An Un-BBQ Memorial Day Weekend

The Bay Area climate increases the odds of a chilly BBQ. Looking for alternatives to a cold day in the park? Here's just a sampling of the arts events to explore from Friday, May 25 to Monday, May 28:

Dry Land at Ashby Stage Opens May 25


Two teenage girls, teammates on a swim team in a Florida high school, have different goals: One wants to win a scholarship, the other needs an abortion. The play, by Ruby Rae Spiegel, sounds both poignant and intense-an insightful, empathetic look at adolescence and friendship, with no punches pulled. Ariel Craft directs for Shotgun Players.  Check out show times.

Ratatouille Popcorn & Movie Night: May 26


The Rabbit Hole offers parents a night off and kids a "night on" in an engaging and social environment. The evening starts with arts and crafts, includes a pizza party and cinematic experience on a 20-foot projected screen, and concludes with a sing-along. May features "Ratatouille," the amusing adventures of a rat named Remy and his dream of becoming a chef.  See details.

40th Carnaval Festival and Parade: May 26 and 27


The raices (roots) of Carnaval run deep and wide through the Mission, and in its 40th year the festival honors its past and present, with vibrant and gorgeous poster art by Michael Rios (who created the art for Santana's multi-platinum "Supernatural" album) and hometown heroes Malo, who take the stage (and play their '70s era hit "Suavecito") before La Princesa de Salsa India, direct from Puerto Rico.  Learn more.


Felix Hell Organ Recital at San Francisco Symphony: May 27


The demon German-born organist, who "American Organist" magazine says "sets standards that many established and honored older players would struggle to equal," plays Davies' splendid Ruffatti organ. The recital's repertoire could range from Bach to Barber to contemporary works.  See more and plan your visit.

See all the Memorial Day arts events on our comprehensive calendar.