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What To Do in 2017: SF’s Top Fairs & Festivals

Plan your year with street fairs, fireworks, festivals, Pride, Carnaval and more
By - posted 1/4/2017

Sunday, May 28

San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Sunday | Mission
Sunday, May 28 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but donations are accepted
| Harrison Street
San Francisco Carnaval Festival 2017: Sunday | Mission

The 2017 San Francisco Carnaval Festival transforms Harrison Street into a wonderland. Come celebrate at the 39th annual Carnaval San Francisco, a free 2–day family festival in San Francisco’s Mission District over Memorial Day weekend. On May 27th and 28th, the Mission District will transform into an ...

Thursday, June 1

Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy: Limber Quartet Classical Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, June 1 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy: Limber Quartet Classical Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley has been a major force on the Bay Area music scene since his teenage years in the mid-90s. A protégé of the dynamic Miss Faye Carol, he’s steeped in a vast array of African-American idioms, from gospel, blues and jazz to …

Friday, June 2

Alphabet Rockers: Hip-Hop For Children | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, June 2 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Alphabet Rockers: Hip-Hop For Children | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Over the past decade, the Alphabet Rockers have honed a supremely engaging hip-hop act designed for children and families. With singer/songwriter Kaitlin McGaw and beatboxer/b-boy/rapper Tommy Shepherd, this powerhouse group makes the world come alive through beats, rhymes, songs and dances.
This children’s program repeats at …

Friday Nights at the de Young: 2017 Season Kick-Off | SF
Friday Nights at the de Young: 2017 Season Kick-Off | SF

Friday Nights at the de Young is a free weekly after-hours art “happening” in the museum’s public spaces. The event has a new theme every week, but typically includes an eclectic mix of live music, dance performances, film screenings, panel discussions, lectures, artist demos, hands-on art activities, ...

Saturday, June 3

2017 Union Street Music Festival | SF
Saturday, June 3 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
2017 Union Street Music Festival | SF

To keep the festival fresh and exciting they have decided to put a much bigger emphasis on Music for the 2017 Festival. This year’s event will be known as The Union Street Music Festival. The event will have live bands performing in small entertainment areas ...

Fiddle Music w/ Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, June 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Fiddle Music w/ Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

As the leader of the Grammy Award-winning ensemble BeauSoleil fiddler Michael Doucet has been in the vanguard of the Cajun cultural revival for more than four decades, earning an international following for an almost lost body of music.
In 2014 he joined his longtime friend, Bay …

Sunday, June 4

2017 Union Street Music Festival | SF
Sunday, June 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Union Street (Gough to Fillmore)
2017 Union Street Music Festival | SF

To keep the festival fresh and exciting they have decided to put a much bigger emphasis on Music for the 2017 Festival. This year’s event will be known as The Union Street Music Festival. The event will have live bands performing in small entertainment areas ...

Thursday, June 8

Afro-Carribean Rythms w/ Aireene Espiritu & The Itch | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, June 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Afro-Carribean Rythms w/ Aireene Espiritu & The Itch | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Philippine-born, Bay Area-raised Aireene Espiritu is a veteran singer/songwriter who’s created an extensive book of original songs combining Afro-Caribbean and African rhythms, American folk forms, bluegrass techniques and gospel music fervor.
As a young musician she absorbed the sounds of Alan Lomax’s field recordings from the …

Friday, June 9

“Chelle! & Friends” Mardi Gras Music | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, June 9 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)

Led by New Orleans-native Michelle Jacques, a soul-steeped vocalist with a big, bold voice, “Chelle! & Friends” bring to the Gardens a family-friendly taste of the Crescent City, the cradle of so much essential American music.
Chelle! & Friends is made up of some of the …

ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, June 9 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a three-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the inaugural ChoreoFest will feature nine local companies …

Saturday, June 10

ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, June 10 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a three-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the inaugural ChoreoFest will feature nine local companies …

Sunday, June 11

2017 Haight Ashbury Street Fair | SF
Sunday, June 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Haight Ashbury
2017 Haight Ashbury Street Fair | SF

