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On Tap

September Sundae: NFL KickOff, Ghirardelli Chocolate & Sunday Streets

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

While last weekend was a time to get away or stay away, this weekend will most definitely be a time to be out and about in the city.

On Friday, the S.F. Opera Ball at the War Memorial Opera House will require a re-route on the 21 Hayes Route, while the S.F. Giants return to AT&T Park for a nine game stand against the San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks. Muni service with take you to and from the ball park.

On Saturday, the Sunset District Autumn Moon Festival on Irving Street between 22nd and 25th avenues will result in a  re-route of the 7 Haight/Noriega Route. If you find yourself with some extra times, be sure to check out these featured activities.


NFL 2015 Kick Off Concert
Thursday, 3:30 p.m.
Justin Herman Plaza

As the host city for Super Bowl 50, San Francisco will also help kick off the 2015 NFL season with a live concert at Justin Herman Plaza featuring performances by the Grammy Award winning band Train and English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding.

Large crowds are expected, if you plan on attending the concert your best public transit option will be the Muni Metro subway to Embarcadero Station.

Muni service note: Market Street Muni service near Justin Herman Plaza may experience delays due to increased pedestrian traffic and service routes will be subject to re-routes if needed.

Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival
Saturday & Sunday, Noon to 5 p.m.
Ghirardelli Square

Chocolate lovers everywhere are gearing up for the 20th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival. Indulge your sweet tooth with all kinds of chocolaty goodness including six ice cream eating contests featuring the famous ‘Earthquake” sundae, culinary demos and a chocolate and wine pavilion, plus there will be a master lesson on chocolate making.

Expect additional pedestrian and vehicle traffic around Aquatic Park. Chocolate admirers are encouraged to take Muni: the 19 Polk, 30 Stockton, 47 Van Ness, 49 Mission/Van Ness, F Market, or Powell Hyde Cable Car Line.

Muni service note: Due to street closures, the 19 Polk will have re-routes in both directions near the Ghirardelli Square area. Other service routes may see increased ridership.

Sunday Streets
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Western Addition

The painted ladies, Alamo Square and picture perfect shots of City Hall are just a few of the things to see this weekend at Sunday Streets as it returns to the Western Addition.  Traverse the neighborhood in search of local art and cuisine plus hidden gems along the way.

While wandering through the neighborhood be sure to stop by the Alamo Square Flea Market to discover some unique works by local artists and vendors.

Due to street closures, public transportation might be your best options. The 5 Fulton, 21 Hayes, 22 Fillmore, and 24 Divisadero routes will get you there.

Muni service note: The 22 Fillmore will have re-routes in both directions.

Construction Reminder:

The Muni Metro subway continues to close early each night at 9:30 p.m. for system upgrades. Metro bus shuttles will operate between St. Francis Circle and The Embarcadero and Folsom Street from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Alamo Square Flea Market
Alamo Square Flea Market in full swing on September 14, 2014. Photo credit: Albedo20/Flickr

“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. Check out our Weekend Traffic & Transit Advisory for more details.