Event season here in the Bay Area is now officially underway! In fact, it snuck up on us so quickly that some of the year’s most anticipated events have already passed -- area residents have enjoyed season stalwarts like the Cherry Blossom Festival, How Weird Street Faire, Sunday Streets, and more, and we’re only in the second week of May! You may have checked out March’s version of this same article, but with so many key events in our rearview, we figured it was time for a refresher -- plenty of great events are scheduled thru the end of June and are TOTALLY FREE to attend. Let’s take a refreshed look at some of our favorites going down in the coming months:


5. North Beach Festival: Taking place just north of central downtown in the heart of The City’s renowned Little Italy, 2019 North Beach Festival is centered around the intersection of Grant and Columbus and is a great festival to bring the family out to. Though October’s Italian Heritage Parade is the area’s official annual everything-Italy celebration, this festival certainly has a bit of Italian flare offering Italian street painting and myriad specials from the surrounding Italian restaurants and bars. Get ready for over 125 arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, kids’ area, and more at this annual gathering. Saturday, June 15th and Sunday June 16th, all day.


Recommended product: Nobody likes the guy/girl that doesn’t participate in the party theme -- grab some Biscotti T.I.T.S. Bubble (52.7% THC) as an ideal joint- or bowl-topper, and as your official "Hey, this is Italian enough to not be an event outcast, right?" card. Enough to give you a nice stoney kick, but not enough to knock users out. $25/gram, while supplies last.


4. San Francisco Carnaval: Perhaps the most colorful festival in the impressive Frisco festival lineup, the 41st-annual Carnaval event celebrates all of SF's unique Spanish heritages in one amazing weekend celebration! Fittingly held in the city's Mission District on Harrison Street between 16th and 24th, this family-friendly event is full of music, dancing, and smiles as parade floats celebrating all the Spanish heritages contained in The City proudly make their way around SF's most distinctly-Spanish neighborhood. The Grand Parade is held Sunday, May 26th and starts early at 9:30AM -- we recommend getting their ealy and taking BART to the 24th St./Mission BART Station if possible, as parking can be a little hectic, with tens of thousands of spectators expected to attend and Sunday free parking in effect as well. You won't want to miss this loco fiesta!


Recommended product: The Mission District is known for being both colorful and a bit loud -- keep the party going with some Day Star (20.25% THC) from Fig Farms which is also colorful and loud! Sour, earthy flavor offering uplifting/energetic effects -- $50/eighth, while supplies last.


3. Bay to Breakers: Whether you’re participating in the actual race, partying with the participants, or just observing all the madness, SF’s annual Bay to Breakers is the oldest consecutively-run annual footrace in the world, operating since 1912. Expect silly costumes, outrageous behavior, and probably some thing you can only see in San Francisco -- it’s free to watch, but $64.99 if you want to enter the race. Starts at 8am on Sunday, May 19, beginning at Embarcadero and finishing at the Great Highway next to Golden Gate Park.


Recommended Product: Arguably the largest, longest-reaching party held in the Bay Area you’re going to meet a lot of new people if you’re walking along the race route. Grab Roots’ Dream Queen (15.85% THC) at just $125/ounce -- shareable flower at a great price point that will make you everybody’s new friend next weekend. While supplies last.


2. Haight Street Fair: Take a step back in time and cool out at the annual Haight Street Fair, taking place on Sunday, June 9th from 11AM to 5:30PM. The neighborhood famous for its Summer of Love hands out plenty of it on this festivity-filled day boasting over 200 outdoor vendors and live entertainment as Haight Street will be shut down to vehicles between Stanyan and Masonic. Ongoing since 1978, the event aims to “draw an awareness and appreciation to the cultural, political, and social contributions the neighborhood provided to the American landscape during the 1960s. Sounds totally groovy to us, dude.


Recommended Product: Impress the seasoned tokers sure to be in attendance at this trippy event by busting out some new-age Cherry Z Live Resin (73.25% THC) from Field Extracts, a balanced hybrid offering a pleasant golden hue and malleable consistency. Smells the part, smokes the part -- extract aficionados would be wise to look this way! $50/gram, while supplies last.


1. SF Pride: The creme de la creme of the festival season, we feel most Bay Area residents would agree that SF Pride is the apex of free summer festivals in the area. Billed as “the largest LGBT gathering in the nation” the Bay Area shows their colors (more so than usual) over the weekend of June 29th and June 30th, celebrating pride and acceptance with “over 200 parade contingents, 200 exhibitors, and more than 20 stages and venues.” The weekend culminates with the Parade down Market Street and party in the Civic Center area, kicking off at 10:30AM. You’ll be talking about this one for years to come -- don’t miss it!


Recommended Product: It’s a long weekend -- we recommend grabbing a Durban Poison Cartridge from Select to provide a subtle, but palpable sativa boost when your energy dips late in the evening. Offering DP’s renowned piney flavor and uplifting effects, you’ll surely want your ‘adult pacifier’ on hand when the time is right. $50/gram, while supplies last.


Don’t forget your sunscreen, and definitely don’t forget your cannabis! Hope to see you at out at one of these fun events! All products mentioned available as of 5/11/2019, while supplies last.