Ah San Francisco, where we celebrate everything from a World Naked Bike Ride Day to the Fillmore Street Jazz Festival. It's safe to say we pride ourselves on having a good time. So it should come as no surprise that the Mission District in SF is home to the largest and most diverse Carnaval celebration in the state.
Now going on its 38th year, Carnaval features two days of food, entertainment, and vendors packed with Latin American and Caribbean culture. The event will take place this Saturday and Sunday on Harrison between 17th and 22nd Streets. With so much culture to take in and only a couple days to do so, we've put together a quick guide to make sure you get the most Carnaval-y experience possible.
Grand Parade - If there's one thing you don't want to miss, it's the festival parade on Sunday at 9:30AM. The parade starts at the corner of 24th and Bryant Streets, continues west to Mission Street, up to 17th, and will end east at South Van Ness. Tip: You can reserve bleacher seats with a view by purchasing tickets here.
Entertainment - Live music and dancing will take place both days. Stages are placed between 17th and 22nd Streets with a constant stream of Samba dancing, Latin music, DJs and more! Be sure to check out this year's headliner, Oscar D'Leon a.ka. The Lion of Salsa. He'll be hitting the stage on on 17th at 4PM.
Vendors - Bring your family and your appetite. This year's Carnaval vendors include international and local cuisines, carnival rides for kids, and even craft booths. Be sure to stop by our Lyft booth as well, where you can have a go at our prize wheel for a chance to win awesome swag!
So get your feathered headpieces on, your dancing shoes ready, and request a Lyft ride over to the Mission. We hope to see you there!
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