San Francisco’s Carnaval Parade and Festival saturates the city’s Mission District every year over Memorial Day Weekend (in May). This is one of the Bay Area’s most popular festivals, drawing more than 400,000 people and covering eight city blocks in the city.
The annual event, celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultural traditions, is family friendly and features Latin food, live music and fun activities, such as salsa dance classes and competitions, drumming, kid’s activities, and more.
WHAT: San Francisco Carnaval is free.
WHEN: Every year in May over Memorial Day Weekend. The link above takes you to the event website for schedule and updates.
WHERE: Festival is on on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Parade starts at 24th & Bryant Street to 24th & Mission, then north on Mission Street to 17th Street to South Van Ness.
SAVVY TIP: Want to drive but dread the search for a parking spot? The event planners have set up a parking reservation system with Parking Panda. Check it out on the Canaval website.