Check Out What's Happening Around The Bay Area This Weekend

Bob Pryor
August 23, 2019 - 2:24 am
Sunday morning will see runners make their way from just west of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge to a point just east of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco’s 43rd Annual Bridge to Bridge Run, benefiting Special Olympics of Northern California.

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Summer may be winding down, but the Bay Area’s not out of festival season yet. The Oakland Chinatown StreetFest takes over eight blocks on Saturday and Sunday, while the Silicon Valley Pride celebration begins with a Night Festival on Saturday and continues with the parade and festival on Sunday. The Palo Alto Festival of the Arts will fill several blocks of University Avenue on both Saturday and Sunday. San Francisco is the setting for Sunday’s annual Bridge to Bridge Run on the Embarcadero and out toward the Golden Gate.

If you're taking BART this weekend, be aware that there will be single tracking on Saturday in the East Bay and on Sunday in Downtown San Francisco. 


Sat, Aug 24 from 4pm-10pm: San Jose will have the 44th annual Silicon Valley Pride at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. It opens with a Night Festival trans and friends rally, followed by a '70s-themed festival. The fun continues on Sunday with a parade beginning at 10am. The festival, which continues in Plaza de Cesar Chavez, includes a high-tech pavilion, "leatherland," and a family garden. 

  • Special transit note: VTA light rail Lines 901 and 902 are running a bus bridge all this weekend between Civic Center and San Fernando/Children’s Discovery Museum stations. VTA light rail patrons heading to Pride at Cesar Chavez Park can hop on the bus bridge and get off at either the Santa Clara or Convention Center stops, both of which are within walking distance of the Park. 


Sat, Aug 24, all day: BART will be single-tracking trains between Orinda and Walnut Creek, resulting in delays of up to 30 minutes. BART may also need to turn back some trains at Orinda in order to maintain their schedule. If so, passengers will be asked to leave the train they’re on and board a different train to get to their destination. 

  • Areas and roadways affected: People who’ve read about the single-tracking this weekend will ask “So does this mean another weekend of round-the clock lane closures on eastbound Highway 24?” The answer is: No. In fact, there will be no daytime closures at all. What there will be is night-time closures of two lanes of eastbound Hwy 24 at Oak Hill Road in Lafayette, from Friday night into Saturday morning (11pm-7am) and from Saturday night into Sunday morning (11pm-9am).

Sat, Aug 24 and Sun, Aug 25 from 10am-5:30pm: The 32nd Annual Oakland Chinatown StreetFest takes place on eight city blocks of Oakland’s Chinatown. There will be two stages of live music, dance, and performances; a cultural village with interactive art activities and workshops; more than 150 booths of arts, crafts, and merchandise; a kids’ zone with rides and activities; etc.

  • Pro tip:  Best way to get to the StreetFest is via BART: Get off at the 12th Street/City Center station. Several AC Transit bus lines also serve the festival area – some lines will be detoured around the closed streets.
  • Areas and roadways affected:  There will likely be heavy congestion, as well as even less street parking than usual, in the whole Oakland Chinatown area.


Sat, Aug 24 and Sun, Aug 25 from 10am-6pm: More than 150,000 people are expected at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, on University Avenue between Webster and High Streets. This admission-free festival features: more than 300 artists and crafters; Italian Street Painting Expo; Kids’ Art Studio; Chopin and chandeliers (‘upcycled’ chandeliers and interactive piano playing); stage and street entertainers.

  • Pro tip: To get there, the city of Palo Alto's free Crosstown Shuttle will be in operation throughout the festival weekend. CalTrain is another good option, since the Palo Alto Station at University Ave is only two blocks from the festival.
  • Areas and roadways affected: University Ave will be closed between Webster and High Streets, along with portions of cross streets. 


Sun, Aug 25 from 8am-noon: It's time for the 43rd annual Bridge to Bridge Run, which consists of a 5K run and a 12K run. About 5,000 participants are expected. The runs start at Embarcadero Plaza and head toward Fisherman's Wharf and along Marina Green. 

  • Areas and roadways affected:  A number of street closures will be required, including the northbound Embarcadero between Mission and Washington Streets from 7:15am to 8:30am 

Sun, Aug 25 from 8am-8pm: BART will be doing electrical work in Downtown San Francisco resulting in delays of 15-20 minutes from 8am to 6:30pm and 20-30 minutes from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Only one passenger platform will be open at Montgomery, Powell, Civic Center, and 16th Street Stations. 

  • Pro tip: BART encourages Sunday riders to check the Trip Planner or the BART app before each trip.