of Fun Things To Do - S.F. Bay Area... and beyond
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May 1 — 1st Wednesday Street Party "Cinco de Mayo Celebration",
Main Street, downtown Pleasanton. Join in the fun
at the annual Cinco de Mayo themed Street Party. Live entertainment by Caravanserai band. Beer and Wine Garden — enjoy beer and wines from local Livermore Valley Wine Country. 6-9pm
NOTE: Main Street will be closed from Del Valle Parkway to Bernal Avenue from 4:30-10pm.
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Party and Cinco de Mayo Event
May 1-5 — New Orleans Jazz & Heritage
Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana. This FUN Jazz Festival
has showcased most of the great artists of New Orleans and Louisiana
of the last
half century. Enjoy 12 stages
of live entertainment — Jazz,
Gospel, Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, R&B, Rock 'n Roll, Funk,
African, Latin, Caribbean, Folk... and much more! It's a great
time to visit New Orleans!
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May — NEW San Francisco Exploratorium (opened mid-April), Pier 15, overlooking San Francisco Bay. Bring your kids (and bring out the kid in you) and explore the San Francisco Exploratorium in its new waterfront location. Fun hands-on interactive science museum features 600+ exhibits and a beautiful restaurant and bar.
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Top 10+ Favorite Things at Exploratorium
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May 1-6 — BritWeek 2013 (San Francisco, and Orange County), CA. BritWeek celebrates creativity and innovation between Britain and California. BritWeek draws thousands of people to its art, entertainment, cultural, business, social and charity events in California. The program features art & design, film & television, music, theater, literature, science & technology, fashion, retail, cuisine, pro sports, vintage cars, museum exhibitions... and more!
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May 1-9 — 56th Annual San Francisco
International Film Festival, SF Theaters, SF. The 15-day Festival presents nearly 200 films from over 50 countries. Participating
theatres include: Castro Theater, AMC Kabuki Theaters and others in San Francisco,
Berkeley and the Peninsula. Show times vary depending on theater.
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San Francisco International Film Festival
Fun Tip: Throw a FUN
Hollywood Theme Party for
your friends before or after
attending a Film Festival show.
May 1-27 — Last Chance To See "China's Terracotta Warriors:
The First Emperor's Legacy" at the Asian Art Museum, S.F. The exhibition includes 10 figures (a sample of the actual Terracotta Army, estimated to include 7,000+ life-sized figures and 10,000+ weapons.
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May 1-27 — The
San Francisco Decorator Showcase,
San Francisco. The S.F. Decorator Showcase is considered to be
the West Coast’s
house event, drawing 15,000 visitors each year. This
year’s showcase will be at 2800 Pacific Avenue (at Divisadero Street). The 8,000+ sq-ft Georgian mansion, known as Herbst Manor, features 27 interior and exterior design spaces — and sweeping panoramic views of S.F. Bay and the city. Built in 1889 by Ernest Coxhead, the architect for San Francisco's Holy Innocents Episcopal Church and several Pacific Heights homes, the mansion features spacious formal rooms, a dramatic grand stairway, a beautiful penthouse suite and outdoor terrace with magnificent views. Low-heeled shoes recommended. Open Tues, Wed, Thurs and Sat
and Memorial Day 11am–4pm, Fri 10am-7pm. Closed Mon (except Memorial Day).
Admission: Adults $30, Seniors 60+ $25. Group rates are available. Tickets available at the door.
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San Francisco Decorator Showcase
May-June 2 — "Girl With A Pearl Earring" Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis, de Young Museum, S.F. See Vermeer's exquisite "Girl with a Peal Earring" masterpiece and 30+ other paintings by artits of the Dutch Golden Age, including Rembrandt, Hals, and Steen.
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May-June 2 — "Rembrandt's Century", Herbst Exhibition Galleries, de Young Museum, S.F. "Rembrandt's Century" (a companion exhibit to "Girl with a Pearl Earring") features 200+ rarely seen prints and drawings of the Dutch Golden Age.
