

The Hillside Sports Ministry will be screening the men’s beach volleyball tournament and providing snacks and drinks for viewers. The event is asking people to bring their own lawn chairs on bean bags to sit on.

South Bay

Cuckoo’s Nest— Aug. 5 from 6:30 to 11 p.m.

68 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Along with watching the opening of the Olympics, the event description asks attendees to bring ethnic food in order to celebrate all the nations participating in the games.

Santa Clara University— Aug. 6 at 1 p.m.

500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053

Come to the university’s Stevens Soccer Training Center to watch women’s soccer, which features SCU alumna Julie Johnston.

Santana Row—Evenings all month long

Santana Row, San Jose, CA 95128

Selected restaurants and bars in Santana Row will be screening the entire Olympic Games from August 5 to 21. Some of these include Conseulo’s Mexican Bistro, Straits and Yard House. A full list can be found on its website.


BuzzWorks— Aug. 5 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

365 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103

Catch the opening ceremony at this sports bar, which will be projecting the games on its 15-inch video wall.

SoMa Streatfood Park— Aug. 5 from 12  p.m. to 8 p.m.

428 11th St., San Francisco CA 94103

The park will have 10 food trucks lined up as well as $3 sangrias and draft beers during happy hour to keep you full as you watch the opening parades and speeches.

Horizon San Francisco— Aug. 5 from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

498 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

This bar and lounge is hosting a viewing party of the opening ceremony as well as celebrating the beer Olympics with discounted drinks. If you come before 9 p.m., you can get five cups of beer or wine for $10. Almost 200 people have RSVP’d on the Facebook event, and they encourage attendees to wear jerseys and unitards.

Eastside West Restaurant & Bar— Aug. 7 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.

3154 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123

The men’s soccer game starts at 6 p.m., but the venue will be hosting a brunch and live music from DJ Kalifa beforehand.

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