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Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week

Friday April 20 to Sunday April 29 2001
Bay Area National Dance Week\ 

Voice of Dance

The Bay Area is the largest center for dance in the country and is home to many extraordinary dance artists. Explore the spaces in your community where dance is learned and created

Merry Month of May || Top ||

San Francisco Film Society

San Francisco International Film Festival
April 19-May 3 2001  & 

43rd San Francisco International Film Festival Poster

With nearly 200 films from 50 countries represented Find thought-provoking international films, tributes, and emerging talents. Order your ticket on-line to not be disappointed. Great web site for one of many growing local film festivals. 

Reclaim May Day Celebration
 April 29 Beltane

Sunday, April 29, 2001
Beltane Grove, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Gather at 12:00 p.m. Ritual at 1:00 p.m.
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Location: The Beltane Grove (or magic meadow, the wedding spot, etc.)
: Food or drink to share.

Reclaiming     Ritual Schedule || 

April 28th, 2001: Celebration & Action
Free Vegan Pic-Nic, Live Music, Theater, Giant Puppets, Maypole, Valet Bike ParkingMaypole starts @ 11:00 a.m. Stage @ 12:30 p.m.
Dolores Park (Dolores St. @ 19th)

May 1st, 2001: Action & Celebration
Renegade Street Party w/ Bay Area Reclaim The Streets

Meet @ 5:30 p.m. Justin Herman Plaza (Market @ Embarcadero) Infoshopmayday2000

'99 MayDay Revival

Precita Eyes Mural Center Precita Eyes
Presents the SF Bay Area
th Annual May '2001
Events & Awardees
|| 99 awards
 Precita Eyes Mural Arts & Visitors Center, 2981 24th Street (@ Harrison) 
Annual Awards 

Cinco de Mayo
 the first weekend in May 
Visit our Cinco de Mayo web guide

Cinco de Mayo celebrates solidarity among Mexican and Latino immigrants to the USA. [Cinco de
    Mayo Stamp] It's date which usually means a parade on the first weekend in May for Latin communities throughout  USA. The date itself refers to one of Mexico's four major invasions through the Carnaval City of Vera Cruz. The French  attackers were defeated further inland at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
(Mexican Independence Day also known as El Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) is Sept. 16, 1810. The stamp was designed by Robert Rodriguez of Pasadena, California and released in 1998.)
San Francisco:Sunday May 2, 1999 Various events, plus a colorful parade on the first Sunday in May through the Mission District with mariachis, bands, dancers and floats. Parade starts at 24th and Bryant streets at 10am , goes to down Mission to 15th Street. Festival with paid admission follows at the Civic Center Info MECA: (415) 826-1401
San Jose: First Sunday in May 10:00 am - 6:00 pm parade will be held in downtown San Jose from Santa Clara Street to Market Street.
Largest in the Northwest with over 200,000  and 250 vendors of food, drinks and crafts.  More Info: American GI Forum of San Jose
(408) 923-4356 Transit Info  (408) 321-2300 (800) 894-9908 

Events || May Ė June 2001 

Mother's Day 
the Second Sunday in May

Visit our Mother's Day web guide 
Annual Kite Festival at  Bay Area Discovery Museum

2nd SaturdaySaturday May 12, 2001
The 8th annual KFOG
KaBoom! is Saturday, May 12 from 4p-10p at Piers 30 and 32 (Embarcadero & Brannan Streets) on the San Francisco Waterfront.7th Annual Listener's appreciation FREE EVENT which includes an Expo Area food and beverage booths galore, and a free concert followed by the state-of-the-art fireworks show synchronized to a KFOG broadcast on 104.5 and 97.7.
Get in touch with the arts in May. San Francisco || San Jose You name ite
Culture finder will give dozens of nearby options for just about any day of the week. 
For smaller ethnic events and music use TicketWeb- California - Northern 