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Now thru' Aug. 11 — "David Bowie is" exhibit at V&A Museum, London. "David Bowie is" exhibit is the fastest-selling exhibit in the history of the Victoria & Albert Museum. Exhibit features 300+ objects including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photographs of Bowie, film, music, set design, Bowie's personal instruments... and more. Don't miss this exciting exhibit !10am-5:45pm daily; 10am-10pm Fridays.
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May 24-Oct. 6 — Mountain
Winery 2013 Summer Concert Series, Mountain Winery,
Saratoga. Plan a fun day out and enjoy one of Mountain Winerys
Summer Concerts. Tickets on sale now.
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May TBD — San Francisco International Arts Festival, various S.F. venues. Enjoy Dance, Music, Performance Art, Opera, and Theater. Buy tickets online for Festival performances or call the Marines Memorial Theatre Box Office at 415-771-6900 during 12-6pm Mon-Sat.
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May 1, 5 ,8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 — "Union Square Live", Union Square, S.F.
During Spring, Summer and Fall (April thru' October), enjoy "Union Square Live" — live
music, dance, outdoor movies and other entertainment at Union Square. Wed at
12:30-1:30pm and 6-8pm, Sun at 2-4pm. Free admission.
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May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Nightlife
at the Academy, California Academy
of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Thursday nights, after
the Academy closes, the museum
features "Nightlife" — a weekly evening event blending cutting-edge
science, music (live band or DJ), dancing, cocktails (no-host bar) and food in a unique museum setting. Mingle and have fun exploring
the museum at night. 6-10pm. Adults
ages 21 and over.
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California Academy of Sciences
May 2 -June 9 — SF Jazz Spring Season 2013, Various venues.
The San Francisco Jazz Festival was dubbed by The
London Observer as "probably the best Jazz Festival
in the world." Come and enjoy this fun two-week celebration
of today's best music. The Jazz Season spans four months with
42 Concerts featuring more than 200 artists from seven countries.
Visit SF Jazz web site for more info on jazz
artists, concerts, schedules and tickets.
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SF Jazz Spring Season
May 3-5 — Mariposa Butterfly Festival, Historic Gold Rush Town of Mariposa (where State Highways 140 and 49 meet), CA. Annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival always takes place during the first weekend of May. "Mariposa" means Butterfly in Spanish. Festival includes Live Butterfly Releases, Parade, Arts & Crafts, Live Entertainment - fun for the whole family!
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May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 — Off The Grid @ Fort Mason Center, Buchanan Street and Marina Blvd (near Marina Green), S.F. Off The Grid features the largest market of Gourmet Street Food on the West Coast (30 Food Trucks and Tents). Live Music. Friday nights 5-10pm. Rain or shine. NOTE: Seasonal market opens in March and shuts down a week before Thanksgiving.
Read our Off The Grid blog article and see videos and pictures
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May 4 thru' Oct. — Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, S.F. The free, outdoor Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) presents over 90 free events including music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, festivals and children's programs with artists from Africa, Estonia, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, the Philippines, Sweden, China, Venezuela and the S.F. Bay area. This year's Festival features expanded events at Jessie Square with poetry, dance workshops and salsa dancing. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission & Howard Streets and 3rd & 4th Streets in downtown San Francisco. 415-543-1718
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May 4 — 2013
Kentucky Derby & Fun Horse-Racing Events, Churchill Downs, Louisville,
Get ready for the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby at historic Churchill
thoroughbred Horse-Racing fans, four major events stand out: the Triple Crown
events of the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
May 3: Kentucky Oaks
May 4: Kentucky Derby
May 18: Preakness Stakes
June 8: Belmont Stakes
Kentucky Derby, Preakness, Belmont and Other Horse Racing Tickets at RazorGator
May 4 — 91st Annual Palo Alto May Fete Parade & Fair, Heritage Park (300 Homer Avenue and Waverly Street, Palo Alto. Parade starts at corner of University and Emerson and ends at Heritage Park.
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May 4 — San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival, Delores Park (corner of Dolores St and 18th St), S.F. Live entertainment by SF Bay Area artists (talented Mexican and Latin American performers), including Mariachi Bands, Dancers, Salsa & Latin Jazz ensembles... and more! 10am-6pm.
