Enjoy the views from above at the Potrero Hill Festival. This family-friendly event draws more than 6,000 people every fall.
During this event, you can listen to live music, mingle with the locals, and entertain the kiddies. All events take place on 20th Street between Missouri and Wisconsin Streets on Saturday, October 15, 2016.
The 27th Annual event will kick off at 11am (no brunch this year).
This year, you will find two stages of entertainment and a kids area with bouncy houses, a petting zoo, pony rides, and more. You will also find Snack on the Hill which features food from a variety of Potrero Hill restaurants.
This event also includes arts and crafts displays by more than 100 artists, merchants, and non-profit organizations.
Entry into the Potrero Hill Festival is free, but there is a small charge for some activities.
Bus: The only bus that reaches the heights of Potrero Hill near the festival is the #10 Muni bus. It will be rerouted during the festival and will drop you about a block away.
Caltrain: The 22nd Street Caltrain stop is also just a few blocks away. However, it's a climb uphill from the stop to get to the festival.
Light Rail: The KT Muni Metro light rail train will take you from Union Square to the corner of 3rd and 20th Streets. From there, you can head directly west (away from the water) to the festival. It's a good walk from this station as it's almost all up hill. However, if you don't mind climbing the hill, this gets you close to the Potrero Hill Festival.
Driving/Parking: This is a good option if you don't mind parking on steep hills. All of the streets near the festival are steep and it requires a little maneuvering to get parked. However, you can also head down to the bottom of the hill, park, and then make your way up the hills on foot.
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