May

Enjoy the best San Francisco events, festivals, and things to do in May 2016 with this calendar of events.

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  • All Month: Free San Francisco Walking Tours | Golden Gate Park, Castro, Chinatown, Excelsior, City Hall, Fisherman’s Wharf, & More (more info)
  • May 27-30: Memorial Day Weekend Events 
  • May 30: Memorial Day Celebration | Grand March From Presidio Officer’s Club To SF National Cemetery, Speech, 21 Gun Salute, 10:30AM-1PM (more info)
  • May 29: Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim | Swim From Island To Shore, Optional Run Across Golden Gate Bridge (more info)
  • May 28-29: Carnaval @ Harrison Street | Latin & Caribbean Culture Celebration, Colorful Grand Parade On Sunday @ 9:30AM, Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Art, Food & Drink (more info)
  • May 28-29: San Jose – Taco Festival Of Innovation @ San Jose History Park | Food Trucks Serving Innovative Freestyle Tacos, Crafts, Mexican Wrestling, Live Music (more info)
  • May 28-29: San Jose – Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras | Free, Gourmet Food, 2 Stages Of Live Music, Wine & Beer Gardens, Mushroom Education, Kids’ Zone, Arts & Crafts (more info)
  • May 28: Sunol – Memorial Day Steam Train Weekend | Scenic Ride On Steam-Powered Train Through Niles Canyon (more info)
  • May 28: Bay Area Classic @ Spreckels Temple Of Music, Golden Gate Park | Yo-Yo Contest, Free (more info)
  • May 27-30: San Mateo – BayCon @ San Mateo Marriott SF Airport | Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors & Artists, Panels, Workshops, Dinners, Games, Vendors (more info)
  • May 27-29: Monterey – California Roots Festival @ Monterey County Fairgrounds | 45+ Bands, 3 Stages, Food Vendors, Artwork (more info)
  • May 27: San Francisco Beard & Mustache Club @ Zeitgeist | Free, 7-10PM, Last Fridays (more info)
  • May 27: SF Critical Mass @ Pee Wee Herman Plaza | Bicycle Ride, 5:30PM, Free, Last Fridays (more info)
  • May 27: Berkeley – Interfaith Labyrinth Walk @ Grace North Church | Free, Live Music, 6-10PM, Last Fridays (more info)
  • May 26-30: Vacaville – Fiesta Days | Parade, BBQ, King & Queen Pageant, Family Fun Zone, Food Court, Live Music, Beer & Wine Garden, Car Show, Carnival, Golf Tournament (more info)
  • May 21-22: Berkeley – Himalayan Fair @ Live Oak Park | 100+ Craft Vendors, Live Music, Dancing, Authentic Food From India & Nepal (more info)
  • May 21-22: San Jose – TheFitExpo @ San Jose Convention Center | Martial Arts, Power Lifting, Strongman, Wrestling Competitions, 200+ Vendors (more info)
  • May 21: SF International Beer Festival @ Fort Mason Center | Unlimited Beer Samples, 100+ Breweries, Food, Live Music (more info)
  • May 21: Asian Heritage Street Celebration @ Civic Center Plaza | Free Entry, Exotic Food, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts (more info)
  • May 21: Pleasanton – Rugged Maniac 5K Obstacle Race @ Alameda County Fairgrounds | 20 Obstacles Of Walls, Slides, Fire, Mud; Live Music, Food & Drink (more info)
  • May 21: San Jose – Armed Forces Day @ Lake Cunningham Park | 10/5K Run, 1-Mile Walk, Classic Cars, Artists’ Booths, Live Music (more info)
  • May 21: Midnight Mystery Ride SF Chapter | Free, Group Bike Ride Every Third Saturday (more info)
  • May 21: The Queen is Dead @ Milk Bar, Haight St | $5, Third Saturday Dance Party (more info)
  • May 20-22: Oakland – Oakland Greek Festival @ Greek Orthodox Cathedral | Greek Cultural Food, Music, & Dance (more info)
  • May 20: San Jose – San Jose Bike Party | Free, Group Bike Ride, 8PM, Third Fridays (more info)
  • May 19-June 5: SF International Arts Festival @ Fort Mason Center | Cross Cultural Performances, International Artists (more info)
  • May 19: Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena | Free, Downtown Art Walk (more info)
  • May 19: Oakland – Slow Ride Sessions @ The Crucible | Free Yoga Class, Tour, Slow Ride To Bars, Third Thursdays, 6:30-9:30PM (more info)
  • May 19: Oakland – Piedmont Avenue Stroll | Free, Art Walk, Third Thursdays, 6-9PM (more info)
  • May 19: YCBA: Converge Monthly Art Gathering | Free, Music, Art, Performances, Cocktails, Part of Third Thursdays in Yerba Buena (more info)
  • May 19: Oakland – The Smart Culture Show @ 3rd St. Warehouse | Free Admission & Pizza, 3rd Thursdays (more info)
