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What's On In San Francisco | May 2016
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What's On In San Francisco | May 2016

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Updated: 12 October 2016
This May, explore San Francisco through the best events the city has to offer, including Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day, and Mother’s Day celebrations, along with art, music, literature, film, fashion, and food events. Read on to browse our top picks for this month and mark your calendars with your favorites. Click through for details.

Sunday May 1st

ART | Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia

Open through Sun May 15th

The Legion of Honor is currently hosting Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, celebrating the Parisian artist’s work and his influence on modernism with over 70 works on display.

FASHION | Oscar de la Renta: The Retrospective

Open through Sun May 29th

The Oscar de la Renta Retrospective will celebrate the designer’s life and career, exploring the evolution of his career in Spain to become one of the world’s most influential fashion designers.

MUSIC | Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution

Open through Tues July 5th

Explore the life of Bill Graham, from his young life as a German-Jewish refugee to his immense influence in the rock industry and community as an adult, with the Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution exhibit.

FILM | San Francisco International Film Festival

Thurs April 21st – Thurs May 5th

The San Francisco International Film Festival, organized by the San Francisco Film Society, presents around 200 films from over 50 countries annually.

FUN | Bay Area Dance Week

Fri April 22nd – Sun May 1st

Bay Area Dance Week will be a vibrant celebration with over 400 events, including classes, performances, open rehearsals, and lecture demonstrations.

ART | Art Market SF

Wed April 27th – Sun May 1st

The Art Market San Francisco will present a significant selection of contemporary and modern artworks from returning Art Market exhibitors and exciting newcomers.

FESTIVAL | SFUSD Arts Festival

Thurs April 28th – Fri May 6th

The San Francisco Unified School District will host its annual Arts Festival, a celebration of student creativity in visual, media, literary and performing arts.

ART | Renegade Craft Fair

Fri April 29th – Sun May 1st

The Renegade Craft Fair, a ‘highly curated showcase of the very best in craft and design,’ is the largest independent craft fair in the world.

FESTIVAL | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Sun May 1st – Sun Oct 30th

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will commence Sunday, May 1st, and continue through the end of October at the Yerba Buena Gardens.

Monday May 2nd – Sunday May 8th

ART | Free Museum Day

Tues May 3rd

On the first Tuesday of every month, enjoy free admission to some of the most prominent and popular museums around the city.

ART | North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl

Fri May 6th

Take a stroll down the lively and historic Columbus Ave on the First Friday of every month to get a peek into some of the best art and entertainment North Beach has to offer.

FOOD & ART | Oakland’s Art Murmur & First Friday

Fri May 6th

On the first Friday of every month, Uptown Oakland lights up with activity for Oakland’s popular First Friday and Art Murmur events, offering wares from local vendors and a gallery crawl around the city.

FESTIVAL | Cinco de Mayo Festival

Sat May 7th

The 12th annual San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival will take place on May 7th from 10AM – 6PM.

FOOD | Oysterfest

Sat May 7th – Sun May 8th

The San Francisco Oysterfest Music & Food Festival is the largest oyster festival on the West Coast, drawing over 250,000 people to date.

FUN | Mother’s Day Marina Green 5K & Kids Run

Sun May 8th

This year marks the 50th anniversary of San Francisco’s Mother’s Day Marina Green 5K & Kids Run.

Monday May 9th – Sunday May 15th

CRAFT | SFMade Week

Mon May 9th – Sun May 15th

SFMade will be hosting the annual SFMade Week, featuring factory tours, pop-ups, demos, and more.

FOOD | Taste Of Potrero

Thurs May 12th

The 6th annual Taste of Potrero invites you to ‘sip, savor, and nibble for public education!’

ART | SFMOMA Opening Day

Sat May 14th

After closure in 2013, an expanded and remodeled San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is set to reopen with a vengeance on May 14th.

FUN | Bay to Breakers

Sun May 15th

The Zappos Bay to Breakers, a 12K race, is a staple among San Francisco traditions, reigning it at over 100 years old.

Monday May 16th – Sunday May 22nd

ART | SF International Arts Festival

Thurs May 19th – Sun June 5th

This year’s San Francisco International Arts Festival will commence on May 19th, celebrating the arts by bringing together a global community of artists and audiences.

CRAFT | Etsy Spring Indie Emporium Pop-Up Market

Sun May 22nd

The Etsy San Francisco division is hosting its Spring Indie Emporium Pop-Up Market on May 22nd.

Monday May 23rd – Sunday May 29th

MUSIC & MORE | Lightning in a Bottle

Wed May 25th – Mon May 30th

Take a trip down south for the mindfully magnificent experience that is the Do Lab’s Lightning in a Bottle. Filled with music, meditation, love, and learning, this year’s festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

MUSIC & FOOD | BottleRock Napa Valley

Fri May 27th – Sun May 29th

BottleRock Napa Valley is a festival full of music, food, wine, and brews. This year’s festival will take place on Memorial Day weekend at the Napa Expo.

FESTIVAL | Carnaval SF

Sat May 28th – Sun May 29th

Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multicultural celebration on the West Coast, taking place this year on Memorial Day weekend.

FUN | Alcatraz Challenge

Sun May 29th

The Alcatraz Challenge is an aquathlon taking place in and around downtown San Francisco.

DESIGN, FOOD & MUSIC | Treasure Island Flea Market

Sat May 28th – Sun May 29th

Treasure Island Flea is a monthly outdoor market hosting over 400 vendors, food trucks, live music, and a full bar on the last weekend of every month.

Monday May 30th – Tuesday May 31st

HOLIDAY | Memorial Day Ceremony

Mon May 30th

Celebrate Memorial Day 2016 by honoring late veterans at the annual Memorial Day grand march and ceremony at the Presidio.