Carnaval San Francisco 2015

Details on One of the Largest Celebrations on Memorial Day Weekend

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 23 and Sunday, 24, 2015.

This SF Festival celebrates Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions. It runs from 10am to 6pm both days.

carnaval dancers parade

The highlight of the weekend is the Grand Parade on Sunday, May 24. 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 previous years.

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dancers in parade

performers green

colorful dancers

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 parade route

More Festival Details

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, although they usually request a donation at the entrances.

This family friendly event includes food, music, dance and arts & crafts. You will also find other fun activities throughout the weekend.

Live Music

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 several area of live music.

17th & Harrison Street Stage

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

10:00 AM-Colegio "El Pedregal" y su Seccion Cultural Escuela de Danzas

11:00 AM-Santos Perdidos

11:45 AM-Hurricane Samba

12:00 PM-Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble

12:50 PM-Cuicacalli

1:10 PM-Unidad

2:00 PM-Batala San Francisco

2:20 PM-Soultron

3:10 PM-Latin Dance Grooves

3:30 PM-Pellejo Seco

4:20 PM-Loco Bloco

4:30 PM-La KSK Band

5:30 PM-Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

11:00 AM-Gringa

12:00 PM-La Mixta Criolla

1:10 PM-Somos El Son

2:00 PM-Rueda Con Ritmo

2:20 PM-Namorados Da Lua

3:10 PM-Mixtiso Latin Hip Hop Group

3:30 PM-Jesus Diaz y su QBA

4:20 PM-RaĆ­ces de Puerto Rico

4:30 PM-La Gente

5:30 PM-SambaFunk! Carnaval Explosion w/ King Theo

20th & Harrison Street Stage

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

11:00 AM-The Bay Area Girls

12:00 PM-The Hitsville Soul Sisters

12:45 PM-Harold Day and the Experience Jimi Hendrix Tribute

2:00 PM-Jose Najera and the Bernal Beat

3:15 PM-Mobando

4:30 PM-Zebop

11:00 AM-My Blue Soul

12:15 PM-Nuestra Cosa

1:30 PM-Foreign Frontier

2:30 PM-Los Cochinos

3:30 PM-Groove Colony

4:30 PM-FLO with Richard Bean and Rick Stevens

22nd & Harrison Street Stage

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

10:00 AM-Jahny Wallz Band

11:00 AM-Pacific Vibrations

11:45 AM-Sazon

12:00 PM-Sang Matiz

12:50 PM-Cultucuba

1:10 PM-Lior Ben Hur

2:00 PM-Mas Makers Massive

2:20 PM-Sol

3:10 PM-Latin American Workout

3:30 PM-Hands On Fire

4:20 PM-Tambores Julio Remelexo, Ginga Brasil & Grupo Tania Santiago

4:30 PM-Pete Escovedo & Mambo Caribe

11:00 AM-Community Music Center

12:00 PM-Carlos Xavier Band

1:10 PM-Third Sol

2:00 PM-Comunidad Yucateca Asociacion Mayab

2:20 PM-FLO

3:10 PM-Aquarela Samba School

3:30 PM-SambaDa

4:20 PM-Sistas-Wit-Style

4:30 PM-Sambaxe Dance Company

4:40 PM-Pan Extasy

5:40 PM-Fogo Na Roupa

ARt Pavilion

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

10:00 AM-Jose Leon, MC/ Music

11:00 AM-Jose Leon, MC/ Music

12:00 PM-Jorge Argueta recites poem: Agua Aguita

1:00 PM-Enrique Rojas

2:00 PM-Diana Gameros

3:00 PM-Colegio "El Pedregal" y su Seccion Cultural Escuela de Danzas

4:00 PM-Nate Guinto

5:00 PM-Jasmine Sunga

10:00 AM-Jose Leon, MC/ Music

11:00 AM-Jose Leon, MC/ Music

1:00 PM-Soul y Agua- Monica Fimbrez

2:00 PM-Amadeo Oyogata

2:40 PM-Colegio "El Pedregal" y su Seccion Cultural Escuela de Danzas

3:00 PM-The View From Bernal Hill

