Annual Carnaval San Francisco takes place on May 27 & 28, 2017

Energia do Samba dancers at the 2016 Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade (Photo Credit: Michael Onas)

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The 2017 Grand Parade will be held on May 28th at 9:30 am at Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Street in San Francisco. 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.

Energia do Samba dancers at the 2016 Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade (Photo Credit: Michael Onas)



Carnaval San Francisco is by far, the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.

Though San Francisco host various annual colorful parades and unique events such as the Pride, Bay to Breaker each year, Carnaval San Francisco stands out in a class by itself.

This free 2–day annual Memorial Day weekend family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District is where guests can experience the global cuisine, international music, dance, arts & crafts, and other fun activities and entertainment on every street corner.

Dancers at the 2016 Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade (Photo Credit: Michael Onas)

Conceived 39 years ago by a group of local musicians, artists, and residents eager to bring the spirit of Latin American, African and Caribbean influenced culture to San Francisco, Carnaval San Francisco has grown to become the largest annual multicultural celebration in California.

Like the Cariocas in Rio and Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Carnaval San Francisco draws a crowd of more than 400,000 attendees each year from around the world to the city’s vibrant, multi-cultured Mission District.

Dancers at the 2016 Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade (Photo Credit: Michael Onas)

The annual event which takes place over the memorial day weekend in San Francisco, comes to life for an enormous two-day festival and grand parade, pulsating with dancing, drumming, live music, brilliant costumes, delicious food, and artistry from Brazil, Mexico, Bolivia, Colombia, Trinidad, Tobago, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Guatemala, Africa, Chile, Haiti and more.

Carnaval San Francisco takes place at Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Street in San Francisco.

Dancers at the 2016 Carnaval San Francisco Grand Parade (Photo Credit: Michael Onas)