This neighborhood loves a party, especially one that stops traffic (hydraulic lowriders not included) and invites dancing in the streets. Here are a few big annual events to put on your calendar now:
• MAPP — the Mission Arts and Performance Project, a kind of performance-art crawl, it happens every other month on the first Saturday of the Month.
• The end of May means it’s Carnaval time. The two-day festival features a parade of samba dancers and colorful floats.
• Cinco de Mayo in May has a big street fair and performances.
• For a neighborhood with a long, proud tradition of activism, César Chávez Day in March gets its fair due. A weekend street fair on 24th Street with food and music celebrates the famous labor organizer.
• Pride takes over the whole city in June. In the Mission, celebrating LGBTQ Pride means hosting Dyke March and Trans March at Dolores Park. Here’s a sneak peek.
• Litquake’s Litcrawl in October has numerous readings in bars and shops along Valencia Street. It’s like a pub crawl for literary nerds.
• The Central American tradition Dia de los Muertos has become one of the neighborhood’s largest, most celebrated events. By October, residents are talking about the “muertos season.” In early November, calaveras take over with a procession through the streets and a collection of altars set up at Garfield Square. In recent years, it’s also become a moment in which the neighborhood reflects on its changing character.