Here are some of our beloved annual events. For ongoing events, View our events calendar >
California’s Largest Annual Multi-Cultural Celebration makes spring sizzle. One of the city’s most spectacular traditions, Carnaval San Francisco showcases the very best of Latin American and Caribbean cultures and traditions with a diverse array of food, music, dance and artistry, including works created by the talented community of Mission District residents and Bay Area artists. On Saturday and Sunday in late May the Carnaval San Francisco Festival offers food, music, dance, art, crafts, and other fun activities and events on several stages for the entire family to enjoy.
Spanning seven blocks, the Carnaval San Francisco Festival will takes place on Harrison Street between 16th and 23rd streets. On Sunday the Carnaval Grand Parade starts at 24th and Bryant streets and proceeds to Mission Street, on Mission down to 17th Street, where it will turn east and flow into the festival area on Harrison St.
This year’s Carnaval is on Memorial Day Weekend, May 28th and 29th, 2016. The 2016 theme, “¡Viva La Madre Tierra!” , celebrates Mother Earth’s prevalence in many cultures wordwide 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.
Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival
Each year Calle 24 is proud to host the Cesar Chavez Parade and Festival, which celebrate the life and work of labor leader César E. Chávez. Join labor leaders, community activists, city officials and celebrities that come and pay tribute to him and his work.
This family festival is a community collaboration that provides food from Calle 24 merchants, children’s activities, arts and crafts, a classic car show, live entertainment and more. Saturday, April 23, 2016
Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances
Brava’s annual event takes over the streets and alleys of the Mission for its fourth year to celebrate and preserve the living cultural heritage of the Mission. The Bay Area’s most dynamic dance companies and performing artists offer an artistic interpretation of the murals with narration by Precita Eyes Muralists docents. Sunday May 1, 2016.
Mural Tours begin in the parking lot on 24th Street between Capp Street & Lilac Alley.
Tours start at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, & 2pm.
Featuring performances by:
Cuicacalli Dance Company
& the new movable mural by Vero MajanoBra
Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is an annual Meso-American holiday dedicated to our ancestors and loved ones now gone. We celebrate the Day of the Dead by creating sacred space with art installations, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our personal existence, mortality, and celebration of life.
El Colectivo del Rescate Cultural
Invites you to its 34th annual
San Francisco Day Of The Dead Ritual Procession
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Starting promptly at 7:00 pm, at the corner of Bryant & 22nd St.
This year’s Ritual Procession honors MALINALLI (grass) governed by PATECATL (the tonali Aztec calendar symbol) connoting life’s energy. This day signifies tenacity, rejuvenation; that which cannot be uprooted forever. MALLINALI days are for persevering against all odds and for creating alliances that will survive the test of time. It is a good day for those who are suppressed, a bad day for their suppressors. These days are also governed by the primordial urge to create order out of chaos. Speech, agriculture, and the family are three means by which the Ancients established order. These are still our most important treasures. The ever-present line of thought runs from — seed to fruit to seed. MALINALLI days are good days to participate in the community; bad days for solitude.
The 2016 Ritual Procession honors the memory of:
Francisco X. Alarcon Chicano Poet, Educator, winner of the national Book Award for Snake Poems -An Aztec Invocation, and author of numerous award winning children’s books,
Dr. Horacio N. Roque Ramirez Latino LGBT Historian, Author, Educator & Cultural Activist,
Peter Rodriguez Chicano-Mexican American Artist, founder of San Francisco’s Mexican Museum,
Juan Gabriel Mexican Legendary Singer & Song Writer, during the last 4 decades,
Elsa Valverde Moran Chicana Activist & Cultural Worker, San Antonio, Texas,
The 49 Victims of the Orlando Massacre of 2016,
Victims Of Terrorist Attacks,
Victims Of Fires in San Francisco,
Public Servants Who Died In The Line Of Duty and
All Persons & Their Companion Animals Who Died This Year.
The 2016 Ritual Procession Invocation Of The 5 Directions Conducted By;
Luis Gutierrez, Starhawk & Juan Pablo Gutierrez
The Ritual Procession will be led by Estela Garcia & Roban San Miguel (S.F. Youth & Mental Health Advocates), along with the 13 Sacred Standards, (which are 10 feet high and decorated with this year’s Aztec Calendar theme).
For the past 34 consecutive years El Colectivo Del Rescate Cultural has operated under the motto, “NUESTROS MUERTOS NO SE VENDEN – Our Dead Are Not For Sale”. No city, state, federal, nor corporate-branding-funding is accepted. This has been the case since our inception, in order to maintain our integrity, of being a true grassroots organization, without being beholden to political or consumerist demand on our mission of producing an authentic Ritual Procession as closest to our Meso American and Mexican roots. We invite all cultures to join us on Nov. 2nd 2016, to honor and remember those who have passed on.