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Memorial Day in San Francisco

Top Things to Do & See this Weekend in SF 2017

Memorial Day 2017 is a great time to visit San Francisco. Many events are planned throughout the weekend including the large celebration at the National Cemetery in the Presidio. You can also catch a baseball game, attend a festival, and enjoy a Broadway show at one of our theaters.

This year, Memorial Day falls on Monday, May 29.

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Here you will discover a list of the top events and other things to do during Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco for 2017.

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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 who 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

San Francisco Giants

Head over to AT&T Park as the San Francisco Giants take on the Atlanta Braves. This three-game series is on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Click the links below to check out ticket availability.

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More: Find additional information about attending a game at AT&T Park

Champagne or Mimosa Cruise

One of the best ways to relax this weekend is on this 2-hour cruise around the SF Bay. This weekend the cruise leaves on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning at 10am. As you cruise around the bay, you will also be treated to Champagne, Mimosas, white wine, beer, or soda (two drinks per ticket). At 11am, you will raise your glass for a toast under the Golden Gate Bridge. There is no better way to start off your day in San Francisco than with this small group cruise around the bay.

Tickets: Discounted tickets available on Goldstar

Half Priced Tickets

Here are a few additional tours that you can get at up to 50% off on Goldstar this holiday weekend. Click the links below for details!

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $31, Goldstar price $15.50*

  • 7D Experience: Help eliminate the bad guys with this part video game, part movie that is a whole lot of fun, located on Pier 39, Full price $14.99, Goldstar $8.25*

  • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze: A colorful twist on the old fashioned house of mirrors, spend some time trying to make your way throug this mirror maze, located on Pier 39, Full price $10-$20, Goldstar $5-$9*

*Small service fee at checkout.

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: More details on walking tours this weekend in SF

Carnaval Celebration & Parade

Spend some time in the Mission District on Memorial Day Weekend for their 36th 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 28, 2017. The festival is free and a fun way to mingle with locals.

Learn More: Details about Carnaval on Memorial Day Weekend

Hamilton & Other Theater Shows this Weekend

The top theater performance this weekend is Hamilton. This blockbuster musical tells the story of Alexander Hamilton. You will learn about his political wins, sex scandal, and about him being a war hero. It's told in a way that you've never heard before.

Another big show this weekend is Roman Holiday. It's a love story based on the Academy Award winning film. It's all weekend long at the Golden Gate Theater.

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Other top shows this weekend include The Roomate at the SF Playhouse and Sordid Lives at the New Conservatory.

Learn More: Additional details & other theater performances this month

The Dinner Detective: An Interactive Mystery Dinner Show

Spend Saturday night solving the mystery of whodunit as you enjoy a four-course meal. This fun dinner and detective show is set in the present day and includes murder, mystery and clues throughout your dinner. The evening starts with a reception and then you are seated for dinner. Between courses you will work through the clues to solve the mystery. It starts at 6pm and lasts for about 3 hours. The event is at the San Francisco's Le Meridian Hotel.

Tickets: On sale at up to 50% off on Goldstar

Concerts

You will find a variety of concerts on Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco. The hottest show this weekend is just to the south at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View. On Saturday, catch Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, & Brett Young on stage.

Tickets: Find tickets to this show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre

Discounted Tickets: Find a limited number of discounted tickets on Goldstar

Learn More: Find all concerts this weekend in SF

SF Symphony Performances

Over the weekend, you have the chance to catch an excellent performance from the SF Symphony. On Thursday, Friday, or Saturday, head over to Davies Symphony Hall to catch Manfred Honack & Matthias Goerne - Shostakovich & Tchaikovsky. It starts at 8pm each night.

Learn More: Get the full May 2017 SF Symphony schedule & tips to attend a performance

Yerba Buena Festival

Head over to the Yerba Buena Gardens in the SOMA district for a free performance at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This fun event offers live music over the Memorial Day weekend as well as several other performances from May to October.

Learn More: Find the full Yerba Buena Festival schedule

Hotel Deals for this Weekend

Find some great deals for your stay on TripAdvisor and Booking.com. They both offer deals throughout San Francisco and offer you the chance to save money on your room. Click the links below for details.

TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in San Francisco? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!

The Big 80's Party

Kick off the Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco with The Big 80's Party at Public Works in San Francisco. Enjoy songs from popular 80's artists including George Michael, The Beastie Boys, Madonna, Men at Work, U2, Guns N' Roses, and so many more. The fun starts at 9pm on Friday night!

Tickets: On sale for up to 50% off on Goldstar

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Other Fun Things to See & Do

Alcatraz Island

If you plan to visit Alcatraz Island this Memorial Day Weekend, buy your tickets as soon as you can. During this busy weekend, tickets sell out early and will be almost impossible to buy once you arrive. This weekend, they offer both the day and evening tours. The day tour is a more self-guided visit, while the evening tour is more personalized with fewer people on the island during your visit.

