Memorial Day in San Francisco

Top Things to See & Do this Weekend in SF 2015

Memorial Day is a great time to visit San Francisco. Many events are planned throughout the weekend including one of the largest events at the National Cemetery in the Presidio.

Here you will discover a list of the top events and other things to do during Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco for 2015.

Memorial Day: A Day of Honor & Remembrance

One of the largest events on Memorial Day in San Francisco is held in the Presidio. Starting at 10:30am on Memorial Day, military members, family and friends will honor those that died for our country. The event is held in the National Cemetery and will last until around 1:30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Learn More: Details for this Year's Event

Learn More: More Information About the Cemetery & Tips to Get Here

Top Military Attractions in San Francisco

In addition to the National Cemetery, San Francisco is home to a number of other military attractions. These include two World War II vessels that are now floating museums and the Fort Point National Historic Site. Click the link below to discover additional details on these and what to expect during your visit.

Learn More: Top Military History Spots in San Francisco

Memorial Day Beer Lunch Cruise

Another fun way to celebrate Memorial Day is on the SF Memorial Day Beer Lunch Cruise. This two-hour yacht cruise features an American style buffet lunch as well as Champagne, premium beers, orange juice and other select beverages. You will also get a reserved seat where you can enjoy live entertainment as well as the incredible scenery all around you. The cruise leaves at Noon from Pier 3.

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Free Walking Tours

The San Francisco public library has several free walking tours scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend. They range from informative walks around the colorful Mission District to one about the movies Alfred Hitchcock made here. No registration or tickets are required. Simply show up at the designated time for the chance to learn more about this beautiful city by the bay.

Learn More: SF Public Library Walking Tours

Carnaval Celebration & Parade

Spend some time in the Mission District on Memorial Day Weekend for their 35th Annual Carnaval Celebration. This two-day street fair starts on Saturday morning and lasts until Sunday afternoon. It includes live music, food and a large parade on Sunday, May 24, 2015. The festival is free and a fun way to mingle with locals.

More Details: Carnaval Memorial Day Weekend

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SF Theater: book of Mormon & Other Shows

The top theater performance this weekend is the award winning musical, The Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park. Two other top theater performances this weekend are Trouble Cometh and A Little Night Music. Trouble Cometh is a comedy turned thriller when the lines between fantasy and reality blur. A Little Night Music is a 1900s love story and musical set in Sweden.

Tickets: Book of Mormon, On Sale Now

Learn More: Additional Details & Other Performances this Month

SF Symphony Performances

Over the weekend, you can catch one performance from the SF Symphony. On Sunday, head over to Davies Symphony Hall to catch a 2pm show featuring Chamber Music by the SF Symphony. It will include Taneyev's String Trio in D major, George Crumb's Voice of the Whale, and Brahms' Piano Quartet in G minor and Opus 25.

Learn More: Full May 2015 Schedule & Tips to Attend a Performance

SF Bay Sunset Cruise

One of the best ways to relax this weekend is on a two-hour sunset cruise around the bay. This fun cruise offers you the chance to unwind as you cruise past top SF attractions such as the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, and Angel Island. You also get the chance to sail under the Golden Gate Bridge - twice! Cruises are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights starting at 7pm.

Tickets: On Sale Today on Viator

Top Attractions To Visit

California Academy of Sciences

The Academy of Sciences is one of the most popular SF attractions. During Memorial Weekend, the Academy will be busy and it's listed on their "Peak Pricing" list. This means they will charge an additional $5 for tickets purchased at the door. If you plan on visiting the Academy this weekend, buy your tickets in advance online to avoid this additional fee. Advanced tickets also include skip the line benefits, so you can jump ahead of anyone purchasing at the door.

Learn More: Pictures & What to Expect During Your Visit

Buy Tickets Online Today: California Academy of Sciences Tickets

Botanical Gardens

The Botanical Gardens is a beautiful place to visit this time of year. With more than 50,000 exotic plants, there is always something in bloom. During the late spring, you can see the California Poppies, Irises and several wild flowers in bloom.

Learn More: See Pics & Find Out What to Expect During Your Visit

Fisherman's Wharf Attractions

The Fisherman's Wharf area is also full of action on Memorial Day in San Francisco. There are dozens of things to do here from shopping to Alcatraz cruises. Discover a full list of attractions and activities, so you can plan ahead for your visit!

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