2018 Memorial Day Weekend in Bay Area

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off the beautiful Summer!

Even though it’s a cause of celebration, the real meaning is to honor those who bravely served our Country. Learn about its history here.

Below, you’ll find mostly Festivals, which are great for all ages. They’re also our favorite way to spend beautiful Summer weekends!

Here’s events for 3 day weekend!
* number of events: 34. updated 5/25, 12noon.

 

Saturday, May 26

 

San Francisco Carnaval 2018 with Free Concert | Mission
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Harrison Street between 16th and 20th streets.

The 2018 Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Celebrate the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. There will be a concert featuring Malo, Tierra, and El Chicano at the 20th & Harrison Street. Plus, La India and Ricardo Lemvo.

SF’s Huge Lowrider Car Show | Mission
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE* | John O’Connell High School.

Join San Francisco LowRider Council for the 40th Anniversary Carnaval San Francisco.

2018 Taco Festival: Lucha Libre Wrestling & Unlimited Craft Beer | San Jose
Saturday, May 26 – 12:00 pm | Cost: $10* | History Park San Jose in Kelley Park.

Celebrate tacos at the San Jose Taco Festival of Innovation – a feast day filled with tastings, art, music, Lucha Libre, and a curated selection of over 25 food trucks from all over the Bay Area serving their best rendition of a taco all day.

2018 Family Fun Festival: B-Boy Competition & Petting Zoo | Berkeley
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley)

The Ecology Center Farmers’ Markets’ annual Family Fun Festival is “a whole day of free fun for the whole family” featuring games, contests, performances, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Bay Area KidFest | Concord
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: $6* | Mt. Diablo High School

Bay Area Festivals, Inc. is pleased to present Bay Area KidFest, a 3-day holiday weekend of quality live entertainment, activities and sports for children to stimulate learning and exploration while presenting parents with new ideas and opportunities from arts & crafts and other exhibitors.

2018 Burger & Brew Fest | Fremont
Saturday, May 26 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Downtown Fremont

Celebrating the vibrant craft brew scene in Northern California, the Fourth Annual Fremont Burger & Brew Fest returns to Downtown Fremont on Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 11 am to 5:00 pm. The day-long festival will feature sampling from Bay Area craft breweries, mouthwatering burgers.

2018 Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest | Oakland
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Join the annual Bay Area Classic Yo-Yo Contest in Jack London Square to enjoy the sun, learn to yo-yo, and be witness to some of the world’s best yo-yo players as they compete in the yo-yo championship. Over 100 of the top yo-yo competitors will gather to test …

Season Launch: Free Oakland Walking Tour | Uptown, Lake Merritt & Secret Rooftop Garden
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Paramount Theatre

Uptown to the Lake: A walking tour of the Uptown District with an emphasis on Art Deco. Tour includes the Paramount Theatre, Historic Sweet’s Ballroom, the Fox Theater and the Kaiser Center roof garden with views of Lake Merritt. Tour begins at 10 am.

Memorial Day BBQ with Mark Leno | Castro
Saturday, May 26 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Mark Leno Campaign Headquarters

Nothing demands patriotic spirit like a BBQ — and this Memorial Day Weekend, you’re invited to join #TeamLeno for a BBQ bash! Bring yourself and your friends; we’ll provide the food, fun times, and #TeamLenoSwag!

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there.

UEFA Champions League Final: 10 Big Screen TVs & Bottomless Drinks | SoMa
Saturday, May 26 – 11:45 am | Cost: FREE* | SoMa StrEat Food Park

Join SoMa StrEat Food Park this Saturday, May 26th, for the Champions League Final Match Watch Party. This year, it’s Real Madrid vs. Liverpool Catch every second of the action on huge TVs with game-day food trucks and bottomless sangria and Spanish Beer from the bar.

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2018
Saturday, May 26 – All Day | Cost: FREE* | Steamer Lane (Santa Cruz)

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 on the famous Steamer Lane and Cowells over Memorial …

 

Sunday, May 27

 

San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade 2018
Sunday, May 27 – 9:30 am | | 24th & Bryant all the way to 24th & Mission streets.

On May 27th, 2018 at 9:30 am, the 2018 San Francisco Carnaval Grand Parade kicks–off at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets.
The theme, Roots of Carnaval / Raíces del Carnaval, refers to atree’s branches, leaves, and fruit give it beauty, but its strength lies …

San Francisco Carnaval 2018 | Mission
Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Harrison Street

The 2018 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate at the 40th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend.

2018 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City
Sunday, May 27 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Kennedy Park (Union City)

Join the Bay Area Burmese Community for the annual Burmese New Year Water Festival at Kennedy Park in Union City from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday, May 27, 2018. There will be Burmese traditional dance performances, foods from various regions of Myanmar, and traditional ceremony.

San Ramon Art, Wind & Kite Festival: Sunday | 2018
Sunday, May 27 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | San Ramon Central Park

Chevron Stage– (Field adjacent to tennis courts. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets.)
11:00 – 1:00 Andy Z & the Andyland Band- Family Fun Music
1:30 – 3:30 KGS Indian Entertainment-Bollywood & Bhangra Dance, Music and Culture
4:00 – 6:00 Take 2.

46th Annual Muir Beach Firemen’s BBQ | Mt. Tam
Sunday, May 27 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE* | Santos Meadow (Mt. Tam)

The 46th Annual Muir Beach Volunteer Firemen’s Barbecue is a fun event for the whole family with delicious food, activities for the kids, live music and dancing. An annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition in Marin, the event takes place on Sunday, May 27.

