San Francisco events May 2018. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events May 2018

Dance week

May 1 - 6, 2018
Bay Area
Attend hundreds of performances, classes, and workshops during Bay Area Dance Week. Free.

Designer home tour

May 1 - 28, 2018
2.9 miles NW
San Francisco Decorator Showcase features the work of dozens of local interior and landscape designers in a remodeled home at 465 Marina Boulevard. Closed Mondays except Memorial Day.

Taste of Potrero

May 3, 2018
(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+/
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Japanese children’s day

May 5, 2018
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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 5, 2018
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 fair in Mountain View

May 5 - 6, 2018
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.

Asian festival

May 6, 2018
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
0 miles
Enjoy exotic food, entertainment onstage, an arts and crafts marketplace, and a procession (11 a.m. on Larkin Street from Ellis to Fulton) at the free Asian Heritage Street Celebration in Civic Center Plaza. Also check out special programs and free admission at the Asian Art Museum.

People in the street

May 6, 2018
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 6, 2018
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 & Fell Streets). Repeats in September. Free, no ticket required.

Celebrate weirdness

May 6, 2018
(noon to 8 p.m.)
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 2018 theme is a parody of the funky 1970s. The How Weird Parade begins at Howard & 1st Street at 2:22 p.m.

Cinco De Mayo - San Jose

May 6, 2018
52 miles south
Enjoy three stages of live Mexican music, food, dance, mariachis, mechanical bulls, vendors, pony rides, and a kids’ area at the Cinco De Mayo Festival at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in San Jose.

Union Square entertainment

May 6 - Sept. 26, 2018
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.

Concerts in the park

May 6 - Oct. 7, 2018
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. Free.

Made in S.F. week

May 7 - 13, 2018
San Francisco
Celebrate local manufacturers, their products, and their people during SFMade Week with pop-up shops, factory tours, classes, and tastings.

Asian film festival

May 10 - 24, 2018
San Francisco & Oakland
CAAMFest screens 100 new Asian and Asian American films and presents music and performances. Brochure.

Best short plays

May 10 - 27, 2018
1.9 miles SE
Watch six short plays by up-and-coming Bay Area writers at Best of PlayGround at Potrero Stage.

American Indian Powwow

May 11 - 13, 2018
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.

Alameda festival

May 12 - 13, 2018
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 12 - 13, 2018
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 12 - 13, 2018
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 13, 2018
San Francisco Bay Area
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Mother’s Day.

Dance with Mom

May 13, 2018
(12 to 1 p.m.)
1.3 miles south
Mother’s Day Family Dance Class is a “fun, wacky, and laid-back dance class” at ODC Dance Commons for age 3+. Free, but arrive early.

Mother’s Day cruise

May 13, 2018
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 13, 2018
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 13, 2018
(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 13, 2018
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.

Wine tasting on the pier

May 18, 2018
(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.

Watch fair

May 18 - 20, 2018
0.9 miles NE
Remember those timepieces your parents used to wear on their wrists? See a huge assortment at the Wind-Up Watch Fair at 459 Geary Boulevard. Free.

Greek festival

May 18 - 20, 2018
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.

Maker fair

May 18 - 20, 2018
21.2 miles south
See exhibits about science, creativity, innovation, and art, and meet the people of all ages who made them at the Maker Faire at San Mateo County Event Center.

Steampunk music festival

May 19, 2018
(6 p.m.)
0.8 miles south
Steampunk Masquerade is a “steampunk meets circus mashup extravaganza” with live bands, DJ music, art cars, fire performances, circus, burlesque, carnival rides, and food & art vendors at Public Works.

Wine festival

May 19, 2018
8.2 miles north via ferry
Tiburon Wine Festival features 60 wineries, 20 local restaurants, live music, and waterside views.

Singing in harmony

May 19, 2018
(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.

Chili & beer

May 19, 2018
(1 p.m.)
39.1 miles north
Competing teams serve their finest meat and vegetarian chili with fruit salsa indoors, while beer and cider are poured in the garden outdoors at The Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting at Petaluma Fairgrounds.

Sonoma bike ride

May 19, 2018
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 19, 2018
(10 a.m.)
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 19 - 20, 2018
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 19 - 20, 2018
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 19 - 20, 2018
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.

Bay to Breakers

May 20, 2018
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 20, 2018
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.

Santa Cruz bike ride

May 20, 2018
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 24 - 28, 2018
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 25 - 27, 2018
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 25 - 27, 2018
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 25 - 28, 2018
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 25 - 28, 2018
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.

Yo-yo contest

May 26, 2018
12 miles east
Watch some amazing yo-yo moves at the Bay Area Classic at Jack London Square in Oakland. Free.

Obstacle race

May 26, 2018
36.2 miles SE
Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race is a 3.1 mile race with 20 obstacles of walls, slides, fire, and mud, plus bands and beer at Alameda County Fairgrounds.

Burgers & beer in Fremont

May 26, 2018
38 miles SE
Burger & Brew Fest promises “sampling from Bay Area breweries, mouthwatering burgers and sliders, gourmet snack vendors, local business booths, art and craft vendors, and live entertainment” in downtown Fremont.

Taco festival

May 26, 2018
(12 to 6 p.m.)
50.9 miles south
Taco Festival of Innovation by Moveable Feast has food trucks serving innovative freestyle tacos, beer tasting, craft vendors, Mexican wrestling (Lucha Libre), live music, and DJs at San Jose History Park.

Colorful festival & parade

May 26 - 27, 2018
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 26 - 27, 2018
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 27, 2018
(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 27 - 28, 2018
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 28, 2018
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.

Silent Film Festival

May 30 - June 3, 2018
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.

Film festival

May 31 - June 14, 2018
S.F. movie theaters
DocFest is a documentary film festival focusing on politics, music, social issues, and youth-oriented subcultures, and holds after-parties.