SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The streets of San Francisco are busy, the hotels are booked and traffic on Bay Area freeways is sluggish as a series of sporting and entertainment events brings throngs of people into the city.
Besides the annual Fleet Week celebration this weekend, the San Francisco Giants open their divisional playoff series in the city Saturday evening. There's also a popular bluegrass festival being held in the city's Golden Gate Park and street festivals in North Beach and elsewhere in San Francisco.
With so many people expected to come into the city during the weekend, it's estimated the influx could eclipse the city's own population of about 800,000.
Transit companies are gearing up for the crowds, with the city's Municipal Transportation Agency running extra service, especially along the waterfront where crowds are gathering for Fleet Week and America's Cup events.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit is also running extra and longer trains Saturday and Sunday.
Hotel operators say San Francisco's supply of hotel rooms is mostly booked through the weekend, with people looking for rooms having to head to the East Bay, South Bay and the Peninsula.