The annual Haight Ashbury Street Fair brings thousands of people to Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to shop over 200 outdoor vendors including food, green businesses, local artists, clothing, crafts, non-profits and more.
2017 Haight Ashbury Street Fair
Sunday, June 11, 2017 | 11 am to 5:30 …

ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Sunday, June 11 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Scene | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a three-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Co-Artistic Directors Ryan T. Smith and Wendy Rein, the inaugural ChoreoFest will feature nine local companies …

Tuesday, June 13

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, June 13 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, June 15

Destani Wolf’s Soul-Drenched Sound | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, June 15 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Destani Wolf's Soul-Drenched Sound | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

With her multi-octave range and soul-drenched sound, Berkeley-raised vocalist Destani Wolf is one of the most exciting singers to emerge from the 1990s Bay Area scene. Mentored by masters such as percussionist John Santos and Oakland Blues/Funk Guitarist Johnny Talbot, she recorded with Machete Ensemble, …

La Mixta Criolla’s Rumba Ryhtmic Traditions | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, June 15 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
La Mixta Criolla's Rumba Ryhtmic Traditions | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The Bay Area doesn’t boast a large Puerto Rican population but what the community lacks in numbers it makes up for with fervent spirit. No group has done more to bring the island’s verdant culture to Bay Area stages in recent years than La Mixta …

Friday, June 16

Be Amazed With The Red Panda Acrobats | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, June 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Be Amazed With The Red Panda Acrobats | Yerba Buena Gardens

Combining exceptional athletic skills, traditional Chinese music, dazzling costumes and a fast-paced show sure to amaze viewers of all ages, the Red Panda Acrobats bring the ancient art of Chinese acrobatics into the 21st century with jaw-dropping displays of strength, balance and dexterity.
While founded in …

Saturday, June 17

2017 North Beach Festival | Saturday
Saturday, June 17 – All Day | Cost: FREE | North Beach
2017 North Beach Festival | Saturday

Considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals, the North Beach Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary in historic North Beach. 2017 North Beach Festival Saturday & Sunday, June 17-18, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco FREE The festival site includes numerous ...

M.A.K.U SoundSystem’s Cumbia Grooves & Jazz | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, June 17 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
M.A.K.U SoundSystem's Cumbia Grooves & Jazz | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Founded in New York City seven years ago by Colombian-born guitarist/percussionist Camilo Rodriguez, M.A.K.U SoundSystem is an eight-piece band that distills cumbia grooves and jazz improvisation, punk energy, psychedelia and folkloric Colombian cadences into a dance-floor shaking sound.
The self-described “immigrant band” is drawn mostly from …

Sunday, June 18

2017 North Beach Festival | Sunday
Sunday, June 18 – All Day | Cost: FREE | North Beach
2017 North Beach Festival | Sunday

Considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals, the North Beach Festival celebrates its 63rd anniversary in historic North Beach. 2017 North Beach Festival Saturday & Sunday, June 17-18, 2017 | 10 am to 6 pm Grant Avenue and Columbus Avenue, San Francisco FREE The festival site includes numerous ...

Thursday, June 22

Jenny Lind Concert: A Thrilling Peek at the Future of Opera | SF
Thursday, June 22 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Jenny Lind Concert: A Thrilling Peek at the Future of Opera | SF

The annual Jenny Lind Concert is a beloved and long-running Yerba Buena Gardens Festival tradition that showcases the most extraordinary young sopranos from Sweden. This year’s program introduces Ylva Stenberg, who has spent the last six years training in Hanover, first at the College for …

Friday, June 23

“Circus Bella” Your Favorite One Ring Circus | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, June 23 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with an entirely new production conceived and directed by Bella-founder Abigail Munn and Artistic Director Joel Baker, with the talents of Juggling Director, Judy Finelli.
Set to original music by the ingenious composer/accordionist Rob Reich, who leads the …

Saturday, June 24

2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Saturday | Civic Center
Saturday, June 24 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Saturday | Civic Center

The whole city comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Celebration. 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Noon to 6 pm – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm – ...

