Transit To the Tunes This Weekend

The biggest concert weekend of the year takes place this weekend in the Bay Area.  Several huge concerts and music festivals will take place in San Francisco, Mountain View, and San Jose.

Expect standing room only (SRO) conditions on Caltrain from Friday thru Sunday.  This is because fans traveling to and from these concerts will be riding with normal commuters.

This guide will show you bus and rail options to help you beat traffic gridlock and parking hassles at these events.  Options even detail some private shuttle bus options to and from these events.

More information follows…

Outside Lands 2017

Outside Lands 2017 lineup card. Courtesy sfoutsidelands.com

The tenth anniversary edition of Outside Lands takes place this weekend at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.  Amongst the musical artists headlining Outside Lands this year: Metallica, The Who, Lorde, Gorillaz, and A Tribe Called Quest.  (As of this writing, all tickets to Outside Lands are

San Francisco’s MUNI will have extra buses and streetcars running between downtown San Francisco and Golden Gate Park.  Also, Outside Lands will have private shuttle buses from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and Golden Gate Park.  Read up on more information on these public and private transit options to and from Outside Lands.

San Jose Jazz Summer Fest 2017

San Jose Jazz Summerfest logo. Courtesy summerfest.sanjosejazz.org

From Friday thru Sunday, in and around Plaza de Cesar Chavez in downtown San Jose, this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest takes place.  Ten stages of jazz, blues, Latin, salsa, and rhythm and blues music will play indoors and outdoors for your pleasure.

Musical acts featured this year include Chris Botti, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, and The Whispers.

Our transit guide to downtown San Jose gives you Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) bus and light rail service to and from the Plaza de Cesar Chavez area.  It saves you from traffic gridlock and parking hassles in the process.

Lady Gaga (San Francisco)

Mother Monster visits the City By the Bay this Sunday.  Touring in support of her latest album, “Joanne,” Lady Gaga will have her concert at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Sunday starting at 7pm.

Caltrain will run its usual weekend service between San Jose and San Francisco before the concert.  After the concert, Caltrain is expected to run extra service from San Francisco, with trains making all stops to San Jose.

Kendrick Lamar (San Jose)

The hip-hop superstar visits San Jose this Saturday night.  Kendrick Lamar’s concert in support of his latest album, “DAMN,” plays at SAP Center at San Jose.  Showtime starts at 7:30pm.

As most music concerts at SAP Center end around 11:30pm, check out our late-night SAP Center transit guide.  It gives you late-night bus options to help you get to and from the concert, letting you beat traffic gridlock and parking hassles in downtown San Jose.  This will be especially useful given that the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest will be taking place simultaneously at Plaza de Cesar Chavez.

Sam Hunt and 98.5 KFOX Summer Sendoff (Mountain View)

Country music’s hottest artist and classic rock artists visit Shoreline Amphitheater this Friday and Saturday.

Sam Hunt‘s concert supporting his debut album, “Montevallo,” starts on Friday at 7pm.  The 98.5 KFOX Summer Sendoff Show 2017 starts on Saturday at 6:30pm.  The Sendoff Show features the Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, and Night Ranger.

For both concerts, the private Rhythm Shuttle service can take you to and from Shoreline Amphitheater.  Make sure to reserve your seat on this private bus as soon as possible.

For More Information

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Stay safe this weekend, and rock on!

Eugene Bradley
Founder, Silicon Valley Transit Users