Memorial Day Guide
Celebrations
Memorial Day Guide
Loads of fun things to do on your three-day weekend all over the Bay.
Hike to The Slides
Outdoorsy
Hike to The Slides
8 Mile Hike & Park Slides capped off with Ice cream from Mitchell's
Alamo Square Reopens (Finally)
Celebrations
Alamo Square Reopens (Finally)
A big welcome back to one of SF's iconic neighborhood parks

Thursday, May 25

The Anita Lofton Project’s Folk Music Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, May 25 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Anita Lofton Project's Folk Music Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

About a decade ago Anita Lofton was known as one of the hardest rockin’ guitarists around, a gonzo player whose punk power trio Sistas In the Pit opened for Iggy and the Stooges on their 2007 reunion tour, including a near-legendary show at the Warfield …

“Presidio Twilight” Campfire Party with Off the Grid | SF
Thursday, May 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Bring cash for food and drinks
| Main Post Lawn

Cozy up with Off the Grid at “Presidio Twilight” – a free weekly evening event on the Main Post Lawn from 5-9 pm every Thursday from mid-May to October. Off the Grid street food vendors will serve up dishes tapas-style while you relax under the ...

“Speak Cheesy” Free Grilled Cheese Sandwich & Beer Happy Hour | SF
Thursday, May 25 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Alite Outpost

Spice up the weekday hum drum with the Alite Designs team and happy hour beers.
Fill up on free grilled cheeses and then join lead Alite designer, Todd Wilkinson for a “sketchy” design workshop. He’ll take you on a quick journey of his design process before leading …

Acoustic Soul Mini Concert with Matisyahu | Amoeba SF
Thursday, May 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Purchase the album if you want priority admission
| Amoeba Music (SF)
Acoustic Soul Mini Concert with Matisyahu | Amoeba SF

Join them for a special acoustic set with Matisyahu in celebration of his new album, Undercurrent (out 5/19 on CD & vinyl).
Purchase the album at Amoeba San Francisco starting May 19th and receive priority admission for the in-store and a limited-edition Matisyahu “Live at Amoeba” poster …

Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science On Sound | Pier 15
Exploratorium After Dark: Full-Spectrum Science On Sound | Pier 15

Join them for a resonant presentation on sound at Full-Spectrum Science. Crawl through their pitch-black Tactile Dome. Also, play with hundreds of hands-on exhibits and experience an array of Explainer-led demonstrations. And grab dinner and drinks by the Bay.
What is sound? How high a pitch …

Spotlight NightLife | California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, May 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: $15*
*Tickets are $15 ($12 for Academy members)
| California Academy of Sciences
Spotlight NightLife | California Academy of Sciences

Get your late night science fix with a celebration of the best of the Academy and sip cocktails in the company of 38,000 live animals.
Schedule of Events:

Protecting Endangered WildLife, 8:00 pm, Catch a special presentation by Damien Mander, a former naval special operations sniper for …

“Talk & Taste” Korean Cuisine & Asian Table Setting Demonstration | SF
Thursday, May 25 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Macy's (Union Square)

Don’t miss celebrity chef Kristen Kish for a one-of-a-kind “Talk & Taste” demonstration hosted by local, multi-talented Irvin Lin, followed by a meet and greet.
Sample amazing Korean cuisine, get inspired to entertain with an Asian table setting display, and enjoy an authentic Korean Night Market …

Shadow Tunnel: Cinematic Shadow Performance | SF
Thursday, May 25 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Minna Street Tunnel
Shadow Tunnel: Cinematic Shadow Performance | SF

Glass Eye Shadow Pictures creates immersive, cinematic shadow performances that are like watching a live film bloom before your eyes. The Common Grounds Shadow Tunnel performance will be a unique, transformative and interactive experience.
The tunnel will be transformed into many different environments. The audience …

Listen for A Change: Social Justice Storytelling | Oakland
Listen for A Change: Social Justice Storytelling | Oakland

