This Weekend: Fleet Week, Bluegrass in the Park and 150 Years of Italian Pride
The USS Bonhomme Richard makes an early appearance in this September 29, 2018 photograph. Photo: Official U.S. Navy Page/Flickr
Friday-Sunday, various times
Marina and The Embarcadero
It's that time of year again! Fleet Week in San Francisco kicks off this Friday at 11 a.m. with the Parade of Ships as they enter the Bay through the Golden Gate to the various piers where they will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day this weekend. The highlight of the event is the daily air show which will occur Friday through Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m. Fleet Week activities will also include the Veterans Art Exhibit, which showcases the artwork of those who also served their country, a veterans resource fair that connects veterans and their spouses with transitional services, job training, higher education and more, as well as the high school bands challenge and free live music.
How to Get There on Muni: Riders may take the T Third Line, F Market and Wharves or E Embarcadero streetcar lines, as well as the 8 Bayshore, 19 Polk, 22 Fillmore, 28 19th Avenue, 30 Stockton, 47 Van Ness, 49 Mission/Van Ness, Powell Hyde and Powell Mason cable car lines.
Muni Service Notes: The E and F lines will have reroutes during this event. There will also be additional service provided on the F, L Taraval, 8, 25 Treasure Island, 28, and 47 routes over the weekend to help accommodate an expected increase in ridership.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
Friday-Sunday, various times
Golden Gate Park
It's a music lover's dream weekend as the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival returns to Golden Gate Park with dozens of artists representing multiple genres ready to entertain the thousands expected to attend the annual free event. The festival consists of five stages, over 50 food and drink vendors and more than enough fun to pack your entire weekend.
How to Get There on Muni: Riders may take the N Judah Line, as well as the 5 Fulton, 7 Haight/Noriega, 18 46th Avenue, 28 19th Avenue, 29 Sunset, or the 31 Balboa routes to near the event.
Muni Service Notes: There are no planned service changes for this event, though there will be additional N Judah and 5R Fulton Rapid service to help accommodate for increased ridership. Minor delays are also possible in the area of the event due to increased pedestrian traffic and higher than normal ridership.
Italian Heritage Parade
Sunday, 12:30 to 3 p.m.
North Beach will come alive this Sunday for the 150th annual Italian Heritage Parade. San Francisco’s Italian-American Community celebrates their longstanding roots in the City with an extravagant parade featuring Italian and Italian-American dignitaries, live music, performances, floats and representatives of local Italian and Italian-American organizations and businesses. The parade begins on Jefferson and Powell streets in Fisherman’s Wharf, then proceeds south through North Beach on Columbus Avenue where it will end in Washington Square in front of Saints Peter and Paul Church. Parade viewing is available throughout the entire route.
How to Get There on Muni: Riders can take the E Embarcadero or F Market and Wharves lines, as well as the 8 Bayshore, 30 Stockton, 39 Coit, 45 Union/Stockton or 47 Van Ness routes to the near the beginning of the parade.
Muni Service Notes: The E, F, 8, 30, 39, 45, and 47 routes will have reroutes during this event.
“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 Thursdays for a look ahead to the weekend. Check out our Weekend Traffic & Transit Advisory for more details.