Week in Transit: Family Festa, Eat Drink SF, SamTrans Roadeo

By Jessica Loi

Celebrate the Culture of Italy: Enjoy all things Italian this weekend at the Italian Family Festa at History Park in San Jose. Organized by the Italian American Heritage Foundation, this event invites people from around the Bay Area to celebrate the country’s rich traditions. Drawing more than 25,000 people, the Italian Family Festa offers free admission and access to authentic foods, live entertainment, Italian-made products, and more. Proceeds from the Festa support the nonprofit organization, which strives to preserve Italian history and provide scholarship programs for college students. Attendees can avoid downtown parking and traffic woes by taking Caltrain to the Festa. From the Diridon Station, a short trip on the 55 Monterey Express, provided by Monterey-Salinas Transit, will take riders to the stop on San Fernando and 5th Street. Then, VTA’s Route 73 to Senter Road and Phelan Avenue will leave passengers a mere two-minute walk from History Park.

DINESFSavor the Tastes of San Francisco: This year, Eat Drink SF is back for another weekend of food, fun, and flavorful festivities! From August 26 to28, the Golden Gate Restaurant Association will be hosting the program’s signature Grand Tasting event at Fort Mason Center. With the participation of 160 restaurants per tasting, Eat Drink SF is the city’s number one food festival celebrating the region’s world-class restaurants and chefs. Enjoy Eat Drink SF responsibly by utilizing public transit as a safe mode of travel. Muni’s Route 30 bus transports passengers from the San Francisco Caltrain Station to the corner of Van Ness Avenue and North Point Street, a seven-minute walk from the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

The Annual SamTrans Roadeo: This Sunday, SamTrans will be hosting its annual Bus Roadeo at the North Base facility in South San Francisco. This year, the event will be an employee-focused celebration to commemorate the agency’s 40th anniversary. The Roadeo features a series of friendly contests for SamTrans employees to put their skills to the test. This includes operating buses on an obstacle course, where drivers will attempt to maneuver their vehicles through difficult exercises on the field. Additionally, a tournament between teams of maintenance employees will require them to make proper assessments and repairs for a number of simulated bus problems. This year, the Roadeo is set to feature the talents of more than 50 employees throughout the competitive events.

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