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SF Bay Area events in May 2020 include sporting events, festivals, and theater performances. Top options include Hamilton at the Orpheum in SF, Bay to Breakers, and BottleRock in Napa Valley.
You will also find some fun things to do for Mother's Day and Memorial Day Weekend.
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Dates: 2/12/2019 - 5/31/2020
This month, the hit Broadway show Hamilton is coming to the SF Bay Area. This award winning musical is making waves all around the world. It's the story of Alexander Hamilton and is cast with all non-white actors. It follows his interesting life from how he became one of our founding fathers to the day he dies in a duel against our then Vice President Aaron Burr.
Other highlights this month on stage include Harry Potter & The Cursed Child - Parts One and Two at the Curran, The Book of Will at TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, and The Legend of Georgia McBride at the 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa.
Dates: 5/8, 5/9, 5/10, 5/15, 5/16, 5/17, 5/19, 5/20, 5/29, 5/20, & 5/31
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 Oracle Park 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 Chicago White Sox, the Atlanta Braves, and the Colorado Rockies.
One of the tastiest SF Bay Area events in May will take place in the East Bay at Jack London Square in Oakland. The Jack London Square Art & Wine Festival will set up all along the waterfront at this popular outdoor shopping center.
In addition to the live music and more than 40 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 $40 (or $55 day of), you will get unlimited tastings and a souvenir wine glass.
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.
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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.
Dates: 5/1, 5/2, 5/3, 5/4, 5/5, 5/6, 5/8, 5/9, 5/10, 5/19, 5/20, 5/21, 5/22, 5/23, & 5/24
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 Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners, and the Toronto Blue Jays.
Dates: 5/16 & 5/17
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.
Come join thousands of people who love to tinker with, discover, and make things. Try out their inventions—everything from handmade teas to open sourced digital pianos—and find out what they've learned in the process.
If you are not already one of these innovators, you will surely be inspired to become one! It's one of the best San Francisco events in May for those that love science or want to learn more about it!
Dates: Several in May
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 SF Bay Area Events in May,, you can catch shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, the SAP Center in San Jose, and the Greek Theater in Berkeley.
The annual Bay to Breakers wacky footrace across San Francisco turns 109 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.
Dates: 5/22 - 5/24
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 Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, Pharrell Williams, Santana, 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.
Date: 5/2 & 5/3
The Bay Area Book Festival in Berkeley offers two days of literary fun with some of the most famous authors in today's world attending. There are talks, readings and an opening night gala if you want to meet and greet some of the authors. There are also children, teen and family programs for you to enjoy.
Dates: 5/22 - 5/24
Another large music festival this Memorial Day Weekend takes place at the Monterey County Fair and Event Center, about two 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.
The Calistoga Food & Wine Festival is another one of the fun and delicious SF Bay Area events in May. The Friday event will feature a farm-to-table dinner paired with local wines at the cave at Fairwinds Estates. The Grand Tasting on Saturday will feature live music, samplings from 40 Calistoga wineries, and small bites and live cooking stations from top chefs of the area's best restaurants.
Date: 5/22 - 5/25
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 Oakland A's baseball at the Oakland Coliseum, the Carnaval parade in the Mission District, and performances of the hit musical Hamilton at the Orpheum Theater.
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