Grand opening SF Civic Center Carnival

4 day carnival, running from Thursday Aug. 24 through Sunday Aug. 27, will feature games and rides, including a Ferris wheel and spinning teacups, as well as classic fair foods like cotton candy, funnel cakes, and more.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg will join neighborhood children, community groups, and families to celebrate the opening of the Civic Center Carnival.

Fulton Plaza, Fulton Street between Asian Art Museum and San Francisco Public Library
Limited parking for TV trucks along Larkin Street, directly across from Fulton Plaza.

Admission to Civic Center Carnival requires a $10 minimum purchase toward games, rides or food for each person over 12.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will distribute a limited number of complimentary passes to nonprofits serving youth in its Equity Zones, including the Tenderloin and South of Market neighborhoods.


Event details:

The event comes on the heels of Rec and Park’s announcement of a pilot program to transform neighboring UN Plaza.

Drawing inspiration from activations in Paris, Madrid and Philadelphia, Rec and Park will install a street skating area, exercise equipment, and tables for chess, ping pong and teqball.

“A carnival next to a library is my idea of heaven,” said City Librarian Michael Lambert. “I can’t wait for the public to enjoy the rides and the reads. We are thrilled to have this type of novel activation on Fulton Street and for the community to have another great reason to enjoy our beautiful Civic Center. I encourage everyone to bring their library cards with them so that they can take home books along with their fun memories.”

With the opening of our new East West Bank Art Terrace on the evening of August 24—the same day that the carnival begins—the Asian Art Museum will be sharing great art from local artists both indoors and out, making this a festival for everyone, whatever they love.


To support these activations and make the area safe and welcoming for residents, workers, and visitors, San Francisco is continuing to coordinate law enforcement and cleaning resources around the Tenderloin,

Mid-Market and South of Market Area, including dedicated Park Rangers who are focused on Civic Center and UN Plaza. The Mayor’s recently adopted budget also includes an additional eight new park rangers, to help build on this support for UN Plaza.

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