Going to SF this weekend? Leave early or face the traffic

Going to San Francisco this weekend? With major events planned in The City, drivers should leave early or should be prepared to sit in traffic on Highway 101 in southern Marin County and especially along the Marina Green area of San Francisco.

It's Fleet Week, and the its air shows Saturday and Sunday typically bring hundreds of thousands of people to San Francisco, often choking traffic across the Golden Gate Bridge. The shows start at 12:30 p.m. each day with the Navy's elite Blue Angels flying from 3 to 4 p.m. The Blue Angels are scheduled to practice 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday and 3 to 4 p.m. Friday. Go early to find a good spot to watch. The Blue Angels are simply amazing.

Adding to the congestion will be fans of America's Cup, with its World Series races in San Francisco Bay on Thursday through Sunday afternoon. The event itself is expected to draw about 150,000 spectators to the Marina Green area.

And then there's:

–The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Friday to Sunday in Golden Gate Park.

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