“Circus Bella” Your Favorite One Ring Circus | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, June 24 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Circus Bella, San Francisco’s favorite one-ring circus, returns with an entirely new production conceived and directed by Bella-founder Abigail Munn and Artistic Director Joel Baker, with the talents of Juggling Director, Judy Finelli.
Set to original music by the ingenious composer/accordionist Rob Reich, who leads the …

Sunday, June 25

2017 San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 25 – 10:30 am | Cost: FREE | Market Street
2017 San Francisco Pride Parade

The parade is the culmination of a month of Pride-themed events in the city, leading up to an all-out celebration for Pride weekend with the Pride Festival in Civic Center Plaza.

2017 San Francisco Pride Parade
Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm
Market Street, San Francisco
FREE
Forty-six …

2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center
Sunday, June 25 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a $5-10 donation is requested.
| Civic Center Plaza
2017 San Francisco Pride Festival: Sunday | Civic Center

The whole city comes alive in a rainbow burst of excitement at the 2017 San Francisco Pride Celebration. 47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration – Saturday, June 24, 2017 | Noon to 6 pm – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 11 am to 6 pm – ...

Stern Grove Festival 2017 Kick-Off Concert: Kool & The Gang | SF
Sunday, June 25 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Donations appreciated
| Stern Grove
Stern Grove Festival 2017 Kick-Off Concert: Kool & The Gang | SF

Disco/Funk/R&B legends Kool & The Gang will kick off the Stern Grove Festival’s 80th Season of admission-free concerts on June 25, 2017 in San Francisco’s Sigmund Stern Grove. Local artist Quinn DeVeaux opens the show.
The opening day concert will take place at 2:00 p.m.at Sigmund …

Thursday, June 29

The Jamming Nachos Rock n’ Roll Band | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, June 29 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Jamming Nachos Rock n' Roll Band | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Young, energized and politically conscious, The Jamming Nachos are a hard-charging rock ‘n’ roll band straight outta Oakland. Launched as a family combo in 2011 by the siblings Rioz (vocals/guitar), Messiah (guitar/keyboards) and Rey Aceves (bass), the group took shape when they added powerhouse lead …

Friday, June 30

Ka-Hon: Bay Areas Finest Latin Percussionists | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, June 30 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Ka-Hon: Bay Areas Finest Latin Percussionists | Yerba Buena Gardens

In the hands of Ka-Hon, a gentle spring shower, a flamenco troupe, a galloping stallion and a rumba circle. Drawing on a pan-American array of rhythms, the high-energy ensemble displays the astounding versatility of the humble cajón, a simple wooden box usually played by a …

Saturday, July 1

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Saturday
Saturday, July 1 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Saturday

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

“Occupy” Axis Dance Company Show | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, July 1 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Directed and Choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz and performed by AXIS Dance Company with an integrated cast of 21 dancers.
Occupy is a site-specific journey inspired by the history, design and architecture of Yerba Buena Gardens and the unique movement capabilities of AXIS Dance Company and its …

Sunday, July 2

Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Sunday
Sunday, July 2 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Fillmore District
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2017 | Sunday

Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, drawing over 100,000 visitors over the Independence Day weekend on Fillmore Street in San Francisco between Jackson and Eddy Streets. ...

“Occupy” Axis Dance Company Show | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, July 2 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Directed and Choreographed by Stephan Koplowitz and performed by AXIS Dance Company with an integrated cast of 21 dancers.
Occupy is a site-specific journey inspired by the history, design and architecture of Yerba Buena Gardens and the unique movement capabilities of AXIS Dance Company and its …

Tuesday, July 4

San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2017
Tuesday, July 4 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Pier 39
San Francisco Fireworks: 4th of July | 2017

Witness the skies sparkle red, white and blue with San Francisco Fireworks on July 4, 2017.
At approximately 9:30 pm, visitors will be treated to SF’s spectacular fireworks display over the Bay launched from just north of Fisherman’s Wharf.
2017 Fourth of July Fireworks & Entertainment
July 4, 2017 …

Thursday, July 6

Balkan Songs with Eva Salina | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, July 6 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Balkan Songs with Eva Salina | Yerba Buena Gardens

