The so-called "geek fashion" show at the 2018 Silicon Valley Comic Con in San Jose.

Silicon Valley Comic Con

Happening This Weekend: Comic Con And Major Traffic Disruption To East Bay

Bob Pryor
August 16, 2019 - 3:49 am

It's time, once again, for the weekend guide to events and traffic from KCBS Radio's traffic reporter Bob Pryor. It's published every Friday to highlight the best things to do in the Bay Area on Saturday and Sunday. Get it sent straight to your phone by downloading the RADIO.COM app and making KCBS one of your favorite stations. 

Drivers using Highway 24 or riding BART through parts of the East Bay need to brace for delays. There will be a significant lane reduction on eastbound Highway 24 in Lafayette all this weekend, along with a BART track shutdown affecting three stations in that same area. Read the details below and don’t get caught unawares.

On the fun side of things, celebrities, artists and pop culture mavens will be flocking to San Jose as Comic Con takes over the McEnery Convention Center. At the other end of the Bay, you’ll know you’ve left the city behind when you’re under the big shady oaks of the Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol’s Ragle Ranch Park. In San Francisco, Sunday Streets brings car-free excitement to SOMA’s Folsom Street. Athletes will swim, run, and bicycle their way through the Oakland Triathlon. Finally, in Menlo Park a free Facebook Festival will offer “Island Vibes” to chill your Saturday. 

SOUTH BAY:

Fri, Aug 16 (1pm-7pm); Sat, Aug 17 (10am-7pm); Sun, Aug 18 (10am-5pm): San Jose: Silicon Valley Comic Con takes place at McEnery Convention Center. There will be movie and pop-culture celebrities, comic books and artists, cosplay, video games, consumer electronics, music and apps. Jason Momoa will be there on Saturday, Arnold Schwarzenegger on Sunday, Adam Savage on both days; many other big names as well.

  • Areas and roadways affected: Likely extra traffic in the Convention Center area (West San Carlos Street, Almaden Blvd, Balbach Street/Woz Way, Market Street).

EAST BAY:

Fri, Aug 16 at 11pm thru Mon morning, Aug 19: In Lafayette: On EB-24 at Oak Hill Rd, the two left lanes will be closed all weekend, for major BART track work. They will reopen on Monday at 7am. During peak weekend travel times, delays on EB-24 in Lafayette may reach up to 30 minutes. This is one of several upcoming weekends on which these two eastbound left lanes will need to be closed.

In addition, there will be no BART train service between the Orinda, Lafayette and Walnut Creek stations on Saturday and Sunday. Instead, riders will have to take a free bus shuttle. Expect delays of 40 minutes or more. This track work will happen on a total of five more weekends in the near future, as BART replaces ageing tracks and components.

  • Pro tip: If you’re going to be riding BART through the affected area, go here and check out the details of the shuttle bus service to make sure you get on the right bus and minimize your delay. 

Sun, Aug 18, starting at 6:50am: The Oakland Triathlon takes place with running, cycling and swimming near Jack London Square, Lake Merritt and West Oakland.

  • Pro tip: The swim and run portions shouldn’t affect drivers, but the bicyclists will be all around the waterfront, Mandela Parkway, and other areas. AC Transit bus riders should be aware that there will be detours for several several lines.. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: Drivers may encounter significant delays on: Mandela Parkway between 7th and 28th Streets; 3rd Street at Adeline; 3rd Street at Broadway; and 7th Street at Mandela Parkway.

PENINSULA:

Sat, Aug 17 from 1pm-6pm: Menlo Park: Facebook's headquarters will host “Island Vibes” Facebook Festival, a reggae fest and summer celebration with live music, cultural dances, art and vendor showcase, craft beer and wine garden, kids’ zone, etc. This is one of several summertime Facebook Festivals, all of which have free admission. This one benefits local environmental and sustainability organizaitons.. 

  • Pro tip: As with most corporate venues, there really aren’t any good public transit options for weekend travel to the Facebook campus. But the Festival and parking are free.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Bayfront Expressway may see some extra traffic.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sun, Aug 18 from 11am-4pm: Sunday Streets in the SoMa: Folsom Street will be closed between 10th Street and Essex Street. Starting at 8am, no parking or stopping will be allowed on the route. At 10am, the road will be closed to all motorized vehicles.  

  • Pro tip: The Civic Center, Montgomery, and Powell BART Stations are all about a 10-minute walk from Folsom Street, and some Muni lines will get you to the area even faster, such as the J-Church stops at 18th Street, which is just two blocks west of Folsom. Before you go, check out this map showing activity hubs, cross street directions, and other useful information.
  • Areas and roadways affected: The closure of Folsom will likely drive traffic to both Brannan and Bryant Streets.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Sat, Aug 17 and Sun, Aug 18 from 10am-6pm: Sebastopol: The annual Gravenstein Apple Fair takes place at Ragle Ranch Park. It features two stages of live music; arts and crafts merchants; local food, cider, microbrews, and wine; apple pie baking contest; Children’s Corner; Do-It-Yourself Arena; Life on the Farm Arena and more. 

  • Pro tip: Visit the fair’s parking page for information on free shuttle buses that will take you to the fair from satellite parking locations. There’s on-site parking at the fair for $5 per vehicle. Driving directions are here.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Expect extra traffic on Ragle Road, Covert Lane/Ragle Ranch Road, and potentially Healdsburg Avenue and Gravenstein Highway.