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Dance week

May 1 - 3, 2020
CANCELED
Bay Area
Attend hundreds of performances, classes, and workshops during Bay Area Dance Week. Free. Many events are canceled.

Silent Film Festival

May 1 - 3, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1.6 miles SW
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival screens important titles from the silent era, often fully restored and with live music, at the Castro Theatre. Moved from spring to November 11 - 15.

Designer home tour

May 1 - 25, 2020
CANCELED
4.3 miles west
San Francisco Decorator Showcase features the work of dozens of local interior and landscape designers in a different home every year. The 2020 home is located at 22 22nd Avenue. Closed Monday except Memorial Day.

Scavenger hunt

May 2, 2020
UN CERTAIN
0.7 miles SE
Travel on foot, bike, or public transit around the city solving riddles during The SF Hunt, which begins at Folsom Street Foundry at 11 a.m. and ends with an after party at 7 p.m. Photos.

Japanese children’s day

May 2, 2020
CANCELED
0.9 miles NW
Children’s Day Festival features performances, craft activities, bounce houses, games, storytelling, and prizes for kids at Japantown Peace Plaza. Free.

Cinco de Mayo

May 2, 2020
CANCELED
2 miles south
Celebrate SF Cinco de Mayo with music (Mexican, pop, salsa, Latin jazz, Latin rock), dance, food, vendors, and a beer garden on Valencia Street (from 21st to 24th). Free.

Art & wine in San Rafael

May 2, 2020
RESCHEDULED
18.3 miles north
The free San Rafael Art & Wine Festival features live music, arts & crafts, and food trucks on the grounds of Falkirk Cultural Center. You can buy beer and wine by the glass, or buy a tasting ticket. Moved from May 2 to September 12.

Kentucky Derby party in San Jose

May 2, 2020
UNCERTAIN
51 miles south
A ticket to the San Jose Derby includes Southern specialty cocktails, food, beer, wine, and live music in Willow Glen. Hats and bow ties welcome.

Visit art studios

May 2 - 3, 2020
CANCELED
1.6 miles SE
Visit 15 art studios displaying works by 100 artists during Mission Artists’ Open Studios. Free.

Berkeley book festival

May 2 - 3, 2020
CANCELED
13.4 miles NE
Attend a wide variety of author talks and panel discussions at the world-class Bay Area Book Festival, which includes hundreds of exhibitors, a family fun zone, and film screenings in downtown Berkeley. Free.

Art fair in Mountain View

May 2 - 3, 2020
CANCELED
42 miles south
A la Carte & Art Festival features an arts and crafts show with 200 artists, live music, food, wine, beer, a farmer’s market, a kids’ zone, and a car show on Castro Street in Mountain View. No pets. Free.

People in the street

May 3, 2020
CANCELED
San Francisco neighborhoods
Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Sustainable design market

May 3, 2020
CANCELED
0.5 miles SW
Shop for sustainably made apparel, accessories, home goods, and art at the Urban Air Market, with food trucks and local musicians on Patricia’s Green (at Octavia & Hayes Streets). Held in May and Sept. Free.

Celebrate weirdness

May 3, 2020
CANCELED
1.5 miles NE
How Weird Street Faire has 10 stages of electronic music, art, performances, food, and people dancing in colorful costumes at Howard & 2nd Street. The How Weird Parade begins at Howard & 1st Street at 2:22 p.m. The theme in 2020 is “return to the source,” which is all about the 1990s.

Taste of Potrero

May 7, 2020
CANCELED
3.6 miles SE
A $150 ticket to Taste of Potrero gets you an open bar and unlimited tastes of restaurant food at The Midway for age 21+.

Best short plays

May 7 - 17, 2020
1.9 miles SE
Watch six short plays by up-and-coming Bay Area writers at Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage.

Open house at the Old Mint

May 8 - 9, 2020
0.7 miles NE
The Old Mint opens its doors one weekend a year on San Francisco History Days to present historical talks, films, photos, and exhibits. This year will include additional venues in the city. See the schedule when it is posted. Free.

American Indian Powwow

May 8 - 10, 2020
CANCELED
35 miles south
Shop from 100 artists and food vendors, watch dancers and drummers compete, and join the social dances at the Stanford Powwow at Stanford University (under the Eucalyptus trees at Galvez Street & Campus Drive). Camping available. Free.

