Day-by-day timeline of APEC Summit in San Francisco

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Friday, November 17, 2023
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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- San Francisco is hosting a number of world leaders, dignitaries, and visitors for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, or APEC. It's the biggest gathering of world leaders in the city since the 1945 UN Conference on International Organization.

APEC runs from Nov. 11 - 17.

Unprecedented security measures will have a significant impact on public transit, San Francisco streets and parking, as well as local highways and bridges. For a map of APEC's impacts on the city, including the security zones, click here.

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Here's a look at events and their impact on a day-by-day basis.

Plans are subject to change and are likely to change throughout the week. This page will be updated as new information is released.

Friday, Nov. 10

The first APEC Multistakeholder Forum (AMF) begins at the Commonwealth Club. It runs through Nov. 13.

Barricades are being installed around the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill and the Moscone Center in the SoMa neighborhood.

Days ahead of schedule, the SFMTA tweets that some MUNI stops are inaccessible in the exclusion zones, the security zones set up by the U.S. Secret Service. Buses are bypassing stops. The SFMTA planned to adjust transit routes around the security zones beginning on Monday, Nov. 13.

Saturday, Nov. 11

This is the first day of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week. It includes the Senior Finance Officials' Meeting (SFOM) and the Conclusion Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM).

The Golden State Warriors play the Cleveland Cavaliers at Chase Center. Tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m. The San Francisco Coffee Festival begins its two-day run at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. San Francisco Restaurant Week is underway.

SFMTA closes the Moscone Center Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Garage. They will remain closed through Sunday, Nov. 19. Parking lots at the Golden Gate Bridge, including Vista Point, close today and will stay closed through Saturday, Nov. 18. The sidewalks on the Golden Gate Bridge remain open for pedestrians and bicyclists.

Sunday, Nov. 12

APEC events include the Finance Ministers' Meeting (FMM) and the Conclusion Senior Officials' Meeting (CSOM).

The Golden State Warriors play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chase Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Starting today, California Cable Car line service will be provided by buses. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through Sunday, Nov. 19. Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, remain closed through Saturday, Nov. 18.

United States Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen is hosting several meetings that are closed to the press.

At 10 a.m., Secretary Yellen will host the APEC Finance Ministers Retreat. This retreat will include a working lunch, and a cultural engagement. This retreat is closed press.

At 1:45 p.m., she will hold a bilateral meeting with Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati of Indonesia. There will be a press spray to cover the Secretary's and Minister Mulyani's opening remarks at the beginning of this meeting for pre-credentialed media.

At 2:30 p.m., she will hold a bilateral meeting with Secretary of Finance and Public Credit Rogelio Ramirez de la O of Mexico.

At 3:15 p.m., Secretary Yellen will hold a bilateral meeting with Minister of Finance Lan Fo'an of the People's Republic of China.

At 4:00 p.m., she will hold a bilateral meeting with Treasurer Dr. Jim Chalmers of Australia.

At 6:00 p.m., she will host the APEC Finance Ministers gala dinner, where she will deliver opening remarks. This event is closed press.

Monday, Nov. 13

This is the final day of the APEC Multistakeholder Forum (AMF). There is also a Finance Ministers' Meeting (FMM). This is the first day of "APEC Meets Silicon Valley and California". It's a five-day event in which representatives from APEC countries will meet with Bay Area business leaders. It happens aboard the Klamath, a 100-year-old ferry moored at Pier 9 in San Francisco.

Today, street closures begin in San Francisco around the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill. The SFMTA begins rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through Sunday, Nov. 19. Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, remain closed through Saturday, Nov. 18.

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Tuesday, Nov. 14

This is the welcome reception for the APEC CEO Summit at Moscone Center West. Today is the APEC Annual Ministerial Meeting. "APEC Meets Silicon Valley and California" continues today.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris arrive at San Francisco International Airport for APEC. The President of China, Xi Jinping, also arrives at SFO. Hundreds of Chinese nationals clashed with anti-Chinese sentiment counter-protesters near SFO. Biden and Xi are expected to meet tomorrow at Filoli Gardens in Woodside.

The Golden State Warriors play the Minnesota Timberwolves at Chase Center in an In-Season Tournament game. The game starts at 7 p.m. For updated public transit information to get to the game, click here.

Beginning today, Caltrans closes one eastbound lane and one westbound lane of the Bay Bridge. These lanes will remain closed until Friday, Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. The Bike & Pedestrian Path on the bridge's eastern span will have controlled access. The 4th Street off-ramp from eastbound I-80 as well as the 5th Street off-ramp from westbound I-80 are closing today. Both ramps will be closed between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. through Friday, Nov. 17. The Treasure Island on and off ramps are open. The Fremont Street off-ramp remains open. The last San Francisco exit is at 7th Street.

Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, remain closed through Saturday, Nov. 18.

The SFMTA is rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Street closures around the Moscone Center begin at 10 p.m. Street parking around the area will be eliminated or limited. There are also street closures and increased security around the Fairmont Hotel in Nob Hill.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Today is the APEC Annual Ministerial Meeting. Also today, the sold-out APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference will be held at UC Berkeley's Institute of International Studies. "APEC Meets Silicon Valley and California" continues today.

Today is the first day of the APEC CEO Summit. Speakers include the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the President of Vietnam, the Prime Minister of Thailand, the President of Korea, the President of Chile, the President of the Philippines, the President of Peru, former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, California Governor Gavin Newsom, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.

Today President Joe Biden meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

On the Bay Bridge, one lane in each direction is closed through Friday. The 4th Street off-ramp from eastbound I-80 as well as the 5th Street off-ramp from westbound I-80 are closing daily, and reopening overnight, through Friday.

Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, remain closed through Saturday, Nov. 18.

The SFMTA is rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Street closures along the Embarcadero, between Broadway and Battery near the Exploratorium, are in effect today. Street closures and parking restrictions are also in effect all day around the Fairmont Hotel and Moscone Center.

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Thursday, Nov. 16

Today on the official schedule is the APEC Annual Ministerial Meeting Leaders' Plenary as well as the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC Dialogue with APEC Leaders + Breakouts). "APEC Meets Silicon Valley and California" continues today.

Today is the final day of the APEC CEO Summit. Speakers include President Biden, the President of Indonesia, the President of Peru, Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, and leaders at Meta.

This is the first day that the California Asian Leadership Network of Elected and Appointed Officials (CALNET) will hold its Leadership Retreat in San Francisco, giving local AAPI leaders a chance to connect with world leaders from Asia-Pacific countries.

The Golden State Warriors play the Oklahoma City Thunder in a game at Chase Center. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. For updated information on how to get to the game on public transit, click here.

Protesters trying to get the attention of President Joe Biden shut down all westbound lanes of the Bay Bridge during the morning commute. It took nearly four hours for the CHP to clear and reopen the bridge. Around 80 people were arrested and 15 vehicles were towed.

Caltrans closes the 4th Street off-ramp from eastbound I-80 as well as the 5th Street off-ramp from westbound I-80. Both ramps will be closed between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. through tomorrow. One eastbound lane and one westbound lane of the Bay Bridge are closed all day. The Treasure Island on and off ramps are open. The Fremont Street and 8th Street off-ramps remain open. The last San Francisco exit is at 7th Street. Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, remain closed through Saturday, Nov. 18.

The SFMTA is rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Today there are street closures around the Legion of Honor for an APEC Dinner which includes President Biden. Streets are expected to reopen by tomorrow. There continue to be street closures around the Moscone Center and Fairmont Hotel.

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Friday, Nov. 17

This is the final day of the APEC Economic Leaders' Week. Today on the official schedule is the APEC Annual Ministerial Meeting Leaders' Plenary as well as the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC Dialogue with APEC Leaders + Breakouts). This is the second and final day of CALNET. This is the fifth and final day of "APEC Meets Silicon Valley and California".

Ms. Lauryn Hill & The Fugees perform at the Chase Center. The concert is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. Chase Center suggests ticketholders plan extra time to travel because of APEC's road closures and transit detours.

Caltrans closes the 4th Street off-ramp from eastbound I-80 as well as the 5th Street off-ramp from westbound I-80. Both ramps will be closed between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. They are scheduled to reopen as usual after 9 p.m. One eastbound lane and one westbound lane of the Bay Bridge are closed until 9 p.m. and will then reopen to all traffic.

Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, remain closed through tomorrow.

The SFMTA is rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through Sunday, Nov. 19.

Street closures and parking restrictions continue around the Moscone Center and Nob Hill, although in some areas safety barriers are being removed.

Saturday, Nov. 18

This is the last day that Golden Gate Bridge parking lots, including Vista Point, are closed.

The SFMTA is rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. The Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed through tomorrow.

City streets that were closed are reopening this evening.

Sunday, Nov. 19

Golden Gate Bridge parking lots and Vista Point reopen.

The SFMTA is rerouting Muni lines, adjusting Muni Metro service, and changing where and when cable cars operate. This is the last day the Moscone Center Parking Garage and Fifth and Mission/Yerba Buena Parking Garage are closed. Most street closures end today.

Monday, Nov. 20

Public transit service and city streets should resume as normal today.

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