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SF Bay Area Events in May 2017

Theater, Festivals, Concerts & More

SF Bay Area events in May 2017 include sporting events, festivals, and theater performances. Top options include Hamilton at the Orpheum in SF, Golden State Warriors playoff games in Oakland, and BottleRock in Napa Valley.

You will also find some fun things to do for Mother's Day and Memorial Day Weekend.

SF Bay Area Events in May: Festivals, Concerts, & More

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Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater

This month, the hit Broadway show Hamilton continues to dazzle audiences at the historic Orpheum Theater in downtown San Francisco. This masterpiece of musical theater has made waves across America with its diverse cast, award-winning score, and fresh take on the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton as a war hero, politician, and complex man.

In addition, you will find several other shows on stage this month including Roman Holiday at the Golden Gate, Disney's Tarzan at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park, and Temple at the Aurora Theater Company in Berkeley.

Dates: Several in May

Tickets: On sale now for all dates

More SF Theater: Full calendar of shows in May

Bay Area Theater: All Bay Area theater performances in May

Golden State Warriors Post Season Play

One of the biggest SF Bay Area events in May is the Golden State Warriors basketball team in post season play. Head over to the Oracle Arena to watch Steph Curry, Kevin Durrant, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and the rest of the Warriors in action.

>> Additional details on upcoming Golden State Warriors games

Oakland Urban Wine Festival

One of the tastiest SF Bay Area events in May will take place in the East Bay at Jack London Square in Oakland. The Oakland Urban Wine Festival will set up all along the waterfront at this popular outdoor shopping center.

In addition to the live music and more than 30 Northern California wineries that will be exhibiting their best wines, you'll also find booths offering small eats, craft beer, ciders, and arts and crafts. The event runs from 12pm to 5pm and is free to attend. For $45 (or $55 day of), you will get unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass.

Date: May 6

More: Visit the Jack London Square site for details

SF Giants Baseball

One of the best ways to spend a beautiful spring day in May is to watch the SF Giants take on other National League teams at the AT&T ballpark by the water. This top team won the World Championship title in 2010, 2012, and 2014, and their games are always exciting.

This month, you'll have the chance to see them play the Cincinnati Reds, the LA Dodgers, the Atlanta Braves, and the Washington Nationals.

Dates: Several in May

More: Tips to attend a game

Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli

One of my favorite SF Bay Area events in May each year is the Uncorked Wine Festival at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. From 1pm to 6pm, you get to sample delicious Northern California wines, watch cooking demonstrations, attend tasting workshops, check out the craft fair, and enjoy live music on the square. Admission is free, but tickets are required for unlimited wine samples in a souvenir glass.

Date: May 13

More: Additional details about this year's event

Half Priced Bay Area Events & Tours

In addition to these top SF Bay Area events in May, you will also find some other fun things to do all around the bay. Below you will find discounts on some of the most popular options from tours to attraction tickets.

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

  • Gourmet Ghetto in Berkeley: Food walking tour of some of Berkeley's top eats, runs on every Thursday and Saturday, Full price $105, Goldstar $73.50*

  • San Jose Earthquakes Soccer Tickets: See the Earthquakes live in action at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, Full price $37.40-$76.64, Goldstar $29-$67*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Mother's Day in SF

Celebrate Mom with a day full of fun outings, family friendly activities, and great eats in San Francisco. Treat her to a brunch or sunset dinner on a bay cruise with spectacular views of the city. Take her shopping for unique gifts at Pier 39 or Ghirardelli Square, or head to the brand name department stores at Union Square.

If she's more of a low-key, outdoorsy type, take her on a stroll around the Japanese Tea Garden or admire the Painted Ladies in Alamo Square. These are a just a few of many, many ideas for making her Mother's Day in San Francisco extra special.

Date: Sunday, May 14

More: Things to do in SF with your mom

Top Shelf's Sunset Bay Cruise

This Mother's Day sunset cruise is sure to put a smile on Mom's face. There's nothing like smooth sailing on the bay with breathtaking views of the San Francisco skyline, the city lights, and the towering Golden Gate Bridge.