Taiwan festival

May 9, 2020
CANCELED
1.1 miles NE
Eat Taiwanese cuisine, rock out to live performances, and experience Taiwanese culture at the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival in Union Square. Free.

Creative festival in Oakland

May 9, 2020
CANCELED
19.3 miles east
Offering lots of “activities that spark curiosity and ignite creativity,” family-friendly Tinkerfest lets you dismantle cars and a plane engine, build drawing robots, make a drum, build a doll, weave, and event solder at Chabot Space & Science Center.

Beer festival in Fairfax

May 9, 2020
20.8 miles north
A ticket to Fairfax Brewfest gets you unlimited tastes of 70 local and regional beer, with live Irish music and pub food for sale at the Fairfax Pavilion. You’re invited to wear green and gold for St. Patrick’s Day. Age 21+. Moved from March 28 to May 9.

Santa Clara beer & wine

May 9, 2020
(2 to 7 p.m.)
52 miles south
A ticket to Hop ‘N Vine Festival & Market gets you tastes from 10 breweries and 20 wineries that are located in Santa Clara County, with light appetizers at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose.

Alameda festival

May 9 - 10, 2020
CANCELED
15.1 miles east
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Downtown Alameda Spring Festival, which has three stages of live music and entertainment, 150 arts & crafts vendors, food, a kids’ area, and beer, wine, and mimosas on Park Street (from Encinal to Lincoln). Free.

Hawaiian festival

May 9 - 10, 2020
CANCELED
36.2 miles SE
Enjoy Hawaiian music, dance, and food at Hawaiian May Day Festival [website has sound] at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Irish festival in Mountain View

May 9 - 10, 2020
CANCELED
37.8 miles south
Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh features both traditional and modern Irish music, Irish dance, Irish arts & crafts, Irish food vendors, and a kids’ zone outside St. Stephens Green restaurant.

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 10, 2020
UNCERTAIN
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day cruise

May 10, 2020
2.1 miles NE
Take Mom out for brunch on a Mother’s Day cruise.

Mother’s Day Rose Show

May 10, 2020
CANCELED
3.1 miles west
See all kinds of roses (hybrid teas, grandifloras, miniatures, David Austin roses, and old garden roses from the 19th century) at the Mother’s Day Rose Show in the San Francisco County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Mother’s Day run

May 10, 2020
3.5 miles NW
Mother’s Day 5K is a scenic run/walk through Crissy Field and Marina Green for all ages, plus a half-mile kids’ run.

Harry Potter live

May 13 - Sept. 6, 2020
1 mile NE
Based on a new story by J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child features the grown up versions of Harry, Ron, and Hermione who must “grapple with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs” with illusions and magic at the Curran Theater for age 10+.

Goldstar tickets

Asian film festival

May 14 - 24, 2020
San Francisco & Oakland
CAAMFest screens 100 new Asian and Asian American films and presents music and performances.

Magic show

May 15, 2020
(8:30 p.m.)
Berkeley & San Francisco
Winner of the 2012 San Francisco magic competition, Ryan Kane earns rave reviews for his quick wit and charm at Exit Theatre.

Goldstar tickets

Greek festival

May 15 - 17, 2020
RESCHEDULED
14.8 miles east
Enjoy Greek food, music, and dancing at the Oakland Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland. See the parking page if you plan to drive. Some free hours; kids to age 12 are always free. Moved from May to October 2 - 4.

Craft market

May 16, 2020
CANCELED
3.1 miles west
Shop from 75 art and food vendors at Sunset Mercantile, which has a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, and entertainment at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Wine festival

May 16, 2020
CANCELED
8.2 miles north via ferry
Tiburon Wine Festival features 60 wineries, 20 local restaurants, live music, and waterside views.

Singing in harmony

May 16, 2020
CANCELED
20.1 miles north
Hear the best groups from a national competition sing in vocal harmony at the National Finals of the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival at Marin Center in San Rafael.

Sonoma bike ride

May 16, 2020
43.1 miles north
The three rides of the Sonoma County Backroad Challenge begin at Penngrove Park and wind 37, 66, and 100 miles through scenic Sonoma and Marin Counties, returning to the park for a festival.

