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Getting Around

Flying In

When booking your flights to travel to CAAMFest, San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is the closest airport to the primary festival venues and hotels. Oakland International Airport is located about 30 minutes via BART and 45 minutes by car, depending on traffic. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) airport is located in San Jose, just south of San Francisco. This is about a 1-hour drive from downtown San Francisco.

Getting To The Festival

CAAMFest 2023 will be the first year our festival will be fully in-person since 2019. While our world may be different, WE ARE STILL HERE and with a deeper sense of gratitude to gather, to share stories, and to celebrate life in our ever enduring Bay Area!

This year, the 41st annual CAAMfest will offer our guests the freedom to explore some of the most iconic and beloved neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco’s storied Japantown District, historic Chinatown, entertainment and museum laden South of Market (SOMA), Union Square’s theater and shopping district, the pride-adorned Castro, the Mission’s diverse and cultural district, and Oakland’s artsy Uptown.  A complete list of CAAMFest venues and addresses can be found here.

The Bay Area offers a plethora of ways to get around CAAMFest based on your needs and interests.

Public Transportation

We strongly encourage the use of public transportation as San Francisco traffic is unpredictable and parking can be a challenge. All venues are easily accessible by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) and MUNI bus lines. For schedules and fares, please visit and 511 Transit Trip Planner, also available as an app. San Francisco Bay Ferry also has service from downtown San Francisco to Oakland for those who prefer to travel over the Bay in a cool, calm and comfortable way.

CAAMFest is BARTable! Skip the driving and the hassle of parking by taking BART to CAAMFest.

For your convenience, please see the list below for BART stations that are closest to each venue. Use BART’s Trip Planner for detailed routes and transit options.

  • Castro Theatre | BART station: 16th Street/Mission
  • Asian Art Museum | BART station: Civic Center/UN Plaza 
  • SFMOMA | BART station: Powell Street 
  • Yerba Buena Gardens | BART station: Powell Street 
  • Roxie Theater | BART station: 16th Street/Mission
  • Great Star Theater | BART station: Montgomery Street
  • San Francisco Public Library | BART station: Civic Center/UN Plaza 
  • New Parkway Oakland | BART station: 19th Street/Oakland
  • KQED | BART station: 16th Street/Mission 
  • Abacá | BART station: Embarcadero (see Trip Planner for connection information)
  • Calabash | BART station: 19th Street/Oakland
  • 7th West | BART station: West Oakland

San Francisco Bike Rental

A great way to see the City is on two wheels! Consider renting a bike through Golden Gate Rides. Visit the website for details

The Google Maps and App, available in the Apps Store,  will also provide directions via car, bus, bike and foot.


Parking is very challenging in San Francisco.  If driving is a must, please pay close attention to parking signs and meters. Consider reserving your spot ahead of time via Spot Hero.

San Francisco and Oakland Tourism and Travel Resources

Take advantage of the best that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer by visiting the following sites.

San Francisco Travel

San Francisco Station – San Francisco’s City Guide

San Francisco City Guides and Tours

Visit Oakland