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May 5 — Cinco
de Mayo Gift Ideas
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May 4-5 — A
La Carte & Art Mountain View, Castro Street
(bet. Church Street & Evelyn Avenue), Mountain View. Fun
Arts & Crafts, live entertainment, festive food, premium beer and wine, special Kids Fun Zone, Classic Car Show... and more! Free
admission. This event is the official kick-off to Festival Season in the Bay Area — it's one of our favorites! 10am-6pm.
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May 4-5 — Norway
Day Festival, Festival Pavilion, Fort Mason Center,
S.F. This is the largest Norwegian Festival in the nation.
Experience Norway's character, people, cultural traditions
and cuisine. Festival includes live entertainment, cooking
demos, arts & crafts, food and fun activities for kids. Tickets
available at the door or online. Sat-Sun 10am-5pm.
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May 4-5 — Flea Market "Benefit for Badarikashrama's Madihalli Vidyashala (school) in Karnataka, India", Badarikahrama, 15602 Maubert Avenue, San Leandro. Hand-made hand-croqueted and knitted scarves, shawls, blankets and rugs. Free food, live entertainment and kids activities. Sat-Sun 9am-5pm. Evening concerts. 510-278-2444
May 5, 12, 19, 26 — Off the Grid "Picnic at the Presidio", Presidio, S.F. Off The Grid features the largest market of Gourmet Street Food on the West Coast (30 Food Trucks and Tents). Picnic at the Presidio takes place every Sunday. Rain or shine. 11am-4pm. NOTE: Seasonal market opens in March and shuts down a week before Thanksgiving. 415-779-6684
Read our Off The Grid (at Fort Mason) blog article and see videos and pictures
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May 5 — 8th Annual Roselands Cinco De Mayo Festival, 650 Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa. Free family event features live entertainment, Ballet Folkloric, Mexican food, Car Shows... and more! 3-9pm. 707-548-3475
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May TBD — San Jose Cinco de Mayo Festival & Parade, Guadalupe River Park, San Jose. Past festivals have included live entertainment, dancers, food vendors and family fun. Visitor Center Info: 408-792-4173
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May TBD — Cinco
de Mayo Fruitvale Festival & Parade (*NOTE: 2011 & 2012 Festival & Parade canceled), Fruitvale District,
Past Parades started at 11am on International Blvd, from 35th Ave to Fruitvale Ave, up Fruitvale to E. 17th St in Oakland.
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May 5, 12, 19, 26 — Golden
Gate Park Band Series 2013,
Spreckles Temple of Music in the Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park, S.F. Enjoy outdoor concerts every Sunday — season started in April and runs thru' mid-October. Music includes Classical, Marches, Opera, Broadway Shows,
Big Band, Folk, Swing... and more — plus guests artists throughout the season! It makes a FUN Family Day Outing. Concerts begin at 1pm and run approximately two hours. Call ahead to confirm; all programs are subject to change. 415-831-2700
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of Music Concourse and Bandshell in Golden Gate Park
May — No West Coast Moto Jam will take place in Sonoma in 2013, Sonoma Raceway (formerly Sears Point Raceway and Infineon
Racewa)y, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma.
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May 8-Oct 20 — Butterflies & Blooms at Conservatory of Flowers, S.F. Butterflies & Blooms exhibit features hundreds of beautiful butterflies —20 species of colorful and familiar North American butterflies including magnificent Monarchs, Western Swallowtails, Red Admirals... and more! Tues-Sun 10am-4:30pm. Closed on Mondays.
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May 9-12 — Vegas UnCork'd by Bon Appetit, Las Vegas. This FUN four-day culinary extravaganza features 25+ luncheons, dinners, tastings and fun culinary events at Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Celebrity chefs include Alain Ducasse, Bobby Flay, Todd English, Gordon Ramsey, Hubert Keller, Charlier Palmer, Michael Mina, Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy, Julian Serrano, Akira Back, Nobu Matsuhisa, Rick Moonen, Francois Payard, Jean-Georges Vongerichten... and many more! Grand Tasting at Caesars Palace, Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis on Friday, May 10@ 7:30-10pm.
