Carnaval grand parade and festival
This is the kind of traffic jam we don’t mind. The Carnaval parade is back! Stake a spot early on Sunday to watch a colorful procession of African drummers, Mexican Aztec performers, multicultural floats, giant puppets, lowriders and a 300-strong contingent of Brazilian-style samba dancers shake and shimmy down Mission Street. Or go straight for the festival, which takes over 17 blocks of the Mission with six stages and five DJ block parties. New for 2022 includes the festival’s first-ever cannabis garden, plus a special LGBTQI+ stage giving a dedicated spotlight to some of S.F.’s fiercest queer artists. Parade: Sunday 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 24th and Bryant to Mission St. Festival: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Harrison St. between 16th and 24th, S.F., Free. carnavalsanfrancisco.org
Asians Are Strong 5K AAPI landmark journey

Founded in the wake of violent racist attacks in 2021, Asians Are Strong is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to empower and protect the Asian and Pacific Islander community. This weekend, they ask you to join the movement. Meet up at Japantown’s Peace Plaza (grab a special wristband that gives you access to bathrooms and giveaways along the route!) for a free, family-friendly 5K “run” that passes by more than a dozen AAPI landmarks, museums, murals and alleys in J-town, Little Saigon and Chinatown. But don’t just blow through the course. Visit each stop to learn about the area’s history and significance with lots of fun photo ops, snacks, music and surprise activities along the way.  Sunday, 10 a.m.-noon, Japantown Peace Plaza to Portsmouth Square, Chinatown, S.F., Free. asiansarestrong.org
‘Macbeth’: Free rooftop Shakespeare in the park
If you thought Shakespeare was a bit boring and out of date, leave it to Theatre Rhinoceros to liven things up. The longest-running queer theater in the world brings the Bard outdoors over Memorial Day weekend for a campy reimagining of Macbeth set in the present day with tons of satire about the Bay Area and current politics along with a live band and brand new songs. Expect the usual gaggle of ghosts, witches and sorcery, plus lots of laughter throughout. And when the sword fights begin and the bodies start falling, remember this outlandishly fun version is also meant to capture the emotional power of the original. Saturday and Sunday, 6:30 p.m., Monday, 1 p.m., Salesforce Park, 425 Mission St., S.F., Free. therhino.org
Pink Triangle returns Wednesday
What’s nearly 200 feet wide, has 2,700 pink LED lights and can be seen from over 20 miles away? San Francisco’s massive Pink Triangle is an important reclaimed symbol against hate that has been installed atop Twin Peaks for Pride every year since 1996. This year will see not only the triangle illuminated at night (by the same team that brought us the Bay Lights) but — thanks to thousands of shiny new reflective pink streamers — whenever the wind blows, the triangle will shimmy and sparkle during daylight hours as well. Grand lighting, Wednesday, 8:30-9 p.m. Lit nightly through July 1, Twin Peaks, S.F., Free. thepinktrianglesf.org
Muni Heritage Day: Free vintage bus and streetcar rides
When Muni upgrades its fleet every few decades or so, some of the retired vehicles are put away in storage. But they aren’t forgotten. Instead, they are gussied up once a year and brought back onto the roads and rails to become transit time machines for a day. Right across from the Ferry Building you can hop aboard a dozen different vintage vehicles for free rides, including a streetcar that survived the 1906 quake, an open-topped “Boat Tram” from England and electric buses from the 1930s to the 1970s. Or get tugged up the hills on two unique cable cars from lines that disappeared from S.F. more than 70 years ago.  Saturday, June 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Most rides originate at San Francisco Railway Museum, 77 Steuart St., S.F., Free. streetcar.org
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