San Francisco May 2025

San Francisco May 2025 Events

San Francisco May 2025 Events

Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in San Fran

Average temperature low and high: 51° - 64°
In May, San Francisco's mild temperatures and low humidity are the perfect backdrop for exploring--despite the occasional fog the city is famous for. Music fans will love this month's line-up of fun festivals like BottleRock Napa Valley and Carnaval San Francisco, while those looking to discover the city's distinctive culture and history will enjoy visiting famous attractions like Alcatraz Island, the Presidio, and Golden Gate Park. And with plenty of Memorial Day events, there's no reason not to spend a long May weekend in the city by the bay.

May Event Calendar

Bay Area Dance Week

Bay Area Dance Week

This Bay Area Dance Week event is hosted by Dancer’s Group at the Bay Area San Francisco. Come with your friends, family, and colleagues to enjoy over 400 free performances, workshops, and classes. More than 700 artists, groups, and organizations are joining Dance Week. There will be free events, kickoffs, and awards. The events are free.

Cats on Mats: Purrlates

Cats on Mats: Purrlates

Get some exercise in while supporting local rescue cats. This all-level Pilates class is a great way to destress while mingling with resident and adoptable rescue cats and kittens. Mats are provided, but you are welcome to bring your own. And, of course, complimentary sparkling wine will be available afterward (for all guests over the age of 21). We recommend arriving ready to go in your exercise clothes.

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Sol Blume

Sol Blume

The fifth annual Sol Blume music festival returns May 3-5. A celebration of music, art, diversity, and culture, the three-day event features R&B, soul, and hip-hop performances, interactive art experiences, local vendors, and food and drinks in the heart of Sacramento. This year's performers include Snoh Aalegra, Kay Traminé, SZA, and more. General admission and VIP passes are available. Get tickets now.

Science of Cocktails

Science of Cocktails

Science of Cocktails is one of the largest fundraiser events in San Francisco. Enjoy quality time with your family and friends while sipping specialty cocktails and munching on tasty snacks. You'll also be treated to several science demonstrations regarding alcohol and over 600 interactive exhibits via the "After Dark" part of your ticket. You must be 21+ to participate.

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Mill Valley Music Festival

Mill Valley Music Festival

The Mill Valley Music Festival is back in 2024, happening on May 11th and 12th. Experience musical acts on multiple stages in downtown Mill Valley. Enjoy performances by Fleet Foxes, Greensky Bluegrass, and Thee Sacred Souls - to name a few. Get your tickets now, whether for general admission or the VIP experience.

Taiwanese American Cultural Festival

Taiwanese American Cultural Festival

Celebrate the 31st Taiwanese American Cultural Festival held on May 11th at Union Square. Attendees will have the chance to experience traditional Taiwanese music and dance performances and sample authentic Taiwanese cuisine. In addition, guests will have the option to participate in interactive activities such as lion dancing and paper folding workshops. There will be vendors selling Taiwanese merchandise and a variety of cultural exhibits that showcase the unique culture of Taiwanese Americans. The festival is a free event and open to all. 

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BottleRock Napa Valley

BottleRock Napa Valley

Get ready for summer with BottleRock Napa Valley this Memorial Day Weekend. The Napa Valley event features an exciting line-up of food and drinks, experiences, entertainment--and, of course, plenty of great wine. This year's performers include Stevie Nicks, Megan Thee Stallion, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran, Queens of the Stone Age, and more.  

Carnaval San Francisco

Carnaval San Francisco

Now in its 40th year, Carnaval San Francisco is an annual celebration showcasing the area's Latin American and Caribbean culture, traditions, and heritage. The 2024 Carnaval theme is "Honor Indigenous Roots" and will feature delicious cuisine, music, art, performers, block parties, vendors, and a Grand Parade throughout the city's Mission District. Tickets for the parade can be purchased online. 

San Francisco Events in May

Concerts

Theater & Headliners

Sports

Nightclubs

Things to do in San Francisco

Things to Do in San Francisco in May

Spend the day at the Ferry Building Marketplace

Spend the day at the Ferry Building Marketplace
Located in Embarcadero, the Ferry Building Marketplace is known as a stunning piece of architecture and hosts an array of artisan food and niche shops. Stop by Blue Bottle for a delicious latté, then make your way to Hog Island Oyster Company for fresh oysters. The indoor marketplace is the perfect place to explore with friends, family or colleagues!

Visit the Alcatraz Prison

Visit the Alcatraz Prison
Visit one of the most notorious abandoned prisons in American history. Alcatraz was home to some of the most dangerous inmates in the country, including Al “Scarface” Capone and Robert Stroud “Birdman of Alcatraz.” The Prison was known for being escape-proof during its 29 years of operation. The island is accessible by ferry from Fisherman’s Wharf. Purchase ferry and tour tickets through Alcatraz Cruises which start at $38.35 for adults. Be sure to book in advance as tickets often sell out!