From a sunny day in Dolores Park to a gigantic street party, there is ALWAYS something happening in the Mission to get you out of your home or hotel room! Here are some of the annual events that draw the largest crowds:
Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved three–day event featuring a Grand Parade and two–day Festival, on Harrison Street from 16th to 24th Streets, celebrating music and cultural elements from Latin American and Caribbean traditions. It began in 1979 when approximately 300 drummers and dancers, all dressed in colorful traditional costumes, paraded through Precita Park. Since then it has become an annual cultural showcase, attracting over 400,000 individuals to the Mission District to dance the samba, savor traditional foods and just party. The event draws renowned Carnaval ensembles from Latin America and the Caribbean, and internationally acclaimed headliners, making it the largest multi-ethnic festival in California. Held each May over the Memorial Day weekend, Carnaval San Francisco has built community by uniting a diverse cross-section of the population, celebrating multicultural arts and traditions, and encouraging increased understanding and community pride. Thousands of performers spend months creating costumes and rehearsing music and dance performances. Family oriented, with an atmosphere of harmony and revelry, Carnaval San Francisco provides a venue for multigenerational contingents, performing artists, and audience members, as well as offering an opportunity for parents and grandparents to introduce and reinforce their respective heritages to younger generations.
The 2016 theme, “¡Viva La Madre Tierra!” , celebrated Mother Earth's prevalence in many cultures worldwide as the manifestation of the natural world. She is the life giver and the sustainer of life; from her womb she gave origin to all the plants, animals, and people.
CUESA closes down parts of 24th and Valencia Streets and offers fun, food and healthy family activities.
Celebrating the life and work of labor and civil rights leader Cesar E. Chavez along the heart of 24th Street.
GOLDEN HYDRANT COMMEMORATION
Commemorate the Anniversary of the San Francisco 1906 Earthquake and Fire at the point at which the fire's advance was halted: the Hydrant at 20th and Church Streets - The Golden Hydrant that saved the Mission.
Mission Neighborhood Centers showcases the best of Mexican and Latin American culture with diverse foods, music, dance and artistry for the whole family.
One of the largest transgender pride events in the world, it starts with a gathering in Dolores Park then marches to City Hall.
Lesbian and bisexual women join together to celebrate unity and visibility, gathering in Dolores Park then marching up 18th Street into the neighboring Castro.
The Troupe produces socially relevant free theater and performs in parks before the broadest possible audience, opening and closing their seasons in Dolores Park.
A ticketed all-day, all-ages fest in Potrero del Sol Park (25th Street and Utah) in the Mission with a a stellar collection of local food trucks to join the fun.
20TH STREET BLOCK PARTY
A free event filled with the best live music, food and drinks designed to introduce the Bay Area to a vibrant array of local businesses.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
A breath-taking procession on Harrison and 24th Streets, with a festival at Garfield Square, honoring the traditional Mesoamerican holiday and presented by The Marigold Project.
KING OF THE STREETS PARADE
The Mission Dolores Basilica Choir is a volunteer group of mixed voices. They perform an acclaimed annual Christmas concert and sing at Sunday services.