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May 9-12 — 25th Anniversary of Filoli Flower Show "Petal Tales, once upon a time",
Filoli, 86 Cañada Road,
Woodside. "Petal Tales, once upon a time" Interpreting Children's Storybooks with Flowers. The four-day event features flower chats, flower-arranging tips, garden vignettes, horticultural exhibits, music and more. Reservations should be made in advance as this event sells out quickly. Opening Night Reception on Thursday, May 9 at 5:30-8pm. Special Tea Fri-Sat @ 11am or 1:30pm, Special Champagne Tea Fri-Sat @ 1:30pm. Mother's Day Champagne Brunch on Sunday, May 12 at 10:30am, 12 noon or 1:30pm.
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May 10-Sept. 29 — "Built for Speed" Exhibit opens at California Academy of Sciences, California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, S.F. "Built for Speed" exhibit takes you on a journey of the ocean's fastest marine animals to the world's fastest sailboats. Highlights include models of a sailfish, mako shark, yellowfin tuna, and Humboldt squid; the assembling of an 18-foot-long orca skeleton that washed ashore in Point Reyes; a dramatic 45-foot-long racing boat from ORACLE TEAM USA (the America's Cup defending champions); and "Ocean Action" stations artfully constructed from marine debris, with tips for protecting our oceans.
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May 11 — Almost Mother's Day "Kid's Concert", Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Free Concert starring Andy Z & the Andyland Band. Mother's Day Crafts and Inflatable Playland. Fun for the whole family!
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May 11 — Giants Wine Fest at AT&T Park, S.F. Don't miss the Giants Wine Fest at AT&T Park. Ticket package includes seat at one of the Wine Fest sections to watch the S.F. Giants play the Braves @ 1:05pm, access to the pre-game Wine Festival, Wine-Tastings by acclaimed wineries. Pre-game Wine Fest 11am-1pm in Seals Plaza at AT&T Park. 415-972-2298
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May 11-12 — Mother's Day Spring Festival — Park Street's 13th Annual Spring Festival, Park Street, Alameda. This fun Spring Festival is a Mother's Day Weekend tradition — it's the perfect place to find something special for mom. Arts & Crafts vendors, live music, food, beer, wine and Mimosas, kid's area, pony rides, petting zoo. Festival takes place on Park Street, between Encinal and Lincoln Avenues. Free admission. 10am-6pm. 510-523-1392
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May 12 — Mother's
Spoil and pamper your Mom — treat her like a "Queen
for the Day."
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May 12 — Mother's
Day Champagne Brunch Cruise aboard the Presidential Yacht "Potomac",
Jack London Square, Oakland. Cruise for 3 hours on beautiful
San Francisco Bay on board the historic Presidential Yacht,
USS Potomac. Celebrate Mom's special day enjoying a catered brunch, Mimosas and selected wines. 11:30am-2:30pm. Adults: $100, Children 2-12 $60. 510-627-1215.
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May 13-19 — American Craft Beer Week, locations around the U.S. Celebrate the beer culture with beer beginners, beer enthusiasts and hard-core beer geeks as beer fans across the country connect with local breweries and beer businesses.
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May 15-26 — "Festival De Cannes" Cannes Film
Festival, Cannes, France.
The Cannes Film Festival typically takes place in May each year. "The
Festival de Cannes" is the most important film event in the world,
than 4,000 journalists among the 30,000 accreditees, representing
the entire spectrum of the motion-picture industry."
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Fun Cannes Tours & Activities
May 16-June 15 — "To Kill A Mockingbird" at Regent's Park Open Air Theatre in London, Regent's Park, London. Regent's Park Open Air Theatre is the only permanent professional outdoor theatre in Britain. It's 1,240-seat auditorium is one of the largest in London. Over 140,000 people attend its four annual productions that run from May-September. Programs change each year — from classic plays and Shakespeare to musicals and family shows. The theater is located about a 10-minute walk from Baker Street Station in London.
