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It’s “Carnaval” Time in San Francisco

What are you doing the last weekend in May? Up for a fantastic party in San Francisco? Carnaval San Francisco is quickly approaching and it’s an event that you don’t want to miss. Set to take place on May 27 and 28, this free event is all about celebrating Latin American and Caribbean culture and bringing the community together. This family-friendly event is in its 39th year, and it’s no surprise as to why considering how incredible it is, but before you check it out for yourself, peruse through the following for a little information about what you should know before you go.

Special Events
While the Grand Parade and the Festival at Carnaval San Francisco are free to attend, there are some special events that are going to require you to pay for tickets if you’d like to go. For example, on Saturday, April 15, at 7pm is the King and Queen Competition at the Brava Theater. Additionally, you’ll have the ability to get tickets for Grand Parade Seating which takes place on Sunday, May 28th at 9:30am; tickets are $30. Grandstand seating is located between 21st and 22nd Streets on Mission Street. On Tuesday, May 16, at 7:15pm is the Carnaval Night at the SF Giants event, and on Friday, May 19 at 6pm is the VIP Party at Calle 11. Take note that there are processing fees, tickets are available to purchase online, and there may be a limited number of tickets each person can purchase.

The Carnaval San Francisco Festival
In addition to attending the special events, you’re not going to want to miss the Carnaval San Francisco Festival which takes place on both Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. You’ll find various activities, crafts, dancing, and more, so make sure to be ready to have a lot of fun, and with all the delicious food that’s sure to be present, don’t forget to bring your appetite as well. The event is all-ages, and anyone of any age is sure to have a good time.

Carnaval San Francisco

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The Grand Parade
Speaking of the Grand Parade, it takes place on, as previously stated, May 28th at 9:30am on the second and last day of the festival. It starts at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, and throughout the parade, you’ll get to watch some incredible dancing, see beautiful floats, hear phenomenal music, and view brilliant ensembles. You’re definitely going to want to move along to the music (you won’t be able to help it!), so make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

The theme of the 2017 Carnaval San Francisco is El Corazón de San Pancho/The Heart of San Francisco, so don’t hesitate to go and be a part of the celebration. It’s all about cultures, community, and coming together, and you’ll be able to get together with hundreds of thousands of others who are all there for the same reason. To stay up-to-date on all the latest information about Carnaval San Francisco, check them out on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.