Gigantic Weekend of Events Is Upon Us, With Street Closures Galore

It’s the first Everything Happens This Weekend weekend in years, with the Folsom Street Fair, the Portola Festival, a feline extravaganza, and that’s only scratching the surface.

SFist used to write an article called Everything’s Happening This Weekend almost every year in early fall to basically let you know that Hardly Strictly Bluegrass and Fleet Week happened on the same weekend. Well, now that the COVID-19 chaos is in the Bay Area’s “low tier,” we’re back to our bullshit — and it’s not even the Weekend! Next weekend will be a very different Event Pocalypse/Palooza, but for this weekend of festivals, parties, and fairs, here’s your round-up of events and roadblocks.

The closures and diversions of the buses are already underway because the SF Symphony Opening Night Gala is also taking place on Friday evening. A few blocks of Grove Street are already closed and as seen above, 21 Hayes has a slight detour near Davies Hall.

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The Folsom Street Fair will of course show their ass again on Sunday and as we discovered this morning they will be providing free MPX vaccine doses. But the event can be a nuisance for drivers and transit drivers, with detours galore and many road closures around Folsom Street and between Eighth and 12th Streets.

With the fair also comes a crowd of LGTBQ tourists and a weekend of partying for various sub-groups and fetishists.

The new EDM festival called Portola is also taking place at Pier 80 (at the east end of Cesar Chavez Street) this weekend. Some standard landmark and restaurant previews are available on SFGate and SF Standard. There is no parking at Pier 80, but there are shuttles from the Balboa Park BART station and the Cow Palace parking lot.

And Cow Place could be quite the hairball, because in addition to those shuttles, the San Francisco Cat Extravaganza will also be held at the Cow Palace (and co-hosted by Heklina? Apparently!). It is indeed a regular cat show, albeit with some comedy and cat-related talk, starting Friday night and running through Sunday.

Meanwhile, in Potrero Hill on Sunday, books will be printed with a real steamroller at the so-called Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. One block of Rhode Island Street will be closed between 16th and 17th streets, and 19 Polk will be rerouted slightly in that area.

Finally, and probably the healthiest, is the Cole Valley Street Fair, which takes place on Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Cole Street between Frederick Street and Grattan Street and Parnassus Avenue between Shrader Street and Belvedere Street.

Next weekend is the Castro Street Fair and the big Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, but as in previous years, the main weekend of Fleet Week is the weekend after, 7th-9th October.

Related: How Weird Street Faire returns for 2022 and is scheduled for October 15th [SFist]

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