In 2015, a community gathered over a novel idea. Throw a fancy “fundraiser” to raise awareness instead of money. They listened to powerful stories and promised to advocate for these issues by standing up to hate, ignorance, and misinformation.
Join them as they listen to three …

Brahms & Mendelssohn: Strings Collaborative Spring Concert | SF
Thursday, May 25 – 7:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free but an RSVP is required.
| San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Brahms & Mendelssohn: Strings Collaborative Spring Concert | SF

The members of Strings Collaborative at UCSF are excited to invite you to their free spring concert at the beautiful Sol Joseph Recital Hall at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Works to include:

Johannes Brahms String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36
Felix Mendelssohn String Octet in E-flat …

Free Cobb’s Summer Comedy Night with #HellaFunny | SF
Free Cobb's Summer Comedy Night with #HellaFunny | SF

Funcheap and Stroy Moyd of #HellaFunny take over Cobb’s Comedy Club for an awesome two nights of comedy at SF’s biggest comedy club. We’ve handpicked some of SF’s top local comedians to showcase for you whose credits include SF Sketchfest, NBC and more. Funcheap’s Free Summer Comedy Nights ...

Flyaway Productions Dance Performance “The Right to be Believed” | Opening Day
Thursday, May 25 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Demonstration Gardens
Flyaway Productions Dance Performance

Flyaway Productions presents The Right to be Believed, a site specific dance that explores the right for women to be believed on May 25-27 & June 1-3, 2017 at UC Hastings College of the Law’s Outdoor Wall. The Right to be Believed will give spectacular ...

AT&T Park Fireworks Show for 2017 Graduates | SF
Thursday, May 25 – 9:30 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch from outside the statdium
| AT&T Park
AT&T Park Fireworks Show for 2017 Graduates | SF

Following the graduation ceremony for San Francisco State University at AT&T Park there will be a concluding fireworks show at approximately 9:30pm.
The graduation ceremony starts at 5pm and is intended for guests and graduating students, so if you’re up for just the fireworks show you …

Friday, May 26

2017 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont
Friday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch.
| Sharks Ice
2017 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Sharks Ice Fremont

Come watch curlers from around the country as they compete on Memorial Day weekend in the annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Sharks Ice in Fremont from May 26-28, 2017. The 2017 event marks the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club’s 59th year. It has become an ...

North of the Panhandle: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides
North of the Panhandle: Rare Walking Tour | SF City Guides

This central part of the City started out with sand dunes and marsh to become a fashionable neighborhood. The Depression era gave way to a working class area. After the summer of love, came a population exodus until today where it is becoming a desirable …

“Off the Grid” Friday Night Food Truck Party | Fort Mason
Friday, May 26 – 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free to attend, but bring some cash for food purchases.
| Fort Mason Center

Nearly 30 food vendors in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party; it’s also California’s largest weekly street food market.  Off the Grid is a weekly outdoor food truck bonanza staged every Friday from 5-10 pm at the historic waterfront campus of ...

Bike-In Movie Night: “Cool Runnings” & Free Popcorn | Albany
Friday, May 26 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Albany Community Center
Bike-In Movie Night:

Join the Albany Community Center for a “Bike in Movie.” They will be showing the cult favorite Cool Runnings, a film sure to spark your quest for the ultimate drive.
Ride your bike on down to the Center and join the fun. They’ll have plenty of space to park …

Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland
Friday, May 26 – 6:45 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free with RSVP
| Jack London Square
Free Port of Oakland Harbor Tours & Giant Cranes | Oakland

Take a free 90-minute narrated harbor tour (May to October). Visitors will learn about the Port, its operations and economic impact on the region. Harbor tours provide a unique vantage point because marine terminals are closed to the public. The excursions are a great way to ...

