It’s the first ‘Everything’s happening this weekend’ weekend in years, with Folsom Street Fair, the Portola festival, a Cat Extravaganza, and that’s just scratching the surface.
SFist used to write an article pretty much every year in early autumn called Everything’s Happening This Weekend to basically inform you that Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Fleet Week were happening on the same weekend. Well, now that the COVID-19 mess is in the “Low tier” in the Bay Area, we are back on our bullshit — and it’s not even that weekend! Next weekend will be a whole other event-pocalypse/-palooza, but for this festival-, party-, and fair-packed weekend, here is your roundup of happenings and street closures.
The closures and bus reroutes are already underway, ‘cause you’ve also got the SF Symphony Opening Night Gala Friday night. A couple blocks of Grove Street are already closed, and as seen above, the 21 Hayes has a slight reroute happening near Davies Hall.
The Folsom Street Fair will of course be showing its ass again Sunday, and as we noted this morning, they’ll be providing free MPX vaccine doses. But the event may be a pain in the ass for drivers and transit rides, with reroutes galore and plenty of street closures around Folsom Street and between Eighth and 12th Streets.
Also, with the fair comes a whole lot of LGTBQ tourists, and a weekend of parties for various subsets and fetishists.
Portola and the kink festival happening this weekend. SF about to SF like it’s never SF’d before.
— UZO. (@dubonde_wav) September 22, 2022
That new EDM festival called Portola is also this weekend down Pier 80 way (at the eastern end of Cesar Chavez Street). You have some standard ‘what to see and eat’ previews available on SFGate and SF Standard. There is no parking at Pier 80, but there will be shuttles from the Balboa Park BART station and the Cow Palace parking lot.
And Cow Place might be quite the hairball, because in addition to those shuttles, the San Francisco Cat Extravaganza will also be at the Cow Palace (and co-hosted by Heklina? Apparently so!). It is indeed a regular cat show, though with some comedy and conversations on feline topics, starting Friday night and going through Sunday.
Meanwhile in Potrero Hill, something called the Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival will be printing books with an actual steamroller on Sunday. A block of Rhode Island Street will be closed between 16th and 17th Streets, and the 19 Polk will be somewhat rerouted in the area.
Lastly and probably most wholesomely, the Cole Valley Street Fair is Sunday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Cole Street between Frederick and Grattan Streets and Parnassus Avenue between Shrader and Belvedere Streets.
Next weekend is Castro Street Fair and the big Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, but as has been the case in recent years, Fleet Week’s primary weekend is the weekend after, October 7-9.
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