Possessing a sumptuous voice and supple sense of rhythm, Santa Cruz-reared, Brooklyn-based Eva Salina is a groundbreaking interpreter of Balkan Romani songs.
Mentored by some of the greatest living Balkan musicians, she’s attained a deeply informed and passionately felt repertoire of Romani tunes and vintage Balkan …

Friday, July 7

Body Percussion Performance With The Crosspulse Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 7 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Body Percussion Performance With The Crosspulse Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens

Using finger snaps, tight slaps, chest thumps, foot drags, hand rubs and percussive dance steps, Crosspulse performances are designed to enchant children with an international array of rhythms, instruments and obscure musical practices.
With five extraordinary artists versed in body percussion and a diverse array of …

“Lear” Outdoor Musical by Theatre Rhinoceros | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 7 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)

Theatre Rhinoceros may be the world’s longest running professional queer theater company, but their satire hasn’t lost a bit of its bite.
Lear! is an original outdoor musical of Shakespeare’s King Lear with the various locales in the park serving as the playing area. The story …

Saturday, July 8

“Lear” The Musical: Outdoor Shakespeare | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, July 8 – 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
“Lear” The Musical: Outdoor Shakespeare | Yerba Buena Gardens

Theatre Rhinoceros may be the world’s longest running professional queer theater company, but their satire hasn’t lost a bit of its bite.
Lear! is an original outdoor musical of Shakespeare’s King Lear with the various locales in the park serving as the playing area. The story …

Sunday, July 9

“Lear” Outdoor Musical by Theatre Rhinoceros | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, July 9 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
“Lear” Outdoor Musical by Theatre Rhinoceros | Yerba Buena Gardens

Theatre Rhinoceros may be the world’s longest running professional queer theater company, but their satire hasn’t lost a bit of its bite.
Lear! is an original outdoor musical of Shakespeare’s King Lear with the various locales in the park serving as the playing area. The story …

Tuesday, July 11

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, July 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation. Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, July 13

Flower Piano Opening Day: 12 Hidden Pianos in Golden Gate Park | SF Botanical Garden
Flower Piano Opening Day: 12 Hidden Pianos in Golden Gate Park | SF Botanical Garden

In collaboration with the amazing Sunset Piano, the San Francisco Botanical Garden once again in 2017 transforms into the city’s own outdoor concert hall, and everyone is invited to play and listen. For twelve days only, July 13-24, 2017, you are encouraged to seek out the twelve ...

Sounds of Mexico From Cascada de Flores | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, July 13 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Sounds of Mexico From Cascada de Flores | Yerba Buena Gardens

Vocalist Arwen Lawrence and guitarist Jorge Liceaga founded Cascada de Flores in San Francisco in 1999, and spent their early years gathering songs around Mexico, honing a verdant body of rancheras, boleros, sones and guarachas that embody Mexico’s embrace of sounds from Cuba, Puerto Rico …

Friday, July 14

Caterpillar Puppet Show | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 14 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Caterpillar Puppet Show | Yerba Buena Gardens

Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids, he also entertains parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns.
Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse …

Saturday, July 15

Ensemble Mik Nawooj: Oakland-based Hip-Hop Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, July 15 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Ensemble Mik Nawooj: Oakland-based Hip-Hop Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens

Oakland-based hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj premieres its new immersive hip-hop oratorio, Death Become Life.
Portraying a story about loss and transformation through the lens of composer/pianist JooWan Kim’s magnetic score, MCs Do D.A.T. and Sandman’s riveting rhymes backed by a chamber orchestra, graffiti inspired artwork …

Thursday, July 20

Traditional Japanese Folk Songs with Bachido & Awakko Ren | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, July 20 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Traditional Japanese Folk Songs with Bachido & Awakko Ren | Yerba Buena Gardens

A three-string lute plucked and strummed with a plectrum, the shamisen has played an important role in Japanese culture for some five centuries. Santa Cruz’s Kyle Abbott became obsessed with the banjo-like instrument about 13 years ago, and created Bachido, an international organization that champions …

Latin Music Scene with Somos El Son | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, July 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Latin Music Scene with Somos El Son | Yerba Buena Gardens

