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After Dark: Carnaval

May 1

After Dark: Carnaval

Thursday, May 1, 2014 • 6:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.

Location:  Exploratorium Pier 15

Note: A ticket to Thursday evening adult-only hours does not guarantee admission to special programs with limited seating. Tickets for limited-capacity programs will be made available to visitors on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission:  $15 General; $10 Members; Free for Lab Members

Please Note: Adults Only (18+)

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¡Viva Carnaval! Inspired by the long-running Carnaval San Francisco, After Dark brings the noise—and explores colorful aspects of this rich local tradition. Now in its 36th year, Carnaval San Francisco is the largest multicultural festival on the West Coast, reflecting the distinct character of its native Mission District while showcasing a panoply of Latin American and Caribbean arts and traditions. Themed “La Rumba de la Copa Mundial—Celebration of the World Cup,” this year’s festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend, May 23–25.

With the help of community organizer, Carnaval Executive Producer, and guest curator Roberto Hernandez, the Exploratorium honors the spirit of this San Francisco institution with an evening of music, dance, and interactive pageantry.

Get a kick out of the science of soccer (fútbol!) with Exploratorium physicists Paul Doherty and Pearl Tesler, or make your moves with samba and zumba lessons. Join a drum circle to experience drumming styles from Trinidad, Brazil, and elsewhere in the Americas while learning the history of different drums. Cheer on Carnaval contingents from 2013, and join Roberto Hernandez to hear how the festival has grown from a few hundred participants in 1978 to a few hundred thousand today. You can also build instruments for this year’s parade with Explorables volunteers, take a mask-making workshop, and parade in costumes from previous years. Don’t miss this Exploratorium take on a treasured Latino and Caribbean celebration—one of San Francisco’s best.

Carnaval San Francisco is an opportunity for many cultures to come together in one spirit to share their creative expression. Their 3-day event starts with Carnaval San Francisco at the San Francisco Giants Orange Friday, and continues with a FREE 2-day festival in San Francisco’s Mission District (on Harrison Street, between 16th and 24th Streets) on Saturday and Sunday offering global cuisine, international music, dance, arts and crafts, and other fun activities for the entire family to enjoy, culminating in the famous Grand Parade on Sunday.

Photo courtesy of Oliver Klink and Carnaval San Francisco