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Friday, August 4

South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose
Friday, August 4 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | SoFA District (San Jose)
South First Fridays Art Walk | San Jose

Join an eclectic evening of arts and culture in downtown San Jose’s SoFA district (and beyond) every first Friday of the month. Come check out nearly 20 galleries, shops, bars and even a yoga studio  — all venues participating in South First Fridays, a free ...

Saturday, August 5

Afrosolo: African-American & African Diaspora Art | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 5 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Afrosolo: African-American & African Diaspora Art | Yerba Buena Gardens
In collaboration with Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, AfroSolo Arts Festival presents its 17th annual free concert in Yerba Buena Gardens. Dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and presenting African-American and African diaspora art and culture through solo performance and the visual arts, AfroSolo showcases some of the most ...

Music in the Park: Motown, Rock, & Blues | Danville
Saturday, August 5 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Danville Town Green
Music in the Park: Motown, Rock, & Blues | Danville

Now in its 32nd year, the town of Danville continues offering this summer music tradition to the public. Spend four Saturdays under the sun surrounded by friends, neighbors, and great music. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and the whole family for singing, dancing, and socializing. ...

Sunday, August 6

Jerry Day 2017: Jerry Garcia Tribute Music Fest | McLaren Park
Sunday, August 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (McLaren Park)
Jerry Day 2017: Jerry Garcia Tribute Music Fest | McLaren Park
The 15th Annual Jerry Day is an annual civic and cultural event that celebrates one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son, Jerry Garcia and his Excelsior roots. The all day concert and festival takes place at the appropriately named “Jerry Garcia ...
Free Symphony Tribute Concert to SF’s Firefighters | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, August 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
Free Symphony Tribute Concert to SF's Firefighters | Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler, presents the 135th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years The weekly concerts take place most ...

Amadou & Mariam with Ibibio Sound Machine: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 6 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Amadou & Mariam with Ibibio Sound Machine: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Amadou & Mariam are a Grammy-nominated duo from Mali whose unique “Afro-blues” sound has landed them at Coachella and Glastonbury, and opening for bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters. Fronted by London-born Nigerian singer Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African ...

Monday, August 7

Live at Lagunitas: James McMurtry | Petaluma
Monday, August 7 – 4:20 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but tickets are required.
| Lagunitas Brewery
Live at Lagunitas: James McMurtry | Petaluma

Lagunitas Brewery in Petaluma presents a free live concert series featuring some amazing bands ranging in genre from roots to gothic pop in their LaguMiniAmphitheaterette (1280 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma). Show are free, but tickets are required for each show. You’ll want to grab them quick as these ...

Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room
Monday, August 7 – 8:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Make-Out Room
Free Cutting-Edge Avant Garde Concert | Make-Out Room

Every first Monday of the month, The Make-Out Room presents a free concert with several local bands showing off the cutting edge of jazz and improvised music. Expect progressive sounds with a mix of anything from jazz, folk, rock to electronic music.

Wednesday, August 9

Free Lunchtime Concert: Swing, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll | Oakland
Wednesday, August 9 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center
Free Lunchtime Concert: Swing, Blues, Jazz, Rock & Roll | Oakland

Come down to Oakland’s City Center for free concerts in the spring and summer outside the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station. The concert series give a little taste of everything, from Motown and folk to classic and jazz bands and they typically take place ...

Free Funk & Soul Concert in the Park | Redwood City
Wednesday, August 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stafford Park
Free Funk & Soul Concert in the Park | Redwood City
Sinister Dexter is a ten-piece soul machine that brings the unique sound of the great funk horn bands to the park. Featuring the sensational vocalist Rebecca Lipon, a hot five-piece horn section, and a tight rhythm section, Sinister Dexter puts on a high energy show ...
Summer Steely Dan Tribute Concert | Menlo Park
Wednesday, August 9 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Fremont Park (Menlo Park)
Summer Steely Dan Tribute Concert | Menlo Park

Enjoy a free summer concert in Menlo Park featuring a variety of musical styles from jazz to country to hits of today and yesterday, from 6:30-8 pm on Wednesdays from June to August in Fremont Park (University and Santa Cruz Avenues). Bring your picnic blanket and dinner, ...

