San Francisco Festivals in May 2024: Carnaval, BottleRock, & More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: March 1, 2024

San Francisco festivals in May 2024 offer you the chance to celebrate the Latin culture, sample local wines, and enjoy independent films. You can also listen to music, sample traditional Asian cuisines, and enjoy BottleRock in Napa.

Read on for details about this month's annual events.

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San Francisco Festivals in May

Carnaval Festival & Parade

Dates: 5/25 & 5/26

One of the largest San Francisco festivals in May is the Carnaval celebration in the Mission District. The event lasts for two days over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.

The colorful, lively Sunday morning parade brings Latin American and Caribbean traditional dances to the streets of SF's largely Latino neighborhood.

There is also a massive street fair spread out along eight city blocks, featuring food, more music and dance, and arts and crafts.

>> This year's event details

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Dates: Several in May

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is an ongoing summer festival of free performances that opens this month.

From May to October, this cultural center provides five to seven shows a week—many on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, but also some on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the afternoons.

The performances include jazz, classical, and world music concerts, as well as traditional and contemporary dance.

This festival gives you lots of great excuses to take an hour or two out of your day and relax on the grass at these gardens in the SoMa District.

>> This year's schedule & event info

BottleRock in Napa

Dates: 5/24 - 5/26

One of the biggest music festivals in Napa is BottleRock. This three day event is the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend.

It's a great time to sample local wines, enjoy gourmet treats, and listen to some of the top international bands on stage. 

This year's performers include:

  • Friday, May 24: Stevie Nicks, Megan Thee Stallion, St. Vincent, Nelly, and 21 others, find tickets
  • Saturday, May 25: Pearl Jam, Mana, Kali Uchis, The Kid Laroi, and 22 others, find tickets
  • Sunday, May 26: Edward Sheeran, Queens of the Stone Age, Dominic Fike, Norah Jones, and 22 others, find tickets

You can purchase tickets for one, two or all three days.

All performances are at the Napa Valley Expo which is near downtown Napa. 

>> Find tickets for all three days

>> More fun things to do in Napa in May

More Tips for Your May Visit

Taiwanese American Cultural Festival

Date: 5/13

The Taiwanese American Cultural Festival is another one of the San Francisco festivals in May that celebrates the traditions of a particular cultural group and proudly shares them with the broader community.

At this annual event in Union Square, you can taste delicious Taiwanese cuisine, admire the folkloric costumes and dances, and get involved at the interactive booths. Learn about the history and customs of this island nation and maybe even get your fortune read.

>> Visit their site for more details


Dates: 5/9 - 5/19

The CAAM Fest is another one of the fantastic cultural San Francisco festivals in May, this one featuring art from the Asian American community. The festival offers more than 120 film screenings, several concerts, and great food.

The Opening Night Gala will take place at the Asian Art Museum, and every piece of art included in this festival sheds light on the complex cultures of Asia.

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