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Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

It’s supposed to be in the 80s in San Francisco on Saturday, but you know what? That’s almost too hot for SF. No one has air conditioning. If the breeze decides to stop cooperating, even Outside Lands won’t seem like much fun. Instead, c’mon east, where air conditioning reigns and there’s no park big enough to host four stages of music at once.

How to Navigate the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Cluster-F

How to Navigate the Bay Bridge Toll Plaza Cluster-F

Dear Parking Guru,
 
Big fan here. You have made me look like I am smarter than I am on a topic that unites San Franciscans of all shapes and sizes!
 
I've never seen this topic covered before, so I thought I'd ask. When I am driving back into the City from Oakland, I can never figure out if I can use the carpool lane. Some signs say "Carpool Lane M-F", other signs only say "3 people required for carpool".  If it is a Saturday, and I have 2 people, can I use the lane? Or do I have to have 3 people? Or am I not charged with 3 people but charged with 2 people? I am sometimes tempted to pull a Larry David and pick up a "friend" on the way back from Oaktown just to speed through the carpool lane and save myself 20 minutes of cluster-f misery.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Sure there’s good weather and more outdoor dining in the East Bay, but the best reasons to head across the bridge are the random, unexpected finds. Following are some of our favorites for this weekend:

Summer Saturdays: Oakland's Coolest New Art Event

Summer Saturdays: Oakland's Coolest New Art Event

Originally published on CaliforniaHomeDesign.com

Looking for another reason to cross the bridge to the East Bay? Many of the galleries that participate in Oakland's popular Art Murmur gallery scene are extending their First Friday festivities to include Saturday hours.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Let’s face it, even with its real summer weather, most of the time the East Bay is the redheaded step brother of San Francisco—occasionally he’ll surprise you with something entertaining, but most of the time you tend to avoid hanging out with him. This  is one of those occasional weekends where the East Bay is equaling if not besting the charms of the city. Following are three of the main reasons why:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

The allure of the East Bay isn’t just about better summer weather—there are actually cultural happenings worth the trek as well, even for city dwellers spoiled by the big-name museums and galleries. Following are a few of our favorite reasons to cross the bridge this weekend:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

More perfect sunny days are predicted for the East Bay this weekend, and there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy them. Following are three things luring us eastward at the moment:

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Classic Cars West

In the lead-up to the Fourth, head East for a taste of good old-fashioned American summertime, Bay Area style.

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Three Reasons to Cross the Bay Bridge

Now that it’s officially summer, the hot days have disappeared, naturally. Despite the lack of sun, summery fun can still be had throughout the Bay this weekend, particularly in the East Bay where not only is the Alameda County Fair kicking off its 100th year, but the food scene is heating up and various smaller summertime celebrations are beginning as well.

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