Weekend Traffic And Transit Disruptions: SF Giants Parade, Halloween, Muni Heritage Weekend, Day Of The Dead

SF Giants Parade

A parade and celebration will honor the World Champion San Francisco Giants along Market Street and at San Francisco’s Civic Center Friday afternoon. Baseball fans are encouraged to celebrate safely. To facilitate an enjoyable experience for all, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which oversees all transportation in the city, including the Municipal Railway (Muni), is encouraging attendees to ride public transportation to and from the World Series celebration.

This year’s parade will launch at noon on Friday, October 31, starting at Steuart and Market streets, travel along Market Street, before making a right turn onto McAllister Street and culminating at Civic Center Plaza and City Hall. Participants should arrive early to secure a good viewing location.

The parade route will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 a.m. Road closure restrictions will remain in place until parade attendees are fully cleared from the restricted route and the roads have been cleaned by city services.

Street Closures starting Thursday at approximately 7pm

  • McAllister Street (between Larkin Street and Van Ness Avenue)
  • Grove Street (between Larkin Street and Van Ness Avenue)
  • Civic Center Plaza and streets around and adjacent to City Hall

Muni will reroute.

Parade Closures starting Friday, October 31 at approximately 9am

  • Steuart Street (between Howard & Market streets)
  • Spear Street (between Howard & Market streets)
  • Main Street (between Howard & Market streets)
  • Market Street (between Steuart 1st & 10th streets)
  • Mission Street (between Van Ness Avenue & The Embarcadero)

Please also be aware

  • Mission Street will be closed to private automobiles but open to public transit, taxis and first responders only.  Muni routes will be diverted off Market Street onto Mission Street because of the parade.
  • No traffic or cross traffic will be permitted on Market Street, Steuart Street and Van Ness Avenue (after 9:30 a.m. and streets will re-open at approximately 5:00 p.m. or sooner.)
  • The underground Civic Center parking garage will be closed to general parking. Monthly parking pass holders will have access until 9 a.m. but no exits until surrounding streets have re-opened.
  • All Muni Metro trains will stop at Civic Center station for the celebration and parade, as well as at Embarcadero, Montgomery and Powell stations for the parade.
  • There will be limited bike parking available, and bicycles are not allowed on Market or Mission streets.

Public Transportation Options

Parking is expected to be limited and traffic congested. For a better celebration experience, BART, Caltrain, Golden Gate Transit, AC Transit, SamTrans and ferries will offer expanded services.

The SFMTA will supplement existing Metro service with six additional Metro shuttles. Additional service will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until restricted parade routes are cleared.

The following Muni lines and routes will be affected:

  • California Cable Car
  • Powell Hyde Cable Car
  • Powell Mason Cable Car
  • F Market and Wharves
  • 2 Clement
  • 3 Jackson
  • 5 Fulton
  • 6 Parnassus
  • 8X Bayshore Express
  • 9 San Bruno
  • 9L San Bruno Limited
  • 10 Townsend
  • 12 Folsom-Pacific
  • 14 Mission
  • 14L Mission Limited
  • 19 Polk
  • 21 Hayes
  • 27 Bryant
  • 30 Stockton
  • 31 Balboa
  • 38 Geary
  • 38L Geary Limited
  • 45 Union-Stockton
  • 71 Haight-Noriega

While every effort is being made to minimize congestion, the celebrations road closures or restrictions may generate delays and detours onto streets not listed above. Drivers should avoid the downtown area bounded by The Embarcadero on the east, Bryant Street on the south, Van Ness Avenue on the west and California Street on the north throughout the day.

For those who drive, Piers 30/32 on The Embarcadero at Bryant Street is recommended for parking. N Judah Muni Metro service will be available between Piers 30/32 and Market Street.

This will be a family-focused event for baseball fans, and will be an alcohol-free event. San Francisco Police and Recreation and Park Departments will be on hand to monitor and enforce a zero tolerance policy for alcohol and other controlled substances in Civic Center Plaza, and will not tolerate misbehavior at the parade or after the civic celebration.

Muni Heritage Weekend

On Saturday and Sunday: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., each day, a celebration of the SFMTA Muni Heritage with vintage vehicle displays and rides for the public will take place at Justin Herman Plaza.

Market Street Railway docents will ride on the vintage vehicles and will be available at the Ferry Plaza and the San Francisco Railway Museum to answer questions and provide information to the riding public.

Athletic Association Event

From Friday to Sunday: The San Francisco Gaelic Athletic Association event will take place at San Francisco Gaelic Fields on Treasure Island.

A street closure of Avenue “H” between 11th and 13th streets will be required from 3 p.m., Friday to 6 p.m., Sunday.

The 108 Treasure Island Muni Route will be affected.

Critical Mass

On Friday: Beginning at 6 p.m., the Critical Mass bicycle ride will begin at Justin Herman Plaza.

There will be heavy traffic in the area. Motorists are advised to allow extra travel time.