3rd weekend in May
Click to || || May 21 2000

 More than 70,000 runners -- many clad in full or scanty costumes and full of Carnaval revelry -- race 12K (7.46 miles) from the Embarcadero to the Great Highway Breakers, starting at 8 a.m. Party with corporate sponsors afterwards in Golden Gate Park at Footstock in the Polo Fields.
 Information: (415) 777-7770 

By the time the last, gasping joggers dropped over on the other side of the hill, an unofficial count of nudes in the Breakers came to 112. Only the number of hula skirts, more than 150, topped the platoons of pure nakedness" 
Its fun to run with in costume the Sunday before Carnaval 

1st Annual San Jose International Folklorico FestivalMexican Heritage Plaza 
1700 Alum Rock Avenue
Saturday, May 20, 2000 at 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Multiple stages featur
ing. Tradition is expressed in music, dance, food, and crafts. 
1-800) 642-8482 Celebrating San Jose ethnic communities at

Quetzalcoatl Celebration
Plaza de Cesar Chavez
 Market Street/San Carlos Street

Sunday, May 21, 2000 at 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM 

97pghd.jpg (24976 bytes)Carnaval -SF - May 28, 2000 
Carijama -Oakland May 29, 2000
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San Francisco's splashiest celebrations, a New World Celebration of Diversity in Unity with Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin style infectious party traditions trying to get you going. Costumed and bikini-clad dancers, music and food. Grand Parade begins at 24th & Bryant and dances its way down the Mission Miracle Mile to 14th and Harrison streets.
Produced by MECA (415) 826-1401 
Many of the same groups gather at Oakland's Mosswood Park on Memorial Monday for Carijama. Take your BART

Cross Country Kinetic Sculpture Race
When: 3 days of Memorial Weeekend May 27-29
Where: Ferndale Humbolt County North Coast
Since 1969 Human-powered sculpture race across land, sand & water, noon Arcata Plaza, race ends in Ferndale, 786-9259
More Info: Big webguide in our aforum

JUNE Summer begins || Top ||

link to SF2000 posterShavuot  June 9, 2000 and May 28 2001 
Held exactly 7 weeks after Passover or Easter, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the harvest season in Israel and also commemorates the anniversary of the Ten Commandments given by God to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai. Recipes || Customs || Judaism Holiday Calendar at

Editor's Note: As the pre-Lenten Carnaval is held 40 days and 7 Sundays before Easter we take a special interest in this event 'd like to feature an annual Shavout event if anyone is aware of one open to the General Public in Northern California


at San Francisco's beautiful Civic Center
the City's
most exquisite block party
the 1999 Black and White Ball
Saturday, June 2, 2001 Black and White
Glamorous fun. Gourmet food. Romance. Music. Dancing

Every other year

Animal Wingding -- June 4, 2000  
Near the SPCA HQ in the Mission at 16th & Harrison. Check out their ritzy dog hotel. Pet-related activities and exhibits, entertainment and vegetarian food
Info: 415) 554-3026

Ethnic Dance Festival  
WHEN: 2nd, 3rd & 4th weekends in June
WHERE: Palace of Fine Arts Theater.
The premier event for the incredible diversity of dance troupes in the Bay Area. March tryouts are a hot ticket as well. Founded in the Mission now plays at multiple venues inc.
 MORE Info:  (415) 474-3914,

Haight Street Fair 
WHEN: 2nd Sunday in June  11am-5:30pm 6/11/00
WHERE: Haight
Street from Masonic up to Golden Gate Park. 
A free outdoor celebration of the diversity and history of the Haight with live entertainment on 2 stages and over 230 booths featuring food, arts and crafts and social service organizations. 
MORE INFO:  (415) 661-8025

New Orleans By The Bay Sat. 06/12/99 1pm-8:30pm Sun. 06/13/99 12pm-7:30pm $15.00 Don't miss the parade which features some contingents from   Carnaval San Francisco

North Beach Festival
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, 
-- 6/10/00-6/11/00 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free.
WHERE: Washington Square, Upper Grant St., Church of SS Peter and Paul, Shrine of St. Francis di Assisi. 
A festival celebrating the Italian heritage and Beat history of North Beach, with live music, poetry readings, dancing, arte di gesso (street chalk art) arts and crafts booths, and food al fresco. Blessing of animals at 2 p.m on 6/10/00. 

