Sunday Streets SoMa

August 23rd, 2020 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday Streets is excited to return to SoMa this August, spanning Folsom Street from Spear to 9th Street to and creating 1.3 miles of temporary open space for all to enjoy. The SoMa route was established in 2018.

Home to the Leather & LGBTQ and SOMA Pilipinas Cultural Districts, as well as the East Cut, SoMa West and Yerba Buena Community Benefit Districts, South of Market borders Potrero Hill and the Mission and contains many smaller neighborhoods, including South Park, South Beach and Financial District South. 

On Sunday, get to know SoMa! Visit Activity Hubs at:

  • Spear Street
  • 4th Street
  • 6th Street
  • 9th Street

Pick up an Explore Local Map and Common Cents Passport at Sunday Streets info booths for local businesses and resources.

After the 1906 earthquake destroyed the area, SoMa was rebuilt with wider streets (many of which, like Folsom, are one-way) to accommodate industrial development. Today, SoMa is still home to factories and light industry, as well as SROs, tech offices, arts incubators, nightclubs and new housing developments. This mixed-use neighborhood blends residential, commercial, cultural, institutional and entertainment uses and is known for its live-work spaces, design and art production.

Dance the night away at a club, visit the collection at the Prelinger Library and tour world-class museums and arts centers. Enjoy a meal at SoMa Streat Food Park. Support community organizations like United Playaz and the Pilipino Senior Resource Center. And don’t forget to explore the area’s tucked-away alleys, expansive murals, small businesses and turn-of-the-century industrial architecture.

 

TRANSIT + LIVABILITY

In an urban neighborhood with lots of one-way streets and freeway connections (and little open space), Sunday Streets transforms a dangerous roadway into a safe, temporary park for the community. 

Many of the blocks of Folsom Street (especially the eastern blocks) are unfriendly to pedestrians on a regular day due to large construction projects, multiple closed sidewalks and heavy traffic, and are identified  in Vision Zero’s High Injury Network list.

The newly-built Salesforce Transit Center is a regional transportation hub containing more than one million square feet, serving 11 transportation systems and featuring City Park, a 1400-foot-long, 5.4-acre rooftop public park.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

Before it was known as “South of Market”, the area was called “South of the Slot.” The Slot refers to the iron cable car track that cut through the center of Market Street and divided the wealthier downtown from the working-class eastern side.

SoMa has been home to a large Filipino community since the early 1900s. The streets around the Dimas Alang Retirement Home are named for Filipino heroes, such as Lapu-lapu, Bonifacio, Mabini, and Rizal. Visit Mission Street’s Bayanihan Community Center for more on Filipino history, culture and thriving community resources nearby.

SoMa’s first leather bar, the Tool Box, opened at 4th and Harrison in 1962. In the 70s, the scene moved further south, and Folsom Street became the epicenter of the leather community. Explore local landmark Ringold Alley for more history of the Leather & LGBTQ Cultural District. 

Getting there

SoMa is one of the most transit-rich neighborhoods in San Francisco. Livable City strongly encourages biking, walking, or taking public transportation to get to Sunday Streets.

MUNI:  For trip planning and other Muni-related info, go to www.sfmta.com. Visit sfmta.com/alerts the week before the event for updated information on any MUNI lines that will be rerouted during the event. The SoMa Sunday Streets route is served by the following MUNI lines:

  • 8 Bayshore, 9 San Bruno, 12 Folsom, 19 Polk, 27 Bryant, 45 Union/Stockton
  • The 14 and 14R two blocks away on Mission St.
  • The L,M,N and T rail lines to Metro Civic Center Station

BART: Take BART to the Civic Center, Powell or Montgomery Stations, all about a 10-minute walk to the Sunday Streets route on Folsom Street. For trip planning, go to www.bart.gov

BIKE: Get in the spirit for Sunday Streets by biking there! Go to:  www.sfbike.org to download a bike map to help find a flat, bike-friendly route from your area or the nearest transit stop to Sunday Streets. Got a long way to go? Shorten the trip by taking transit part of the way. Muni buses have bike racks for 2 bikes, BART and Caltrain both allow bikes on board. For more information about bikes on BART, go to www.bart.gov/guide/bikes.

By Car: Should you choose to drive, check out SFPark.org and parkme.com to identify available parking lots and spaces nearby.

Be aware that the Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8am and no stopping or parking is allowed on the streets after that (even if you’re just stopping for a moment for a cup of coffee), and no vehicles are allowed to drive onto the route after 10:00am.

Detours and Parking Changes

TOWING: The Sunday Streets route is towed of all vehicles beginning at 8am, including the following streets:

  • Folsom St between 9th St and Spear St

No parking or stopping will be allowed on these streets after 8am (even if you’re just stopping for a quick cup of coffee, your car may be towed).

DETOURS & LOCAL ACCESS: Streets close to vehicle traffic starting at 10:00 am, and remain remain closed to vehicle traffic until 4:30 pm.

  • Vehicle traffic will be allowed to cross Folsom St on 9th, 6th St, 5th St, 4th St, 3rd, 2nd St, 1st St, and Spear St.
  • Alley streets connecting to Folsom will be available for local access only. Please click here for how to access alleys.
  • Eastbound traffic should use Bryant or Brannan Streets.
  • 280-W will not be affected
  • To access 80-W, take Harrison Street to 4th St
  • To access 80-E, take Bryant Street to 5th St
  • To access 101-S, take Bryant to 10th St

If you need vehicle access to/from your home or place of business during this time, please contact us as early as possible. Email [email protected] or call 415-344-0489 to coordinate access.