Win Tix: Steel City Kitty Burlesque & Variety Show | SF
Friday, May 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Great Star Theater

All the way from Pittsburgh, PA, Witness the San Francisco debut of the Steel City Kitty Burlesque & Variety Show at the Great Star Theater in Chinatown. “The Nice Show” and “The Naughty Show” are two nights of the hottest international touring burlesque and boylesque …

Sex Worker Fest 2017: Stripping Down to Story | SF
Friday, May 26 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free for first 10 people with code funcheapswfest
| Center for Sex and Culture
Sex Worker Fest 2017: Stripping Down to Story | SF

Get ready for Sex Worker Fest 2017 – 10 days of sex worker art, parties, movies, and politics.   Join in for the whores-eye-view at the 10th Biennial San Francisco Bay Area Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival May 19th to 28th at the Center ...

Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night: “The Princess Diaries” | Pier 39
Friday, May 26 – 8:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
Last Fridays Outdoor Movie Night:

Grab your blankets and head to Pier 39 for their Outdoor Movie Night, held the last Friday of every month through September. Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of Pier 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special giveaways and movie night ...

Win Tix: “The Chillaquiles” Carnaval Kickoff Party | The Chapel
Friday, May 26 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN | The Chapel

Antônio Guedes & The Chilaquiles is a funk-rock-disco-ska-jam-pop band from San Francisco, CA.
> Get Tickets – $15 Adv / $20 Door
The lead singer, Antônio Guedes, brings forward various Brazilian influences into his compositions, blending it with others from around the globe, like Afrobeat, American …

Win Tix: Psych & Rock Quartet “Sleepy Sun” | Great American Music Hall
Friday, May 26 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Great American Music Hall

The adorably named band Sleepy Sun makes you think of slow, easy mornings that turn into afternoons as slowly as that one barista who always seems stoned makes your coffee.
> Get Tickets – $15.00
This bold rock group wants to help you escape from your fast paced …

Win Tix: The Gods of Thunder “Destroyer” | Slim’s
Friday, May 26 – 9:00 pm | Cost: WIN | Slim's

If there was ever a band made for rocking you, Destroyer is it. These gods of thunder do the whole thing, the makeup, the tongue stuff, all to pay homage to arguably some of the greatest rockers to ever party every day, Kiss. Get ready …

Win Tix: Josh Wolf (HBO/NBC) | Cobb’s Comedy Club
Friday, May 26 – 10:15 pm | Cost: WIN | Cobb's Comedy Club

Josh Wolf’s a busy guy. Starting in comedy in little ol‘ Seattle, he has since become a favorite in places like The Improv, The Laugh Factory, and smelly clubs across the country. But that’s not enough. He’s garnered the adoration of television, doing a special …

Saturday, May 27

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2017
Saturday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch from the shore.
| Steamer Lane (Santa Cruz)
Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2017

Come watch the Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest, the longest-running longboard surf contest on the West Coast. Nearly 200 contestants take part, so come cheer on local surfers as they compete against some of the best longboarders in the state on the famous Steamer Lane and ...

San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Saturday | Mission
Saturday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Saturday | Mission

The 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. On May 27th and 28th, the Mission District will transform into an ...

Bike Library Launch Party: Smoothies, Crafts & Live Music | Oakland
Saturday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Oakland Public Library (Main Branch)
Bike Library Launch Party: Smoothies, Crafts & Live Music | Oakland

Join in for a fun bike ride and party to celebrate Oakland’s new fleet of bike libraries.
Meet at the Main library at 10 am. You’ll ride up to the Lakeview branch for a celebration of all things bike. There will be smoothies, music, crafts and more.

“Treasure Island Flea” 6th Birthday Party
Saturday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: $3 | Treasure Island Flea (East Location)

Happy Birthday, Flea.
It’s been 6 years that the Treasure Island Flea has taken over the island with 400+ local artists, makers and designers and 15,000 people each month. There’s three full bars, DIY community workshops, carnival games, 25+ food trucks and pop-ups, local bands, a …

Win: $100 Spree at “Treasure Island Flea” 6th Birthday Bash | SF
Saturday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: WIN

It’s been 6 years that the Treasure Island Flea has taken over the island with 400+ local artists, makers and designers and 20,000 people each month.
And to celebrate this anniversary you can win a $100 shopping spree at this weekend’s Flea, good for either Saturday (5/27) or …