On Tap

Weekend Music in Japantown and in the Richmond

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

People in Japantown listening to music
People listening to music at the Nihonmachi Street Fair (Photo Credit: greychr/Flickr)

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m., to 6 p.m.

Beginning in 1973 with only four booths, the Nihonmachi Street Fair has grown into a major two day event drawing over 30,000 attendees. The 45th edition of the fair continues the original mission of mentoring the younger generations of the city’s Asian and Pacific American communities. Fair activities will include two performance stages, a co-ed basketball tournament, the "Sounds of Thunder" car show, a kid’s zone, and the popular pet-friendly Doggie World (Sunday only)

How to Get There on Muni: the 2 Clement, 3 Jackson, 22 Fillmore, 38 Geary and 38R Geary Rapid routes will get you to Japantown.

Muni Service Notes: There are no planned service changes for this event, however, riders may experience minor delays or higher-than-usual ridership in the area of the event.

Playland on Balboa Music Festival

Saturday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Balboa Street between 35th and 38th avenues

Once upon a time the Richmond district was home to Playland, a 10 acre amusement park nestled steps away from Ocean Beach. For those fortunate enough to remember all the attractions and the magic of Playland, the sights, sounds, and smells still resonate fondly.

While the park may be long gone, the memories endure and this weekend a little of the old magic will be recreated at Playland on Balboa Music Festival with an eclectic mix of live music, an art walk featuring the vibrant neighborhood art scene, and a merchant corridor worth discovering. Plus there will be kid activities so the littleones can create their own memories.

How to Get There on Muni: The 5 Fulton, 18 46th Aveune, 31 Balboa, 38 Geary, and 38R Geary Rapid will get you close to all the fun and entertainment.

Muni Service Notes: The 18 and 31 will have reroutes.

On Tap Next weekend: Outside Lands Music Festival, Giants Baseball, and Inner Sunset Sundays

“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.