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On Tap

This Weekend: Cherry Blossom Parade and Tax March

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Another fun-filled weekend awaits us – you can cheer on the Giants as they wrap up their first home stand of the season, enjoy the second weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival and take your pick of Easter events with the Union Street Easter Fair or Mt. Davidson Easter Sunrise Service.

Check out this week’s featured events below.

Ladies in gray dresses sit on a red and white float waving to the crowd under a bright blue sky.
The Japan Center Garage Corporation float in the 2013 Cherry Blossom Parade. Photo: Gary Stevens/Flickr

Cherry Blossom Festival and Parade

Sunday, 1 p.m.
Civic Center and Japantown

The 50th anniversary of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival continues this weekend and culminates with a Grand Parade. The parade route will begin at the Civic Center at 1 p.m., proceed up Polk Street to Post Street and conclude at Post and Fillmore streets. As is tradition, the parade of colorful floats, surrounded by Japanese classical and folk dance groups, will escort this year’s Queen and her Court to Japantown.

How to Get There on Muni: Any Muni Metro line, the F Market & Wharves Line and the 5 Fulton, 6 Haight-Parnassus, 7 Haight-Noriega, 9 San Bruno, 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes and 31 Balboa routes will take you near the start of the parade at Civic Center Plaza.

The 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 22 Fillmore, 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid routes will take you close to the festival.

Muni service note: Muni Metro lines may see delays due to increased ridership. The 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 5 Fulton, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes, 22 Fillmore and 76X Marin Headlands Express will see reroutes and possible delays.

Tax March San Francisco

Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.
Market Street, from Civic Center to The Embarcadero

A protest rally known as the Tax March will begin at 2 p.m. with a rally at Civic Center Plaza.  At 3 p.m., the march will leave from there along Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza (at The Embarcadero), where the rally will continue.

Muni service note: Muni Metro lines may see delays due to increased ridership while the F Market & Wharves Line, 2 Clement, 5 Fulton, 6 Haight-Parnassus, 7 Haight-Noriega, 8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno, 10 Townsend, 12 Folsom-Pacific, 14 Mission, 14R Mission Rapid, 19 Polk, 21 Hayes, 27 Bryant, 30 Stockton, 31 Balboa, 38 Geary, 38R Geary Rapid, and 45 Union-Stockton routes will see reroutes and possible delays due to increased ridership.

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 visit 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, temporary stop changes are in effect for the J Church and K Ingleside lines at Balboa Park Station through the end of April. For details, please visit sfmta.com/greenlightrail.

“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.