‘Weird’ has long been one of the defining descriptions of San Francisco since the Beat and Hippy movements of the 1960s. With 10 music stages, food and and Art Alley, How Weird Street Faire hosts a plethora of fun that calls back to that distinctive SF quirk. The musical aesthetic, described as ‘vibrations of peace,’ is largely of the EDM variety, so expect some big crowds and rumbling bass beneath your feet. Prepare to have fun and get weird.
San Francisco’s Mission District hosts many events, including Pride Parade and Love Evolution. Another essential festival is Carnaval San Francisco, a two-day celebration of Latin American and Caribbean culture taking place May 23-24. Local food and crafts showcasing Latin/Caribbean life will be available from multiple vendors and workshops located throughout the event. The festival will culminate in the colorful Grand Parade, where more than 30 musical acts and dance troupes will march the streets to the sounds of Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, Tango and Salsa, along with Reggae, Samba, and Rancheras flavors. The event is completely free, though donations are encouraged at the gate.
If you’re looking for a quintessential picnic in the park, look no further than Stern Grove Festival’s ‘Big Picnic.’ The concert will feature none other than The Doobie Brothers and will be free to attend. You also have the option to purchase tickets for reserved seating, as well as an invitation to the Picnic Party following the event in the Big Picnic Lounge. The Stern Grove festival is a perfect blend of music and nature available to people of all ages.
What list of music festivals would be complete without mentioning Outside Lands? The Bay Area’s answer to Coachella, Outside Lands provides entertainment from top artists and independent musicians, from Kanye West to Flume. Combine this with large crowds, multiple stages, exotic foods, a campground for visitors and locals alike, and exciting side acts (comedians Lewis Black and Gallagher have both played in previous years), and the result is one hell of a time. It’s no doubt that Outside Lands is one of the best music festival San Francisco has to offer.