San Francisco Events in May 2014

Mother's Day Activities, Things to Do on Memorial Day Weekend, Theater & Symphony Performances

Top San Francisco events in May 2014 include the popular Bay to Breakers race, the annual Memorial Day Event at the National Cemetery and SF's Carnaval Festival & Parade.

Other activities this month include performances by the SF Symphony, the Green Film Festival and free admission days to several top SF museums.

Half-Priced Tours & Event Tickets

Every month, offers tickets for up to half-off on tours, events and other activities in and around San Francisco. At anytime, you will find tickets to around 200 events on their site.

I use them often when I'm searching for tickets to the theater, discounts on cruises around the SF Bay or even walking tours in top SF districts. Before you buy any activity tickets for your visit, make sure you check them out first.

Here are some of the top finds for May 2014.

90-Minute Bridge to Bridge Bay Cruise

  • Spend 90 minutes cruising around the SF Bay
  • Sail past the Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point National Historic Site and the Fort Mason Center
  • See other top sights such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and the Bay Bridge
  • Enjoy narration on your own private headset, available in 12 languages
  • Full Price: $36.00 | Goldstar Price: $18.00*
  • Buy your tickets today!

*Small fee applies

SF Theater: The Suit

Follow the story of a couple as they deal with issues caused by infidelity. It starts with the husband catching his wife in the arms of her lover. As her lover quickly leaves, he forgets his suit. As a constant reminder of her infidelity, the husband makes the wife carry the suit with her everywhere she goes.

Dates: April 23 - May 18

Location: American Conservatory Theater at 415 Geary Street

Learn More: Ticketing Info & More Theater Performances in May 2014

Mother's Day Activities

Are you looking to make this Mother's Day extra special? If so, bring her to San Francisco for the weekend. Use this handy insider's guide to help you find the best place for brunch and to discover some other great events on Mother's Day Weekend 2014.

Learn More: Mother's Day Guide for 2014

Bay to Breakers 2014

The 103rd running of the Bay to Breakers is Sunday, May 18, 2014. This popular and colorful footrace attracts more than 50,000 participants and even more spectators. Click on the link below to see pictures from last year's race as well as event details for 2014.

Learn More: Pictures & Details for Bay to Breakers

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is another popular time to visit San Francisco. The events calendar is full of great activities including the Carnaval Festival & Parade, the National Cemetery Memorial Day Event in the Presidio and several SF Symphony performances.

Learn More: Find Full Details for the Top Memorial Day 2014 Events

Recommendations for Hotels & Other Lodging Options

Discover a list of the top hotels and other lodging options for your stay. Click on the links below to find the best places based on price, amenities or location within the city.

If you are looking for the best hotel deals, check out the current selection of special offers on Their deals range from discounts off your hotel stay to free parking. Click here for their list of deals this month.

Sf Giants at Home in May

This month, the SF Giants play host to the Atlanta Braves, the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago Cubs. With thirteen home games this month, you are sure to find a time to catch them in action.

Learn More: Full May 2014 Home Game Schedule

SF Symphony: May 2014 Schedule

Join the world class San Francisco Symphony at Davies Symphony Hall for an unforgettable performance this May. Top shows this month include the Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 4, Faure's Requiem and Film Night with the Symphony: Fantasia in Concert.

Learn More: Full May 2014 Schedule

Carnaval Celebration & Parade

Head over to the Mission District this Memorial Day Weekend for the Carnaval Celebration & Parade. This annual event celebrates the Latin American and Caribbean traditions with food, music and dance. The event lasts all day Saturday and Sunday with the Grand Parade on Sunday morning.

Learn More: Pics & Details for this Year's Carnaval

Green Film Festival

May is also the month for the annual Green Film Festival. This year's event is from May 29 - June 4, 2014. This festival features documentaries that focus on urgent environmental issues of our time. You can see most of these films at the New People Cinema in Japantown's Sundance Theater Complex.

Learn More: Full Schedule for this Year's Event

Learn More: Other Film Festivals in SF this May

31st Annual International Beer Festival

Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center is where you will find this year's International Beer Festival. This popular event is on Saturday, May 24 during Memorial Day Weekend. Stop by between 7 and 10pm to sample brews from more than 100 brewers from around the world.

