Shoreline Amphitheatre

Plan Your Weekend With The 'Major Timesaver' Guide

Plus, there are traffic tips from "The Traffic Leader"

Bob Pryor
July 12, 2019 - 2:49 am

Happy Friday, everyone. You've found the newest edition of traffic reporter Bob Pryor's Major Timesaver report, which is jam-packed with things to do around the Bay Area this weekend and helpful traffic tips. This weekend events guide gets published every Friday. If you download the RADIO.COM app and make KCBS Radio one of your favorite stations, we'll send it straight to your phone.

Pedestrians have two great vehicle-free events on Sunday where they can stretch their legs along stretches of San Francisco and Berkeley. Music fans may enjoy the two-day festival being held at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. If you're in the North Bay, an art-and-garden festival might be appealing while at the other side of region, there will be a Japanese cultural festival in San Jose. 

SOUTH BAY:

Sat, Jul 13 (noon-10pm) and Sun, Jul 14 (noon-8pm): San Jose’s Japantown: Obon Festival takes place on Fifth Street between Jackson and Taylor streets. It features game booths, food booths, the Chidori Band, three taiko performances each day, and 1,200 dancers in colorful traditional garb each evening. 

  • Pro tip: The Japantown/Ayer light rail station is only four blocks from the festival. Or you can park for free in the County parking lot at First and Hedding Streets and take the complimentary shuttle to the festival.
  • Areas and roadways affected: With this event taking place on Fifth Street, there could be additional traffic on adjacent north-south streets in the Japantown area.

EAST BAY:

Sun, Jul 14 from 11am-6pm: In Berkeley, Sunday Streets takes place in the Downtown area, on Shattuck Avenue from University Avenue to Durant Avenue and on Durant from Shattuck to Fulton Street.. Events will include a pet parade, a family Bastille Day, Cornerstone’s “Cornerfest”, street food and shopping.

  • Pro tip: Berkeley’s Downtown BART station is right in the middle of this Sunday Streets route. Several AC Transit bus lines also serve the area – for example, these lines, which are being detoured around the event from 10am-7pm.
  • Areas and roadways affected: With several blocks of downtown Shattuck Avenue closed, drivers can expect extra congestion on Milvia, Fulton, and Oxford Streets, Channing Way, and other streets in Downtown Berkeley.

PENINSULA:

Sat, July 13 (2pm-11pm) and Sun, July 14 (2pm-10pm): The Audiotistic Bay Area music festival, known for its diverse variety of genres and styles, takes place at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. 

  • Pro tip: Unfortunately, there’s just not a lot of late-night public transit serving the Amphitheatre, which is why most people choose to drive. If you want to take CalTrain, the last train northbound train out of Mountain View Station is at 10:49pm on Saturday, 10:29pm on Sunday.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Extra traffic all day on Shoreline Blvd, Amphitheatre Parkway, Bill Graham Parkway.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sun, Jul 14 from 11am-4pm: San Francisco: Sunday Streets in the Mission District will close Valencia Street between Duboce Avenue and 26th Street. Parked vehicles will be towed starting at 8am (with absolutely no parking or stopping allowed from that point on) and the street will be closed to all motorized traffic from 10am-4pm.

  • Pro tip:  The 16th Street and 24th Street BART stations are both just a block from this Sunday Streets route. MUNI’s K, L, M, T, and F lines all serve Market Street just a half-block north of the route; and the J line on Church Street stops at 18th Street, two blocks west of the route.
  • Areas and roadways affected: With Valencia Street closed to traffic between Duboce Ave and 26th Street, north-south drivers are advised to use Guerrero, Mission, or Folsom Street as alternates and to exercise patience.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Sun, Jul 14 from 11am-5pm: In Petaluma, the annual Art and Garden Festival takes place in historic downtown Petaluma. It features 145 booths of unusual, unique, handmade items, creative home and garden décor,, and jewelry all from local crafters, artisans, and gardeners; plus live music on two stages, food, beer, and wine.

  • Pro tip: The SMART Train’s Downtown Petaluma station is about a 12-minute walk from the festival, but it’s even quicker if you hop on a Route 101 bus. Nearby free or low-cost parking options include the Keller Street Garage on Keller Street between Western Avenue and Washington Street and the Second Street Garage on C Street between First and Second Streets.