Some 200 films and events, including the opening night drama What Maisie Knew, starring Julianne Moore, and closing night’s Before Midnight. Inventor Ray Dolby of Dolby Laboratories is among the film industry honorees, and director Steven Soderbergh (sex, lies, and videotape; Magic Mike) delivers the festival’s annual “state of cinema” address.
At various venues in San Francisco and Berkeley. Ticket prices vary.
Herbst Manor, a Georgian mansion in Pacific Heights built in 1899, gets a make-over from two dozen interior and landscape designers. Oooh and aahhh over the furnishings, décor, the penthouse with wrap-around terrace and the views. Benefits the financial aid program of the private San Francisco University High School.
At 2800 Pacific Ave., San Francisco. Tickets $25, 30.
10 am-6 pm
A day of Mexican and Latin American cultures, with mariachi music, ballet folklorico, Latin jazz, salsa bands and a zumba session. Free.
Seventy galleries from around the U.S. and the world gather under one roof to display contemporary art. The fair also includes installations that incorporate light, sound and Twitter feeds, and discussions about David Hockney, Richard Diebenkorn, Gordon Parks and artists’ use of digital technology. The May 16 opening night preview benefits the de Young and Legion of Honor.
11 am-6 pm. This festival to mark Asian Pacific American heritage month includes bands, DJs and taiko drumming; a parade; a car show and a fashion show; health screenings; a kids’ area; community and nonprofit groups, arts and crafts and food at booths; and Asian cooking demos by Martin Yan and other chefs. Admission to the Asian Art Museum is free.
7 am-12 pm.
A truly only-in-San-Francisco event, this 102-year-old tradition is a 12K fun run dressed up as a zany costume contest and block party. (To the seeded few, it’s a serious road race). As in previous years, floats, anything with wheels (e.g., shopping carts, roller blades, skateboards, bikes), alcohol, pets and unregistered runners are not allowed on the race course; because of the Boston Marathon bombings, backpacks and any bag, container or carrier larger than a ream of paper are also banned from the course.
Starts at Howard at Beale streets; ends in Golden Gate Park. Good viewing is usually on Howard between 1st and 9th, at Patricia’s Green in Hayes Valley, the top of the infamous Hayes Street hill, along the Panhandle, at Golden Gate Park’s Conservatory of Flowers, and at the finish line. Check the race course map. Don’t even think of driving. Registration $53, 58, and up.
10 am-6 pm. The two-day explosion of Latin American and Caribbean cultures includes dancing galore (samba, tango, salsa and cumbia, to name just a few varieties), drumming, music, food, an art expo, children’s activities and health screenings. On May 26, the popular Carnaval Grand Parade takes off at 9:30 am from 24th and Bryant and prances west to Mission Street, then to 17th Street, and then east to the festival area. Free.
More than four dozen films about environmental crises and activists who are doing something about them, in the Bay Area and beyond.