Find Out What's Going On This Weekend In The Bay Area

Bob Pryor
January 10, 2020 - 2:43 am
Levi’s Stadium will see its first playoff game this Saturday, January 11 at 1:35pm, when the Forty Niners host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round matchup.

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If you're looking for things to do in the Bay Area this weekend, you've come to the right place. 

Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara opened in July of 2014, but this Saturday will be the first playoff game for the 49ers to take place there as the team tangles with the Minnesota Vikings. On Sunday morning, the Hot Chocolate Run takes place in Golden Gate Park, and Oakland Chinatown’s 29th Annual Lunar New Year Bazaar will take place on both Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, in Napa, drivers will want to be aware of some major changes happening to traffic flow in the Downtown area, as the ‘roundabout’ construction project continues.


Sat, Jan 11 at 1:35pm: Levi’s Stadium: San Francisco Forty Niners play the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Divisional Round playoff game (the first-ever playoff game held at Levi’s Stadium). Expected attendance is 68,000. Parking lots open at 9:35am. Stadium gates open at 11:35am. There will be pyrotechnics and a flyover by U.S, Navy jets (estimated at 1:32pm). Full City of Santa Clara traffic advisory is here.

  • Pro tip: Caltrain, in addition to its regular weekend schedule, will run two additional trains -- one southbound pre-game express train, departing San Francisco at 10:45am, and one post-game northbound train, which will depart Mountain View 75 minutes after the game, or when full, making all local stops. Full details here. VTA will run extra light rail service from Mountain View, Campbell, East and Downtown San Jose, and will also run extra bus service from Warm Springs BART.
  • Areas and roadways affected: There will be increased traffic on Highways 101 and 237, I-880, the Lawrence and San Tomas Expressways, and Great America Parkway. Traffic impacts will begin to be felt around 10:00am and for some time following the conclusion of the game (estimated at around 4:45pm).


Sat, Jan 11 and Sun, Jan 12 from 10am-5pm: The annual Lunar New Year Bazaar takes place in Oakland's Chinatown on 9th and Franklin Streets at the Pacific Renaissance Plaza. Celebration of the Year of the Rat features continuous live entertainment, including traditional and contemporary Chinese music and dance. More than 80 vendors will be selling traditional lunar new years items, such as decorations, flowers, gifts and candies. This is a free, kid-friendly event.

  • Pro tip: It’s a 3-minute walk from BART’s 12th Street/City Center Station to the festivities at 9th and Franklin Streets.  


Sun, Jan 12 at 7:20am: In Golden Gate Park, the Hot Chocolate Run takes place, with a 5K starting at 7:20am and the 15K starting at 8:10am. The starting line is at the Music Concourse and the Finish Line is on JFK Drive in the same area. Muni says 10,000 runners are expected..

  • Areas and roadways affected: There will be a number of roads closed in Golden Gate Park from 6am to as late as 11:30am. The thing most drivers will want to be aware of is that the Great Highway will be closed between Lincoln Way and Sloat Blvd, along with a short stretch of Lincoln Way from the Great Highway to La Playa Street. A full list of road closures and hours is here.  


Fri, Jan 10 road work, possibly extending into the weekend: Road work in downtown Napa could surprise some drivers. Construction crews are reversing the one-way directions of First and Second streets between Jefferson Street and California Boulevard. This is a major change, involving the installation of new stripes and signage on the streets as First Street will become one-way for eastbound traffic into downtown while Second Street switches to westbound only traffic out of downtown toward Highway 29 

In conjunction with this work, crews will also open a new roundabout at First Street and California Boulevard. Another roundabout opened in November on First Street at Highway 29, and a third roundabout at California Blvd and Second Street is expected to be completed by early spring.