Led by Peruvian-born vocalist and percussion master Braulio Barrera, who earned a Grammy Award for his work with the Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Somos el Son is a relatively new addition to the Bay Area Latin music scene.
Launched four years ago, the potent 10-piece combo plays …

Friday, July 21

Be Silly With The Pi Clowns | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, July 21 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Be Silly With The Pi Clowns | Yerba Buena Gardens

Silliness is very serious business for the Pi Clowns. A company dedicated to knock-about physical comedy, these performers don’t tell jokes. They embody them with robust and timeless antics.
Blending mime, theater, acrobatics, juggling and improvisation, the Pi Clowns deliver delightful and original clown vignettes.
Pi members …

Thursday, July 27

Contemporary Reggae with the Rubadub Posse | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, July 27 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Contemporary Reggae with the Rubadub Posse | Yerba Buena Gardens

Fronted by the incandescent Berkeley-raised vocalist Kimiko Joy, “RUBaDUB Posse” is a testament to reggae’s enduring power, celebrating songs of love, liberation, unity and justice that have inspired people across the globe.
Encompassing classic tunes from the rocksteady, roots and dub eras all the way to …

Friday, July 28

The Unique Derique Comedy | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, July 28 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
The Unique Derique Comedy | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion.
Derique (aka Lance McGee) started clowning in Berkeley at 15 with Circus A La Mode and …

Saturday, July 29

2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and ...

Uke-Splosion: SF Ukelele Summer Jam | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, July 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Uke-Splosion: SF Ukelele Summer Jam | Yerba Buena Gardens

The ukulele is truly the people’s instrument, and SF Uke Jam is the Bay Area’s leading force bringing fans of the diminutive instrument together.
Whether you play or just enjoy hearing the ukulele being strummed by knowing fingers, come join the SFUJ community for an afternoon …

Sunday, July 30

2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships
2017 Berkeley Kite Festival & Championships

Kites aren’t just for kids any more. Experience the artistry of modern kite flying at the 32nd Annual Berkeley Kite Festival & West Coast Kite Championships. You’ll find something for everyone, from the giant creature kites as big as houses, to the free kite making and ...

2017 Kinky “Up Your Alley” Fair | SoMa
Sunday, July 30 – All Day | Cost: FREE*
*Free, but a donations are requested.
| Dore Alley
2017 Kinky

This is no indie hipster fair with hand-knit scarves and folk music… If rubber, sportswear, biker gear, skinheads, punks, or any variety of built, hairy men turns you on, then they’ve got it. In their own words, you won’t find a filthier event in the States.
2017 …

Thursday, August 3

Blue Tango Project | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 3 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Blue Tango Project  | Yerba Buena Gardens

Hailing from the colorful and gritty La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires, the Blue Tango Project is a groundbreaking investigation into the treacherous emotional and musical crossroads where tango and the blues embrace.
A collaboration between Argentine-born Latin Grammy-nominee María Volonté and California harmonica player Kevin …

Friday, August 4

Caterpillar Puppet Show | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, August 4 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Caterpillar Puppet Show | Yerba Buena Gardens

Joe Leon’s Caterpillar Puppets don’t just entertain kids, he also entertains parents. His eccentric menagerie draws audiences of all ages into seemingly familiar stories that take unexpected turns.
Like his version of the Big Bad Wolf and the Three Little Bla-bla-blas, or the shy artist mouse …

Tuesday, August 8

Litquake in the Gardens: Outdoor Lunch Break Poetry | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, August 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Litquake in the Gardens: Outdoor Lunch Break Poetry | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, August 10

LINES Dance Center: Global Dance Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
LINES Dance Center: Global Dance Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens

LINES Dance Center presents a program of Contemporary and Global Dance featuring students from their adult Choreography and Performance Workshops – classical Chinese dance taught by HaiYan Jackson, contemporary taught by Victor Talledos, Afro-Cuban taught by Natailia Aceves and hip-hop taught by Kyle Limin.
See talented …

Friday, August 11

The Unique Derique Comedy | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Friday, August 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
The Unique Derique Comedy | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

A beloved Bay Area institution, the Unique Derique is a prince among clowns, an internationally esteemed performer who has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion.
Derique (aka Lance McGee) started clowning in Berkeley at 15 with Circus A La Mode and …

