May 5 Brings the First Annual Bayview Faith Festival to Sunday Streets Bayview/Dogpatch 

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San Francisco – On May 5, Sunday Streets is thrilled to present the first annual Bayview Faith Festival at Carroll Avenue, bringing faith communities together for a day of service, worship, praise, and celebration during Sunday StreetsBayview/Dogpatch, with a car-free route on Third Street from 22nd Street to Carroll Avenue.

At the main stage, enjoy the Olivet Baptist Church Band, nationally acclaimed gospel singers, Bayview gospel legends, spoken word, Bayview’s Got Talent Contest winners, faith services and raffles and giveaways all day. Savor the Taste of the Southside Brunch Garden hosted byDr. George W. Davis Senior Center with delicious food specials created by the chefs behind the Black Cuisine Festival – all benefitting the Center!

“Growing up in Bayview, the faith community has always been one of the strongest and positively influential forces,” said neighborhood resident and open streets advocate Maya Rodgers. “It’s exciting to see the faith community engaged and doing something as inspirational as the Faith Festival.”

The festival connects congregations and the broader Bayview/Hunters Point community to important health, financial, and educational resources for the whole family, including information about local construction, transit, and greening projects. Project experts from SFMTA and Vision Zero will be on hand, providing neighborhood residents and visitors direct access to transit planners and ambassadors dedicated to sustainable streets. Attendees can partake in free bike and scooter rentals, health resources including blood pressure screenings and local hire program information.

The Faith Festival is lead by Planning Chairs Pastor Kirk Davis and Reverend Ishmael Burch and Entertainment Director Reverend Marcus Johnson in collaboration with Sunday Streets/Livable City and the SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Inspired by the Ciclovía in Bogotá, Colombia, Sunday Streets is a series of free, fun open street events empowering local communities to transform one to four miles of car-congested streets into car-free community spaces for kids to play, seniors to stroll, organizations to connect and neighbors to meet. Over a mile of cultural performances, health resources, live music and open space provides free opportunities for all at ten yearly events.

Nonprofit Livable City runs both Sunday Streets and Play Streets, a program empowering neighbors to transform their block into an accessible, car-free open space on a regular basis. Both programs are sponsored by the SFMTA and other City agencies, and Sunday Streets would not be possible without crucial services like Muni bus re-routing or traffic control officers for public safety.

Small businesses, residents, nonprofits and local groups bring activities, volunteers and performances to the car-free routes, with each contributing a distinctive character and energy to the day. A local hire program employs San Francisco residents for outreach and event-day support.

Transforming miles of car-dominated City streets into open space is possible through the collaboration and hard work of hundreds of volunteers, neighbors, nonprofits and small businesses. Donate, exhibit, volunteer or sponsor Sunday Streets in 2019 to be part of a sustainable, greener and more accessible future. For more information, visit www.SundayStreetsSF.com.

Sunday Streets 2019 Season Schedule

March 10 – Mission 1

March 31 – Excelsior 1

April 14 – Tenderloin 1

May 5 – Bayview/Dogpatch

June 9 – Sunset/GGP

July 14 – Mission 2                                                                                   

August 18 – SoMa

September 8 – Tenderloin 2

September 22 – Western Addition

October 20 – Excelsior 2

The Sunday Streets 2019 season is made possible by the following season sponsors: Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF), Mission Housing Development Corporation, San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFPUC), Genentech, Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), Sutter/CPMC, Ford GoBike, iHeartMedia, Skip, Sutter/CPMC, iHeart Media, Jump Bikes and Xfinity/Comcast and supporting sponsors Pier 70, Dayspring Technologies and UCSF

About Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets is a program of the nonprofit Livable City, presented in partnership with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Shape Up SF Coalition. Additional City support comes from the Department of Public Works, Recreation & Parks Department, SF Police Department, SF County Transportation Authority, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and her offices and the SF Board of Supervisors.

About Livable City

Livable City is dedicated to increasing affordable housing, improving transportation, land use, open space, and environmental policies, and supporting grassroots initiatives to make San Francisco a safer, healthier, and more accessible city. For more information on Livable City, visit: http://www.livablecity.org. For more information about Sunday Streets, including the Sunday Streets event activity guide, visit: www.SundayStreetsSF.com. For information on Muni routes and vehicle access, call 511 or go to www.sfmta.com