Rose parade & festival

May 16, 2020
CANCELED
54.4 miles north
Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival includes a downtown parade at 10 a.m. and an all-day festival at Courthouse Square with music, food, and family activities in Santa Rosa.

Himalayan Fair

May 16 - 17, 2020
RESCHEDULED
14.6 miles NE
Himalayan Fair features 100 craft vendors, dancing, music, and authentic foods of India and Nepal among the trees at Live Oak Park in Berkeley. Free. Moved from May to October 3 - 4.

Rodeo

May 16 - 17, 2020
CANCELED
31.1 miles SE
Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo is Saturday and Sunday, with additional events including a parade, picnic, and BBQ scheduled for the week prior, in Castro Valley.

Art in Los Altos

May 16 - 17, 2020
RESCHEDULED
41.5 miles south
Browse art made by 160 artists; hear live jazz, blues, and rock; and shop from vendors of food, wine, and beer during Fine Art in the Park at Lincoln Park. Free. Moved from May to August 29 - 30.

Livermore festival

May 16 - 17, 2020
RESCHEDULED
43.8 miles east
Livermore Downtown Street Fest has wine and beer tasting, outdoor dining, arts & crafts vendors, live entertainment, and a family fun zone. Free. Moved from May to August 15 - 16.

Chocolate show

May 17, 2020
3 miles west
Taste the finest artisan and gourmet chocolates and confections at San Francisco International Chocolate Salon at the San Francisco County Fair Building. Date has changed from March 21 to May 17.

Pig feast

May 17, 2020
CANCELED
3.9 miles NW
Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer at Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+.

German festival

May 17, 2020
CANCELED
15.6 miles NW
Hike an easy mile to Maifest at San Francisco Tourist Club in Mill Valley to celebrate spring with German food, drink, live music, and Maypole dancing. Tickets only online.

San Jose open street day

May 17, 2020
CANCELED
48 miles south
Walk, bike, or skate on six miles of city streets during Viva CalleSJ, with vendors, restrooms, and activities along the route. Held in May and September. Free.

Japanese festival in Sonoma

May 17, 2020
CANCELED
54.2 miles north
Enjoy Japanese food and entertainment at Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival at Juilliard Park in Santa Rosa. Free.

Santa Cruz bike ride

May 17, 2020
RESCHEDULED
89.2 miles south
Strawberry Fields Forever has 3 rides that start in Watsonville and roll 30, 65, and 100 miles through scenic Santa Cruz County, with food and beverage stops plus a meal and strawberry dessert at the end. Moved from May 17 to October 11.

Free walking tour

May 21, 2020
(10 to 11:30 a.m.)
1.1 miles NE
Actors portray historical figures on Free Tours of the Yerba Buena Neighborhood, monthly through October if weather allows.

Festival in Vacaville

May 21 - 25, 2020
54.1 miles NE
The schedule for Fiesta Days includes a parade (Saturday 10 a.m.), BBQ, king & queen pageant, family fun zone, food court, beer & wine garden, music stage, carnival, car show, Hispanic day, and golf tournament in Vacaville.

Napa music festival

May 22 - 24, 2020
RESCHEDULED
74.1 miles north
Enjoy fine wine, craft beer, restaurant food, art installations, and music by dozens of top artists at BottleRock Napa Valley at Napa Valley Fairground. Moved from May to October 2 - 4.

Monterey music festival

May 22 - 24, 2020
117 miles south
California Roots Festival features 45 bands playing on 3 stages (including reggae), food vendors, and artwork at the 20-acre Monterey County Fairgrounds.

Science-fiction convention

May 22 - 25, 2020
RESCHEDULED
20.4 miles south
Meet sci-fi and fantasy authors and artists, and attend panels, workshops, dinners, games, and vendor sales at BayCon at San Mateo Marriott S.F. Airport. Moved from May to November 6 - 8.

Anime convention

May 22 - 25, 2020
49.3 miles south
FanimeCon features Japanese film and TV animation, celebrities, exhibits, discussions, vendors, and a Black & White Ball at San Jose Convention Center.

