Here are some of our beloved annual events. For ongoing events View our events calendar >
In 2016, a group of cultural arts organization within San Francisco’s Latino Cultural District came together to create Paseo Artístico, a neighborhood arts project dedicated to bringing free cultural arts activities to the corridor every second Saturday of every other month. The bi-monthly art stroll offers neighborhood residents and tourists alike the opportunity to experience the cultural vitality of Calle 24’s Latino community.
Activities–which may include anything form live music to poetry readings to film screening to artist workshops–are staggered in such a way so that pedestrians can spend the afternoon leisurely walking from one venue to the next.
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 on November 2nd by creating sacred space with art installations, performances and a walking procession, which help us contemplate our personal existence, mortality, and celebration of life.
For the past 36 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 their inception, in order to maintain their integrity of being a true grassroots organization, without being beholden to political or consumerist demand on their mission of producing an authentic Ritual Procession as closest to the Meso American and Mexican roots. All cultures are invited to join on November 2nd to *Respectfully* honor and remember those who have passed on.
Fiesta de las Américas
La Fiesta de Las Américas celebrates the independence of various Latin American countries and commemorates the culture, arts and music found from Patagonia to the Arctic Circle.
It highlights the unique Latino diaspora experience which has cemented the Latino Cultural District as the center of Latino activism, arts, commerce, and culture in San Francisco since the 1940’s. The festival happens annually on the second weekend of September.
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. The Festival happens annually on the second weekend of April.
Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade & Festival
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 of Memorial Day Weekend in 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 24th streets. On Sunday the Carnaval Grand Parade starts at 24th and Bryant streets and proceeds to Mission Street, on Mission down to 15th Street, where it will turn east and flow into the festival area on Harrison St.
Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances
Brava! for Women in the Arts’ annual event takes over the streets and alleys of San Francisco’s Mission District to celebrate and preserve its living cultural heritage! Now in its sixth year, Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances draws the Bay Area’s most dynamic dance companies and performing artists to interpret the murals through music and dance, alongside detailed narration by Precita Eyes Muralists docents. Baile en la Calle: The Mural Dances provides audiences an intricate look at each mural and its relationship to the culture and the life of the Mission.
Brava’s annual event takes over the streets and alleys of the Mission on the first weekend of May to celebrate and preserve the neighborhood’s living cultural heritage. 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.