Thursday, August 10

Free Swing & Big Band Concert in the Park | San Mateo
Thursday, August 10 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Central Park (San Mateo)
Free Swing & Big Band Concert in the Park | San Mateo
More than diamonds, talent is forever. With tongue placed firmly in cheek, Mr. Luv delivers to you the hottest hits from Vegas: Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, Sammy Davis, Jr., Tom Jones, and the list goes on. Dance the Night away with the Fabulous Bud E. ...
Moraga Summer Concert: Rock & Roll | East Bay
Thursday, August 10 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Moraga Commons Park
Moraga Summer Concert: Rock & Roll | East Bay

On Thursday evenings at the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers of ...

Music & Market Summer Concerts: R&B Horn Band, Soul & Funk | Concord
Thursday, August 10 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Music & Market Summer Concerts: R&B Horn Band, Soul & Funk | Concord

The 28th Annual Music & Market Series returns to Todos Santos Plaza featuring a “Cream of the Crop” schedule of Bay Area bands, and one of the best Farmer’s Markets anywhere in downtown Concord from 6:30-8 pm from May through September. The Music & Market Series is ...

Friday, August 11

Rooftop Garden Concert: Variety Dance Band | Oakland
Friday, August 11 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kaiser Center
Rooftop Garden Concert: Variety Dance Band | Oakland

Pack your lunch and come listen to local jazz, rock, and hip hop musicians at the Kaiser Center’s Roof Garden free concert series from noon to 1 pm, every Friday from June 16 – September 8, 2017. The three acre roof garden at Oakland’s Kaiser Center was conceived as a semi-public park by ...

Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral
Friday, August 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are welcome
| Grace Cathedral
Candlelight Labyrinth Walk & Live Music | Grace Cathedral

One evening a month (usually the second Friday, but not always), Grace Cathedral invites you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world. The walk is hosted by the Labyrinth Guild. Always check the Labyrinth website for ...

Music on the Square: Chicago & Steely Dan Tribute | Redwood City
Friday, August 11 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Courthouse Square
Music on the Square: Chicago & Steely Dan Tribute | Redwood City

Enjoy free Friday concerts all summer long on Courthouse Square in Redwood City from 6-8 pm from June 2-September 1, 2017. Redwood City is well known for its events, but Friday night’s Music on the Square is one of the most treasured nights of summer. Plus, being ...

Free Beach Concert: Pablo Cruise | Santa Cruz
Friday, August 11 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Free Beach Concert: Pablo Cruise | Santa Cruz

Every summer, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk casts its net and drags in a host of Top 40 bands from the ’70s, ’80s, and early ’90s to play free concerts right on the beach every Friday night. Friday Night Bands on the Beach  Every Friday, June 16 ...

Saturday, August 12

Addison Street Jazz | Oakland
Saturday, August 12 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Independent Brewing Company
Addison Street Jazz | Oakland

Enjoy the smooth sounds of the accomplished quartet at 7 pm on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Food will be available for purchase from Ippo Ramen. This is an all-ages show.

Sunday, August 13

Free Great Concert Band Music | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, August 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Spreckels Temple of Music
Free Great Concert Band Music | Golden Gate Park

The Golden Gate Park Band, under the direction of Michael L. Wirgler, presents the 135th season in Golden Gate Park’s music concourse. That’s right, this symphony has been playing free concerts in Golden Gate Park for more than 100 years The weekly concerts take place most ...

WAR & Malo: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Sunday, August 13 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
WAR & Malo: Outdoor Concert | Stern Grove Festival
Musical melting pot “WAR” became a permanent part of America’s musical landscape as one of the first successful bands to fuse rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, creating hits such as “Low Rider,” “Spill The Wine,” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” San Francisco natives Malo are ...

