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Spring Celebration & Easter Parade
WHEN: Easter Sunday
WHERE: Union Street between Gough and Steiner
Everything from roller-blading cows and creative self-propelled mini-floats to garden areas, sophisticated fashions and beautiful classic and art cars.

MARCH In like a lion, out like a barking human?

Urban Iditarod
Teams of “dogs” lead by a musher will pull their sleds (shopping carts) through some of San Francisco’s most touristed areas. These teams of barking humans must negotiate through the unrelenting and unforgiving dangers of San Francisco’s urban frontier
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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:
 [F]   St. Patrick's Day 

San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival
A non-competitive festival dedicated to showing independent Asian American shorts, feature films and videos.

San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 
WHEN: mid March
WHERE: Cow Palace, Daly City. 
A showcase of landscape design and gardening, with numerous display gardens

March through June is SF Jazz Season! SF JAZZ launches ever more widespreading and innovative programs with each passing spring.

April Showers: Film, Dance and More

Easter Sunday
 [F] FOTOS: Pagan Pride Parade on Easter in Berkeley
 [F] FOTOS: Easter in San Francisco in April 

San Francisco Oyster & Beer Festival
When: First weekend of April
Where: Fort Mason
The free event centers around the unique combination of oysters and stout and is supported by a great cast of traditional and contemporary live Irish music.

St. Stupid's Day Parade 
Led by Bishop Joey (SaintStupid.com/)
WHEN: April 1st  parade starts at 12 noon
Where:  Usually under the Transamerica Pyramid or outside the Pacific Exchanget Church of the Last Laugh, with several stops for silliness at the "Stations of Stupid." More Info:  '98 article by sfgate || [F] April Fool's Day   

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 Japan Center. in Japantownn. 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
 [F] Japanese Cherry Bossom Parade

Macy's Flower Show
When: Two weeks, mid-April
Where: Macy's Union Square
The annual Macy’s Flower Show blooms with more than 1 million bulbs and over 30,000 varieties of flowering plants and trees from six continents.
More info: 415-393-3724


San Francisco Film Society

San Francisco International Film Festival

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 and early to avoid disappointment. Great web site for one of many growing local film festivals. 

Voice of Dance

Bay Area Celebrates National Dance Week

Late April
Bay Area National Dance Week


FREE events presented by the Bay Area's thriving dance community. The Bay Area is the largest center for dance in the country and is home to many extraordinary dance artists.

Anniversary of People's Park
The Berkely Park is bounded on the East by Bowditch St., on the South by Dwight Way, on the North by Haste St. and on the West, it's a short half block from Telegraph Avenue
Get more info from google

Merry Month of May

May Day Celebration
Gather round the Maypole!

Mayday was a rite of passage custom that marked an important seasonal transition in the year. Putting a maypole up involved taking a growing tree from the wood, and bringing it to the village to mark the oncoming season of the summer.
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Precita Eyes presents:
San Francisco/Bay Area Mural Awareness Month

Cinco de Mayo
Visit our Cinco de Mayo web guide
 a year round guide to Mexico on the Bay

Cinco de Mayo celebrates solidarity among Mexican and Latino immigrants to the USA, and involves a parade which usually falls on the first weekend in May. 
San Francisco:  Various events, including a colorful parade on the first Sunday in May through the Mission District with mariachis, bands, dancers and floats. 
Festival with free admission follows at the Civic Center 

San Jose:
First Sunday in May Parade 10:00 am - 12 noon 
WHERE: downtown San Jose from Santa Clara Street to Market Street. 
More Info:
American GI Forum of San Jose
(408) 923-4356 SanJose.org Transit Info  (408) 321-2300 (800) 894-9908 
Oakland:  Sun 5/5/2002 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m 
WHERE: International Blvd.
between 47th and 33rd avenues
Event Info:(510) 589-4231

 [F] FOTOS-Cinco de Mayo

Mother's Day 
the Second Sunday in May

Visit our Mother's Day web guide 

Norway Day Festival
WHEN: First weekend of May
WHERE: Herbst Pavilion, Fort Mason
The purpose of the festival is to present a sample of Norway’s character, its people, cultural traditions, and culinary delights. It also emphasizes displays of modern Norway through music, athletics, fashion, arts, technology and entertainment.

Maker Faire
WHEN: First weekend of May
WHERE: San Mateo Fairgrounds
Maker Faire is a two-day family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself DIY mindset. It’s for creative resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things.

How Weird Street Faire
WHEN: First weekend of May
WHERE: Howard Street, between 11th and 12th Streets
America's longest running electronic music street festival, featuring a wide range of artists, bands, and DJs. From folk/rock to cutting edge electronica.


The  annual KFOG KaBoom! is the 4th Saturday in May from 4p-10p at Piers 30 and 32 (Embarcadero & Brannan Streets) on the San Francisco Waterfront.  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.

Online flyerJoin the Tall Ships Society 
for their annual fundraising event to kaboom

San Francisco Documentary Festival

Plying the waters of reality since 2001. Because truth is stranger than fiction.

Bay to Breakers  
Since 1906. The event takes place on the third Sunday of May.

The Friday & Saturday before include events as well, but its all about when 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 am. Party with corporate sponsors afterwards in Golden Gate Park at Footstock in the Polo Fields.

The city's tradition of mixing 
athleticism with mayhem to 
raise money for worthy causes

Its fun to run  
in costume or not
the Sunday
before Carnaval 

Terri Schmitt photo

97pghd.jpg (24976 bytes)Carnaval -SF - May 29-30, 2004 
Carijama -Oakland May 31, 2004
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San Francisco's splashiest event: a New World Celebration of Diversity and Unity. Brazilian, Caribbean and Latin-style infectious party traditions 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 byMission Neighborhood Centers 
Many of the same groups gather at Oakland's Mosswood Park on Memorial Monday for Carijama. Take your

Cross-Country Kinetic Sculpture Race
When: 3 days of Memorial Weeekend
Where: Ferndale Humbolt County North Coast
Since 1969. Human-powered sculpture race across land, sand & water. Starts at Arcata Plaza and ends in Ferndale.
More Info:  [F] Big webguide in our aforum

Morgan Hill Mushroom MardiGras 
in Morgan Hill is same days as Carnaval

San Francisco International Arts Festival
When: Last two weeks of May
Where: Various Mission District Venues
An annual, multi-disciplinary festival that brings together the world community of artists and audiences.

Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival
When: Late May
Where: Verious venues in San Francisco
Since 1997, Mission Creek has been dedicated to showcasing the best of local art and music.

Last Update: March 2006