Week in Transit: Fog Fest, Harvest Fest & Planning Future Cities

fogfest-logoPacifica Hosts Fog Fest: Who needs the sun to shine, when you can enjoy the foggy and cozy confines of Pacifica? This weekend, the Coastside town will celebrate its special heritage with the Pacific Coast Fog Fest. Celebrating its 34th anniversary, this year’s festival will feature live music, sand scuplture creations, a parade with handmade floats, performances from local marching bands and a kid’s entertainment zone. The festivities will kick off at 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and SamTrans buses will be running bright and early to get attendees to the event. SamTrans Routes 17, 110, 112 and 140 all provide service to Pacifica. Public transit passengers should be aware that there will be some local detours due to the festival.

Harvest Festival Comes to Palo Alto: The seasons don’t really change too much here in the Bay Area, but one sure sign that Fall has arrived is the annual staging of the Harvest Festival in Palo Alto. This Saturday’s event marks the 50th year of the festival, which allows attendees to donate household objects for families in need. For those who make it on Saturday, the festival will offer jewelry displays, a massive book sale, live music and lunch specials. Taking place on Colorado Avenue, the Harvest Festival is about a 20-minute walk from the California Avenue Caltrain Station in Palo Alto. Caltrain’s weekend schedule offers hourly service, plus four Baby Bullet trains, so attendees will have plenty of options to get to the gathering.

Plan for The Cities of the Future: The world’s populations have been migrating to cities for decades, and that exodus shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. With modern society increasingly more urbanized, planners are discussing how to design cities of the future that meet the considerable needs of their populace. On Wednesday, the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco will host a lecture discussing that topic, led by Jonathan Rose, an author and co-founder of the Garrison Institute, and Peter Calthorpe an architect and urban designer. The meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at 555 Post Street, which is a quick walk from the Montgomery Street BART Station.

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