May 2, 2018

The Best May Events Around SoMa

May abloom like the cherry blossom trees. All the San Francisco April Showers have paid off. But, like those very same cherry blossoms, these gorgeous spring days won’t last forever. Make May memorable this season in SoMa!

Here are the best May events around The City.


Enjoy Taiwanese food, music and other cultural activities at the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival. This event is free and open to the public this May in Union Square from 10am to 6pm. It’s the largest Taiwanese American festival on the West Coast!

For over 25 years the Taiwanese American Cultural Festival has drawn over 10,000 people from all across the Bay Area to enjoy mouth-watering Taiwanese food, rock out to live performances and experience the vibrancy of Taiwanese culture.


Carnaval celebrates both Latin-American and Caribbean culture and traditions with influences from Brazil, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Bolivia. Time Out San Francisco highlights the “scantily clad dancers adorned with glitter and feathers” that compete for attention as well as performance prizes. The alt weekly goes on to recommend, “The street food is pretty hot, too.”

Carnaval San Francisco has entered its 40th year. With the historically colorful tapestry that comprises The City, who would be surprised? Watch a brilliant procession of contingents at the Grand Parade on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th Streets.

Come ready to dance!


Shhh! It’s the San Francisco Silent Film Festival! The folks at Time Out anticipate the “three-day program screening everything from Expressionist gems to classic Charlie Chaplin.” The non-profit in charge of organizing the festival is dedicated to educating the public about silent film as an art form and as a culturally valuable historical record.

True art transcends time. “The San Francisco Silent Film Festival is an extraordinary event in both its purism for the buff and its accessibility for the curious,” agrees Alexander Payne, film director.

The merry month of May is a little merrier at these events around SoMa, San Francisco!


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