Carnaval San Francisco 2014

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 24 and Sunday, 25, 2014.

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 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.

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dancers in parade

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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. 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.

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 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

11:00: Unidad

12:20: Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble

1:40: Blanca

3:00: Ruckatan

4:20: Candelaria

11:00: Gladiators of Rock

12:20: SF State

1:40: Rumbache

3:00: Bayonics

4:20: Samba Da

Other Activities

  • NBA Nation: This section is for basketball players and fans. It will include non-stop basketball games, contests and prizes. There will also be special guest appearances and autograph signing.

  • Ninolandia: An area for the little ones that offers fun children's activities

  • Zona Verde: A green area showcasing products and services good for the planet

  • Health, Wellness and Stay Fit Pavilion: Free health screenings and health & wellness information for the entire family

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.

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