By Will Reisman, @WillReisman
Sunday Streets Returns to SF: The Sunday Streets program, where a major thoroughfare closes to automobile traffic and opens up for walkers, bikers, joggers and exercise enthusiasts of all stripes, will return to San Francisco this weekend. Held annually between the spring and fall months, the car-free event scheduled for the Mission District on Sunday will be the first held in 2016. The gathering will last from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., taking place on Valencia Street between McCoppin Street and 26th Street. BART provides public transit service to the Mission District, and passengers travelling on Caltrain can transfer at the 22nd Street Station to Muni’s nearby 22-Fillmore and 48-Quintara lines for a direct trip to the event site.
San Francisco Hosts the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival: Spring must be back in the Bay Area, because San Francisco will once again be the scene for the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. The 49th annual event, which is expected to draw more than 200,000 people to the City’s Japantown neighborhood, will kick-off this weekend. The free festival will include tutorials on how to make Japanese dolls, lessons in the art of Origami, cultural music programs, Taiko drum sessions and martial arts demonstrations. San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood is accessible by Muni’s 38-Geary bus line.
Embrace Your Inner Nerd! Fantasy Fest Hits San Jose: Ever dream of riding a dragon or finding a stash of hidden treasure? Probably not gonna realize those goals in real life, but it doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little make-believe, and there is no better place to do that then this weekend’s San Jose Fantasy Faire. Participants of all ages (c’mon, no adult is ever too old enjoy a little dress-up), can come down to the San Jose Discovery Meadow for the two-day event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There will be plenty of costumed characters, including pirates, ogres, fairies and witches. Plus, there will be renowned fantasy authors, games, food and drink and arts and crafts sections. The event site is located right next to the Valley Transportation Authority’s Children Discovery Museum light-rail station.