Get Set For The Weekend With These Things To Do

Bob Pryor
September 20, 2019 - 3:38 am
San Jose

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Looking for some fun ways to pass the time this weekend? KCBS Radio has got you covered with this guide for things to do in the San Francisco Bay Area. Look for it every Friday. 

Sunday looks to be a most eventful day this weekend, with Viva CalleSJ closing six miles of streets in San Jose, and, in San Francisco, Sunday Streets taking over Western Addition thoroughfares. Also on Sunday afternoon, the 49ers meet the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Niners’ regular-season home opener at Levi’s Stadium.

Of course, Saturday has its share of events: Opera at the Park takes place at Oracle Stadium on Saturday night, vying with a Janet Jackson concert at the Chase Center. And for two-day recreation, East Bay festival-goers have their choice of Newark Days or the Lafayette Art, Wine, and Music Festival. There are more options below. 

SOUTH BAY:

Sun, Sep 22 from 10am-3pm: San Jose: Viva CalleSJ closes six miles of San Jose streets so people can walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city. The route this time is called “Parks to Roses” because it runs between Backesto Park and the Municipal Rose Garden, with Arena Green in the middle. All three of these are “activity hubs”,,which feature live music, vendors, food, activities, and bike parking. 

  • Pro tip: If you have to travel through Downtown or you just want to get to Viva CalleSJ, this might be a good time to try the VTA buses. Yes, several bus lines will be re-routed, but VTA has provided a handy bus map of the re-routes. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: Many streets in Downtown San Jose will be closed to traffic from as early as 6am to as late as 4pm. For a complete listing of the street closures, go here.

Sun, Sep 22 at 1:25pm: Levi’s Stadium: San Francisco 49ers play the Pittsburg Steelers. Stadium parking lots will open at 9:55am. 

  • Pro tip: Caltrain will provide one additional southbound pre-game express train to the Mountain View Station, which will depart from the San Francisco Station at 10:45am with limited stops and an extra one heading in the opposite direction after the the game that will make all local stops. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: Starting around 10am to game-time at 1:25pm and continuing after the end of the game (estimated at 4:40pm), heavy traffic is expected on major thoroughfares leading to and from the stadium, including Highways 101 and 237, I-880, Great America Parkway and the Lawrence and San Tomas Expressways.

EAST BAY:

Sat, Sep 21 starting at 9am; and Sun, Sep 22 starting at 10am: It's time for the annual Newark Days celebration, which continues through the weekend after starting Thursday at Newark Community Center Park. There will be a "fun run and walk," parade, carnival rides and a ca and truck show, plus more. 

  • Pro tip: Unlike in previous years, this year’s parade will have both directions of Newark Blvd closed between Cedar Blvd. and Civic Terrace Ave; along with both directions of Thornton Ave between St. Edwards Church and Cherry Street; and Cedar Blvd between Edgewater Drive and Newark Blvd. These closures will begin at 5am on Saturday. No Parking zones will be in place from 8pm on Friday.
  • Areas and roadways affected: You can’t get much more “downtown” than Thornton Avenue at Newark Blvd where Saturday morning’s parade will be staging; and since Newark Blvd will be closed all the way to Cedar Blvd . . . Let’s just say that unless you’re a participant or spectator, you’ll want to plan ahead to avoid the area.

Sat, Sep 21 (10am-7pm) and Sun, Sep 22 (10am-6pm): Lafayette Art, Wine, and Music Festival takes place in Downtown Lafayette, on Mt. Diablo Boulevard between Moraga Road and Dewing Avenue and on the eastern part of Lafayette Circle (from Mt. Diablo Blvd to Hough Avenue). Admission-free festival will feature live entertainment on four stages, over 300 art and shopping booths, over 25 wine and beer booths, three kid zones, etc. Last year, this event drew 85,000 people over 2 days. 

  • Pro tip:  Parking will be available in the Upper BART parking lot throughout the weekend. There will be free continuous shuttle service between the BART station, the BART parking lot, and the Festival entrance at Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Oak Hill Rd. See the visitors guide webpage for full transportation options.
  • Areas and roadways affected:  The streets listed above will be closed for the festival. But there’s good news: The BART single tracking and overnight Highway 24 lane closures previously planned for this Saturday have been canceled, so there will be normal BART service and Highway 24 access to the area. This is particularly helpful, since the Lafayette BART Station just one block from the festival.  

PENINSULA:

Sat, Sep 21 at 4pm: Stanford Stadium: Cardinal at home against the University of Oregon Ducks. 

  • Pro tip: Long-time CalTrain riders know that while the Stanford stop is only a short walk from the stadium, not all the trains make that stop. Following the links on CalTrain’s Stanford Football page will tell you which northbound and southbound trains you need to catch.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Expect typical game day congestion on Embarcadero Road/Galvez Street, El Camino Real, and other streets in the Stanford Campus area.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sat, Sep 21 at 7:30pm: Oracle Stadium does ‘Opera at the Park,’ simulcasting the Opera’s performance of “Romeo and Juliet” at the War Memorial Opera House onto the park’s new 71-foot high x 153-feet wide HD Video Board. 

  • Pro tip: With this special ballpark simulcast happening at 7:30pm and a Janet Jackson concert getting under way at Chase Center at 8pm, probably the only folks having an easy time getting in and out of the city will be those who took the “Opera Ferry” from in from Larkspur at 4:15pm. Nonetheless, there are always better and worse travel options, and savvy opera-and-music lovers will want to look over this selection of date-specific tips or perhaps follow the links offered at the bottom of this Oracle Park transportation page.
  • Areas and roadways affected: The SOMA/Mission Bay area and the major access routes to the Bay Bridge and the Peninsula are all but certain the be heavily congested before and after these events.

Sun, Sep 22 from 11am-4pm: Sunday Streets takes place in the Western Addition, which actually spreads into parts of the Panhandle, Fillmore and Japantown neighborhoods. There will be multiple streets that will be off-limits to traffic and parked cars until 4pm. 

  • Public transit routes affected: Several Muni lines will re-route around the street closures. As always, the re-routed lines are also good lines to take to get to the event area. For full Muni re-route info, go here.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Fri, Sep 20 (from 6pm-9:30pm); Sat, Sep 21 (from 9am-10pm) Sun, Sep 22 (from 1pm-7:30pm):

There will be the annual“Save Our Music” Vacaville Jazz Festival taking place in two locations, Downtown Square and the Nut Tree, It features more than 30 bands and vocal groups. Military Tribute on Sunday includes USAF Band of the Golden West “The Commanders” at Nut Tree.