The Mardi Gras Of The West Coast
But Bay to Breakers is still the biggest, most fun, lively and top singles party event in San Francisco.
Held the third Sunday in May (that would put it on May 21 in 2019), it’s a rolling block party, San Francisco’s version of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. In fact, it’s really the Mardi Gras of the West Coast.
Except here you’re in the parade.
Going From The Bay To The Breakers
To be fair, B2B as locals call it, is a foot race. It starts under the Bay Bridge (thus the bay) and winds up at the breakers at the end of Golden Gate Park (thus the breakers).
Surprisingly, some people actually do run it (the distance is about seven miles) but by far the most of the 75,000 or so walk it. In costume. Carrying and consuming cocktails (keep reading).
It’s a fun, outdoor moving block party that will have you laughing the entire time. Along the way are bands, house parties and impromptu celebrations.
It’s so much fun your objective is to keep from finishing it. So you linger. Especially in Golden Gate Park.
There is a festival afterward, but it’s not really that great. So find a way to get back to the Embarcadero and head to the bars (PubClub.com recommends Pier 23). There are buses but lines are long and cabs for some reason don’t patrol the area. Of course, there’s Uber and Lyft.
Now, about consuming that alcohol. There’s been a crackdown the past few years but you can’t stop 75,000 people so just be cool about it and somewhat discreet.
There is an entry fee to run but you can also just jump in somewhere along the way; the real party starts at Hayes Hill at about 10 in the morning.