San Francisco events May 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events May 2019

Dance week

May 1 - 5, 2019
Bay Area
Attend hundreds of performances, classes, and workshops during Bay Area Dance Week. Free.

Children’s art festival

May 1 - 5, 2019
0.1 miles east
Enjoy student creativity in visual, literary, media, and performing arts during SFUSD Arts Festival, mostly at the Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center. Closed to the public April 29. Free, including the museum.

Silent Film Festival

May 1 - 5, 2019
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.

Free arts festival

May 1 - 13, 2019
6.3 miles SW
Watch students sing on May 1, dance on May 2, and screen their film on May 13 during RGB Arts Festival in the Creative Arts Building at San Francisco State University. Free.

Designer home tour

May 1 - 27, 2019
2.9 miles NW
San Francisco Decorator Showcase features the work of dozens of local interior and landscape designers in a 1904 remodeled home at 3800 Washington Street in Presidio Heights. Closed Monday except Memorial Day.

Taste of Potrero

May 2, 2019
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
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+.

Japanese children’s day

May 4, 2019
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 4, 2019
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.

Jazz festival in Brisbane

May 4, 2019
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.

Kentucky Derby party in San Jose

May 4, 2019
(1 p.m.)
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 4 - 5, 2019
5.5 miles SW
Visit 170 artists during SF Open Studios at Hunters Point Shipyard and 20 artists at Islais Creek Studios. See schedule. Held in May and October.

Berkeley book festival

May 4 - 5, 2019
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 4 - 5, 2019
42 miles south
A la Carte and 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 5, 2019
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 5, 2019
0.5 miles SW
Shop for sustainably made apparel, accessories, home goods, and art at the Urban Air Market, with street food and local musicians on Patricia’s Green (at Octavia & Hayes Streets). Repeats in September. Free.

Celebrate weirdness

May 5, 2019
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 theme changes each year. The How Weird Parade begins at Howard & 1st Street at 2:22 p.m.

Japanese festival in San Jose

May 5, 2019
47 miles south
Enjoy Japanese music, dance, martial arts, handmade arts & crafts, flower arranging, and authentic food at Nikkei Matsuri Festival in San Jose’s Japantown.

Concerts in the park

May 5 - Oct. 6, 2019
3 miles west
Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Most concerts are on Sunday. Free.

Asian film festival

May 9 - 19, 2019
San Francisco & Oakland
CAAMFest screens 100 new Asian and Asian American films and presents music and performances. Brochure.

Best short plays

May 9 - 26, 2019
1.9 miles SE
Watch six short plays by up-and-coming Bay Area writers at Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage.

Waterfront beer festival

May 10, 2019
(7 to 11 p.m.)
2.5 miles north
SF Maritime Beerfest has unlimited beer tasting, entertainment, food vendors, and views at Pier 45.

American Indian Powwow

May 10 - 12, 2019
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.

Scavenger hunt

May 11, 2019
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.

Taiwan festival

May 11, 2019
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.

Craft market

May 11, 2019
3.1 miles west
Shop from 75 art and food vendors at Mother’s Day Mercantile, which has a beer and wine garden, kids’ activities, and entertainment at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Free.

Alameda festival

May 11 - 12, 2019
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 11 - 12, 2019
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 11 - 12, 2019
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 12, 2019
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day cruise

May 12, 2019
2.1 miles NE
Take Mom out for brunch or dinner with a view on the San Francisco Mother’s Day Cruise from Hornblower, leaving Pier 3 on The Embarcadero.

Free science museum

May 12, 2019
2.2 miles NE
Mother’s Day is one of the Annual Free Days for everyone at the Exploratorium on Pier 15. Free.

Mother’s Day Rose Show

May 12, 2019
(12:30 to 4 p.m.)
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 County Fair Building at Golden Gate Park. Free.

Mother’s Day run

May 12, 2019
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.

Union Square entertainment

May 12 - Sept. 29, 2019
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.

Outerspace festival

May 16 - 18, 2019
multiple locations
2019: 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.

Wine tasting on the pier

May 17, 2019
(4 to 8 p.m.)
2.6 miles north
Participating merchants offer wine tasting, light bites, exclusive discounts, live music, and entertainment for ticket holders during Spring Wine Pour at Pier 39.

Greek festival

May 17 - 19, 2019
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.

Wine festival

May 18, 2019
(1 to 4 p.m.)
8.2 miles north via ferry
Tiburon Wine Festival features 60 wineries, 20 local restaurants, live music, and waterside views.

Singing in harmony

May 18, 2019
(8 p.m.)
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 18, 2019
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 18, 2019
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 18 - 19, 2019
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.


May 18 - 19, 2019
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 18 - 19, 2019
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.

Livermore festival

May 18 - 19, 2019
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.

Bay to Breakers

May 19, 2019
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.

German festival

May 19, 2019
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.

Japanese festival in Sonoma

May 19, 2019
(11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
54.2 miles north
Enjoy Japanese food and entertainment at Matsuri Japanese Arts Festival at Juilliard Park and Seishin Studio in Santa Rosa. Free.

Santa Cruz bike ride

May 19, 2019
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.

Festival in Vacaville

May 23 - 26, 2019
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.

Asian night market

May 24 - 26, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Shop from hundreds of vendors selling food, crafts, and merchandise at the NorCal Night Market, with music, games, and performances at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. Held in May, July, and Sept. No pets.

Napa music festival

May 24 - 26, 2019
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.

Monterey music festival

May 24 - 26, 2019
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 24 - 27, 2019
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.

Anime convention

May 24 - 27, 2019
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.

Burgers & beer in Fremont

May 25, 2019
38 miles SE
Burger & Brew Fest promises “sampling from Bay Area breweries, wine, mouthwatering burgers and sliders, gourmet snack vendors, local business booths, art and craft vendors, and live entertainment” in downtown Fremont.

Colorful festival & parade

May 25 - 26, 2019
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 25 - 26, 2019
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.

Memorial Day in Marin

May 26, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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 26 - 27, 2019
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 27, 2019
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.

Film festival

May 29 - June 13, 2019
S.F. movie theaters
DocFest is a documentary film festival focusing on politics, music, social issues, and youth-oriented subcultures, and holds after-parties.

Greek festival

May 31 - June 2, 2019
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.

Jazz festival in Sonoma County

May 31 - June 9, 2019
69 miles north
Healdsburg Jazz Festival showcases jazz legends, new talent, and local favorites in the wine country.

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