SF Bay Area Holistic Calendar

Free San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017

May 27 – 28, 2017 (Saturday – Sunday)

Harrison Street and 24th Street,
San Francisco, CA

Come celebrate with us at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco! The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on May 28th at 9:30am. Watch a brilliant procession of contingents, most of which will feature beautifully adorned floats depicting rich multicultural themes and featuring performers who engage and entertain the crowds. The 2–day festival will be held May 27th and May 28th on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets. Experience global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner for the entire family to enjoy.

2017 marks the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco parade and festival. On May 27th and 28th, the Mission District will transform into an enormous celebration pulsating with dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes and delicious food. Traditions from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Chile, Haiti, and West Africa will be presented. The annual event attracts more than 400,000 people who come to enjoy the revelry and soak up the pageant of color and culture.

San Francisco has always shared a welcoming heart to people from around the world. Some of the residents are economic or political refugees who sought and found sanctuary in neighborhoods throughout the city. Although San Francisco has been hard-hit by gentrification and many people of color have left, it still maintains a distinct flavor by those families, businesses and cultural organizations who have managed to survive.

The theme, El Corazón de San Pancho/The Heart of San Francisco refers to the very essence of what it means to identify with the enriching love that this city has to offer. It’s about belonging, community-building, diversity and celebrating multicultural arts. It means passion, strength, and empathy. It recognizes a common struggle while promoting solidarity and compassion. It’s an acknowledgement that culture cures what’s ailing us, or “la cultura cura.”

The relentless assault of rising rents, evictions, displacement and limited access to economic opportunity is painful but it also serves to unify San Franciscans to cling together and celebrate the beauty of their families and traditions. This bond in the face of adversity is presented in the theme, El Corazón de San Pancho/The Heart of San Francisco.

Cost: Free