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May 17-19 — Cooking
for Solutions 2013,
Monterey Bay Aquarium, Monterey. Fun 3-day event features more than 70 renowned chefs from across
the country sharing their passion
for fine dining and environmentally sustainable living — and organic wines from 60 premium West Coast wineries.
Enjoy a smorgasbord of Special Guests and Celebrity Chefs.
831-644-1055. Exclusive events and discounts on all Cooking for Solutions programs for members. Call 831-647-6886 or toll-free 866-963-9645 to become a member.
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May 17-25 — Wings of
Freedom Tour 2013, Moffet Federal Airfield,
Main Gate near the Control Tower, Mountain View. Come and experience
the Wings of Freedom Tour (B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator & P-51 Mustang)— Fun Flight Experiences and Walk Through Tours. Reservations recommended. 978-562-9182 or 978-568-8924
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May 18 — Asian
Heritage Street Celebration,
in front of the Asian Art Museum (leading up to the Little Saigon District), on Larkin Street (near McAllister) from Grove to Ellis,
S.F. This fun celebration takes place annually on the third
Saturday of May. Arts & Crafts, Asian food, Jazz & Wine area, live entertainment
on two stages, Thai kickboxing, Karaoke, Prizes and more! Free admission. 11am-6pm.
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May 18 — 30th Annual Tiburon Wine Festival,
Point Tiburon Plaza, Tiburon. Fun arts & crafts, California
wine (taste vintages from over 60
premium wineries), complimentary cuisine from over 20 restaurants and chefs, Silent Auction, and back again this year, live entertainment
featuring James Henry. Tickets:
$65 (Advanced Tickets Only). Get your tickets early; the event sells out every year. Note:
Guests must be 21 and over to taste. No pets, bikes, or skates
or strollers allowed.
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May 18 — Uncorked!
Ghirardelli Wine Festival, Ghirardelli
Enjoy a fun day of wine-tasting (50 wineries), live musical entertainment, cooking demos by top SF chefs and educational wine seminars. Tickets $50 per person ((must be 21+; IDs will be checked at Ticket Booth and Will Call). 1-6pm.
Special VIP Experience Tickets $75 for VIP section on Mustard Terrace at the Fairmont Heritage Place — enjoy full access to all the wine-tasting, plus complimentary champagne, delicious appetizers, wine class... and more! VIP Experience One: 12:30-3pm; VIP Experience Two 3-6pm. 415-775- 5500.
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May 18 — Soul
Stroll for Health 2013, Coyote
Point Park, San Mateo. One, three and five-mile courses will
be marked along the beautiful Bayfront path. Free health screenings
and info. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Children's
activities. Free parking. Registration Fee: $15 in advance;
$20 on site. Free admission for children under 5. 9am-1pm.
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May 18-19 — Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival, Sonoma Raceway (formerly Sears Point Raceway and Infineon
Racewa)y, Highways 37 & 121, Sonoma. Calling all Corvette fans! Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. Admission ticket includes access to the Food & Wine Pavilion. Tickets available online. 800-870-RACE
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May 18-19 — 40th Annual Ninth Avenue International Food Festival, 9th Avenue, New York City, N.Y. This FUN event takes place rain or shine on 9th Avenue (bet 42nd and 57th Streets). Taste food from around the world (come with an appetite) and enjoy live stage entertainment (int'l music and dance at 55th St). Fun kids games and activities. Shop til you drop for unique handcrafted jewelry, fun arts & crafts... and more at over 200 vendors that line the street. Great people-watching too! Free admission. 12 noon-5pm. Rain or shine.
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May 18-19 — Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo Event Center, San Mateo. The Maker Faire is a 2-day family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, showcasing people who love sharing what they do in the area of science and technology, engineering, food, and arts & crafts. Maker Faire Editor's Choice Ribbons will be awarded to Makers who demonstrate great creativity, ingenuity and innovation. Buy your tickets in advance and save money. Tickets available online and on-site — the event is extremely popular and sells out quickly. Rain or shine (indoor and outdoor exhibits). Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 10am-6pm.