You'll spend three hours cruising around, enjoying the live entertainment, dancing, and no-host bar. You can also add on dinner to give her the ultimate SF dining experience.

Date: Sunday, May 14

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

Oakland A's Baseball

Across the bay from San Francisco is another Major League Baseball team, the Oakland Athletics. They play in American League at the Oakland Coliseum in the East Bay. This month, put on your green and gold and watch them take on the Detroit Tigers, LA Angels, Boston Red Sox, and Miami Marlins.

Dates: Several this month

More: Tips to attend an Oakland A's game

Himalayan Fair in Berkeley

The Himalayan Fair was founded in 1983 when record-breaking mountain climber Arlene Blum organized a picnic gathering of Tibetan and Nepali friends in Berkeley. Each year since then, the fair has grown larger and more elaborate, welcoming vendors and performers from as far as Kathmandu.

Here, you'll find delicious food, artisan crafts, music, and dance from the Himalayas at one of the most unique SF Bay Area events in May. Head over to Live Oak Park in Berkeley (East Bay) on Saturday from 10am to 7pm, and on Sunday from 10am to 5:30pm.

Dates: May 20 - 21

More: Visit their site for more details

Bay Area Concerts

May is another big month for concerts in San Francisco and the Bay Area. You have many genres, famous and local artists, and both large and small venues to choose from. Among the events in SF, you can catch Willie Nelson at the Fillmore and At the Drive-In at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Over in the East Bay, John Legend will be playing at the Greek Theater in Berkeley. In the South Bay, Chris Brown, 50 Cent, OT Genasis, and Fabolous are coming to the SAP Center in San Jose. And finally, on the Peninsula in Mountain View, you can see Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini, and Brett Young at the Shoreline Ampitheater.

Dates: Several in May

More: Additional concerts in the Bay Area in May

American Airlines Bay to Breakers

The annual Bay to Breakers wacky footrace across San Francisco turns 105 this year! This is not at all your average 12K run, rather it's a truly one-of-a-kind event that attracts all kinds. You'll see some serious runners, sure, but you'll see a lot more creative costumes, some people in their birthday suit, centipedes of runners attached to each other, and "salmon" running against the current of thousands.

The spectators get just as into it as the participants, so whether you plan to run or not, it's worth heading out to join in on the fun.

Date: Sunday, May 21

Details: What to expect at this event

BottleRock Napa Valley

One of the top SF Bay Area events in May is the highly anticipated three-day BottleRock music festival in Napa Valley. This North Bay event has an impressive lineup including the Foo Fighters, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Maroon 5, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Modest Mouse, Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, and so many more stellar bands.

In addition to the great music, there will be award-winning culinary treats and, of course, the world's best wine and brew. The festival runs from 11:30am to 10pm each day at the Napa Valley Expo.

Dates: May 26 - 28

>> More events in Napa in May

California Roots Music & Arts Festival

Another large music festival this Memorial Day Weekend takes place at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center, about three hours south of San Francisco. This one offers good vibes and a more down-to-earth atmosphere, embracing "California Roots" in the redwoods and partnering with a local campsite to provide alternative lodging for guests.

This year's diverse lineup includes Rebelution, Nas, Dirty Heads, SOJA, Iration, Thievery Corporation, Matisyahu, and many more.

Dates: May 26 - 28

>> More Monterey events this month

Memorial Day Weekend Activities

With summer quickly approaching and a long weekend to enjoy more SF events both indoors and out, you should check out this list of things to do on Memorial Day Weekend in San Francisco.

You'll discover ways to honor our fallen troops, tips for sightseeing on a bay cruise or free walking tour, and information about fun events like SF Giants games at AT&T Park, the Carnaval parade in the Mission District, and performances of the hit musical Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater.

Date: May 27 - 29

More: Find things to do all around the bay for Memorial Day Weekend

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