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 28 and Sunday, 29, 2016.
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 29. It starts at 9:30am 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.
The parade starts on 24th and Bryant Streets. From there, it heads west to Mission Street. It continues north on Mission to 17th Street, and 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, 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.
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 areas of live music.
The main stage is at the corner of 17th and Harrison. This is where you will find the most popular performers during the festival.
You will also find entertainment in the following locations:
If you plan to stay all weekend long, then I recommend finding a great hotel in Union Square. This centrally located district is just a quick 15 to 20 minute bus ride away from the Carnaval San Francisco Festival.
From Union Square
From Fisherman's Wharf
Memorial Day Event at the National Cemetery: One of the biggest events this weekend is the Memorial Day is at the National Cemetery in the Presidio. This event starts with a military parade. That is followed by speeches by top local officials. It ends at around 1:30pm with a 21-gun salute. Click here for more details on this annual event.
SF Theater: Every Memorial Day Weekend, you will find a variety of theater productions. On stage, you will find everything from large productions such as the Lion King, to small, intimate shows at small theaters throughout the city. Click here to learn more about this weekend's theater shows.
Free Walking Tours: If you want to learn more about the history of SF, then head out on one of the free walking tours offered by SF City Guides. Each day, you will find around six to 10 tours a day. They cover topics such as Fisherman's Wharf, the Gold Rush, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Click here for a schedule of walking tours for this holiday weekend in SF.
Tours & Other Events: All weekend long, you will find dozens of other tours and events throughout SF and 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.