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May 18-19 — California
Strawberry Festival, Strawberry
Meadows of College Park, 3250 South Rose Avenue , Oxnard — California's
Strawberry Coast. Enjoy a fun weekend featuring over
250 arts & crafts, 50 food booths and live entertainment,
Strawberry Tart Toss (11am & 2pm daily). Strawberry Pie Eating (1pm and 4pm daily); Strawberryland for Kids... and more! Free Shuttle. Parking $10. 10am-6:30pm.
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May 18-19 — Castroville Artichoke Festival & Classic
Car Show, Castroville, CA. Visit
the "Artichoke Capitol of the World" and
sample a variety of Artichokes — cooked, steamed, broiled,
fried, quiched, and grilled. Classic Car Show, Cooking Demos,
Wine-Tastings, Farmers Market, Arts & Crafts, Live Entertainment,
Kids Activities and more! Tickets: Adults $10, Active Military/Seniors and Children (4-12) $5, Children 3 and under free. No pets. Free parking. Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm.
Awards Presentation: 4:30pm. 831-633-2465
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May 19 — Castroville Artichoke Festival Parade, Merritt Street,
Castroville, CA. Enjoy a classic old-fashioned parade with marching bands,
horses and floats. Parade starts
at 9:45am on Merritt Street. Come and join in the fun! 831-633-2465
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May 19 — 102nd "Bay to Breakers 12K Race" & Costume Contest in San Francisco,
S.F. Billed as "The Worlds Largest and Most
FUN Footrace," over
75,000 runners from around the world (many in "creative" costumes; even some without) — good luck in the Costume Contest)
participate in this annual San Francisco event. The race
is always held on the third Sunday in May. Wave Start (to improve flow of runners and walkers. Race starts at
7am at Howard & Spear
Streets and ends at the Great Highway, Ocean Beach.
The race course closes at 11:30am (at intersection of JFK Drive and Chain of Lakes Drive) in Golden Gate Park. Participants who have not passed this intersection by 11:30am WILL NOT reach the Finish Line in time to collect a Finishers' Medal. Race info subject to change; be sure to check Bay to Breakers website prior to race. 7am-12 noon. 415-864-3432 (Customer Service)
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May TBD — Pet Parade, Courthouse Square, Redwood City.
Last year's Pet Parade was canceled — stay tuned for 2013 Pet Parade updates. Past Pet Parades have taken place at
Courthouse Square, Redwood City. Pet Parade starts at 12 noon. Parade is Free; $5 per contest entry. Pet costumes are encouraged. Awards for contest winners. Categories include: Best Pet Costume, Best Pet and Owner Look-a-Like, Most Unusual Pet — and A Best Trick Contest will be held after the Parade. Fun for kids and big kids too! 650-369-9010
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May 23 — Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg, Contemporary Jewish Museum, S.F. Member Viewing, Opening Event and Curator Talk & Performance. 415-655-7800
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25-26 — Carnaval San Francisco 2013 "Carnaval Harlem Shake" (Memorial Day Weekend),
Mission District, Harrison Street (between 16th & 24th
Streets), S.F. Carnaval is San Franciscos very
Gras" — and California's largest annual multi-cultural extravaganza. Fun festival features exotic
Carnaval Dancers and draws hundreds of thousands of people
for two days
Salsa, Samba, Reggae, Tango, Hip- Hop, Merengue, Calypso, Cha-Cha-Cha,
Cumbia, and Mambo into the evening — three giant stages
entertainment. Fun children's activities include inflatable bounce house, face-painting, and kid's music camp. Arts & Crafts and
food vendors offering traditional delicacies. 10am-6pm. Free admission — a suggested donation of $3, $5, $10 or $20 will support this year's Carnaval of San Francisco production and educational programs (donate online). 415-206-0577
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26 — San Francisco Carnaval
Grand Parade 2013, Mission District.
