The City of San Mateo hosts and supports a variety of special events throughout the year. Many, like Eggstravaganza, the Holiday Festival of Dance, National Night Out, and the Central Park Music Series, are long-standing traditions that help to build community and provide family-friendly fun for San Mateo residents. More recent events such as the Citywide Yard Sale, Bacon and Brew Festival, and San Mateo on Ice are growing in popularity and provide year-round activities for residents and visitors alike.
In addition to these special events that bring out hundreds of people, smaller events are happening every day at our libraries, recreation centers, parks, in the downtown, and other great locations.
Check out our event calendar for current information about community events of all sizes!
A long-standing springtime tradition in Central Park. Multi-generations of San Mateo families have enjoyed this festive egg hunt and day of activities for years!
An annual showcase of dances by our experienced instructors, dedicated staff, and talented student dancers. Check out in Central Park.
A favorite summertime event happening each Thursday night from June through August in Central Park. Grab your friends, pack a picnic, and enjoy an evening of live music.
Host your own yard sale or explore San Mateo while shopping for bargains. The Citywide Yard Sale is a win-win for all participants - helping residents resell items they no longer need, bargain hunters find unique treasures, and it's a great community builder too!
An event open to all residents and blocks within the City of San Mateo, this important event hosted by San Mateo's Police Department encourages San Mateo residents to meet their neighbors, build community, and work together for a safer neighborhood.
Meet up with friends and neighbors in your favorite park for FREE Friday night movies under the stars. Bring a blanket, a low-back chair, then sit back and enjoy the show!
Each September hundreds of volunteers from local schools, organizations, and businesses gather in full force to clean up the Bay. This important event removes trash and debris from the San Francisco Bay and supports San Mateo's commitment to protecting the environment.
Enjoy a family-friendly movie in the beautiful outdoors at a San Mateo park. Bring your own blankets and low-back chairs.
A free annual event held at San Mateo's Senior Center offering resources, screenings, speakers, and demonstrations for seniors and those who care for them.
Sponsored by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, this event is a fun way to celebrate fall and your love of bacon, beer, or both.
Celebrate winter and the holiday season at the Bay Area's largest outdoor, seasonal ice rink in Central Park. This festive event is sponsored by On Ice Rinks, which brings cool, family, fun to San Mateo from November through January.
An annual event where San Mateo lights up Central Park for families to enjoy Free Activities: Arts & Crafts, Cookie Decorating, Snow, Music and meet Puffball the Polar Bear.
An annual event where San Mateo parents, children, instructors, volunteers, and City employees bring our Holiday Festival to life!