San Francisco Giants, 49ers: Wild Weekend Lifts Off in SF

By Nick Trenchard
Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

San Francisco will brace for one of the most entertainment-filled weekends its ever had.  And with it, comes a few extra million people.

On Saturday, the San Francisco Giants will kick off their five-game division playoff round against the Cincinnati Reds at AT&T Park (Matt Cain vs. Johnny Cueto).  Elsewhere, the city will celebrate their annual Fleet Week festivities featuring the Blue Angels, a U.S. Navy flight demonstration over the peninsula and the conclusion of the yachting championship called America’s Cup.

If those events don’t shake you out of your rut, the city will welcome the highly popular bluegrass festival set at Golden Gate Park throughout the weekend.  The event is free and the music is sure to be savory.  Meanwhile, the North Beach Italian-American Parade (located in North Beach) celebrates the artists and writers housed within the local community.  There, you can find everything from food trucks to art, wine and music showcases.  While these activities are sure to bring about some public transit challenges, the city will welcome the economic boost.

On Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers (3-1) will play host to the Buffalo Bills (2-2) at Candlestick Park.  The Niners bounced back from their first loss of the season to notch a 34-0 shellacking over the New York Jets (2-2).  Talented San Francisco has the fortune of playing Buffalo on its three-game road trip, where the team is bound to have a travel hangover.

Less than ten miles away, the Giants will play their second game against the Reds in the division playoffs before heading out to Cincinnati to finish the five-game set.  The likely starters in Game 2 are Bronson Arroyo (3.73 ERA) and Madison Bumgarner (3.37), an even pitching match to say the least.

So if you’re looking for a travel destination for this weekend, it’s not too late to punch your ticket to San Francisco.  With a myriad of activities and sporting events, it’s sure to be a wild experience.

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