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Sunset Sunday Streets: Live Music, Food & Drink, Community Info, Shop Local Makers, And More

Photo: Dianne Yee/Flickr
By Walter Thompson - Published on June 09, 2016.

This year's third Sunday Streets event will also be its largest; on June 12, several major roads around Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and Great Highway will be closed to create a temporary public space for recreation and relaxation.

Forty years ago, city officials in Bogotá, Colombia created the first Sunday Streets event to promote community engagement. Since then, the idea has spread globally. This year, eight monthly events will be held around the City between April and November.

A volunteer in Golden Gate Park. | PHOTO: SUNDAY STREETS/FACEBOOK

The Mission and Bayview/Hunters Point have already held events; here are the next neighborhoods to receive the floating street fair in 2016:

  • July 12: Tenderloin
  • August 21: The Mission
  • September 11: Western Addition
  • October 16: Excelsior
  • November 13: Embarcadero

The Route

The route extends from JFK Drive between Bernice Rodgers Way and Transverse Drive, Bernice Rodgers Way to JFK Dr., Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to Bernice Rodgers Way, Lincoln Way to MLK Dr., and Great Highway between Sloat and Lincoln.

Several major arteries will close to accommodate the festivities, as well as the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, which passes through Golden Gate Park.

Getting There

Due to road closures and detours, Muni is your best bet, followed by self-powered forms of transportation like bikes, rollerblades and comfortable shoes. Organizers recommend using the following Muni lines to reach the action: L, N, 5. 31, 44, 71, 28, 29.

2013 Sunday Streets on Great Highway | PHOTO: DIANNE YEE/FLICKR

Highlights

The convergence of 36th Ave. & JFK Drive will be an activity hub for several event partners and sponsors including the Hoodline tent, where you'll be able to meet some of our staff.

Health & Fitness Track

Get your blood moving with healthy cooking demonstrations, free blood pressure screenings, a Pop-A-Shot basketball arcade game at The Golden State Warrior's AmEx Fan Van, and some free giveaways.

Education & Professional Development

Take some weirdly unflattering selfies inside the Monterey Bay Aquarium Photo Booth, take in some history about Victorian homes around the Sunset, and get the latest on preschool and summer camp info from local providers.

At Sloat & Great Highway, attendees will find another hub with more attractions:

Arts & Culture Connection

Enjoy live music by several local bands, including The Bandwagon By The Old Folks, The Painted Horses, and Down Dirty Shake. Plus, belly dancing!

Sunset Mercantile

This pop-up shopping district features goods by local eateries, makers and artists. Sunset Mercantile is hosting a "hop" that offers food, drink, live music and art that can all be consumed on-site or bagged for your convenience.

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