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San Francisco weekend traffic and transit: Families Belong Together rally

A weekly weekend warning about what’ll keep you waiting

Protesters in front of a Trump hotel property.
Immigration protests like this scene from Wednesday will expand on Saturday, including through the Mission and Civic Center.
Photo by Ted Eytan

Seven days have come and gone and another glorious San Francisco summer weekend is nearly here.

And with it a whole new set of potential traffic troubles, as SFMTA once again warns would-be weekend wayfarers that special occasions will leave a few streets and bus lines tied up between now and Monday, potentially snarling plans for anyone not in the know.

Here’s a quick rundown of where and when not to go during the go-go weekend days:

Critical Mass: June 29

Yep, Critical Mass is at it again, debarking from Embarcadero Plaza at 6 p.m. Friday night. Although no street closures or transit chances are planned, SFMTA advises commuters that “there will be heavy traffic in the area” and “motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.”

Families Belong Together March: June 30

This Saturday protest against aggressive immigration policies that whisk away kids is set to begin at Dolores Park at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. According to the demonstration’s Facebook page, “marching will begin at 10:00 a.m. sharp,” proceeding from the park to City Hall, where a rally will ensue until 1 p.m.

SFMTA advises that the march route will travel along Dolores, Market, and Polk streets and that “there will be disruptions and traffic congestion” during that period.

Additionally, “a street closure of Dr Carlton B Goodlett Place between McAllister and Grove streets will be in effect from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.”

Fillmore Street Jazz Festival: June 30-July 1

The 34th annual Fillmore Jazz Festival runs over two days, this year boasting returns and reunions from Fillmore regulars of the past, including Dogslyde, Marshall Arts, and Lavay Smith.

This also means the return of some traffic woes, as from 12:01 a.m. Saturday through 11:59 p.m. Sunday night the city will close down the following streets:

  • Fillmore Street between Jackson and Eddy.
  • O’Farrell Street between Fillmore and Steiner.
  • Washington and Clay streets between Webster and Steiner.

This also means the 3 Jackson, 22 Fillmore, and 24 Divisadero will alter their routes around the closures.