Juneteenth Festival 
WHEN: June18 -20 2000 
WHERE: Fillmore Street, Western Addition

Commemorating the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln on June 19, 1863, A celebration of freedom  for all people. Live music, food, a parade and more. .Information: ('98 article at  (415) 346-2263

San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival -- June 15 to 25, 2000 
The 1998 film festival saw 75,000 take in more than 280 of the best of films and videos by and about the gay, lesbian and bisexual community . The Film Festival runs happens along the oldest street in the Bay Area -- 16th. at the Castro Theatre (429 Castro /16th, S.F.), the Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St., S.F.), and the Roxie Cinema (3117 16th St., S.F.).Take BART or Muni Metro Info: (415) 703-8650 

Info: (415) 989-2220 || Search Gay film Festival at sfgate

It's about

S.F. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Pride Celebration -- 
June24-June25 2000
Gay Pride parade from the Embarcadero to the Civic Center on 6/25 with many participants in costume.  (415) 864-3733
Global Pride Update: Calendar
Marching Through History by

Stern Grove Festival 
June to August
In addition to presenting free summer Sunday concerts, the Festival has a mission to improve community life

July || Top ||

Jazz and all that Art on Fillmore 
WHEN:  7/1/00-7/2/00
WHERE: Fillmore between Post and Jackson streets. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
A free jazz festival on Fillmore Street, featuring six stages of continuous live music, outdoor street cafes and more than 200 arts and crafts booths. 
Information: (415) 346-9162

SF Chronicle Fourth of July Waterfront Festival 
WHEN: July 4th All day with fireworks at 9:30
WHERE:   Pier 39 to Aquatic Park Muni Pier Fisherman's Warf  
Live music and entertainment on multiple stages along the waterfront, for 2000 35 classic ships invited by the Nautical Heritage Society will be sailing into the bay for the weekend. 
Information: Free. (415) 705-5500

Chronicle Marathon
WHEN: July
9, 2000
Elite runners compete in a difficult 26.2-mile race through the city starting and finishing near the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park.
RACE HOTLINE: (800) 698-8699

Webbys "It is the Internet's light night of the soul.
Dreams fulfilled, high hopes dashed, and from the chaos: new heroes. WEBCAST!
It's a real time, real place, face to face shindig. Taking on their earthly forms, global netizens emerge from their monitors to board planes, autos, and the occasional Vespa to trade handshakes, high-fives, bows and bisous. Some trade business cards.
On May 11 they'll descend on San Francisco for The 4th Annual Webby Awards. It promises to be a grand and funky ball in three incredible venues atop Nob Hill: Grace Cathedral, the 3,000 seat Masonic Auditorium and a soon-to-be disclosed (and equally incredible) post-party playground"
The Webby Awards and The Academy, in conjunction with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, are now offering a brand new prize for online art. It's called the SFMOMA Webby Prize and is the first of what we hope will be many new honors for outstanding online achievements.

