Stern Grove to Pier 39: Time to gear up for cost-free new music year (plus a tiny juggling)

Think it or not, some of the ideal situations to be relished in this gorgeous town require zero money. Sounds crazy for a tech primary city—home of the normal $13 greenback burrito—where thrift and consignment retail outlet-purchased clothes occasionally demand a payday advance for purchase.

Wait what is that? Did I just eat an edible? You are asking if I’m on that Babby Powder yammering on about free of charge leisure in this Town In The Clouds? Well Sparky, that’s none of your company. But I get it. Fuel price ranges are via the roof, and a housing crisis in the Bay persists like Bum Jovi jamming endlessly in The Mission. Kombucha and your fave green juice cost as a great deal as an artisanal beer. Mane, you need to have a break.

Perfectly around the next few of months, as far more activities occur on line (fingers crossed for Individuals in Plazas), we will be furnishing strategies on how you can get pleasure from by yourself for free of charge. You are entitled to it, Bub!

UPDATE: We just obtained phrase that Live in the Sq. absolutely free live shows at Union Square are again up and managing, each individual Saturday 1pm-4pm, with Santa Cruz people-rocker Anthony Arya perking you up after lunchtime on Sat/23.

Take pleasure in these events: 

Stern Grove photograph by Estefany Gonzalez

Stern Grove Festival

The Stern Grove Competition, San Francisco’s longest-managing outside new music concert will make a prosperous return to Sigmund Stern Grove for its 85th time starting June 12, with the songs lineup reveal scheduled for Tuesday, Could 3. Continuing a tradition that commenced in 1938, the multi-style out of doors audio pageant will the moment all over again be house to weekly performances—every Sunday from June 12-Aug 14th this year—from some of today’s most sought-after functions, in addition to neighborhood proven and up-and-coming performers throughout the summer time season.

The Grove knowledgeable comprehensive destruction very last fall because of to a big water primary rupture, and although all renovations are not yet full, the outdoor location has now been approved for in-human being audiences all over again this summer months. You’re heading to have to hover near your laptop or computer for tickets: 12 days prior to every single occasion, an on the net portal will be opened at the Stern Grove site to provide free passes on a to start with-occur, very first-served foundation. 

Previous Pageant 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 many more.

Stop by listed here for updates.

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

Yerba Buena Gardens Pageant

Returning for its 22nd 12 months, the Yerba Buena Gardens Competition getting area from May possibly-Oct this year, and functions a amazing lineup of more than 100 free of charge outdoor songs, theater, circus, dance, and children’s systems. All at Yerba Buena Gardens in the coronary heart of downtown SF. (Get a slice of yummy Detroit-fashion pizza while you are there)

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

Consider a seem at the whole competition period in this article.

The Golden Gate Park Band reforms at the Golden Gate Bandshell

Golden Gate Bandshell Concerts

Dwell songs performs on at the Golden Gate Bandshell’s recognizable and historic stage with another season of no cost out of doors performances in Golden Gate Park. The all-ages live shows have previously started and will operate as a result of November, pursuing in the footsteps of the 2021 program with singer-songwriter/folks/rock Wednesdays, jazz and soul Friday pleased several hours, cultural and group performances on Saturdays, and reggae Sundays, as well as lots of distinctive functions. By significantly just one of the coolest cling-out classes in the metropolis to peep tunes, people today look at, or just shake it in the sunshine or shade (depending on how Karl The Fog is emotion), this summertime cling remains a productive local community builder for the city. Do not overlook to capture the cute and rousing 139-12 months-outdated Golden Gate Park Band on Sundays at 1pm.

So glad it is back again. You can test out the timetable listed here.


Do not feel it’s the California Sea Lions who have all the possibilities at Pier 39 this summertime.

Gorgeous vistas and cool breezes off the bay just add to the non-quit entertainment occurring just off the h2o. With musicians, acrobats, magicians, and rope walkers touting their know-how you can financial institution on something wacky and fun-loving happening down at the pier this calendar year moreover marine mammals and seabirds grifting in aid of a garlic fries way of life. Get in there for an update!