4:00 PM-Familia Pena-Govea

5:00 PM-Futuro Picante

18th STREET DJ BOOTH w/Bobby A

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

12:00 PM-Colegio "El Pedregal" y su Seccion Cultural Escuela de Danzas

12:20 PM-DJ

2:00 PM-Muito Quente

2:20 PM-DJ

2:00 PM-Institucion Hijos de Santa Rosa de Lima Residentes en California

2:15 PM-DJ

3:00 PM-James Lick Middle School

3:15 PM-DJ

4:00 PM-Bahiya Movement

4:15 PM-DJ

4:30 PM-Aracely Zamora

4:45 PM-DJ

5:00 PM-Tambores Julio Remelexo, Ginga Brasil & Grupo Tania Santiago

5:15 PM-DJ

19th STREET DJ BOOTH w/Ricardo Arguello

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

2:00 PM-Colegio "El Pedregal" y su Seccion Cultural Escuela de Danzas

2:20 PM-DJ

3:00 PM-Javi Picazo

3:20 PM-DJ

2:00 PM-Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

2:15 PM-DJ

3:00 PM-Samba Conmigo

3:15 PM-DJ

4:00 PM-Cultucuba

4:15 PM-DJ

4:30 PM-Flavaz of D Caribbean

4:45 PM-DJ

5:00 PM-El Salvador

5:15 PM-DJ

22nd STREET DJ BOOTH w/Alfredo Aguilar

Saturday, May 23, 2015 Sunday May 24, 2015

3:00 PM-Aracely Zamora

3:20 PM-DJ

4:00 PM-Colegio "El Pedregal" y su Seccion Cultural Escuela de Danzas

4:20 PM-DJ

2:00 PM-Hurricane Samba

2:15 PM-DJ

3:00 PM-Cuicacalli

3:15 PM-DJ

4:00 PM-Brazivedas

4:15 PM-DJ

4:30 PM-Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Association of Northern California

4:45 PM-DJ

5:00 PM-Batala San Francisco

5:15 PM-DJ

Tips to Get Here

From Union Square

  • BART: The fastest way to get here from Union Square is by taking BART. It picks up at the underground station at Market & Powell Streets. Take it to either the 16th or 24th Street Stations. Then head six blocks east to Harrison Street (you will need to cross Mission Street to get there).

  • 27-Bryant: You can also pick up the 27 on the corner of Market and 5th Streets. This will take you to 18th and Bryant. Once you get off the bus, walk two blocks east to Harrison Street.

From Fisherman's Wharf

  • 49 Mission Bus: The best way to get here from Fisherman's Wharf is by taking the 49 Mission Bus. Pick it up on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and North Point Street. It will take you all the way to the Mission District. Hop off at the 18th Street stop and head across Mission Street toward Harrison. It's about a six block walk.

    • Note: Since the parade goes down Mission Street on Sunday, the route for this bus will change that day. You will probably need to get out at the 16th Street stop on Sunday in order to get to the festival and parade. Ask the bus driver for the stop closest to your destination.

More Fun Events This Weekend

Midnight Summer Cruise: On Saturday night starting, head out on the San Francisco Bay for an evening of fun. This party cruise includes two levels of dancing, music, and cocktails. The cruise leaves at 9:30pm and features two DJs spinning music all night long. You will also find three bars throughout the boat. This three-hour cruise doesn't return until 12:30pm.

Tours & Other Events: All weekend long, you will find dozens of other tours and events throughout SFnd the Bay Area. The best way to save on everything you do this weekend is by looking at the tickets available on Goldstar. This online ticket retailer offers almost 200 tickets for SF and the surrounding communities at up to half off the full retail value. Click here to find discounted tickets to popular tours and other events on Memorial Day Weekend.

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