Jewish Film Festival
WHEN: July 20 to Aug. 3, 2000
WHERE:  At the Castro Theatre and other theaters in the Bay Area.
It's the first and oldest Jewish film festival in the world, with screenings of more than 40 films by Jewish filmmakers from around the world. 
Information: (415) 621-0556 or (510) 548-0556

August || Top ||

Nihonmachi Street Fair 
WHEN: Aug 5th & 6th 2000
WHERE: Japantown and the Japantown Center.
This event will feature dancing, music, food and other cultural aspects of Japan. 
Information: (415) 771-9861

Pistahan Philippine Festival & Parade
WHEN:  8/12/00-8/13/00 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 
WHERE: Yerba Buena Gardens
A festival celebrating the arts, music, dance, foods and culture of the Philippines. Parade on from 8th and Market streets to Yerba Buena Gardens, starts at 12 noon. 
Information: (415) 436-9711Free. (Article)

Labor Day Weekend Monday, August 28 - Monday, September 4, 2000
    Man is a Fall Ritual || 
Piss Clear   Black Rock City's only alternative newspaper
Links at by Dave Gross
...Man of Action...  a shorter list of websites, 
The Burning Man Archives
- zpub's extensive Burning Man resource

What is this? North America's greatest art event in the middle of desolation, hours from civilization.
 Burning Man is about transcendent experience unhindered bydogma. A few clues: You are the show and nudity works.... It's a patriarchal figure being burned. ...The four elements are still fire, wind, water and earth... Larry Harvey... Don't worry be happy.... It doesn't get any better than this.... Event ends on Labor Day Monday. Come prepared....Editor's Note: Just as the Greeks celebrated the Eleusian mysteries for a millennium in both Spring and Fall likes to see Burning Man related to the Left Coast's Carnaval San Francisco in the same light.

Renaissance Pleasure Faire 
WHEN: -- 9/2/00 - 10/15/00 Weekends only
WHERE: At the Nut Tree, Vacaville, Solano County.
Jugglers, jesters, royalty and revelers in period garb enjoy 16th century music, jousting, theater, crafts, food and drink in an outdoor setting.  . Admission $17.50 adults, $7.50 children. 
Information: (800) 523-2473 || 99 Article by sfgate

San Francisco Fringe Festival -- 9/7/00-9/17/00
A revolving collection of non-juried, uncensored absurdist and experimental theater pieces at the Exit Theatre and other downtown stages. (Article)
Information: (415) 931-1094, Tickets: (415) 673-3847

San Francisco Blues Festival
WHEN: mid September Saturday and Sunday 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
WHERE: Great Meadow, Fort Mason, San Francisco
The oldest blues festival in the U.S., the SFBF celebrates some of the biggest names in the blues. 

Folsom Street Fair -- 9/24/00
A street fair for leather enthusiasts - it is the exciting climax to San Francisco's Leather Week. On Folsom Street between 7th and 12th streets. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. (Article)
Information: (415) 861-3247

OCTOBER || Top ||

Reggae in the Park 
WHEN: - Date TBA Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park. 
Tenth Anniversary. Live Reggae, Soca, Calypso and Afro-Caribbean music, ethnic crafts and international cuisine. 
Information: (415) 383-9378

Castro Street Fair 
WHEN: Sunday 10/01/00 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
WHERE: Castro and Market streets. 
San Francisco's famous gay neighborhood gets dressed up to celebrate its heritage with this street fair, featuring arts and crafts, music, dancing, and food.  
Information: (415) 467-3354

Fleet Week 
WHEN:  10/07/00 - 10/11/00
Blue Angels air show, parade of ships under the Golden Gate Bridge, and additional activities along the waterfront. Many navy ships are docked and open to visitors. 
Info: (415) 705-5500 || '98 Article at sfgate

Sand Castle Classic 
WHERE: Ocean Beach, SF
This event brings together children and representatives from architecture, building and developing firms to create ephemeral masterpieces from sand. 
Information: (415) 512-1899

Italian Heritage Festival & Columbus Day Parade
WHEN: 10/15/00
WHERE: Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach.
Features a , and food, art and music of Italy. 
Information: (415) 434-1492

San Francisco Jazz Festival 
WHEN:  end of October  beginning of November 
WHERE: Many venues thoughout SF & East Bay
America's greatest with 2 weeks of live music from up-and-coming talent and legendary jazz greats, photo exhibits, master classes and lectures. 
Information: (415) 788-SFJF (7353) 

