Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off 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.
Most of these are Festivals, which are great for all ages. They’re also our favorite way to spend Summer weekends!
Note: Many Saturday events below will also occur on Sunday. Please check dates below.
Here’s events for 3 day weekend!
* number of events: 29. updated 5/26
Taco Festival: Noon-7 p.m. May 28. History Park, 1650 Senter Road, San Jose. Food trucks, music, lucha libre wrestling, vendors and booths. $10, $3 under 11. www.sjtaco.com.
Bay Area’s Newest Water Park: Grand Opening | Dublin. Saturday, May 27 – All Day | Cost: $17* | The Dublin Wave. Details: The City of Dublin is proud to bring you The Wave, it’s newest and most exciting community facility. Come spend the day at the awaited grand opening on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The Wave is a 31,000-square foot state-of-the-art aquatics facility anchored by a natatorium (indoor pool), outdoor sports.
Unify 2017: Free Hip Hop Concert and Environmental Justice Panel | Oakland. Saturday, May 27 – 2:00 pm – 9pm | Cost: FREE* | Greenpeace Warehouse. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/unify-2017-free-hip-hop-concert-environmental-justice-panel-oakland/
Hip-Hop For Change, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club are throwing The 2nd Annual Oakland Environmental Equity Summit at the Greenpeace Actions Warehouse with headliner Immortal Technique on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
Boulder Creek Festival: 10 a.m.-10 p.m., May 28-29 and 10 a.m.-7 p.m., May 30. Downtown Boulder along the Boulder Creek corridor, from 9th to 14th streets (west to east), between Canyon Blvd, Boulder Creek. Arts and crafts, performances, music, carnival rides, food and beverages vendors, rubber duck race. http://bit.ly/1VmDvEl.
Santa Cruz American Music Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 27-28. Aptos Village Park, 100 Aptos Creek Rd., Aptos. Blues, Americana and country music. Tickets: $25-$190. http://Santacruzamericanmusicfestival.com
Future Roots Festival: May 28. Plaza de Cesar Chavez, 194 S. Market St., San Jose Asian and Pacific Islander heritage celebration. www.facebook.com/FutureRootsFestival.
Berkeley Family Fun Festival: Science Demos & Puppet DIY | Berkeley. Saturday, May 28 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | MLK Jr. Civic Center Park (Berkeley). A whole day of free fun for the whole family featuring games, contests, performances, and hands-on activities for all ages. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/berkeley-farmers-markets-annual-family-fun-festival/
Bay Area Kidfest: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 30. Mt. Diablo High School, 2450 Grant St., Concord, $6 admission. Entertainment, activities and games, petting zoo, food booths and exhibits. www.KidFestConcord.com.
Mushroom Mardi Gras Festival: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 28 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 29. Community Center, 17000 Monterey Rd., Morgan Hill. Music, food and beverages, children’s activities, arts and crafts. Free. http://mhmmg.org.
Carnaval San Francisco: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., May 28-29. Harrison Street between 16th and 22nd streets, San Francisco. Art, crafts, dance, food, beverages and live entertainment. Parade starts 9:30 a.m. May 28 at 24th and Bryant streets, proceeding to West Mission Street. Free. www.carnavalsf.com
Oakland Eastlake Music Festival: Free. 12noon – 9pm. Live Music, DJ & Dance Party | Oakland. Saturday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE* | Lake Merritt Amphitheater. Boogie down at The Eastlake Music Festival at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater in Oakland which features local music, dance, indie arts and crafts, micro-brews and food trucks. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/eastlake-music-festival/
Longboard Invitational: May 28-29. Steamer Lane, 701 W Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz. 32nd Annual SCLU. Come watch the Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest, the longest-running longboard surf contest on the West Coast. Over 100 contestants take part, so come cheer on local surfers as they compete against some of the best longboarders in the state. www.santa-cruz-longboard-union.com
Art and Wind Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 28 – 29. San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Hand-crafted items including paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, pottery, toys, entertainment, puppet shows, kids’ activity areas, food booths, kite flying demonstrations, http://bit.ly/TyBqaV.