On Friday: The SFMTA will provide regular Muni service for Halloween. Transit customers and motorists may experience delays and should allow extra travel time.

While no street closures have been planned in the Castro/Noe/Mission areas, San Francisco police officers will monitor pedestrian and automobile traffic for any necessary public safety street closures.

Bay Area Science Festival

On Saturday: The Bay Area Science Festival will take place at AT&T Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free event and an attendance of 20,000-30,000 participants is anticipated.

Traffic in the event area is expected to be heavy. Motorist and transit riders should allow extra travel time.

U.S. Fall Half Marathon

On Sunday: The annual U.S. Fall Half Marathon will commence from Aquatic Park. The 13.1-mile course will take runners across the Golden Gate Bridge and back to Aquatic Park. The race will begin at 7 a.m.

The following street closures will be required:

10 a.m., Saturday to 1 p.m., Sunday

Jefferson Street between Westerly Terminus and Hyde Street

6:30 – 8 a.m., Sunday

Southbound Van Ness Avenue from North Point to Bay streets
Westbound Bay Street from Van Ness Avenue to Laguna Street

6:30 – 10:30 a.m., Sunday

One westbound lane on Marina Boulevard from Buchanan Street to Marina Gate
Laguna Street between Bay and Beach streets
Westbound Beach Street between Laguna and Buchanan streets

The following Muni routes will be affected:

28 19th Avenue
30 Stockton
47 Van Ness
49 Van Ness-Mission

Festival of Altars and Day of the Dead Procession

On Sunday: The annual celebration of Festival of Altars and Day of the Dead Procession will take place in the Mission District. Staging of Day of the Dead procession will begin on Bryant Street and the Festival of Altars will take place in the Garfield Park from 6 to 11 p.m.

Beginning at 6 p.m., staging of the procession will start on southbound Bryant Street between 19th and 24th streets. The procession will begin at 7 p.m. and follow the route with south on Bryant Street, west on 24th Street, north on Mission Street, east on 22nd Street and back onto Bryant Street for dispersal.

Traffic will be detoured around the procession.

The following Muni routes will be affected:

12 Folsom
14 Mission
14L Mission Limited
27 Bryant
48 Quintara-24th Street
49 Van Ness-Mission
67 Bernal Heights

Traffic in the event area is expected to be heavy until approximately 9 p.m. Motorist and transit riders should allow extra travel time.

Daylight Saving Time

On Sunday, daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. Clocks should be set back one hour at this time.

UPDATE: Central Subway Construction

Construction of the Yerba Buena/Moscone Station will continue. 4th Street between Howard and Folsom streets is reduced down to one lane for eight weeks from Saturday, September 13 through mid-November. Heavy foot, auto and transit traffic is expected. Motorists should expect traffic delays and to use alternative routes.

UPDATE: Folsom Street Off-Ramp Realignment Project

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) continues re-construction of the Folsom Street off-ramp from westbound Interstate 80 to Fremont Street. This off-ramp configuration will facilitate a better gateway that leads into a pedestrian-oriented neighborhood. Installation of a new traffic signal at the off-ramp intersection will allow for a newly constructed continuous sidewalk and bike lanes on the east side of Fremont Street.

This construction work is anticipated to be completed in March of 2015.

During the construction period, the 108 Treasure Island Muni route will be affected during all hours of service.

UPDATE: Balboa Park Station Muni Light Rail Platform Construction Project

To improve customer safety and enhance transit reliability, the SFMTA is building a new accessible boarding platform and ramp on San Jose Avenue at the Balboa Park BART Station for the J Church and K Ingleside light rail lines.

During construction, bus stops serving Balboa Park Station will be temporarily relocated:

Inbound boarding of J Church is located at northeast of San Jose and Geneva avenues in front of Crazy Pepper Restaurant; accessible boarding will be available at the high-level platform located on San Jose Avenue at Seneca Avenue
The last stop of outbound J Church line is relocated to the M Ocean View island stop located at San Jose and Geneva Avenues
Inbound boarding of K Ingleside relocated to San Jose Avenue inside the Balboa Park Station Muni Yard.

The J-Church and K-Ingleside light rail service will continue service during all operation hours.

The project is on-going and is anticipated to be completed by November of this year.

Construction work will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Sunday.

UPDATE: Sewer Restoration Work

Crews from the Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Public Works will continue the installation work of a new sewer main pipeline on Spear Street between Market and Mission streets. This construction project is anticipated to last until spring of 2015.

Project Update:

Construction work will continue to take place at the intersection of Spear and Mission streets. Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day.

During the construction hours, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.:

No street parking will be allowed
Sidewalk will remain open for pedestrian traffic
Local access will be allowed
With an exception of Muni buses, the intersection of Spear and Mission streets will be close to all other traffic

During the closure, there may be brief delays on the following Muni lines and routes:

2 Clement
6 Parnassus
14 Mission
14 Mission Limited
14 Owl
21 Hayes
31 Balboa
L Owl
K Morning Shuttle
M Morning Shuttle

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