Best Things to Do in the North Bay This May

“M” is for May and this month means Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend to mark the unofficial start of summer. And there’s more… movie festivals, too. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the North Bay including museums, cultural events, food tours, athletic events, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the North Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay

As for weather, get ready because here comes the sun… quite literally. The North Bay typically stays between 65 and high 70s this month.

Featured Photo: Courtesy of May Madness Car Show
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Photo: Tommy Lau / @doclands / instagram


Presented by the California Film Institute, DocLands Documentary Film Festival brings compelling stories and the provocative insights behind them. Get ready for the year’s best documentary films, along with special events, and discussions with filmmakers.

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Photo: Courtesy of Bellina Caetano

Mother's Day

May 14
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Photo: May Madness Car Show

Greg Borrelli's May Madness Car Show in Downtown San Rafael

It all started in 1986 with a small gathering of Greg Borrelli’s Hot Rod friends. Today there are several hundred classic cars and hot rods from the early 1920s to muscle cars of the early ’70s. Downtown San Rafael restaurants will be open for outside dining. Feel free to take a break and grab a bite!

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Photo: Courtesy of Presidio Trust

Memorial Day

May 29

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in the North Bay? Our comprehensive list of venues below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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