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This Weekend: Chinese New Year Parade and Street Fair

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Photo of a Chinese lantern with "CAM," "Happy New Year" and "Muni" written in English next to Chinese characters, on the inside of a motorized cable car.
A Chinese lantern inside a motorized cable car during the 2016 Chinese New Year Parade.

Events:

Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, 5:15 p.m.
Union Square and Chinatown

Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year, or the Spring Festival), is a time of reunion, thanksgiving and celebration of nature’s reawakening.

San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade and festival are the largest celebration of Asian culture anywhere outside of Asia. This year’s parade will include elaborate floats, lion dancers, folk dancers, costumed elementary school groups, marching bands, stilt walkers, Chinese acrobats and a 268 foot long Golden Dragon (“Gum Lung”). It will also include our motorized cable car that we can't wait to climb aboard to join the festivities!

Muni service note: There will be a number of street closures in the area. There will be re-routes for The Powell/Hyde and Powell/Mason Cable Car lines and the 1 California, 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 5 Fulton, 6 Haight/Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno, 10 Townsend, 12 Folsom/Pacific, 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 21 Hayes, 25 Treasure Island, 30 Stockton, 31 Balboa, 38 Geary, 38R Geary Rapid, 45 Union/Stockton and 76 Marin Headlands Express routes.

For full details, see our Chinese New Year Parade Service Alert webpage.

Chinatown Community Street Fair
Saturday, February 11, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 12, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Chinatown

The Chinatown Community Street Fair will be held in conjunction with the Chinese New Year Parade. The event includes Chinese folk dancing, opera, drumming and much more. Look for the giant puppets and the dragon for a real New Year experience.

Muni service note: the 10 Townsend and 12 Folsom/Pacific routes will be re-routed. and the 1 California may see delays.

How to get there on Muni: For all of the Chinese New Year festivities, Muni provides a number of options to get to Union Square and Chinatown: Any Muni Metro line to Powell Station, the California Cable Car Line or the 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 5 Fulton, 6 Haight/Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno, 10 Townsend, 12 Folsom/Pacific, 21 Hayes, 30 Stockton, 31 Balboa, 38 Geary, 38R Geary Rapid, 45 Union/Stockton and 76 Marin Headlands Express routes.

SF Giants Fan Fest
Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Willie Mays Plaza, AT&T Park

The 24th annual SF Giants Fan Fest at AT&T Park gives you exclusive access to the field and other locations around the park that you often don't get to experience during the regular baseball season. You can get a photo of you and your family and friends from inside the dugout or take a tour of the clubhouse and see the players' lockers up close.

How to get there on Muni: Muni provides a number of options to get to AT&T Park: The T Third Line, E Embarcadero Historic Streetcar Line or the 10 Townsend, 30 Stockton, 45 Union/Stockton and 47 Van Ness routes. Muni Metro service will likely be crowded throughout the day, so give yourself extra time to get downtown.

Van Ness Construction Reminder

All left turn lanes on Van Ness Avenue have been removed with the exceptions of those at Broadway (southbound), Lombard Street (northbound), and temporarily at Hayes Street (northbound).

Van Ness traffic lanes have been reduced from three to two on these segments:

  • Northbound from Post to Filbert Street
  • Southbound from Filbert to Washington Street

For complete details on these changes, please our Van Ness Improvement Project page.

Temporary J Church and K Ingleside Service Changes Reminder:

Due to Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvement construction work, there are now temporary stop changes in effect for the J Church and K Ingleside lines at Balboa Park Station. These stop changes will be in place through the end of February. For details, please read our September 1 blog post.

“On Tap” gives you a heads up about the big events in town and what Muni routes and lines will get you to the party. Look for this feature to be posted usually on Wednesdays for a look ahead to the weekend.