What's Happening This Weekend In The Bay Area

Bob Pryor
February 28, 2020 - 2:03 am
San Francisco

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This weekend brings a highly scenic run in the East Bay on Saturday, a flying-competition-and-air-show in Mountain View, a bus shuttle on both days for Caltrain riders, the annual Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run on Sunday, and Hollywood film crews shooting big-budget films through the weekend.  


Sat, Feb 29 (11am-3pm): Mountain View: The “GoFly Final Flyoff” event takes place at Moffett Field (at NASA Ames Research Center) in Mountain View. “GoFly” is a competition offering a total of $2 million in prize money to innovators attempting to create a personal flying device that is safe, quiet, ultra-compact, and capable of carrying a single person for a distance of 20 miles without refueling or recharging. Tickets are available online and the event includes an airshow and demonstrations by the competitors. 


Sat, Feb 29 starting at 7:30am: is start time for the first of the “Victory Half Marathon” races, from a 5K to a half marathon, all of which start and end at the historic Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. Details:

  • Pro tip: Organizers say that on-site parking at the Craneway Pavilion will be included, with no additional fee, for race participants. A map showing the location of Craneway Pavilion in Point Richmond is here. Carpooling is encouraged.
  • Areas and roadways affected: There should be little to no impact on traffic, as the courses are all on the San Francisco Bay Trail, so they track the waterfront pretty closely (hence the scenic views). 


Weekends through Sunday, Mar 29: Every weekend during the month of March, northbound Caltrain trains will terminate (and southbound trains will originate) at Bayshore Station. Trains will not provide weekend service to 22nd Street Station or the San Francisco Station/Caltrain Depot at 4th and Townsend Streets; instead, there will be free bus service to reach those stations. This is due to electrification work.  

  • Pro tip: Riders interested in other ways of getting from the Peninsula to Downtown San Francisco (or vice versa) during the next several weekends may want to check out the Caltrain page alerting riders to this situation, since it lays out some possible alternatives.


Fri-Sat-Sun Feb 28 thru Mar 1: San Francisco: The latest “Matrix” sequel will continue shooting in the Financial District this weekend, mainly in the area bounded by Sacramento, Battery, Market, Sutter and Kearny streets and mainly at night. There will be lane closures on Montgomery, Pine and Kearny streets and other major streets may be impacted.

  • Pro tip: Muni says that in order to accommodate filming, starting Friday at 8pm and lasting all day Saturday, the  1, 2, 10, and 12 bus lines will re-route in the downtown area, the 3 line will be turned back, and the California Cable Car line will be served by a bus.

Sun, Mar 1 from 8am-9:30am: The Chinatown YMCA Chinese New Year Run takes place, rain or shine. Start time for both events is 8am. The race course starts on Grant Avenue at Sacramento Street and winds its way through Chinatown, North Beach, the Embarcadero, and Downtown before finishing on Kearny Street at Sacramento Street. About 1,700 runners are expected. 

  • Areas and roadways affected: There will be several street closures in place between 7am and 9:30am. For a complete listing of closed streets, visit Muni’s Weekend Traffic and Transit Advisory and scroll to the heading “Chinatown New Year Run”. Several Muni lines will also be re-routed.