Memorial Day Weekend Adventures
Enjoy your holiday weekend with these fun activities for the whole family.
1. Explore the Presidio’s Hidden Treasures
- This is a fun 2-mile hike with easy access to the rest of the Presidio.
- Stroll 150 year old Lover’s Lane.
- Walk along Andy Goldsworthy’s “Wood Line”.
- Take in the beautiful views from Inspiration Point.
- Duration: 1-2 hours.
Tucked into a corner of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the Presidio, a beautiful little oasis of forests, beaches, and sweeping views that locals love. While the coastal trails get most of the attention here, the park covers 300 acres of prime real estate with lots of notable attractions.
This 2-mile hike is a simple loop that takes you past three significant landmarks, and allows for easy exploration of other areas. Begin at the Presidio Gate (Presidio Blvd & Pacific) and start your way down Lover’s Lane. To your immediate right, up in the trees, you’ll see Andy Goldsworthy’s “Wood Line” art installation, a zig-zagging configuration of eucalyptus trees. Look closely for it from Lover’s Lane or there’s a good chance you’ll miss it.
Continue down along Lover’s Lane until it ends at Presidio Blvd. Make a left at Presidio and walk down a few hundred yards and you’ll see a trailhead for the Upper Ecology Trail. Take this trail uphill, through a beautiful forest, until you reach Inspiration Point Overlook. With a posted trail map, this is the perfect spot to break off and do a bit more exploring.
Once you’re done taking in the views at Inspiration Point, follow the signs for the Mountain Lake Trail, which will return you to your starting point at the Presidio Gate.
When you’re done exploring, treat yourself to some comfort food and drinks at Liverpool Lil’s.
- Dress in layers (it can be cool in the shade)
2. Carnival in SF
Carnaval San Francisco is a beloved Memorial Day Weekend event featuring a Grand Parade and 2–day Festival, celebrating music and cultural elements from Latin American and Caribbean traditions.
Now in its third decade of celebration, Carnaval San Francisco has been an opportunity for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression. Come join our 3-Day event kicking-off Friday, May 22nd with Carnaval Night at the DeYoung Museum. Then celebrate with us at our FREE 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend, May 23rd and & May 24th, where we will showcase the very best Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multi–cultural celebration on the West Coast.
3. Union Square Live
Head over to Union Square on Sunday, May 24 for Union Square Live. Starting at 1pm, the famous Taiko Dojo group will perform. This group has been active in San Francisco for more than 45 years and their performances are very popular with locals. The show is free and lasts until 2pm
4. Off the Grid: Presidio Picnic & Food Truck Party
Expect yummy offerings available for purchase from San Francisco’s favorite eateries and food trucks, Mimosa and Bloody Mary drink kits, and live music from an onsite DJ. In addition to complimentary classic picnic amenities like bocce ball, Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio offers yoga classes from “The Pad” and kids yoga from “It’s Yoga Kids,” as well as game rentals and activities from Sports Basement. Blankets and Adirondack chairs are available to rent for a complete Picnic experience.
5. Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest
Come watch the Santa Cruz Longboard Surf Contest, the longest-running longboard surf contest on the West Coast. Over 100 contestants take part, so come cheer on local surfers as they compete against some of the best longboarders in the state on the famous Steamer Lane and Cowells over Memorial Day weekend.