  • May 15: Bay To Breakers | 12K Run From Embarcadero To Beach, Quintessential SF Experience (more info)
  • May 15: Mill Valley – Maifest @ SF Tourist Club | German Food, Drink, Live Music, Maipole Dancing (more info)
  • May 15: Watsonville – Strawberry Fields Forever | 30, 65, & 100 Mile Bike Rides Through Santa Cruz County, Food & Drink Stops Along The Way, Strawberry Dessert At Finish (more info)
  • May 14: Museum Expansion Opening @ SF Museum Of Modern Art | Reveal Of $350 Million Expansion (more info)
  • May 14: Taiwanese American Cultural Festival @ Union Square | Free, Family-Friendly, Live Music, Taiwanese Cuisine, Culture (more info)
  • May 14: Tiburon – Tiburon Wine Festival | 60 Wineries, 20 Local Restaurants, Beautiful Views Of SF Across The Bay (more info)
  • May 14: Saturday Night Action Club | Creative Team Play, Discover Cool Bars & Local History, Prizes, 21+, Second Saturdays (more info)
  • May 14: Mountain Lake Science Saturdays | Educational Science Discussions, 2-3PM, Second Saturdays (more info)
  • May 14: Oakland – Jack of All Trades Market @Jack London Square | Free, Second Saturdays, 11AM-5PM (more info)
  • May 14: Oakland – Golden Gate Second Saturdays | Free, Community Event (more info)
  • May 14: Campbell – Second Saturdays @ Downtown Campbell | Free, 2-6PM (more info)
  • May 14: Berkeley – Beginner Parkour Class @ Mulford Hall | Free, Second Saturdays, Noon (more info)
  • May 13-22: Castro Valley – Rowell Ranch Pro Rodeo | Rodeo Events & Parade, Picnic, BBQ (more info)
  • May 13-14: Himalayan Film Festival @ Ninth Street Independent Film Center | Screening Films From Nepal, Tibet, & Bhutan (more info)
  • May 13: East Bay Bike Party | Free, Second Fridays (more info)
  • May 13: Oakland & Alameda – Art Walk (AKA Estuary Art Attack) | Free, Second Fridays, 6-9PM (more info)
  • May 13: San Rafael – Art Walk @ Downtown San Rafael | Free, Second Fridays, 5-8PM (more info)
  • May 13: Vallejo – Art Walk @ Downtown Arts District | Free, Second Fridays (more info)
  • May 12: Free Movie Night @ Orinda Theatre | 7PM, Second Thursday (more info)
  • May 10: Free Second Tuesday Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park (more info)
  • May 9-15: SFMade Week  | Celebrate Local Manufacturers’ Works, Pop-Up Shops, Factory Tours, Classes, Beer & Wine Tastings (more info)
  • May 8: Free Guided Museum Tour @ International Art Museum Of America | 1:30-2:30PM (more info)
  • May 8: Mother’s Day Dinner Cruise Aboard Hornblower | Dinner With Views Of City & Bay, 7-9:30PM (more info)
  • May 8: Annual Free Day @ Exploratorium On Pier 15 | Free Admission To Science Museum (more info)
  • May 8: Cupcake Tour Of San Francisco | Six Samples Of The City’s Finest Cupcakes In Pacific Heights, 3:30-5:30PM (more info)
  • May 8: Mother’s Day 5K | Scenic Run/Walk Through Crissy Field & Marina Green (more info)
  • May 8: Berkeley – Mother’s Day Tea In The Garden @ UC Botanical Garden | Tea Party, Botanical Crafting Session, Sweet Treats, 10AM-Noon (more info)
  • May 7-8: Mountain View – Silicon Valley Irish Fleadh @ St. Stephens Green Restaurant | Traditional & Modern Irish Music, Dance, Arts & Crafts, Kids’ Zone (more info)
  • May 7-8: Alameda – Alameda Spring Festival @ Downtown | Family-Friendly Activities, Live Music, Food & Drink, Arts & Crafts (more info)
  • May 7-8: Pleasanton – May Day Festival @ Alameda County Fairgrounds | Family-Friendly, Hawaiian Music, Food, Dance (more info)
  • May 7: Uncorked! SF Wine Festival @ Ghirardelli Square & Beach Street | Wine Tastings, Seminars, Cooking Demos, Food Vendors, 1-6PM (more info)
  • May 7: Cinco de Mayo @ Valencia & 24th Street | Latin Cultural Celebration, Music, Dance, Food, Art, Vendors (more info)
  • May 7: Oysterfest @ Sharon Meadow – Golden Gate Park | 250,000+ Attendees, Raw & Cooked Oysters, Beer & Wine, Live Entertainment (more info)
  • May 7: Berkeley – Flower Crowns For Mothers & Children @ UC Botanical Garden | DIY Flower Crown Crafting, Tea, 10-11AM (more info)
  • May 7: Petaluma – Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting @ Petaluma Fairgrounds (more info)
  • May 7: Sunnyvale – Burning Mouth Hot Sauce & Beer Festival @ Twin Creeks Sports Complex | Craft Hot Sauces & Beer Samples, Food Trucks, Live Music (more info)
  • May 7: Cars & Coffee @ Cafe SpA Cars & Coffee SF | Exotic & Muscle Car Meetup, Free, First Saturdays, 8-11AM (more info)
