May 26 @ 8:00 am - May 27 @ 5:00 pmFree
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 May 26th and May 27th, 2018.
This year’s theme is the Roots of Carnaval / Raíces del Carnaval
A tree’s branches, leaves, and fruit give it beauty, but its strength lies in what is not seen–its roots. The roots sustain the tree through changing weather and seasons, providing nourishment and grounding. Without strong roots, a tree topples in a storm and withers in a drought.
Our roots are our ancestors–they keep us centered and protect us in times of trial and tribulation. Without them, Carnaval San Francisco would not have reached the current level of success in the beautiful and constantly evolving landscape that is our home. In the spirit of our ancestors, community artists, and organizers who paved the way for today’s culture-bearers, we dedicate our much anticipated 40th Anniversary to the Raíces del Carnaval, the Roots of Carnaval.