In May, San Francisco weather stays relatively mild and cool with low humidity. Nearing the beginning of summer, temperatures reach low to mid-60s. Be aware that this is the time of year when the famous San Francisco fog starts to roll in, causing it to still be pretty misty. However, don't let that stop you from exploring the awesome sites and activities that the city has to offer. Some events may be postponed or different this year due to COVID-19, we will do our best to update this page with any new information.
29-30 May, 2021
Mission Street Between 21st and 22nd
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Celebrate the annual Carnaval San Francisco with delicious cuisine, music, art, and more. Festival tickets are free and tickets are available for the parade online. 2021 event details have not yet been released by organizers in regards to COVID-19.
San Francisco Events in May
Theater & Headliners
Things to Do in San Francisco in May
Spend the day at the Ferry Building Marketplace
Embarcadero -Ferry Building, One
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
Alcatraz Main Cell House, Pier 39 Concourse
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!