  • May 7: Prince & MJ Experience @ Madrone Art Bar | Hits, Album Cuts, & B-Sides, 8PM-2AM, First Saturdays (more info)
  • May 7: Sausalito – Open House & Storytelling @ Nike Missile Site | Free, 12:30-3:30PM, First Saturdays (more info)
  • May 7: Oakland – The Art Murmur Saturday Stroll | Free, 1-5PM (more info)
  • May 6: Free Admission To SF Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park | First Fridays (more info)
  • May 6: North Beach First Fridays | Free, Art Galleries, Local Artists, Music & Drinks, 6-9PM (more info)
  • May 6: Oakland – First Friday Follies @ Stork Club | Free, Burlesque & Caberet Performances (more info)
  • May 6: Oakland – Great Wall Of Oakland @ 400 Grand Avenue | Outdoor Digital Art & Film, First Fridays, 7-11PM (more info)
  • May 6: Oakland – First Friday Shorts @ The New Parkway | Film Screenings, 6-8PM (more info)
  • May 6: Oakland – Temescal First Fridays @ Temescal Square | Free, Art Galleries, Shopping, Food & Drink, Live Entertainment, 6-9PM (more info)
  • May 6: Santa Cruz – Free First Fridays @ Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History (more info)
  • May 6: Oakland – First Fridays Festival On Telegraph Ave | Free, Art, Music, Food & Drink (more info)
  • May 6: Oakland – The Art Murmur First Friday Art Walk | Free, 40+ Galleries, 6-9PM (more info)
  • May 6: San Francisco Bike Party | Free, First Fridays (more info)
  • May 6: First Friday @ Il Pirata | Free, Comedy Show, DJ Dance Party (more info)
  • May 6: Redwood City – Free First Fridays @ San Mateo County History Museum (more info)
  • May 6: San Jose – South First Fridays Art Walk (more info)
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo Events, Festivals, Parties, Food, Drinks, & More 
  • May 5: New Filmmakers Open Screening @ Artists’ Television Access, Mission | Free, 8PM, First Thursdays (more info)
  • May 5: First Thursday Lower Polk / Tenderloin Art Walk (more info)
  • May 5: Free First Thursday Admission | The Chinese Historical Society of America Museum (more info)
  • May 5: Burlingame – Free First Thursdays @ Museum of Pez Memorabilia (more info)
  • May 4: Free First Wednesday Admission @ GLBT History Museum in Castro District (more info)
  • May 4: Berkeley – Free First Wednesday @ UC Berkeley Botanical Garden | 9AM-5PM, First Wednesdays (more info)
  • May 3: First Tuesday Free Admission To Conservatory of Flowers (more info)
  • May 3: First Tuesday Free Admission To San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum (more info)
  • May 3: First Tuesday Free Admission @ de Young Museum (more info)
  • May 3: First Tuesday Free Admission To Legion Of Honor Museum (more info)
  • May 3: Free First Tuesday Admission To Museum of Craft and Design (more info)
  • May 2: Monday Makeout @ Makeout Room | Creative Jazz & Improvised Music, First Mondays (more info)
  • May 1: Cochon 555 @ Terra Gallery | Culinary Competition, Roasted Pig, Dozens Of Chef-Prepared Dishes, Drinks (more info)
  • May 1: How Weird Street Festival @ 2nd Street & Howard | Electronic Music, Art, Performances, Food, Colorful Costumes (more info)
  • May 1: Urban Air Market @ Patricia’s Green | Sustainably-Made Apparel, Accessories, Home Goods, Art, Free, 11AM-6PM (more info)
  • May 1: Sunday Streets @ Bayview/Dogpatch | Walk, Bike, Roller Skate In Street, Family-Friendly, Free (more info)
  • May 1: San Jose – Nikkei Matsuri @ San Jose Japantown | Japanese Cultural Dance, Music, Art, Flower Arranging, Authentic Food (more info)
  • May 1: San Jose – Cinco de Mayo Festival @ Santa Clara County Fairgrounds | Family-Friendly, 3 Stages Of Live Mexican Music, Food, Dance, Mariachis, Vendors, Noon-6PM (more info)
  • May 1: Free First Sundays @ The Asian Art Museum (more info)
  • May 1: Oakland – Free First Sundays @ Oakland Museum of CA (more info)
  • April 30-May 30: SF Decorator Showcase | Dozens Of Top Local Interior & Landscape Designers (more info)
  • April 30-May 1: Renegade Craft Fair @ Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center | Indie Crafts, Artisan Food, Workshops (more info)
  • April 30-May 1: Livermore – Livermore Downtown Street Fest | Family-Friendly, Live Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Beer & Wine Tastings, Kids’ Zone (more info)
  • April 29-May 1: San Mateo – New Living Expo @ San Mateo Event Center | Lectures On Health & Spirituality, Vendors With Green & Holistic Goods & Services (more info)