Tuesday, August 15

Summer Mariachi Band Concert | Menlo Park
Tuesday, August 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kelly Park
Summer Mariachi Band Concert | Menlo Park

Enjoy a free summer concert in Menlo Park featuring a variety of musical styles from jazz to country to hits of today and yesterday, from 6:30-8 pm on Wednesdays from June to August in Fremont Park (University and Santa Cruz Avenues). Bring your picnic blanket and dinner, ...

Wednesday, August 16

Free Lunchtime Concert: Soul & Funk music | Oakland
Wednesday, August 16 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Oakland City Center
Free Lunchtime Concert: Soul & Funk music | Oakland

Come down to Oakland’s City Center for free concerts in the spring and summer outside the 12th Street Oakland City Center BART station. The concert series give a little taste of everything, from Motown and folk to classic and jazz bands and they typically take place ...

Rock Concert: Moonalice | Union Square Live
Wednesday, August 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Rock Concert: Moonalice | Union Square Live
Moonalice is a band of seasoned musicians who feel that live music should be a communal experience where the listener and musicians feed and derive inspiration from each other. Their songs try to speak to everyone, mixing a variety of genres with extended musical improvisations ...
Free Motown & Classic Soul Concert in the Park | Redwood City
Wednesday, August 16 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Stafford Park
Free Motown & Classic Soul Concert in the Park | Redwood City
Top Shelf is truly a one-of-a-kind party band. Delivering their own diversified and dynamic musical mélange of Motown ’60s, old school ’70s, Retro ’80s and ’90s, as well as smooth jazz, doo-wop, classic soul, and R&B, they’ve been dazzling the Bay Area music scene for ...

Thursday, August 17

Afro-Cuban Roots Music with Bobi Cespedes | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Afro-Cuban Roots Music with Bobi Cespedes | Yerba Buena Gardens
Since settling in the Bay Area in 1969, Cuban-born vocalist Bobi Céspedes has been an essential cultural conduit, providing authentic Afro-Cuban roots music to a region with a passionate hunger for clave. She made an enduring impression in the 1980s with the celebrated band Conjunto Céspedes, ...
Free 80’s Music Concert in the Park | San Mateo
Thursday, August 17 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Central Park (San Mateo)
Free 80's Music Concert in the Park | San Mateo
All the awesome sounds, styles, and way cool dance steps from the 1980’s decade we’d love to forget. Complete with skinny ties, Brill Creamed hair, and horn-rimmed glasses, The Spazmatics recapture all the best of the worst. Outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style ...
Moraga Summer Concert: Rock & Roll | East Bay
Thursday, August 17 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Moraga Commons Park
Moraga Summer Concert: Rock & Roll | East Bay

On Thursday evenings at the Moraga Commons Park for a relaxing free concert in the park. Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chairs to the grassy hillside in front of the band shell. Enjoy the music while your children enjoy the park. The volunteers of ...

Music & Market Summer Concerts: Powerhouse Salsa Band | Concord
Thursday, August 17 – 6:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Todos Santos Plaza
Music & Market Summer Concerts: Powerhouse Salsa Band | Concord

The 28th Annual Music & Market Series returns to Todos Santos Plaza featuring a “Cream of the Crop” schedule of Bay Area bands, and one of the best Farmer’s Markets anywhere in downtown Concord from 6:30-8 pm from May through September. The Music & Market Series is ...

Friday, August 18

Rooftop Garden Concert: Funk | Oakland
Friday, August 18 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Kaiser Center
Rooftop Garden Concert: Funk | Oakland

Pack your lunch and come listen to local jazz, rock, and hip hop musicians at the Kaiser Center’s Roof Garden free concert series from noon to 1 pm, every Friday from June 16 – September 8, 2017. The three acre roof garden at Oakland’s Kaiser Center was conceived as a semi-public park by ...