S.F. Floats, Music and Costumes. The Carnaval Grand Parade
starts at 9:30am. Parade Route: Begins at 24th & Bryant
Street to Mission Street. From there, it heads north on Mission
down to 17th
turn east and
flow into the festival area. Brazilian-style “escola” samba
contingents with up to 300 members dance through the streets,
while Caribbean artist perform the music and dance of Cuba, Puerto
Rico, Jamaica, Trinidad and the Bahamas. Other Parade artists
include: Mexican Aztec performers, traditional African dancers
and drummers, Polynesian dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers, Chinese
Lion Dancers, giant puppets and folkloric artists representing
Guatemala, Honduras, Bolivia & Perú, and special children’s
contingents. Reserved Grandstand Parade Seating $25 in advance. 415-642-1748
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May 25-26 — Treasure Island Flea Market, Outdoors on the Great Lawn, Avenue of the Palms, Treasure Island, S.F. Treasure Island Flea (the Bay Area's fourth large market) takes place on Saturday and Sunday (the last weekend of each month). Entrepreneurs showcase their products, including handmade bags, jewelry, art, sports collections, furniture, clothing... and more! Specialty foods and gourmet products. Admission $3 for adults; free for children 12 and younger. Pets are free (dogs on leashes). ATMs on-site. Free parking. Transportation via 108-Treasure Island Muni. 10am-4pm. 415-898-0245
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May 25-27 — Memorial
Kick off Summer with a Fun Getaway Weekend, enjoy
a Rejuvenating Spa Treatment, play tourist in your city and take a Fun Sightseeing Tour, see a Sporting Event or HOT Concert...
you do, Have FUN!
May 26 — Caledonia Street Festival,
Fun Arts & Crafts, live music and dance performers on three
stages, food, beverages, children's area and more.
Rain or shine. 11am-6pm. 415-289-4198
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May 26 — Pleasanton Antiques & Collectibles Faire, Pleasanton. Show features 400 booths selling antiques and collectibles. All merchandise is 20 years or older (no reproductions allowed). Free appraisals, vintage jewelry and clothing, retro home furnishings, antique books, paintings... and more. Free admission and parking. No admission fee. Rain or shine. 8am-4pm
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May 27 — 76th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge
Celebrate the 76th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge — what better time to visit San Francisco!
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Tip: Spend a Weekend in SF and visit a Summer Street Fair -
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May 31 — Foster
City Carnival at
Leo Ryan Park (corner of E. Hillsdale & Shell Blvd.),
Foster City. Fun Carnival Rides. 5-11pm. Note: Foster City Arts & Wine Festival runs Sat & Sun, June 1-2, 2013. 650-573-7600
Info on Foster City Carnival
May 31-June 9 — 15th Annual Healdsburg
Jazz Festival, Healdsburg, CA. Enjoy 10 days
of Jazz in Healdsburg — in the heart of Sonoma Wine
Info on Healdsburg Jazz Festival
May 31-thru' Oct.— America's Cup Concert Series, America's Cup Park & Pavilion, between Piers 27 and 29 along the Embarcadero, S.F. Enjoy FUN Summer Concerts at San Francisco's first outdoor, waterfront concert venue. Performing bands and artists include: Imagine Dragons, Sting, Steve Miller Band, Weezer, 311, Train, The Jonas Brothers, Steely Dan, Heart, Jason Mraz, Fall Out Boy... and more!
More Info on America's Cup Concert Series
May 2013 Season — San
Francisco Symphony, San Francisco. For a complete listing
and to order tickets on-line, visit the San Francisco Symphony's web site. Groups
of 10 or
more call 415-503-5311 Tues-Sat 10am-6pm.
More Info on San Francisco Symphony
May thru' Oct. — Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, Yerba Buena Gardens, S.F. The free, outdoor Yerba Buena Gardens Festival (YBGF) presents over 90 free events including music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, festivals and children's programs with artists from Africa, Estonia, Japan, Mexico, Cuba, Brazil, the Philippines, Sweden, China, Venezuela and the S.F. Bay area. This year's Festival features expanded events at Jessie Square with poetry, dance workshops and salsa dancing. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission & Howard Streets and 3rd & 4th Streets in downtown San Francisco. 415-543-1718
More Info on Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Fun Pirate Festivals around
Info on Fun Pirate Festivals around the U.S.
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