This year the event shines a spotlight on multi-cultural traditions of the Bay Area. Picnic opens on March 18 with a welcome blessing from the Ohlone Costanoan Rumsen Carmel tribe, early inhabitants of the Presidio. The SF Awakkoren Dance Group presents the style of Awa Odori, one of the most well-known Japanese traditional dances with 400 years of history, on April 29. On May 27, the popular Ballet Foklórico Mexico Danza returns to the Presidio with Mexican folk dance flair. Dance groups will continue to perform once per month through October and the lineup will be announced at a later date.
Every Sunday the Presidio Picnic offers an opportunity for families to mingle among the gorgeous lawns in the Presidio and explore blocks of local street vendors and fresh cuisine. On the fourth Sunday of the month, there is a free cultural dance performance.