Sunday Streets Western Addition

September 27th, 2020 | 11:00am – 4:00pm

Come dance in the streets with Sunday Streets car-free route along The Western Addition’s main corridors! Fillmore and sections of Fulton and Baker Streets will be open to pedestrians, cyclists, roller-skaters, toddlers, families, seniors and more on September 27th.

Starting at Geary, the route travels down lower Fillmore, then heads down Fulton to pass Alamo Square Park, concluding on the residential Baker Street with a fun block party.

Open streets transform neighborhood roadways into a free, temporary park with plenty of space for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re playing chess in the streets, dancing to live music, bringing the kids for a hula-hoop session, worshipping at an outdoor religious service or simply walking the route to get your weekly exercise.

Check out Activity Hubs on Lower Fillmore and Baker at Hayes. On Fillmore Street, enjoy a Market Square and Picnic Grounds, and pick up a Common Cents Passport at a Sunday Streets Info Booth to get stamped (and win prizes from!) local businesses. 

The Explore Local Map is your key to all the area has to offer as you explore local businesses, landmarks and the neighborhood’s rich history as an African American hub of art, culture and creation. Take a variety of public transit options to celebrate local establishments like music venue the Boom Boom Room, after-school hangout Miyako Old Fashioned Ice Cream for deli lunches, and the African American Art & Culture Complex for gallery exhibits, theater performances and classes. On Sundays, shop at the Divisadero Farmer’s Market at the DMV parking lot on Fell and Baker.



Sunday Streets creates over a mile of open space through lower Fillmore, encouraging foot traffic and small business engagement with a celebration of all things Western Addition. With stretches of lower Fillmore identified as a Vision Zero high injury-corridor, car-free streets give residents a chance to safely enjoy their neighborhood.

With their wide roadways and set-back buildings, redeveloped areas in the Fillmore and Japantown are a window into 1960s and 70’s-era car-centered city planning. This model aimed to separate street-level pedestrian traffic from auto traffic – check out Buchanan Street’s pedestrian bridge and lack of crosswalks as an example.

The Central Freeway used to run through the neighborhood to Turk Street, but that section of the freeway was closed immediately after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and was later demolished.


When the fires from the 1906 earthquake engulfed downtown, merchants and citizens migrated to the untouched Fillmore to continue doing business. Even after merchants moved back to Market Street, Fillmore Street remained a vibrant and bustling commercial corridor.

African Americans seeking jobs in wartime industries dramatically changed the demographics of the neighborhood. The burgeoning African American community supported new jazz clubs as the neighborhood flourished with black-owned businesses; the district was dubbed ‘the Harlem of the West’. Much of this thriving community was permanently displaced when the city began demolishing the area’s businesses and homes in the 1960s and 70s during redevelopment.

The historic Fillmore Auditorium, made famous by Bill Graham during the 1960s counterculture revolution, remains one of the most famous music venues in the Bay Area.

Getting there

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 Visit the week before the event for updated information on any MUNI lines that will be rerouted during the event. The Western Addition Sunday Streets route is served by the following MUNI lines:

  • 5 McAllister at Fillmore or Divisadero
  • 21 at Hayes St and Baker St
  • 24 at Divisadero St and Hayes or McAllister
  • 31 at Eddy St and Fillmore
  • 38 at Fillmore St and Geary Blvd
  • 22 Fillmore at Fillmore St and Grove St

BART: Combining BART with a bike ride or MUNI ride can be a great way to get to Sunday Streets from the East or South Bay. For trip planning, go to

BIKE: Get in the Livable City spirit – bike to Sunday Streets! Go to: 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

By Car: Should you choose to drive, 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.

Should you choose to drive, check out and to identify available parking lots and spaces nearby. Additionally, parking may be available at these locations near the route:

  • Fillmore Street Annex Garage, 1650 Fillmore St (between Geary Blvd and Post St)
  • Fillmore Heritage Center Garage, 1310 Fillmore St (via entrance on Eddy between Fillmore and Webster Streets)
  • Japan Center Garage, 1610 Geary Blvd

Detours and Parking Changes

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

  • Baker St between Fell and Fulton
  • Fulton St between Baker and Fillmore
  • Fillmore St between Fulton and Geary
  • First four parking spaces on Turk St east of Fillmore St
  • First 4 parking spaces on O’Farrell St west of Fillmore 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 10:00am, and remain closed to vehicle traffic until 4pm.

  • Vehicle traffic will be allowed to cross the Sunday Streets route on Hayes, Divisadero, McAllister, and Eddy Streets.
  • North and southbound traffic should use Masonic, Divisadero or Webster Streets instead of Fillmore St.
  • East and westbound traffic should use Fell, Hayes, McAllister, Eddy Streets or Geary Blvd instead of Fulton 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 or call 415-344-0489 to coordinate access.