Thursday, August 17

Jazz Herstory Collective | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 17 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Jazz Herstory Collective | Yerba Buena Gardens

The Bay Area has a long and deep history of extraordinary women playing jazz, funk, rock and soul, and the Jazz Herstory Collective is a project that celebrates that legacy.
Featuring some of the most prodigious young musicians on the Bay Area scene, the JHC has …

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, …

Friday, August 18

Non Stop Bhangra For Kids: Traditional Punjabi Folk Dance | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, August 18 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Non Stop Bhangra For Kids: Traditional Punjabi Folk Dance | Yerba Buena Gardens

A passport to Bollywood for kiddies. Non Stop Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance.
This children’s program repeats at 12:15–12:45pm.

Saturday, August 19

Noise Pop’s 20th Street Block Party: Food & Music Fest | SF
Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party: Food & Music Fest | SF

Get ready to party with 15,000 summer lovin’ people at this delicious summer feast and street party over three blocks, typically with two stages of alt-indie bands and DJs curated by Noisepop, and food and drinks from some of the neighborhood’s top restaurants, businesses, and artisans and a …

Daymé Arocena & Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 19 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Daymé Arocena & Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens

The sensational young Cuban vocalist Daymé Arocena introduces her gorgeous new album Cubafonía to Yerba Buena Gardens. A former member of the extraordinary Jane Bunnett & Maqueque sextet, Arocena is rapidly gaining international attention as a solo artist.
Still in her mid-20s, she’s been recording …

Sunday, August 20

California Brazil Camp: An All-Star Faculty Cast | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, August 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
California Brazil Camp: An All-Star Faculty Cast | Yerba Buena Gardens

For 20 years California Brazil Camp has brought eager musicians together with some of Brazil’s greatest musicians and composers under the redwoods of Cazadero.
In celebrating this milestone year, Brazil in the Gardens brings together an all-star faculty cast, including Spok, a saxophonist, arranger and orchestra …

Thursday, August 24

Soul-Infused Classical Arabic Songs with Dalia Marina | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 24 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Soul-Infused Classical Arabic Songs with Dalia Marina | Yerba Buena Gardens

Raised in the Bay Area and now based in Boston, Palestinian-American vocalist Dalia Marina made a lasting impression with her 2012 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival debut as a special guest with Middle Eastern ensemble Zamanna and her 2014 program presenting an eclectic set of jazz, …

Friday, August 25

Venezuelan Music Project | Yerba Buena Gardens
Friday, August 25 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Children's Garden)
Venezuelan Music Project | Yerba Buena Gardens

Even in South America, Venezuela’s musical riches tend to be overshadowed by the styles of neighboring Colombia, Brazil and Argentina. But in the Bay Area, the nation’s fabulous cultural wealth, with its fertile intermingling of indigenous, European and African influences, has found bountiful expression through …

Saturday, August 26

Paula West’s Eclectic Jazz Repertoire| Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, August 26 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Paula West's Eclectic Jazz Repertoire| Yerba Buena Gardens

San Francisco jazz singer Paula West possesses a strikingly beautiful voice, a full, velvety, caressing contralto. But it’s the expansive body of music she explores with her exquisite instrument that makes her one of the most consistently enthralling singers on the scene.
Whether West interprets Bob …

Thursday, August 31

Original Folk Music with Evie Ladin Band | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, August 31 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Original Folk Music with Evie Ladin Band | Yerba Buena Gardens

Grounded in Appalachian old-time repertoire, seasoned in African-diaspora roots, and composing original music inspired by life in Oakland and globe-spanning tours, the kinetic Evie Ladin Band erases the lines between music and movement.
A trio of tenaciously innovative string musicians and dancers, the combo features Ladin’s …

Saturday, September 2

Kugelplex: Bringing Rock ‘n’ Roll Energy To Party Music | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, September 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Kugelplex: Bringing Rock ‘n’ Roll Energy To Party Music | Yerba Buena Gardens