Colorful festival & parade

May 23 - 24, 2020
1.3 miles SE
Carnaval San Francisco celebrates Latin & Caribbean culture with a weekend festival of music, art, and food on Harrison Street (from 16th to 24th Streets), plus a colorful Grand Parade 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Free.

Mushroom Mardi Gras

May 23 - 24, 2020
CANCELED
68.8 miles SE
Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras has two stages of entertainment, gourmet food, beer & wine gardens, mushroom education, street performers, a kids’ area, and arts & crafts booths south of San Jose. Free.

Asian night market

May 23 - 25, 2020
36.2 miles SE
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, crafts, and merchandise at the 626 Night Market: Bay Area [formerly NorCal Night Market], with music, games, and performances at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Held on specific weekends from May to August. No pets.

Memorial Day in Marin

May 24, 2020
CANCELED
17.4 miles NW
Buy food (barbecue chicken, vegetarian fare, desserts, sodas, beer, wine), dance to live music (R&B, rock ‘n roll), and visit the kids’ play zone at Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue in Santos Meadow on Frank’s Valley Road. Free admission, parking $20.

Art fair in San Ramon

May 24 - 25, 2020
35 miles east
San Ramon Art & Wind Festival features 150 art and craft booths, three stages of entertainment, food vendors, kite-flying demonstrations, and a kids’ area at Central Park in San Ramon. Free.

Memorial Day celebration

May 25, 2020
3.6 miles NW
Memorial Day Ceremony includes a 10:30 a.m. Grand March from the Presidio Officers’ Club to San Francisco National Cemetery for 11 a.m. speeches and music, followed by a 21-gun salute at noon, and then a picnic with food for sale on the parade ground until 2 p.m.

Greek festival

May 29 - 31, 2020
RESCHEDULED
48.3 miles south
Enjoy authentic Greek food, drink, music, and dancing at the San Jose Greek Festival at St. Nicholas Church in San Jose. Moved from May to September 25 - 27.

Jazz festival in Sonoma County

May 29 - June 7, 2020
CANCELED
69 miles north
Healdsburg Jazz Festival showcases jazz legends, new talent, and local favorites in the wine country.

Wine market

May 30 - 31, 2020
CANCELED
4 miles NW
Sample and purchase bottles from nearly 100 “award winning, super small production wineries” during San Francisco Vintners Estates at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio for age 21+. The event also has music, art, and specialty foods for sale. Held in May and November.

Music festival in the forest

May 30 - 31, 2020
CANCELED
75 miles south
Redwood Mountain Faire presents 22 bands on two stages, a kids’ area, arts & crafts vendors, and local food, beer, wine, and cider at Roaring Camp in Felton. Children age 12 and younger are free. Bring a blanket or low chair and hat. No pets.

Artichoke festival

May 30 - 31, 2020
RESCHEDULED
117 miles south
Most of America’s artichokes are grown in Monterey County. Castroville Artichoke, Food & Wine Festival celebrates the green vegetable with food, music, art, chef demos, and a wine & beer garden at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. Moved from May to August 8 - 9.

Bay to Breakers

May 31, 2020
RESCHEDULED
1.8 miles NE
Billed as the oldest continuous foot race in the world, the 12K Bay to Breakers starts near the Embarcadero and finishes at the ocean. Expect to see costumes. Moved from May 31 to September 20.

Outerspace festival

May 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
2020: A Space Festival offers “three days exploring the new space age with music, plays, augmented reality games, installations, and chats” at the Exploratorium, California Academy of Sciences, and Z Space.

Union Square entertainment

May 2020
(undated)
1.1 miles NE
Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances that include jazz, blues, folk, Latin, tango, rock, swing, and even Hawaiian. Free.

Waterfront beer festival

May 2020
(undated)
2.5 miles north
SF Maritime Beerfest has unlimited beer tasting, entertainment, food vendors, and views at Pier 45.

Jazz festival in Brisbane

May 2020
(undated)
5.9 miles south
7 Mile House Jazz Fest promises 11 “of the Bay Area’s top jazz musicians and ensembles” performing at 7 Mile House, with food and beverages for sale. Free.

Free arts festival

May 2020
(undated)
6.3 miles SW
Watch students sing, dance, and screen films during RGB Arts Festival in the Creative Arts Building at San Francisco State University. Free.

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