Memorial Day in San Francisco: Top Things to Do & See in 2024

Jill on a windy day at the Golden Gate Bridge

by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: May 2, 2024

Memorial Day 2024 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.

I also like to 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 27.

Read on for more of the things I like to see and do this holiday weekend throughout San Francisco.

A grave stone in SF's National Cemetery

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SF Giants Baseball for Memorial Day in San Francisco

Dates: 5/27 - 5/29

Tickets: Ticketmaster | StubHub

The San Francisco Giants kick off a three game home series with the Philadelphia Phillies on Memorial Day. All three games are at Oracle Park in San Francisco's South of Market District.

I love watching games at this ballpark and it's one of the best in the US. Make sure to bring a jacket though as it gets chilly once the sun goes down.

>> Find a full schedule of SF Giants games this season

Oakland A's Baseball on Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco

Dates: 5/24 - 5/26

Tickets: Ticketmaster | StubHub

While the Oakland A's don't have a game on Memorial Day, they do have games on both Saturday and Sunday. This weekend, they play host to the Houston Astros.

The three game series starts on Friday and runs through Sunday. 

>> Find out more about attending a game

Funny Girl at the Orpheum Theatre

Dates: 5/24 - 5/26

Tickets: Ticketmaster | TicketNetwork

One of the best Broadway shows will be on stage this weekend in San Francisco.

Funny Girl is a story set in New York during World War I. 

It's the story of Fanny Brice as she waits for her husband to return to her after his time in prison.

The story is the reflection and flashbacks of their life together before he left. 

It's on stage Friday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 1 pm and 7:30 pm. The final weekend performance is on Sunday at 1 pm.

>> Find additional theater shows this weekend in SF

Carnaval Celebration & Parade

Dates: 5/25 & 5/26

Spend some time in the Mission District on Memorial Day Weekend during the annual Carnaval Celebration.

This two-day festival is on Saturday and Sunday. You'll find live music, traditional dishes, and dancing in the streets. 

One of the biggest draws every year is their annual parade. It's on Sunday morning and lasts for about two hours. 

I love this parade for its colorful and lively floats, dancers, and other fun entries. It's a fun event and a must this holiday weekend.

>> Details about Carnaval on Memorial Day Weekend

Concerts and Live Music

You will find dozens of great performances this weekend in San Francisco and beyond. Here are some of the top shows and music festivals.

5/23 - 5/26: Dave Holland at the SFJAZZ Center - Miner Auditorium, find tickets

5/24 - 5/23: BottleRock 3-Day Music Festival in Napa, find tickets

5/27: Israel Nash at Cafe du Nord at 8 pm, find tickets

>> More concerts this weekend in San Francisco around the Bay Area

Cruises on the SF Bay

You will find almost all cruises are running this holiday weekend in San Francisco. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Length: 60 minutes

Tickets: Book online before you arrive

This is the most popular cruise in San Francisco. It's a 60-minute cruise on the bay.

It starts in Fisherman's Wharf, heads over to (and under) the Golden Gate Bridge, back over to Alcatraz, and finishes again where it started. 

What I like most about going on this cruise is that it offers a great overview of everything you will see along the bay. The narration talks about the history and some fun facts about top waterfront attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Fort Point National Historic Site. 

I also take a ton of pictures each time I go.

Bay Sailing Tour with Drinks

Length: 90-minutes

Tickets: Book your tickets in advance

What I love about going on this cruise is that is a smaller boat with fewer people. It offers a more personalized experience. 

The second thing I love about this cruise is that your tickets includes 2 drinks while on board. You can use these for beer, wine, water or soft drinks. 

This tour runs four times a day on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (11:15 am, 1 pm, 2:45 pm and 4:45 pm). You can also upgrade to their sunset sailing experience, which is a 2-hour cruise that leaves at 6 pm all three nights.

California Sunset Cruise on the SF Bay

Length: 90-minutes

Tickets: Find tickets in advance of your visit

Would you prefer to head out on the water at night? This cruise starts at 7 pm, which gives you the chance to watch the sun as it sets.

This 90-minute cruise leaves from Fisherman's Wharf.

What I like most about this one is that it's a bigger boat and there is always plenty of space to move around. It has decent indoor and outdoor areas, so if it's too cold, you can duck inside for a little while. 

Since it's a larger boat, the cost is also less than the smaller sailboat cruises. It's a great pick for the entire family.

Free Walking Tours

Dates: 5/25 - 5/27

The San Francisco public library has several free walking tours scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco. They range from informative walks around the colorful Mission District to one on the Golden Gate Bridge.

You should register online before you arrive, so they know how many people they will have in their group. The tours are free, but they do ask for donations (usually about $15 per person).

>> Visit their site for a list of tours this weekend

>> More details on walking tours this weekend in SF

SF Symphony Performances

Dates: 5/24 - 5/26

This weekend you can catch three performances of the SF Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall.

On Friday and Saturday, they are performing Encanto. The symphony will play along as you watch this fun movie on the screen! This show starts at 2 pm on Saturday. you will also find a second performance on Friday night at 7:30 pm.

On Sunday, you can listen to chamber music with the SF Symphony. The program includes several performances that afternoon and the show starts at 2 pm.

>> Get the full May 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.

>> Find the full Yerba Buena Festival schedule

Hotel Deals for this Weekend

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

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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.

The day tours run from 8:45 am to 3:50 pm. 

>> 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!

>> Buy your tickets in advance

>> Pictures & what to expect during your visit

55 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.

>> Discover 55 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. 

>> Find out the top 25 fun things to do with kids in SF

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.

>> 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!

>> 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.

>> Check out my self-guided tours

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 10:30 am 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 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

>> Details for this year's event

>> More information about the cemetery & tips to get here

Other San Francisco Ceremonies

USS San Francisco (CA 38) Ceremony: This one is on Sunday, May 26 at noon (they ask that you try to arrive by 11:30 am), at Lands End, please RSVP to

Chinese American Services: This event is also on Sunday, May 26 and it starts at 3 pm. The event is in St. Mary's Square in Chinatown and hosted by the American Legion, Cathay Post #384 and VFW Chinatown Post #4618.

USS Pampanito, Lost Boat Ceremony: This one is at Pier 45 on Monday, May 27 at 10 am. 

Memorial Day Celebrations Around the SF Bay

There are several annual Memorial Day Celebrations all around the San Francisco Bay Area. These are some that run most years.

San Bruno

This year's annual celebration in San Bruno is at Golden Gate National Cemetery. It starts at 10:30 am at 1300 Sneath Lane. 


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 11 am and features live music, guest speakers, tributes, and more. The event will wrap up around 2 pm.

Mill Valley

The Memorial Day celebration on Monday starts with a special Veterans Ceremony which includes the student K-8 essay contest, "What does Memorial Day mean to me." This starts at (;45 am at Lytton Square. The parade follows at 10:30 am at Old Mill Park, winding its way through downtown Mill Valley and Miller Ave., and ending at Tam High School. 

After the parade, you can enjoy "Concerts on the Green" from 12:30 pm to 5 pm. It's free to attend and there will be beverage and food vendors. 


The Annual Hillsborough Memorial Day Parade, Carnival & Music Festival is back this Memorial Day Weekend. The parade is at 10 am. The music festival starts at 11 am and the observance ceremony is at 11:30 am. The festival is on the North School field with music and other festival activities!

It's on Monday from 10 am to 2:30 pm.


This year's Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on Monday at 9 am in Veterans Plaza between Milpitas City Hall and the Milpitas Community Center. The event features a Presentation of Colors by Knights of Columbus, 21-Gun Salute, and the Remembrance Chair. 

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