By Will Reisman, @WillReisman
Come Together for the Union Street Festival: San Francisco’s summer fair season kicks off this weekend with the 40th annual Union Street Festival. The venerable street fest in San Francisco’s Cow Hollow neighborhood will have live music performances, fashion shows, dozens of food and drink booths, entertainment for the kids and health and fitness demonstrations. Event attendees coming from the Peninsula can take Caltrain to the San Francisco station and transfer to Muni’s 45-Union bus line for a direct trip to the event, which starts at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Additionally, the fest will have a valet bike parking lot at Union and Buchanan, so cyclists can pedal over without any problems.
Get a Walking Tour of San Jose’s Newest Addition: Surprisingly to some, San Jose is the Bay Area city with the largest population, boasting more than one million residents. That comes as a shock to many because, unlike San Francisco, with its dense neighborhoods and towering skyline, San Jose is a sprawling city, covering 179 square miles (San Francisco has just 49 square miles.) To try and strengthen its urban core, San Jose is experimenting with more multi-unit housing properties, the latest of which is Centerra, a 21-story complex in the city’s San Pedro neighborhood. On Wednesday, SPUR—a local think tank—will host a walking tour of the Centerra complex, to see how the new building interacts with its community. The walking tour begins as 12:30 p.m. at North Almaden Avenue. Attendees can take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon Station and transfer to Valley Transportation Authority’s Route 68 bus to get to the walking tour.
Enjoy the Sun For Art and Wine Festival in the South Bay: Turn that frown upside down and get to the Sunnyvale Art and Wine Festival happening this weekend. The annual event will feature wine, beer, margaritas and plenty of other delicious concoctions provided by more than 325 vendors. The event takes place from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday in downtown Sunnyvale, at the intersection of Washington and Murphy avenues. That spot is just a short walk from the Sunnyvale Caltrain Station, and with the train providing hourly weekend service, attendees can indulge a little and count on public transit to take them back from the festival.