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Sunday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there.

Free Memorial Day Patriotic Music Concert | Golden Gate Park Band
Sunday, May 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the new direction of Robert Calonico, presents the 136th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years.

Free Memorial Day DJ Celebration at Barbarossa | SF
Sunday, May 27 – 9:00 pm | Cost: FREE* | Barbarossa Lounge

Salute our troops at Barbarossa’s Memorial Day Weekend celebration! We’ll be honoring the men and women who served our country with hand crafted cocktails, music from live DJs, and dancing all night long. The admission is complimentary for this event but you need to RSVP.

2018 Golden Gate Bonspiel: Curling Competition | Solar4America Ice
Sunday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE* | Solar4America Ice at Fremont

Come watch curlers from around the country as they compete on Memorial Day weekend in the annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Solar4America Ice at Fremont from May 25-27, 2018. The 2018 event marks the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club’s 60th year.

Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest | 2018
Sunday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: FREE* | Steamer Lane (Santa Cruz)

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 on the famous Steamer Lane and Cowells.

 

Monday, May 28

 

Memorial Day 2018 Parking Rules in SF | How Not to Get a Ticket
Monday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over San Francisco

If you’ve got a car in San Francisco, in addition to crazy high gas prices, you also have to worry about the insanely complex, nearly impossible to decipher conflicting parking signs and rules. Thankfully on Memorial Dauy, the city of San Francisco is going to reward.

2018 Memorial Day Parade, Carnival & Music Fest | Hillsborough
Monday, May 28 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Hillsborough North School

Bring the family to celebrate Hillsborough’s 9th Annual Memorial Day Parade, Carnival and Music Festival. Wells Fargo Stagecoach, the San Mateo Marching Band, the Burlingame High School Band, the Los Trancos Marching Band, our schools, our dignitaries, community services organizations and so much more. See below …

San Ramon Art, Wind & Kite Festival: Monday | 2018
Monday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | San Ramon Central Park

Chevron Stage– (Field adjacent to tennis courts. Bring your lawn chairs & blankets.)
11:00 – 12:00 Eden Aoba Taiko- Taiko Drumming
12:30 – 2:30 Snap Jackson & the Knock on Wood Players-Americana & Bluegrass
3:00 – 3:30 Memorial Day Program
4:00 – 6:00 Tortilla Soup.

Hippie Hill’s “Spiritual Smoke-In” 50th Anniversary | Golden Gate Park
Monday, May 28 – 3:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Hippie Hill

On Memorial Day, Monday May 28, 2018, at 3:00pm, a ceremony is planned at Golden Gate Park’s “Hippie Hill” to mark the 50th anniversary of the first spiritually-oriented public cannabis “smoke-in” in the United States. The informal ceremony will honor both the use of the herb.

Live at Lagunitas: 2018 Kick-Off Concert “St. Paul and The Broken Bones” | Petaluma
Monday, May 28 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE* | Lagunitas Brewery

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live summer concert series featuring some amazing bands in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette that would normally play big venues in San Francisco. Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these shows will definitely.

150th Anniversary Memorial Day Commemoration & Parade | Presidio
Monday, May 28 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE | Main Post Lawn

The Presidio Trust, the City of San Francisco and the Department of Veterans Affairs​ invite you to be part of the official City and County of San Francisco Memorial Day Observance. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the Presidio’s participation in the city’s annual ceremony, dating …

SF City Guides Memorial Day 2018 | 13 Free Guided Walking Tours
Monday, May 28 – 9:30 am | Cost: FREE* | All Over San Francisco

If you have the day off on Memorial Day, why not spend part of your day learning something new about the city you love. San Francisco City Guides will be offering thirteen free guided walking tours on Memorial Day Monday. All tours are free and open to the public.

USS Pampanito Lost Boat Ceremony | Pier 45
Monday, May 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE* | Pier 45

The San Francisco Maritime National Park Association, the crew of the USS Pampanito and the Submarine Veterans of World War II , cordially invite you to attend the Lost Boat Ceremony to honor those who have served and those on Eternal Patrol in the Submarine Service.
USS …

2018 Memorial Day Commemoration & Tour | Oakland
Monday, May 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mountain View Cemetery

Join Mountain View Cemetery to honor all veterans at the 98th Annual Memorial Day Commemoration at 10 am on Monday, May 28, 2018.
The Memorial Day Civil War Plot Tour led by Dennis Evanosky at the Pardee Home and Oakland’s Preservation Park.

Point Reyes Open Studios: Memorial Day Weekend | North Bay
Monday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE | All Over Point Reyes

The epic and oh so very relaxed coastal beauty of Point Reyes—located 35 miles north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge—reveals yet another dimension to be appreciated when the ceramicists, photographers, sculptors, painters, printmakers, and other local artists who live and work there …

21st Annual Memorial Day Service | Colma Cemetery
Monday, May 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park

Cypress Lawn invites the public to attend its 21st Annual Memorial Day Program at 1 pm on Monday, May 28, 2018. Cypress Lawn pays tribute to all veterans for their service in defense of the freedom that we are all enjoying. All families and friends of veterans.

2018 Memorial Day Celebration Live Music & Free BBQ | San Anselmo
Monday, May 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE* | The Log Cabin

Spend the day with Vets who have served our country at The American Legion fun annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Log Cabin and Dugout Bar from 1-7 pm on Monday, May 28, 2018. There will be a free BBQ, live music by Frank Bohan & Friends. Full Bar, Bake Sale.

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