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Holiday Weekend Offers a Mix of Cultural, Musical, Sporting Events

And Monday Brings Some Special Transit Schedules

Bob Pryor
February 14, 2019 - 11:54 pm

It's going to be a long holiday weekend, but the events calendar is relatively light. Still, KCBS Radio traffic reporter Bob Pryor has come up with a list of highlights and advice for getting around the Bay Area for Presidents Day.

Every Friday, Pryor publishes a weekend traffic and events guide, but for up-to-the-minute road reports, follow @KCBSAMFMTraffic on Twitter. Plus, you can get traffic alerts sent to your phone by downloading the Radio.com app and making KCBS Radio a favorite station.

The weekend calendar is still experiencing a bit of a winter lull, although the Year of the Pig celebrations continue in San Jose on Saturday. In San Francisco, Macy’s Union Square is the venue for an appearance by the recent two-time Grammy Award winner and Oakland resident Fantastic Negrito. If you're planning a wedding, you may want to head to Mill Valley where a Wedding Fair will cater to couples’ matrimonial needs for caterers and other nuptial necessities.

Transit riders beware of Presidents Day. The VTA, SAMTrans and other agencies will run on a regular weekday schedule, but MUNI will operate on its Saturday timetable. For more mass transit info, you can always check out 511.org. If you’re driving in San Francisco on Monday, don't forget that you will need to feed that parking meter.

SOUTH BAY:

Sat, Feb 16 from 11am to 5pm: San Jose Lunar New Year Community Day takes place at the San Jose Museum of Art. There will be a lion dance, a Chinese youth orchestra, art-making activities, plus free admission to the Museum.

  • Areas and roadways affected: In downtown San Jose, may be some additional vehicular and foot traffic in the museum area (South Market Street at San Fernando Street).

EAST BAY:

Sat, Feb 16 through Mon, Feb 18: BART will be closing portions of Richmond Station's platform in order to do tile replacement work. Since this work involves single-tracking, there will be no Saturday service on BART’s Red Line between Richmond and Millbrae.

  • Pro tip: Inbound passengers will need to transfer at MacArthur for trips to Daly City or Millbrae while travelers will connect to trains heading to Richmond at Oakland's 19th Street station. This tile work will happen again on the weekends of March 2-3 and March 9-10.

PENINSULA:

Sat, Feb 16 and Sun, Feb 17 from 7am-to 5pm: Cow Palace: National Cheerleaders Association Norcal Open Championship.

  • Pro tip: From either the Balboa Park BART station or CalTrain’s Bayshore station, you’ll need to catch a bus to get to the Cow Palace. But the Palace has a public transportation webpage to help out with that and a parking page for those who prefer to drive.
  • Areas and roadways affected: In northernmost Daly City, there could be extra traffic on Geneva Avenue west of Bayshore Blvd.

SAN FRANCISCO:

Sat, Feb 16 from 2pm-4pm: As part of Macy’s Union Square’s Black History Month celebration, the store hosts a free performance by Fantastic Negrito. The concert will be followed by an in-depth conversation with the Oakland singer/songwriter who just won his second Grammy award. Unfortunately, all tickets have been reerved for the show. 

  • Areas and roadways affected:  San Francisco’s Union Square/Theater District area.

NORTH BAY/SOLANO:

Sun, Feb 17 from noon-5pm: Marin Wedding Fair takes place at the Mill Valley Community Center. It will feature local jewelers, florists, photographers, caterers, boutique proprietors, along with complimentary bites, libations, promotions/giveaways, and other items of interest to couples who are engaged or planning to tie the knot. Free admission and parking.  

  • Pro tip: Directions for those who drive to the event are as straightforward as you’d expect. Golden Gate Transit’s Bus Route 4 gets you to Camino Alto and Miller Avenue, from which it’s a 9-minute walk to the Community Center.
  • Areas and roadways affected:  Camino Alto and East Blithedale Avenue.