What's Happening This Weekend Around The Bay Area

Bob Pryor
March 06, 2020 - 2:20 am
A “Rosie Rally” will be held on Sunday in Santa Rosa, celebrating International Women’s Day, with live music, community groups, merchandise celebrating the Centennial of the 19th Amendment (women’s right to vote), etc.

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For many people deciding what to do this weekend, there are concerns about exposure to coronavirus. Some large gatherings have been canceled while  public officials in Santa Clara County have recommended avoiding big events.

Still, many events and activities are scheduled. So if you're looking to get out, here are some of the notable things happening around the Bay Area on Saturday and Sunday. 

This weekend features a “Rosie Rally” celebrating International Women’s Day in Santa Rosa on Sunday. There will also be harbinger of springtime in San Francisco: the first Sunday Streets of the 2020 season, in the city’s Mission District. There’ll be a giant warehouse sale in Oakland on Saturday and Sunday benefiting the Oakland Museum Women’s Board. In San Jose, there’ll be hockey at the Shark Tank on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Finally, don’t forget to set your clocks forward by an hour at 2am on Sunday as Daylight Saving time begins (Late-night San Francisco travelers should note that Saturday-into-Sunday Muni service will continue to operate on standard time through the end of Owl service, with the transition to Daylight Saving Time occurring at the beginning of regular Sunday morning service).


Sat, Mar 7 at 4pm: SAP Center: Sharks play the Ottawa Senators and Sun, Mar 8 at 7pm they play the Colorado Avalanche.

  • Trip tip: The last northbound Caltrain leaves Diridon Station on Saturday night at 10:30pm and on Sunday night at 10:08pm, so if the games run the usual two-and-a-half hours, you’re golden – but don’t linger after that Sunday night game. The SAP area is also served by VTA light rail (Diridon and San Fernando stations) and some bus lines, but again, your return-trip choices narrow as we get into Sunday night, so plan ahead. If you’re going by car, parking information is here and rideshare drop-off information is here.


Sat, Mar 7 and Sun, Mar 8 from 10am-4pm: The annual White Elephant Sale (benefitting the Oakland Museum Woman’s Board) takes place at 333 Lancaster Street, near Glascock Street. Admission is free to the 96,000-square-foot warehouse with 20 different departments. The warehouse has a check stand where you can store your accumulated swag while you continue shopping

  • Trip tip: Parking in the area becomes competitive on the days of the Sale, so shoppers are encouraged to carpool, take public transportation, or take a ride-hailing service. Even better, there’s a free shuttle that will run from 8:30am-5pm between the Fruitvale BART station and the warehouse (Whatever you buy, though, must be taken with you. Only exceptions are furniture and pianos).


Weekends. continuing through Sunday, Mar 29: On Saturday and Sunday, northbound Caltrain trains will terminate (and southbound trains will originate) at Bayshore Station. That means that 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 between Bayshore, the 22nd Street Station, and San Francisco (Buses will have limited capacity for luggage and bicycles). 


Sun, Mar 8 from 11am-4pm: San Francisco: The 2020 season of Sunday Streets begins, in the Mission District. Valencia Street will be closed to motor vehicles between Duboce Avenue and 26th street. 

  • Trip tip: This is an easy event to get to, as several Muni lines serve the area, and the 16th and 24th Street BART stations are both only a block from Valencia Street. The following Muni lines will be re-routed around the event from 9:30am-4pm: 12 Folsom/Pacific; 27 Bryant; 55 16th Street. For full Muni re-route info, go here.


Sun, Mar 8 from 11am-2pm: Santa Rosa: Old Courthouse Square (3rd Street and Mendocino Ave; and 4th Street and Santa Rosa Ave) will be the site of a “Rosie Rally” celebrating International Women’s Day. Attendees are encouraged to dress up as Rosie the Riveter or as any groundbreaking female in history who inspires you. There will be live music, food, the Rollin’ Rosies Car Club with their Classic Cars, and a special guest appearance by two WWII Original Rosies, sisters who worked at the Richmond Kaiser Shipyard.

  • Pro tip: With street parking free on Sundays, spots close to the Square may be taken early, but there are plenty of garages and lots in the downtown area. In terms of public transit, the SMART Train Downtown Santa Rosa station is an 11-minute walk from the Square, and there are also several Santa Rosa CityBus lines that serve the 2nd Street Transit Mall, a 3-minute walk from the Square.