The Traffic For Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Is Going to Be Insane: A Warning
Everyone, don't even think of bringing your motor-powered metal sled to San Francisco this weekend for the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival. Just please don't. Because not only is Hardly Strictly going to draw untold thousands of people to Golden Gate Park, but there are about nine major events happening in the city on Saturday and Sunday. More than a million people are coming here, officials estimate. Meaning every car-width paved surface in the city is going to become an exhaust-clogged purgatory, a still life of indian-summer shittiness to which you should not contribute. Just look at what's going on:
Bike parking at Hardly Strictly: Crowded, yes, but still your best bet for getting around this weekend.
- Hardly Strictly, obviously, which (if history is any guide) is going to draw perhaps 800,000 people to Golden Gate Park between Friday and Sunday.
- SF Giants playoff games on both Saturday and Sunday.
- The 49ers are playing the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon at Candlestick.
- Fleet Week airshows will be happening in the northern part of the city.
- The America's Cup hits high gear in the Bay both days this weekend.
- Sunday brings the the Castro Street Fair, which draws perhaps 60,000 people on its own, according to the Chron.
- The Italian Heritage Parade in North Beach also goes down on Sunday afternoon.
- The Burning Man Decompression party in the Mission runs Sunday from noon to midnight.
- Also, two giant cruise ships will be docking at Pier 35.
Last weekend may have been Carmageddon 2 in L.A., but this upcoming one may be trafficopocalypse in S.F. Yeah, Muni is probably going to suck, too. But driving will be worse. Please don't do it.