San Francisco Giants second baseman Donovan Solano (7) hugs right fielder Austin Slater (53) after hitting a walk-off single against the New York Mets during the sixteenth inning at Oracle Park on July 18, 2019.

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What's Happening This Weekend?

Bob Pryor
July 19, 2019 - 2:27 am

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The weekend is once again here and there is a lot to choose from if you're looking to make plans. The Giants play the Mets at Oracle Park this weekend, while international soccer takes center stage at Levi’s Stadium on Saturday. Also on Saturday, Pleasant Hill has its annual Blues and Brews Festival. Menlo Park devotes a chunk of Santa Cruz Avenue to its signature event, Menlo Summer Fest on Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, the Vans Warped Tour (yes, it’s still around) lands at the Shoreline Amphitheatre for two days of sonic ruckus, Sonoma Raceway has a weekend of drag racing.

On the transportation front, drivers crossing the Benicia Bridge should be aware that there will be lane closures. See the details below. 

SOUTH BAY:

Sat, Jul 20 at 1pm: Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara hosts 2019 International Champions Cup soccer between Benfica (Portugal) and Chivas de Gaudalajara (Mexico). About 20,000 fans are expected to attend. Stadium parking lots will open at 9:30am.

  • Pro tip: Santa Clara Police will enforce the usual rules about no parking on Tasman Drive or on the posted part of Lick Mill Blvd. The full Santa Clara Traffic Advisory for those heading to the match is here.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Drivers can expect greater-than-normal traffic on I-880, Highways 101 and 237, Lawrence Expressway, Great America Parkway, and San Tomas Expressway. 

Sat, Jul 20 and Sun, Jul 21: Shoreline Amphitheatre hosts the Vans Warped Tour featuring a lineup of punk-rock acts like The Offspring, 

  • Pro tip: If you are leaving at concert’s end via CalTrain, plan on how you’ll get to either Mountain View or San Antonio station and check this weekend schedule for when the last trains leave those stations.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Extra traffic all day on Shoreline Blvd, Amphitheatre Parkway, Bill Graham Parkway.

EAST BAY:

Sat, Jul 20 from 3pm-9pm: Pleasant Hill: Blues and Brews Festival takes place at Pleasant Hill Park on Gregory Lane. It features live blues music, beer wine, food, etc. Note that on Fri, Jul 19 from 6pm-9pm, there will be a 'pre-party" and concert at the park, complete with a kids’ play space.

  • Pro tip: You’ll of course want to designate a driver, use a ride-sharing service (If you’re staying at local hotels, they’ll cover your Lyft), or take public transit. County Connection buses can get you from the Pleasant Hill or Concord BART stations to the park and back.
  • Areas and roadways affected: Likely extra traffic on Gregory lane near the park.

PENINSULA:

Sat, Jul 20 and Sun, Jul 21 from 10am-6pm: Menlo Summer Fest takes place in Menlo Park on Santa Cruz Avenue between El Camino Real and Johnson Street. There will be live music on two stages, 200 art and craft booths, food trucks and artisanal specialty dishes and much more. From 5-7pm on Saturday, there will be a concert while a 5K "fun run and walk" starts at 9am Sunday in Fremon Park.

  • Pro tip: Parking will be available in the parking plazas adjacent to Santa Cruz Avenue, on side streets surrounding the festival, and at the Caltrain station on Merrill Street. 
  • Areas and roadways affected: With several blocks of Santa Cruz Avenue taken up by Summerfest, there will be extra traffic on the nearest parallel thoroughfare, Valparaiso Avenue. People should expect heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic downtown. 

SAN FRANCISCO:

Fri, Jul 19 at 7:15pm; Sat, Jul 20 at 1:05pm; and Sun, Jul 21 at 1:05pm: At San Francisco’s Oracle Park, the Giants take on the New York Mets. On Saturday, Special Event ticket buyers get admission to the 2-hour pre-game Brewfest event with select complimentary tastings.

  • Pro tip: The Friday evening Giants game and two weekend afternoon games will keep King Street and the Embarcadero hopping. If you haven’t been to a game recently, MUNI’s Oracle Park page lays out a compact little précis of gameday transit service. If you’re going to drive, the Giants “Coming by Car to Oracle Park” page is a must-read.
  • Areas and roadways affected: There will be extra traffic before and after the games on the Bay Bridge and on Highway-101, I-280, the Embarcadero, King Street, 2nd and 3rd Streets, etc. (including heavy foot traffic on these last).

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Fri, Jul 19 (8:30am-10pm); Sat, Jul 20 (8:15am-7pm); Sun, Jul 21 (8:30am-5pm): Sonoma Raceway hosts the National Hot Rod Association Division 7 Drag Races. Top Alcohol Dragsters and Top Alcohol Funny cars will qualify on Friday with eliminations on Saturday. 

  • Pro tip: This event isn’t in the same league as NASCAR racing in terms of drawing a crowd, but it will put some extra traffic onto Highways 37 and 121. The question is how much? 
  • Areas and roadways affected: Highways 37 and 121; possibly lower Lakeville Highway.

Fri, Jul 19 at 5pm thru Mon, Jul 22 at 5am (so all weekend long): On the southbound Benicia Bridge (I-680 from Benicia to Martinez), “various lanes will be closed for short periods of time” to allow for scheduled bridge maintenance. Caltrans says that “at no time” will the whole southbound bridge be closed.

  • Pro tip: This work probably won’t cause delays, assuming Caltrans really does keep the lane closures to “short periods of time”. Before you head out there, you might want to go to Caltrans’ live-camera map page and zoom in on the area in question.