Bringing rock ‘n’ roll energy to the party music of Eastern European Jewry, Kugelplex plays wild, virtuosic dance tunes at concerts, festivals and weddings. They’ve performed with Joan Baez, the Oakland Symphony, the Klezmatics’ Frank London and Kitka, among other illustrious ensembles.
For this unique program …

Thursday, September 7

The Flock: Seven-Piece Version of Chamber, Jazz, World & Music Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, September 7 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Flock: Seven-Piece Version of Chamber, Jazz, World & Music Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens

A rising force on the Bay Area music scene, saxophonist, arranger and composer Teddy Raven can be found playing funk with Kuckaw!, California soul with Midtown Social, instrumental Balkan music with MWE and various jazz hybrids with Jazz Mafia aggregations.
He’s delved particularly deeply into Romani …

Saturday, September 9

Nubian Music with Alsarah & The Nubatones | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, September 9 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Nubian Music with Alsarah & The Nubatones | Yerba Buena Gardens

The Brooklyn-based combo Alsarah & The Nubatones came together out of a collective love for Nubian music and a genuine belief that soul transcends all cultural and linguistic barriers. Inspired by Nubian music’s pentatonic scales, they blend original material and traditional music of central Sudan …

Tuesday, September 12

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, September 12 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Saturday, September 16

Brooklyn Raga Massive with Classical Revolutional Music | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, September 16 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Brooklyn Raga Massive with Classical Revolutional Music | Yerba Buena Gardens

The composer Terry Riley is a patriarch of minimalism, and his seminal commandment is “In C,” a supremely pliable work conceived for any instrumental combination, with 53 musical cells and a set of directions that allow every performer to move through the music at their …

Thursday, September 21

Camilo y los Robot Ninjas: Whimsical Group In Contrast with Traditional Music | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, September 21 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Camilo y los Robot Ninjas: Whimsical Group In Contrast with Traditional Music | Yerba Buena Gardens

Oakland guitarist Camilo Landau belongs to an illustrious family of musicians, poets, activists and journalists. He came by his love of music via his uncle, guitarist and eight-time Grammy Award-nominated producer Greg Landau, who started teaching his 12-year-old nephew guitar and tres upon returning from …

Afro-Salsa Sound with Ricardo Lemvo | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, September 21 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Afro-Salsa Sound with Ricardo Lemvo | Yerba Buena Gardens

Raised by Angolan parents in Congo’s capital Kinshasa (when the country was known as Zaire), charismatic Los Angeles vocalist Ricardo Lemvo has honed an irresistibly grooving Afro-salsa sound, blending Congolese rumba and soukous with Cuban charanga and son.
Belting out his original songs in Spanish, Portuguese, …

Saturday, September 23

Marcus Shelby Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, September 23 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Marcus Shelby Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens

Internationally acclaimed bassist/composer Marcus Shelby occupies his own niche in the Bay Area’s jazz eco-system. As the leader of a powerfully swinging 15-piece big band and the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival resident composer, he’s used the ensemble as a vehicle for developing epic works exploring …

Sunday, September 24

2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa
2017 Folsom Street Fair | SoMa

The 34th Annual Folsom Street Fair, a true only in San Francisco original, covers over 13 city blocks filled with 400,000 people in their most outrageous leather, rubber, and fetish attire enjoying the world’s largest leather fair.
2017 Folsom Street Fair
Sunday, September 24, 2017 | 11 …

Friday, October 6

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park
Friday, October 6 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Hellman Hollow
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017: Friday | Golden Gate Park

2017 brings San Francisco the 17th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, one of the largest, free-est and beloved music festivals in the country. Be one of over 750,000 attendees over the three-day musical extravaganza in beautiful Golden Gate Park. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass 2017 Three days, seven stages, over ...

Fleet Week 2017 | Full Airshow Friday & Blue Angels
Friday, October 6 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Marina Green
Fleet Week 2017 | Full Airshow Friday & Blue Angels

Look up in the sky when you hear the roaring of jet engines and head down to SF’s northern waterfront and Dogpatch for San Francisco’s annual Fleet Week airshow and festival. 36th Annual San Francisco Fleet Week  October 2 – 9, 2017 San Francisco FREE ...

Tuesday, October 10

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, October 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

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