Exotic Erotic Ball 
The world's largest indoor masquerade ball, featuring scantily-clad and outrageously attired revelers. 21 years and over only. no video camera welcome
Information: (415) 469-6065

Halloween San Francisco -- 
WHEN: October 31st
WHERE: Crowds are too big at Castro & Market but "official" city event, spawned to try to divert crowds from the Castro at the Civic Center Plaza needs a fresh start .Costumes, music and dancing, food and drink
Information: MECA (415) 826-1401

Great Halloween and Pumpkin Festival 
WHEN: 10/21/00-10/22/00
WHERE: West Portal Avenue.
Festival featuring pie-eating contests, costume contests, a parade, food, music and more.  
Information: (415) 346-9162 Free.

San Francisco Fall Antique Show -- 10/27/99-10/31/99
Antique dealers from all over the globe exhibit their wares at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion. Daily 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Admission $15. (Article)
Information: (415) 546-6661

Grand National Rodeo, Horse and Stock Show 
WHEN:  Dates TBA
WHERE: Cow Palace, Daly City
Traditional rodeo competitions, Grand Prix horse show, more than 2500 head of stock on display, music, dancing, a western shopping mall and vittles. . 
Information: (415) 469-6000

NOVEMBER || Top ||

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 
WHERE- Ghirardelli Square
Christmas tree lighting and a visit from Santa. 
Information: (415) 775-5500

Run to the Far Side with Gary Larson -- Date TBA
10K and 5K run to benefit the California Academy of Sciences. Many runners wear costumes designed after Gary Larson's Far Side comics. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. on John F. Kennedy Drive at Eighth Avenue in Golden Gate park.
Information: (415) 564-0532

San Francisco International Automobile Show -- Dates TBA
This auto exposition features vintage, state-of-the-art and futuristic vehicles from around the world. Visitors may also experience auto-related demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children. Moscone Center.
Information: (415) 331-4406

Day of the Dead Procession & Rooms for the Dead
Day of the Dead by

It's the third millennium and time now to move to the next level

WHEN: November 2  5:30 pm
WHERE: Mission Cultural Center 25th & Mission
One of the great Latin-American events in the USA Bring a candle wear a skull face and prepare to visit your long lost loved ones. The Day of the Dead dates to the 12th century, when Aztec culture flourished in central Mexico and the present was considered a dream before you returned to the reality of another world

DECEMBER || Top ||

Run to the Far Side with Gary Larson 
WHEN: -- Date TBA
WHERE: Race starts at 8:30 a.m. on John F. Kennedy Drive at Eighth Avenue in Golden Gate park.
10K and 5K run to benefit the California Academy of Sciences. Many runners wear costumes designed after Gary Larson's Far Side comics. 
Information: (415) 564-0532

San Francisco International Automobile Show 
WHEN:-- Dates TBA
WHERE: Moscone Center. 
This auto exposition features vintage, state-of-the-art and futuristic vehicles from around the world. Visitors may also experience auto-related demonstrations, exhibits and activities for children. 
Information: (415) 331-4406

JANUARY || Top ||

SF Indie Film Fest 
The first was held in January of 1999 at the Roxie & Victoria Theaters on San Francisco oldest Street 16th just a few steps from where the Bay Area was born in July of 1776 the 2nd annual will be December 9-12, 1999 
More Info: [email protected] ||
"During the months of January, February, and March, wild mustard carpets Napa Valley vineyards with brilliant hues of green and gold. It is a beautiful time of year.  Napa Valley communities, businesses, and non-profit organizations welcome visitors and encourage them to explore the arts, culture, and agriculture of Napa Valley."

San Francisco Sports and Boat Show 
When: Ten-days mid January 1/14/00-1/23/00
Where:Cow Palace, Daly City.
 More Info: s: (41||5) Article by sfgate
 the latest in outdoor sporting and boating equipment .

Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration 
When: third Monday of January 
Where: King Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens
Freedom Trains from the East Bay on BART and Caltrains from San Jose proceed to King Memorial at Yerba Buena Gardens to honor the life and work of the civil rights leader . 
More Info: MLK day by sfgate) || MLK day by || National Historic Site by

Information: (510) 268-3777

FEBRUARY || Top ||
Chinese New Year Celebration and Parade 
When: Parade 3rd Saturday 5:30pm Two-week celebration in February
Where:  Parade begins at 2nd & Market to San Francisco Chinatown
The biggest nighttime illuminated parade in North America. Over 1M attended in 2000. Music events, street fairs, Miss Chinatown USA pageant, and culminates with largest Asian parade outside of Asia  Gung Hay Fat Choy!
Info: More Info: (415) 982-3000 Events by sfgate ||

Pacific Orchid Exposition 
When: 3 days late February
|Where:  Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Directions
Features orchids for sale and on exhibit, lectures, artwork, and more
More info:
Information: (415) 546-9608
MARCH || Top ||

Celtic Music and Arts Festival  
WHEN: 2nd or 3rd weekend in March noon-9pm
WHERE: Fort Mason Center, Festival PavilionA celebration of all things Celtic, including traditional food, music, dancing, arts and crafts.
MORE INFO:  (415) 252-9992 

St. Patrick's Day Parade
When: 2nd Sunday in March starts 12:45 p.m
Where: Lower Market Street to Civic Center /City Hall
San Francisco is home to many recent Irish immigrants as well owner of a proud history of Irish influence.
More info: SPDP 2000 by sfgate

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
WHEN: Mid-March
A non-competitive festival dedicated to showing independent Asian American shorts, feature films and videos. 
More Info: (415) 255-4299  || 2000 article by

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 
WHEN: 3 days mid March
WHERE:Cow Palace, Daly City. 
A showcase of landscape design and gardening, with numerous display gardens,
More Info: (Article)

APRIL || Top ||
St. Stupid's Day Parade 
When: April 1
P arade starts at 12 noon
under the Transamerica Pyramid or outside the Pacific Exchange Check event.htm 
Led by Bishop Joey of the First Church of the Last Laugh, with several stops for silliness at the "Stations of Stupid", More Info:  ('98 article by sfgate || 

California Music Awards
WHEN: Beginning of April Starts 7:30 pm.
WHERE:   Civic Auditorium
Now includes the entire state but is really the biggest annual shmooze fest for local recording artists  Formerly called the Bammies for 20 years
More Info: 478-BASS. 2000 article w/ winners at sfgate 
"we'll see how much longer this revamped dinosaur can roam the Bay Area." Beth Lisick Buzztown at sfgate || Search Bammies at sfgate

Whole Life Expo
When: 3 days beginning of April
Where: Pacific Concourse Exhibition Center
An exposition showcasing speakers, exhibits, food booths, activities and vendors dedicated to healthier living and spirituality. 
More Info:
Information: (415) 721-2484

Cherry Blossom Festival 
WHEN: 1st two weekends in April 
WHERE: Parade on last Sunday at 1 p.m., starting at Civic Center, up Polk St. to Post, down Post to Webster. Street fair Celebration is centered around Japantown Center. Various events also take place at the Radisson Miyako Hotel and the AMC Kabuki Theatre.
A celebration of spring and the first blossoms of cherry trees. 
More Info (415) 563-2313 Spring Event in aforum

Lotta's Fountain Earthquake Commemoration 
5:12:05 a.m., April 18, The great Quake of 1906 PART ONE of SEVEN : DEATH AND REBIRTH by Carl Nolte of   Celebrated at Lotta's Fountain at Geary, Kearny and Market streets and 20th street & Church the upper corner of Dolores Park where the fire hydrant that saved the Mission is toasted

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