Learn More: Find additional details about booking tickets for Alcatraz


California Academy of Sciences

The Academy of Sciences is one of the most popular SF attractions. Memorial Day weekend is a busy time to visit. If you plan on visiting the Academy this weekend, buy your tickets in advance online to avoid waiting in line! It's a fun place to visit and a must see during your stay in San Francisco!

Tickets: Buy your tickets in advance

Learn More: Pictures & what to expect during your visit


50 Free Activities & Attractions

Another fun way to spend the weekend is by enjoying all of SF's best free attractions and activities. They range from walking over the Golden Gate Bridge to visiting some of SF's hidden gems. It's a great way to save a little money and still enjoy your weekend in San Francisco.

Learn More: Discover 50 free attractions & activities


SF With Kids

Are you traveling with kids this holiday weekend? If so, check out my 25 fun things to do with kids in San Francisco. This list includes ideas that are entertaining for the entire family. You can head out on a bay cruise adventure, check out the 7D Experience, or do a scavenger hunt as a family.

Learn More: Find out the top 25 fun things to do with kids in SF


CityPass

Save money with the San Francisco CityPass. If you plan to visit the California Academy of Sciences, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the Exploratorium during your visit, then make sure to check out the discounts through the CityPass. This discount card offers you admission to these attractions, as well as a ticket for an SF Bay Cruise and a 7-day unlimited ride Muni Pass at a fraction of the cost.

Learn More: Click here to find out how you can save up to 42% today!


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 popular 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. Check out the full list of attractions and activities to you can plan ahead for your visit!

Learn More: Get the details on all Fisherman's Wharf attractions


Self-Guided Tours

If you love to explore on your own, then check out my free, self-guided walking tours. You will find some that cover the entire city in just a few days and others that give you tips on visiting the best of everything in each district. You will also find free, downloadable itineraries that you can take with you.

Learn More: Check out my self-guided tours


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Memorial Day Celebrations Around the SF Bay

East Bay | North Bay | South Bay

East Bay

Benicia

This year's event starts at 10am and is hosted by the Benicia Historical Society. The event will include guest speakers, military fly-over, color guard, and much more. The event is at the Benicia Arsenal Post Cemetery in Benicia, CA.

Clayton

The annual program hosted by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars is at the flagpole monument in downtown Clayton (Oak and Main Streets) at 10am on Monday, May 29.

Danville

This year's celebration in Danville will be at Oak Hill Park. American flags will line the road leading up to the park and the celebration. It begins at 10:30am and features live music, guest speakers, tributes, and more. The event will wrap up around 11:30am.

Oakland

Head to Oakland for the annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Mountain View Cemetery on Monday, May 29. It starts at 10am at the second fountain on the Main Avenue of the cemetery. Complimentary refreshments will follow the ceremony. There will also be a guided tour of the Civil War plot and notables who are buried in the cemetery.

North Bay

Mill Valley

On Saturday, find Sidewalk Sales in downtown Mill Valley, and on Sunday, take a 'Walk Into History' tour at The Outdoor Art Club. The Memorial Day celebration on Monday, May 29 starts with a Pancake Breakfast from 7am to 11am outside City Hall. It's followed by a parade that starts at 10:30am at Old Mill Park, winding its way through downtown Mill Valley and Miller Ave., and ending at Tam High School.

Novato

An annual event will be held at the Valley Memorial Park Cemetery. The event starts at 8am with the placing of flags on the graves. Once the guests are seated the program will begin. This year's event will include the Presentation of colors by the U. S. Air Force Junior ROTC from Novato High School, singing of National Anthem, a guest speaker and a wreath placing ceremony by the Novato Elks Club. Refreshments provided by the Novato Elks Club in the New Reception Center.

Point Reyes

The event in Point Reyes is on Monday, May 29. The event starts at 1:30pm. and is at the Historic Life-Saving Service Cemetery located at G Ranch. After the ceremony, there is an open house from 3pm to 5pm at the Point Reyes Coast Guard Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock.

Santa Rosa

A community tradition, Santa Rosa will once again host the 46th Annual Avenue of the Flags, a Memorial Day celebration, at Santa Rosa Memorial Park. It includes guest speakers, band music, refreshments, and more. The event begins at 10am.

South Bay

Gilroy

The annual Memorial Day Parade is on May 29 from 11am to 12:30pm in downtown Gilroy.

Hillsborough

The 87th Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade, Carnival & Music Festival is on May 29, 2017. The parade starts at 10:30am, followed by the observance ceremony and music festival at 11:40am. The carnival includes all sorts of traditional games, arts and crafts, and a duck tank and petting zoo. All activities end around 2:30pm.

Milpitas

This year's Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday, May 29 at 9am at Milpitas City Hall, 455 E Calaveras Boulevard. The event features a Presentation of Colors by Knights of Columbus, 21-Gun Salute, and the Remembrance Chair.

Redwood City

This year, Redwood City will host a special Memorial Day event at the Historic Union Cemetery. All activities start at 10am.

Saratoga

This year, Saratoga's annual celebration will once again take place from 9am to 12pm in the Madronia Cemetery. It will include a flag raising, speeches, music from local school groups, and laying of the wreaths.

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