Things To Do In The Bay Area This Weekend

Bob Pryor
September 06, 2019 - 3:44 am
Downtown Oakland will be the site of this weekend’s Oakland Pride Parade and Festival on Sunday, starting at 11am, when the parade steps off from Oakland City Hall.

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It's not too late to make your plans for the weekend. Every week, KCBS Radio's publishes a guide of things to do in the Bay Area and offers traffic tips for getting around. 

This is the weekend for the popular Giant Race at Oracle Park, which is celebrating its 10th year. Outside of San Francisco, there will be the annual Mountain View Art and Wine Festival both days this weekend. The Oakland Pride Parade and Festival will be downtown on Sunday.

We’ll also see some BART work this weekend: No closures, but there’ll be single-tracking in the East Bay on Saturday and in San Francisco on Sunday. In San Jose, a bus bridge will serve some VTA light rail stations, and, primarily in the down area, there will be a series of running events on Sunday morning that will have a number of San Jose streets closed.    

SOUTH BAY:

Sun, Sep 8 from 7am-1pm: San Jose: ‘Sevathon 2019," sponsored by the India Community Center (“Seva” means “service” in Sanskrit) is a benefit event put together by a various non-profits. It starts at Arena Green East and features a half marathon and other races, a "yogathon," and other activities. 

  • Pro tip: If you’re driving to this event, you’ll want to visit Sevathon’s Directions and Parking page. Be aware that due to these races, VTA will be re-routing lines 22, 63, 64, 68, 181, and 522 from 6:30am-10:30am.
  • Areas and roadways affected: There will be street closures, especially in the downtown area, from as early as 5am to as late as 12:30pm.For a list of which streets will be closed and when, go here.

Sat, Sep 7 and Sun, Sep 8, all day: VTA: Due to ongoing light rail rehabilitation work, VTA is once again operating a weekend bus bridge on the Blue and Green Lines in both directions between Paseo de San Antonio and Children's Discovery Museum/San Fernando light rail stations.

EAST BAY:

Sun, Sep 8 from 11am-7pm: Oakland Pride Parade and Festival takes place in downtown Oakland. General admission to the festival is $10 and only $5 for children under 12. There will be four stages of entertainment, an area for families and children and more. 

  • Pro tip: BART is, hands down, the best way to get to Pride. The parade starts two blocks away from the 12th Street/Oakland City Center BART station; and the main entrance to the festival is a few steps away from the 19th Street BART station.
  • Areas and roadways affected:  As you can see from the map, the festival will involve the closure of portions of Broadway, Franklin Street, and Webster Street, which will certainly slow traffic on Telegraph Avenue, Harrison Street, and the downtown area generally. 

Sat, Sep 7, all day: Due to single-tracking on BART between Walnut Creek and Orinda, there will be 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 

There will be closures of up to two lanes on eastbound Highway 24 at Oak Hill Road in Lafayette again, because of the BART work. But these will be overnight lane closures: Friday night, Sept 6, from 11pm-7am and Saturday night, Sept 7, from 11pm-9am.

PENINSULA:

Sat, Sep 7 (11am-7pm) and Sun, Sep 8 (10am-6pm): The Mountain View Art and Wine Festival takes place on in Downtown Mountain View.

  • Pro tip: If you go to the Festival’s “Tips” page, they have some good suggestions for finding festival-adjacent parking.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sun, Sep 8 at 7am: At San Francisco’s Oracle Park, the Giant Race takes place. Organizers expect about 18,000 runners/walkers for these assortment of races. All races start and end at Oracle Park. The starting line is at 2nd and King Streets with the finish line in the outfield of the ballpark.

  • Areas and roadways affected:  There will be closures of major streets, including northbound King Street, and eastbound Embarcadero. Muni’s street closure information is here. Some street closures will begin as early as Saturday night at 11pm:

Sun, Sep 8 from 8am-8pm: BART will be doing electrical work in Downtown San Francisco resulting in delays of 15 to 20 minutes from 8am to 6:30pm and 20 to 30 minutes from 6:30 to 8pm. Because of the work, there will be only one platform open at Montgomery, Powell, Civic Center and 16th Street stations.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Sun, Sep 8 from 10am-3pm: The Sonoma County Fairgrounds will host ‘Sonoma Ready Day’ an emergency preparedness fair focusing on disaster preparedness and recovery and also on health and wellness. There will be presentations and demos, emergency vehicles and more. Admission and parking are free and there will be food trucks on-site and activities for kids. More than 2,400 emergency kits will be given away.