Carnaval San Francisco is a large, two-day celebration in the colorful Mission District. This year's event is on Memorial Day Weekend, Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, 25, 2014.
This SF Festival celebrates Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions. It runs from 10am to 6pm both days.
The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Parade on Sunday, May 25. It starts at 10am and lasts until around 2pm.
During the parade, you will have the chance to see more than 30 music and dance groups. Each one showcases elements of the year's theme. Here are just a few pictures from the 2013 parade.
The parade starts on 24th and Bryant Streets. From there, it heads west to Mission Street. It continues north on Mission to 17th Street. It ends at 17th and Harrison.
Here is a map of the parade route.
Carnaval San Francisco stretches out along eight city blocks of the Mission (find other things to do in this SF neighborhood). Most of the festival takes place on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets.
The event is free. However, in 2013 they requested a donation at the door to pay for this year's fees. They have not yet announced if they will request donations again in 2014.
This family friendly event includes food, music, dance and arts & crafts. You will also find other fun activities throughout the weekend.
On every corner of the festival, DJs will be spinning Latin and Caribbean music such as Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, Tango and Salsa. You will also hear Hip Hop Rancheras, Samba and Reggae music.
Carnaval San Francisco will also include two stages with additional live music.
In 2013, Groupo ARROYO played on the 17th and Harrison stage on both Saturday and Sunday.
Here is the full schedule for the second stage on 22nd and Harrison from 2013. The 2014 schedule is not yet available, but you can expect a similar line up.
|Saturday, May 25, 2013||Sunday May 26, 2013|
12:20: Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble
11:00: Gladiators of Rock
12:20: SF State
4:20: Samba Da
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