Check Out Things To Do In The Bay Area This Weekend

Bob Pryor
October 18, 2019 - 2:26 am
As in past years, the winning pumpkin from this week’s championship weigh-off, along with four very-nearly-as-girthful gargantuan gourds, will be on display at the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.

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One of the Bay Area’s signature October events takes place this weekend as the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival rolls into town. In San Francisco, the 2019 season of Sunday Streets ends its run with one last car-free day along Mission Street in the Excelsior District. On Friday evening and all day Saturday, Day of the Dead revelers will be enjoying the music, entertainment, and lots and lots of art at San Jose’s Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

There are some projects affecting transit and transportation this weekend. In the East Bay, BART will have limited service for trains between Orinda and Walnut Creek on Saturday. And in Novato, the nightly closure of westbound Hwy-37 continues for another couple of weeks.


Fri, Oct 18 (5:30pm to 8pm) and Sat, Oct 19 (11am-8pm): Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Festival takes place at San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez. Features live bands, over 100 artists, dancing, lucha libre wrestling, artistic altars to the dead, beer garden, mariachi bands and mural painting. An entertainment and musical lineup is here.

  • Areas and roadways affected: Market Street in the Plaza area from San Fernando Street to San Carlos Street will be closed from Friday evening through Saturday, along with a short stretch of Park Ave just west of Market.


Fri, Oct 18 from 11pm-7am; and Sat, Oct 19 from 11pm-9am: The left two lanes of eastbound Highway 24 at Oak Hill Road will be closed overnight to accommodate BART work.Additionally, BART, on Saturday, Oct 19 will single-track trains between Orinda and Walnut Creek. BART riders should expect delays of up to 30 minutes and are advised to build extra time into their travel schedules. 

  • Pro tip: Build in extra time if you’re heading from Oakland or Berkeley, via BART, to the 5th Annual Walnut Creek Oktoberfest at Civic Park on Saturday. A free trolley will get you from Walnut Creek BART to within walking distance of Civic Park – just have some patience getting though that Orinda-Lafayette-Walnut Creek single-tracking.


Sat, Oct 19 and Sun, Oct 20 from 9am-5pm: The annual Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival takes place on Main Street between Mill Street and Spruce Street. Beginning at about 7am on Saturday morning, southbound Main Street will not be accessible from Highway 92 (Main Street will re-open at approximately 9pm Sunday night). Additionally, leaving the festival, eastbound Highway 92 will not be accessible from Main Street; the only way to go eastbound on Highway 92 will be from Highway 1.

Festival features four stages of live music, 275 artists and crafters, selfies and fun with the Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, and events such as: a pancake breakfast; a costume contest; the Great Pumpkin Parade; pie-eating contests; the Great Pumpkin Run; and just-for-fun pumpkin carving.

  • Pro tip: If you’re going to drive, visit this page and scroll down to vehicle parking for some good information. If you’re not going to drive, take a quick look at the Festival’s Public Transit page for some suggestions on getting there.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Hwy-92 and Hwy-1 into and out of Half Moon Bay are likely to be quite crowded on both days of the Festival, especially as we get into the afternoon and the crowds thicken up.


Sun, Oct 20 from 11am-4pm: This will be the last Sunday Streets of the 2019 season. The route is Mission Street from Avalon Avenue/Theresa Street to Geneva Avenue. The affected streets will be cleared of parked cars at 8am and closed to traffic at 10am, remaining closed until 4pm. A map of the route is here.

  • Pro tip: Muni will re-route the following bus lines: 14 Mission; 14R Mission Rapid; and 49 Van Ness/Mission; and 52 Excelsior. The 29 Sunset may also experience delays in the area. Full Muni info is here.


Ongoing nightly, thru Friday, Nov 4, starting at 7pm: Novato: Caltrans is regularly closing all lanes of westbound Hwy-37 between the Atherton Ave off-ramp and Hwy-101 in order to perform storm damage repairs and do preparatory work for raising the roadway (to mitigate flooding problems). Westbound Hwy-37 drivers are being detoured nightly to Atherton Avenue in order to access Hwy-101.

The closure schedule is as follows:

Sunday nights and weeknights:

  • One lane closure from 7pm to 11pm.
  • Full closure from 11 pm to 3 am.   
  • One lane closure from 3am to 5am.

Saturday nights:

  • One lane closure from 7pm to 11pm.
  • Full closure 11pm to 7am.
  • One lane closure from 7am to 8am