  • April 27-May 1: Art Market SF @ Fort Mason Center – Festival Pavilion | Contemporary & Modern Art From 70+ Galleries (more info)
  • April 22-May 1: Bay Area Dance Week | 600+ Free Performances, Classes, & Workshops, 100+ Forms Of Dance (more info)
  • April 21-May 5: SF International Film Festival | Film Screenings, 150 Films From 50 Countries, Parties, Panel Discussions, Classes (more info)

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Bay Area Weekly Events:

  • Wednesdays: Castro Farmers’ Market @ Noe Street at Market Street | March 15-Dec 16, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Upper Haight Farmers’ Market @ Waller Street at Stanyan Street | April 1-Oct 28, 3-7PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Geary at St. Joseph’s Street | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: VA San Francisco Farmers’ Market @ Veterans Drive | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM
  • Wednesdays: Mission Bay Farmers’ Market @ UCSF | Year-Round, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Wednesdays: UCSF Parnassus Farmers’ Market @ 505 Parnassus Ave | Year-Round, 10AM-3PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: NightLife @ California Academy of Sciences | 6-10PM, $12, Science & Cocktails (more info)
  • Thursdays: Stand Up Comedy @ PianoFight | ‘Oh the Humanity’ 60 Minutes, $10 (more info)
  • Thursdays: Off the Grid: Twilight at the Presidio | April 2-October 29, Food Trucks, Live Music, Cocktails, Cabanas (more info)
  • Thursdays: Mission Community Market @ Bartlett & 22nd | Open-air Marketplace, 4-8PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Trivia Night @ The New Parkway Theater | Free, 7:30PM (more info)
  • Thursdays: Berkeley – Bear Country Funk @ The Starry Plough | Live Soul, Hip Hop, & Latin Dance Party (more info)
  • Fridays: “Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party @ Fort Mason | Free, 30+ Food Vendors, Cocktails, Wine & Beer, Live Music (more info)
  • Fridays: Free Vegetarian Supper Club @ St John the Evangelist | 2nd & 4th Fridays, 6-9PM, 6-9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Midnight Rollers Friday Night Skate @ The Ferry Building On the Embarcadero | Music, Roller Skating, Free, 9PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Berkeley – Flash Back Friday Movie Night @ Hotel Durant | Unique Hotel Setting, Complimentary Soda & Popcorn, 8PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Queer Fridays @ El Rio | Live Music Series, Free, 10PM (more info)
  • Fridays: Hunny Bunny & Her Hot Toddies @ Skylark Bar | Free Burlesque & Variety Show, Drinks, Dancing, DJs (more info)
  • Saturdays: Fillmore Farmers’ Market @ O’Farrell at Fillmore & Fillmore Center Plaza | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Berkeley – Laugh Function @ Pappy’s Bar & Grill | Live Comedy, 8:30-10:30PM (more info)
  • Saturdays: Yoga In The Park @ Big Rec Baseball Field In Golden Gate Park | 11AM (more info)
  • Sundays: Divisadero Farmers’ Market @ Grove Street | Year-Round Market, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Glen Park Village Farmers’ Market @ Parking lot of the Glen Park BART Station | March 29-Nov 29, 10AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio @ Main Post Lawn | March 1-Nov 1, Great Views of the Bay, Food Carts, Drinks, Music (more info)
  • Sundays: Inner Sunset Farmers’ Market @ In the Parking Lot between 8th and 9th Avenue | Year-Round, 9AM-1PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Lindy in the Park @ Golden Gate Park | Free Swing Dance Party, Year-Round, 11AM-2PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Skatin’ Place @ 6th Avenue & Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park | Free, Family-Friendly Roller Skating, 12-5PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Benders Bar & Grill | Free Burgers, Stiff Drinks, 2-7PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Free BBQ @ Molotov’s | Free food, Drinks, Retro Pinball, 3PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Electric Squeezebox Orchestra @ Doc’s Lab | Free Big Band Concert, 6PM (more info)
  • Sundays: Mad Men Viewing Parties @ Novela Bar | Watch Final Episodes, Character Cocktails, Costumes Encouraged, Trivia, 7-10PM (more info)

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