Treasure Island Flea 6th Birthday Bash. Saturday and Sunday, May 28 & 29 – All Day | Cost: $3 | Great Lawn. The market in the middle of the bay celebrates its 6th birthday Saturday and Sunday with the usual vendor booths, plus live music, scavenger hunts, kids’ events, food trucks and three full bars. http://www.treasureislandflea.com
Burger & Brew Fest, Fremont. Saturday, May 28 on Capitol Avenue near Paseo Padre. Vendors, live entertainment, burger-cooking contests. http://www.burgerandbrewfest.com
Felton Remembers Parade and Covered Bridge Festival. Small-town spirit in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by the festival 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Covered Bridge Park. Live music, food, beer garden, jump houses. www.feltonbusinessassociation.org/
Civil War Battles and Encampment: May 28-29. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Visit encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers and witness historic battles. Contact the camp for schedules. $23-$30. www.roaringcamp.com
* many Saturday events also occur on Sunday. please see above.
2016 Burmese New Year Water Festival | Union City. Sunday, May 29 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Kennedy Park. 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. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/burmese-year-water-festival/
USS San Francisco WWII Memorial Ceremony | SF. Sunday, May 28 – 11:30 am – 1:30pm | Cost: FREE. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/uss-san-francisco-ca38-memorial-ceremony/
Join the USS San Francisco (CA-38) memorial ceremony on Sunday, May 29, 2017, dedicated to the 100 Sailors and seven Marines killed in action during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 12-13, 1942.
Art and Wind Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 30. San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. Hand-crafted items including paintings, photographs, jewelry, clothing, pottery, toys, entertainment, puppet shows, kids’ activity areas, food booths, kite flying demonstrations, http://bit.ly/TyBqaV.
2016 Memorial Day Parade | Mill Valley. Monday, May 30 – 10:00 am | Cost: FREE | Lytton Square. Mill Valley turns Red White and Blue for the Memorial Day parade recognizing those who gave their lives for their country starting at 10:30 pm Monday, May 30, 2016. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/memorial-day-parade-mill-valley/
2016 Memorial Day Celebration, Rock ‘n Roll & Free BBQ | San Anselmo. Monday, May 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE* | The Log Cabin. Spend the day with Vets who have served our country at The American Legion Post 179 at their fun annual Memorial Day Celebration at the Log Cabin and Dugout Bar from 1-8 pm on Monday, May 30, 2016. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/memorial-day-celebration-free-bbq-san-anselmo/
Civil War Battles and Encampment: May 30. Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad, 5355 Graham Hill Road, Felton. Visit encampments of Union and Confederate soldiers and witness historic battles. Contact the camp for schedules. $23-$30. www.roaringcamp.com
Memorial Day Parade and Festival, Hillsborough. Parade starts at 10:30 Monday at Town Hall, followed by carnival, Memorial Day ceremony and music festival at Crocker Field. http://www.hillsborough.net/281/Memorial-Day-Parade-Carnival-Music-Festi
Bay Point Spring Derby Parade & Festival: 9 a.m. May 29, Ambrose Community Center, 3105 Willow Pass Road, Bay Point. The event begins with a Memorial Day tribute followed by a parade at 10 a.m. and festival at 11 a.m. with arts and crafts, food and entertainment. Free. email@example.com.
2017 Memorial Day Parade | Mill Valley. Monday, May 29 – 9:45 am | Cost: FREE | Lytton Square (Mill Valley). Mill Valley turns red, white and blue for their Memorial Day parade, recognizing those who gave their lives for their country starting at 10:30 am Monday, May 29, 2017. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/memorial-day-parade-mill-valley/
Memorial Day 2017 Commemoration & Parade | Presidio. Monday, May 29 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Main Post Lawn. Join veterans, families, and the community for the annual Memorial Day commemoration at the Presidio. The formal program includes music and remarks by military and civilian dignitaries. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/memorial-day-commemoration-presidio/
19th Annual Memorial Day Service | Colma Cemetery. Monday, May 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Cypress Lawn Memorial Park. Details: Cypress Lawn invites the public to attend its 19th Annual Memorial Day Program at 1 pm on Monday, May 29, 2017. Link: http://sf.funcheap.com/cypress-lawns-memorial-day-program/