Stern Grove to Pier 39: Time to gear up for absolutely free songs season (plus a minor juggling)

Imagine it or not, some of the greatest instances to be liked in this stunning town involve zero funds. Appears crazy for a tech major city—home of the ordinary $13 greenback burrito—where thrift and consignment keep-purchased clothes in some cases involve a payday advance for invest in.

Wait what’s that? Did I just consume an edible? You are inquiring if I’m on that Babby Powder yammering on about free enjoyment in this Metropolis In The Clouds? Well Sparky, which is none of your enterprise. But I get it. Gas rates are through the roof, and a housing crisis in the Bay persists like Bum Jovi jamming endlessly in The Mission. Kombucha and your fave environmentally friendly juice value as a great deal as an artisanal beer. Mane, you require a break.

Well above the next couple of months, as far more occasions arrive online (fingers crossed for Individuals in Plazas), we will be providing strategies on how you can love yourself for absolutely free. You deserve it, Bub!

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Stern Grove image by Estefany Gonzalez

Stern Grove Pageant

The Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco’s longest-working out of doors music concert will make a affluent return to Sigmund Stern Grove for its 85th time commencing June 12, with the new music lineup expose scheduled for Tuesday, May 3. Continuing a custom that began in 1938, the multi-style out of doors audio competition will the moment yet again be dwelling to weekly performances—every Sunday from June 12-Aug 14th this year—from some of today’s most sought-after acts, in addition to local set up and up-and-coming performers through the summer months year.

The Grove skilled extensive hurt very last tumble owing to a important drinking water primary rupture, and although all renovations are not nevertheless comprehensive, the outside location has now been authorised for in-person audiences again this summertime. You’re going to have to hover near your computer for tickets: 12 times prior to just about every celebration, an on line portal will be opened at the Stern Grove internet site to present free passes on a 1st-occur, very first-served basis. 

Previous Competition performers incorporate Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Thundercat, Fitz & The Tantrums, The Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson, Kool & the Gang, Janelle Monáe, Toots & the Maytals, Fragrance Genius, Mavis Staples, The Psychedelic Furs, Mitski, Pink Martini, Ziggy Marley, Ozomatli, Digable Planets, Carlos Santana, Sheila E., and lots of far more.

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Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids performed Yerba Buena Gardens in 2021. Picture by John-Paul Shiver

Yerba Buena Gardens Competition

Returning for its 22nd calendar year, the Yerba Buena Gardens Competition getting spot from May perhaps-Oct this 12 months, and attributes a stunning lineup of over 100 absolutely free outside tunes, theater, circus, dance, and children’s courses. All at Yerba Buena Gardens in the coronary heart of downtown SF. (Get a slice of yummy Detroit-style pizza although you’re there)

The season kicks off Saturday, May possibly 7 at 1pm with all-star Cuban percussionist Jesús Díaz y su Habana Afro-Cuban Ensemble, that includes Bay Spot jazz heavyweights Jeff Cressman (trombone), Karl Perazzo (percussion), and Melecio Magdaluyo (saxophones) with Havana-born masters which include powerhouse pianist and vocalist Ariacne Trujillo Duran, trumpeter Leider Chapotín and drummer Raul Pineda Roque. Pre-present begins with an opening established from the electrifying Chulita Vinyl Club at 12:30pm. 

Acquire a glance at the complete competition season right here.

The Golden Gate Park Band reforms at the Golden Gate Bandshell

Golden Gate Bandshell Live shows

Stay songs performs on at the Golden Gate Bandshell’s recognizable and historic stage with a further period of no cost outside performances in Golden Gate Park. The all-ages concert events have by now started off and will operate by November, subsequent in the footsteps of the 2021 timetable with singer-songwriter/people/rock Wednesdays, jazz and soul Friday delighted hours, cultural and community performances on Saturdays, and reggae Sundays, as perfectly as several distinctive functions. By significantly a single of the coolest hang-out classes in the city to peep tunes, folks observe, or just shake it in the sun or shade (depending on how Karl The Fog is sensation), this summertime hang remains a thriving community builder for the metropolis. Don’t forget to capture the lovable and rousing 139-12 months-old Golden Gate Park Band on Sundays at 1pm.

So happy it is back. You can check out out the plan listed here.


Do not feel it is the California Sea Lions who have all the options at Pier 39 this summer time.

Stunning vistas and neat breezes off the bay just add to the non-quit enjoyment happening just off the drinking water. With musicians, acrobats, magicians, and rope walkers touting their knowledge you can lender on a thing wacky and exciting-loving going on down at the pier this year besides maritime mammals and seabirds grifting in help of a garlic fries life-style. Get in there for an update!