A Delightful Long Weekend of Arts Events in the City

If you are staying in the Bay Area on this three-day weekend, embrace the spirit of a holiday in the City and check out these lively San Francisco events.

Marcus Shelby Orchestra at SFJAZZ: May 23-26


On various nights of his SFJAZZ run, the engaging bassist and composer Marcus Shelby premieres “Blackball: The Negro Leagues and the Blues,” a big band piece flavored with physical comedy; performs his historical “San Francisco Blues” show with writer Daniel Handler; and toasts the music of Duke Ellington.  See details.

San Francisco International Arts Festival at Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, May 23-June 2


The San Francisco International Arts Festival—a unique mosaic of theater, film, music and dance from local, regional, national and global artists—returns for its 17th year, with the central theme, "The Path to Democracy."  See details.


Carnaval: May 25-26 on Harrison Street in San Francisco


Carnaval, an inclusive celebration of traditions from Cuba, Jamaica, Japan, Bolivia and beyond, proves that there is healing power in the spirit of thousands joining together in a parade to the hypnotic beat; indeed, “La Cultura Cura,” as this year’s theme affirms.  See details.

See more arts events here.