Learn More: SF International Beer Festival at the Fort Mason Center

Sunday Streets

Mingle with the locals during May's San Francisco Sunday Streets. This event is a time when select streets in the Bayview and Dogpatch area close for pedestrians. You can listen to live music, dance in the streets and enjoy dozens of other healthy activities. This month, you will find the fun on May 4.

Learn More: SF Sunday Streets Schedule

Enter the Mandala Exhibit at the Asian Art Museum

One of the most interesting museum exhibits this month in SF is Enter the Mandala at the Asian Art Museum. It focuses on the Cosmic Centers and Mental Maps of Himalayan Buddhism. It's on exhibit all month long.

Learn More: Full Museum Exhibit Schedule for May 2014

Learn More: What it's Like to Visit the Asian Art Museum

SF OysterFest

This year's SF Oysterfest is Saturday, May 10 in Golden Gate Park. Every year, this oyster and music event draws around 250,000 people. This year's bands include Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Poolside, Ra Ra Riot and Crash. Listen to amazing music as you enjoy oysters from a variety of locations, craft beers, local wines and premium spirits.

Learn More: 2014 SF Oysterfest Details

ARTMKT at the Fort Mason Center

ARTMKT is a premier art fair offering both contemporary and modern pieces from around the world. It is at the Fort Mason Center on May 15 - 18. They feature both historically important work as well as relevant modern projects. It's the perfect place to admire and discover new works of art.

Learn More: Additional Event Details & Other Events this Month at Fort Mason

Tickets: Find Discounted Tickets to this Year's Event on Goldstar

Best Live Music in May

May is a great time to head to one of SF's famous live music venues. Almost every night of the week, you will find several performances throughout the city. These are the top concerts scheduled so far this month.

  • May 2: Manchester Orchestra at The Fillmore
  • May 9: The Glitch Mob at the Warfield
  • May 14: Primal Fear at the DNA Lounge
  • May 17: Lindsey Stirling

Click here for a full list of shows for May.

Uncorked Wine Festival

One of the largest wine festivals in May is the Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square. This annual event features wine tasting, live music and cooking demonstrations from some of SF's top chefs. The event is Saturday, May 17 from 1pm to 5pm.

Learn More: Details for this Festival and Other Wine Tasting Events in SF this May

Movie Tour

If you love movies, you HAVE to check out the SF Movie Tour. This fun and well timed cruise around the city offers you a close up look at where scenes filmed throughout the city. Your knowledgeable guide, and a handy movie screen, show you the exact location at the moment you roll by. You also get the chance to visit the inside of City Hall and see a few other film locations up close.

Learn More: My Experience on the SF Movie Tour

Free City Hall & Civic Center Walking Tour

Another way to see SF's gorgeous City Hall is on this free walking tour given by the SF Public Library. Your two hour tour starts with an overview of the history, buildings and sculptures around Civic Center Plaza. You will then head inside City Hall to learn more about its past as well as its plans for the future.

This tour runs every Tuesday and Thursday at 11am. Tour starts at the SF City Library on Fulton between Hyde and Larkin. No reservations required, just show up a few minutes before the tour starts to participate.

Learn More: Full Schedule of the SF Public Library's Free Walking Tours

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

This year's annual Hill Physicians Asian Heritage Street Celebration is on Saturday, May 17. This one-day festival features a variety of Asian cuisines, local celebrity chefs and free health screenings. You can also enjoy live music and other performances on the two stages near Civic Center Plaza.

Learn More: 2014 Asian Heritage Festival in Little Saigon

Union Square Live

Check out some great local performances for free at this year's Union Square Live events. Most Wednesdays and Sundays, you can catch these performances in the heart of the city in Union Square.

Learn More: May 2014 Schedule

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Another great place to find free, live performances is at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. In May, you can catch several shows from theater productions to children's programs.

Learn More: 2014 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Free Museum Days

Every month, many SF museums offer at least one free admission day. Here are their dates for May 2014.

Date Museums with Free Admission
Thursday, May 1
Sunday, May 4
Tuesday, May 6
Sunday, May 11
(Mother's Day)
Tuesday, May 13

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