What To Do And How To Get Around The Bay Area This Weekend

Tips From The Traffic Leader

Bob Pryor
January 11, 2019 - 1:32 am

Things are getting back to normal after the holiday season and KCBS Radio traffic reporter Bob "Major Timesaver" Pryor is here with lots of great information about this weekend's special events and traffic.

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The second weekend of the new year offers up a truly eclectic variety of events, including a great big footrace in San Francisco , some Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers performing in the South Bay (think Texas and long beards), world-class basketball in two flavors, and a musical swap meet that’s likely to be a lot of fun even if you’re not looking to unload that 1960s Stratocaster you somehow found in the back of the utility closet.


Sun, Jan 13 at 8pm: San Jose: At City National Civic: ZZ Top. The iconic rock trio has been “bashing out the same three chords,” as guitarist Billy Gibbons says, for close to five decades now. 

  • Pro tip: City National Civic is located in the heart of downtown San Jose right next to the VTA’s Convention Center light rail station. It’s also convenient to the Convention Center Parking Garage and several other downtown parking garages, so either way you should be able to get in and out of downtown on a Sunday night without too much trouble.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Jose: The usual downtown thoroughfares: West San Carlos Street, S Market Street, S Almaden Blvd.


Fri, Jan 11 at 7:30pm: Oracle Arena: Golden State Warriors vs. Chicago Bulls

Sat, Jan 12 at 2pm and 7pm: Oracle Arena: Harlem Globetrotters

The Dubs vs. the Bulls on a Friday night, followed by a Globetrotters game (my money’s on the seemingly unbeatable ‘trotters) on Saturday? That’s a pretty great basketball weekend.

  • Pro tip: Taking BART to the Coliseum Station will save you the hassle of dealing with Nimitz (I-880) traffic on a Friday night or Saturday afternoon/evening. It’s about an 8-minute walk on the pedestrian footbridge from the station to the arena, 
  • Areas and roadways affected: In Oakland: I-880, Coliseum Way, San Leandro Street, 66th Avenue.


Fri, Jan 11 thru Sun, Jan 13 from 11am-3:30pm: Palo Alto: Final weekend for the 15th Annual Holiday Lego Show at the Museum of American Heritage, featuring holiday scenes in a miniature city, including an amusement park with moving trains and roller coasters. 

  • Pro tip: The museum is located in the sort of leafy residential neighborhood where you can park free for two hours. Or, it's a12-minute walk from the Palo Alto CalTrain station.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In Palo Alto: Minimal impact on Homer Avenue.


Sun, Jan 13 at 7:20am: The 5K/15K Hot Chocolate Run will take place. The 5K course is entirely inside Golden Gate Park; the 15 K extends onto The Great Highway before returning to the park. A very approximate attendance of 10,000 runners is expected.

  • Pro tip: If you’re going to be running or cheering someone on, check out the course map before you go. If you’re going to be driving anywhere near the area, have a look at this map with street closures and times. Crossover Drive will remain open, but closures will include, for example the Great Highway between Lincoln Way and Sloat Blvd. Check out the organizers’ web page on ways to get to and from the race, where to park, etc.
  • Areas and roadways affected: All the street closures will be within Golden Gate Park except for that big stretch of the Great Highway which will belong to the Hot Chocolate runners from 6am to 11am.


Sat, Jan 12 (10am-5pm) and Sun, Jan 13 (10am-4pm): San Rafael: Marin Civic Center Exhibit Hall hosts the California World Guitar Show. Described as “a high-class swap meet of all things musical”, where exhibitors and buyers from around the world come to sell and buy guitars, amps, banjos, violins, effects, parts, and sound gear. Attendees may bring items to sell or have appraised at no extra charge. 

  • Pro tip: Marin Transit bus routes 35, 49, and 233 all serve the Civic Center area, or you can take the SMART Train to the Marin Civic Center station, from which it’s a short walk to the Exhibit Hall.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In San Rafael: Hwy-101 (minimal impact), N San Pedro Road, Avenue of the Flags.