Fun Things to Do in San Francisco, California in May
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Fun Things to Do in San Francisco, California in May

San Francisco offers many activities year-round. Many special events happen in San Francisco in May.

Welcome to San Francisco! San Francisco is home to over 800,000 people and has much to offer her residents. It is a city full of energy and events to numerous to be inclusive here. Many sites are simply fun to enjoy year round, like the Fisherman's Wharf. Below are a few events scheduled for May 2012. 

Batter Up!

The San Francisco Giants play at home 16 times in May at the AT& T Park.  

Culinary Walking Tour

Last year the San Francisco Bay Guardian voted the Culinary Walking Tour of North Beach/Little Italy the “Best Tour 2011”. This May find out why! Enjoy the finest coffee, chocolates, breads and pastries, and specialty meats. Take in the history of Little Italy. See how chocolates are made and how coffee is roasted. The tours run daily. The cost is $59 per adult with discounts for children and families. The company also offers walking tours of Chinatown. For more information, visit

Dr. Seuss

The “Art of Dr. Seuss” will be presented by Dennis Rae Fine Art. For a preview of the exhibit, visit Theodore Seuss Geisel wrote and illustrated over 40 children’s books using the pen name Dr. Seuss. Those illustrations are celebrated in this exhibit.


San Francisco is full of history related museums and exhibits. One such exhibit is “Life Aboard a 19th Century Sailing Ship.” This exhibit is at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Join in on a guided tour of Balclutha, a cargo ship. According to the National Park Service, the Balclutha made port in San Francisco five times while the ship flew under the British flag.  

Meet the Animals

The Randall Museum is not your traditional museum. One finds there pelicans, ravens, hawks and honey bees. The museum sets out to provide children a learning experience in regards to science and natural history. A live animal exhibit is a regular draw. On Saturdays, visitors can “Meet the Animals.” The museum houses over 100 animals that, for one reason or another, could not survive in their natural inhabitant. The museum aims to lend visitors an appreciation for the disappearing local wildlife. For more information, visit

Mother’s Day Events

The Mother’s Day Spring Show is an arts and crafts festival with food, drink and entertainment. Located on Park Street, the event will run Saturday, May 12 and Sunday, May 13. Both days the event begins at 10 a.m. 


San Francisco is home to numerous museums. Each has ongoing exhibits of various interests.


Roger Waters: The Wall Live will be at the AT&T Park on Friday, May 11. Performance is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Get your ticket now (through Ticketmaster) to see and hear the creative genius behind Pink Floyd. This is a one night performance on his “The Wall” tour. 

Outdoor Adventure Club

Enjoy the outdoors! Go mountain biking with the Outdoor Adventure Club Saturday, May 12 at the Boggs Mountain Demonstration Forest. Any skill level is welcome. Instruction is also available for beginners. For more information on this weekend event, or the club itself, visit There is a fee for this outing. The Outdoor Adventure Club offers many other events throughout the month as well including a Memorial Day weekend hiking and camping trip in Yosemite. 

Sound Art

Audium combines space and music through 176 speakers in its 49 seat theater. In a dark theater sounds flow like waves. Located in an old bakery at 1616 Bush Street, Audium is a non profit venture in the arts. Performances are most Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:30 p.m. There is a small admission cost. For more information, visit  

Treasure Island Flea Market

The Treasure Island Flea Market is an open air market showcasing local artists, crafters, food vendors, antique dealers, collectors and more. Local entertainers are slated for the Flea Market as well. The Flea Market takes place the last weekend of each month. In May the dates are 26-27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Treasure Island MarketPlace is owned and operated by The Marin County Flea Market LLC., a privately held company.

Wine Tasting

California is known for her wines. Attend a wine tasting at The Winery SF for an experience your palette will thank you for later. In addition, you will be able to see how wine is made. The Winery SF also opens its facility for wedding receptions, holiday parties, and over private or charity events. For more information, visit the Winery SF at It is located at 200 California Avenue. 


The San Francisco Zoo is open daily in May from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. San Francisco residents enjoy free admission to the zoo the first Wednesday of each month. For more information, visit 

Throughout San Francisco there are countless museums with various exhibits. Likewise if music is your forte, there are countless clubs and concerts and of course the symphony. Regardless of what you personally consider “fun,” San Francisco has something for everyone regardless of the time of year. For more events, pick up the San Francisco Chronicle.  


Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman began writing in 1985, with her work appearing in several local newspapers. From 2003-2009, she spearheaded an online newspaper company, which had two newspapers, the PA Farm News and The latter covered everything from hometown heroes and new businesses to the Nickel Mines Shooting. She received my Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Lock Haven University, and was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. Her interests include learning more about diabetes and how to deal with it, genealogy, history/travel, gaming and Orthodoxy. You may contact Jeanne with your comments and questions.

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Comments (2)

I would love to visit. Thanks for the tour.

Thanks, Michael!