Those darned San Franciscans, keeping life fun again. Each year since 1912, the third Sunday in May is dedicated to a 12k footrace from the Bay Bridge on the city’s eastern edge to the Pacific coast on its western limits. Begun initially as a precursor to the 1915 Pan Pacific International Exposition, the race also served as a distraction for locals who were still slowly rebuilding from the devastating earthquake in 1906.
San Francisco Bay to Breakers is not just an average race, though. Costumes made their first appearance in the race in 1940, and today they are a highlight for participants and spectators alike. From Elvis to brides to fairies and ballerinas, San Franciscans’ creativity shines brightest at this event.
Fun Fact: Women were not allowed to participate in Bay to Breakers until 1971.
This race isn’t just for the racers. All along the 7.5 mile race course, residents and visitors line the streets to cheer the racers on in what amounts to a city-wide party. Live bands and DJs line the route, adding to the festive atmosphere.