San Francisco events May 2020. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events May 2020

Dance week

May 1 - 3, 2020
(begins April 24)
Bay Area
Attend hundreds of performances, classes, and workshops during Bay Area Dance Week. Free.

Silent Film Festival

May 1 - 3, 2020
(begins April 29)
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.

Designer home tour

May 1 - 25, 2020
(begins April 25)
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
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
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
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
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.

Kentucky Derby party in San Jose

May 2, 2020
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.

Berkeley book festival

May 2 - 3, 2020
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
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.

Sustainable design market

May 3, 2020
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.

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.

American Indian Powwow

May 8 - 10, 2020
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.

Creative festival in Oakland

May 9, 2020
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.

Alameda festival

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

Mother’s Day restaurants

May 10, 2020
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.

Free science museum

May 10, 2020
2.2 miles NE
Mother’s Day is considered a Community Day for everyone at the Exploratorium on Pier 15, when you can pay what you wish.

Mother’s Day Rose Show

May 10, 2020
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.

Star scientists speaks

May 12, 2020
(7:30 p.m.)
48.3 miles south
Popular science advocate Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about “Earth as a planet in a vast, empty universe,” sharing sometimes humorous and always informative insights into modern physics at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts.

Discount tickets $25+

Asian film festival

May 14 - 24, 2020
San Francisco & Oakland
CAAMFest screens 100 new Asian and Asian American films and presents music and performances. Brochure for 2018.

Greek festival

May 15 - 17, 2020
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 16, 2020
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
(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 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
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
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 16 - 17, 2020
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
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 16 - 17, 2020
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.

Pig feast

May 17, 2020
(5 p.m., VIP 4 p.m.)
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 24, 2020
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
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 29 - June 7, 2020
69 miles north
Healdsburg Jazz Festival showcases jazz legends, new talent, and local favorites in the wine country.

Music festival in the forest

May 30 - 31, 2020
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
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.

Bay to Breakers

May 31, 2020
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.

Outerspace festival

May 2020
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.

People in the street

May 2020
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.

Taiwan festival

May 2020
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.

Union Square entertainment

May 2020
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.

Celebrate weirdness

May 2020
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.

Waterfront beer festival

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

Concerts in the park

May 2020
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 held Sundays at 1 p.m. Free.

Taste of Potrero

May 2020
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+.

Jazz festival in Brisbane

May 2020
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
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.

Asian night market

May 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 in May, July, and Sept. No pets.

Craft market

May 2020
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.

Irish festival in Mountain View

May 2020
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.

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