Parade For Veterans And Much More Happening This Weekend

Maximize Your Weekend With These Events And Traffic Tips

Bob Pryor
November 08, 2019 - 2:33 am
A U.S. Army veteran acknowledges the crowd during the 92nd Annual San Francisco Veterans Day Parade on November 11, 2011. This Sunday’s parade will begin at 11am from The Embarcadero at North Point Street.

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This weekend features the 99th annual Veterans Day Parade winding its way through San Francisco. There's also a strong sign that winter is coming soon as there's a massive ski-and-snowboard festival in the Santa Clara County fairgrounds. 

There will also be a decent amount of upheaval for drivers and transit riders. BART passengers will face delays due to single-tracking in the East Bay while their counterparts on SMART trains in the North Bay must endure a shuttle bus to make up for gaps in train service. Drivers taking I-880 should be aware there will be overnight closures on the freeway near Newark. 

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Fri, Nov 8 (6pm-9pm); Sat, Nov 9 (10am-6pm); Sun, Nov 10 (11am-5pm): The Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose hosts “Snowbomb," the NorCal Ski and Snowboard Festival, featuring discounted shopping for gear, getaways, and apparel, along with a BMX skate/ramp show, a climbing wall, and beer tasting 


Fri, Nov 8 and Sat, Nov 9, starting at 9:30pm: Caltrans will shut a section of I-880 aka the Nimitz Freeway between Thornton and Mowry Avenues around Fremont and Newark so utility crews can remove an unused natural gas pipeline.

At 9:30pm Friday, Caltrans will begin closing northbound lanes of the freeway. From 2am to 5am Saturday, the entire northbound section will be shut. At 5am, the lanes start reopening and by 8am, the entire section is scheduled to reopen. 

Drivers using the detour will take the Mowry Avenue exit to Blacow Road to Thornton Avenue. From there, it's easy to get back on I-880. 

On Sunday at 9:30pm, Caltrans will start shutting southbound lanes of the Nimitz between Thornton Ave.and Mowry Ave. That section will be completely closed from 3am to 6am. It will take until 9am for all the lanes to reopen. 

The detour for drivers in this direction involves exiting the freeway at Thonrton Avenue, taking Cedar Boulevard south to Mowry, which will lead to the Nimitz. 

Sat, Nov 9 at 10pm and all day Sun, Nov 10: BART will be single-tracking trains in the area south of Hayward in order to do track work, resulting in delays of up to 25 minutes This will also happen on the weekend of Nov 23-24. 

  • Pro tip: In addition, every night this month, from 11pm through end-of-service, BART will be single-tracking trains past the West Dublin Station, causing 15-minute delays. 


Sat Nov 9 at 3pm and 6pm:  There's going to be college hoops at the Chase Center with a USF Dons Basketball doubleheader. At 3pm the USF women's team plays the Stanford Cardinal; and at 6pm the men's team plays the Princeton Tigers.

  • Pro tip: As usual, northbound 3rd Street between 16th Street and Warriors Way will be closed from a half-hour before, to 45 minutes after, the event ends. There will be no-parking rules in effect on Warriors Way and parts of 16th Street and Terry Francois Blvd. 

Sun, Nov. 10 from 11am-1pm: The 99th annual San Francisco Veterans Day Parade will take place in the North Beach and waterfront area. At 11am, the parade will step off from the Embarcadero at North Point Street, traveling northwest on The Embarcadero to Jefferson Street, then west on Jefferson Street past the reviewing stand near Leavenworth Street. Parade units will disband at the last block of Jefferson Street (at Aquatic Park) at around 1 pm. After the parade units have passed and the street is cleaned, the roadway will re-open for traffic.

  • Pro tip: The following Muni lines will be re-routed: E Embarcadero; F Market and Wharves; 8 Bayshore; 39 Coit; and 47 Van Ness. Not coincidentally, these are all lines that will take you to the parade route. 


Sat, Nov 9 and Sun, Nov 10, all day: The SMART Train system will be closing a portion of the trackway serving three adjacent stations – Novato Hamilton Station, Novato San Marin Station, and Petaluma Downtown Station – in order to accommodate testing for the new Novato Downtown station. As a result, SMART trains will operate on a modified service schedule between the Sonoma County Airport and Petaluma Downtown stations (in the northern portion of SMART’s service area) and between the Novato Hamilton and San Rafael stations (in the southern portion of the service area). A bus bridge will shuttle passengers between the Petaluma Downtown, Novato San Marin, and Novato Hamilton stations.

  • Pro tip: The modified schedule for this weekend is here.