Spring has arrived in San Francisco, bringing a flurry of outdoor events to keep you entertained. From wine to weird, here’s a list of the city’s best offerings for the month of May.
San Francisco events in May
Be sure to arrive hungry to this fiesta in the Mission District, which offers a range of mouth-watering Mexican and Latinx foods. Once your belly is full, tap your toes to the music and dance performances filling the streets, or browse the wide array of handmade arts and crafts. Children can enjoy a kid’s zone complete with jugglers and a petting zoo. This event is a fun day out for the entire family. When: May 6 Where: Valencia Street, between 21st & 24th Streets
Weird is always in style at this event, which celebrates creativity and artistic expression. Electronic music blasts from 11 stages, making dancing in the streets practically mandatory. However, not all the entertainment happens on the ground – be sure to check out Circus Alley for aerial performances from Cirque du Soleil. This year’s festival is a tribute to the Summer of Love, so feel free to embrace your inner flower child. When: May 7th Where: Howard & 2nd Street
Wine lovers unite! Northern California is known for its amazing vino, and what better place to sample it than San Francisco’s famous Ghirardelli Square? Whether you’re a connoisseur or simply love a good glass of red, you’re sure to enjoy yourself at this annual festival. If sipping makes you hungry, stop to refuel at one of the many food vendors on site. Tickets include a souvenir wine glass and unlimited tastings. When: May 13th Where: Ghirardelli Square
Lace up your shoes and join this wacky race that has been part of the city’s fabric for 105 years. Runners and walkers follow the 12K route from San Francisco Bay to Ocean Beach, many of them dressed in costume. Superheroes run alongside ballerinas, while a group dressed as salmon begins at the finish line and travels “upstream” to the starting point. Food and entertainment await at the end of the race. When: May 21st Where: Pier 35, 1454 The Embarcadero
From theater to opera, this festival knows how to showcase the performing arts. Over 70 artists from the Bay Area are joined by performers from 15 countries, all of whom aim to push the boundaries of artistic excellence. More than 100 live performances are on offer, including a Chinese drum group and a Serbian string trio. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone. When: May 25th – June 4th Where: 2 Marina Boulevard, Landmark Building C, Suite 260
Colorful costumes fill the streets for this exciting two-day celebration, which attracts around 400,000 spectators each year. International music and dance take center stage, while dishes from Latin America, the Caribbean, and West Africa tempt the appetites of hungry attendees. The Grand Parade is the most anticipated event of the weekend, showcasing elaborate floats with multicultural themes. When: May 27th – 28th Where: Harrison Street, between 16th and 24th Streets
This event celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love, looking at the cultural events which led to the gathering of 100,000 people to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood in 1967. Examine rarely seen images from more than 20 photographers while learning how the city became a hippie haven and the center of a social revolution. This commemoration is curated by the California Historical Society. When: May 31st – September 10th Where: 678 Mission Street
Whether you enjoy running or rosé, San Francisco has you covered in the month of May – so head outside and see why springtime sizzles in the city.