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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

“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

“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 …

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

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, July 8 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Jack London Square

Brought to you by the same people who produce the Treasure Island Flea, the Jack of All Trades Market features a curated mix of nearly 100 local makers, indie designers, antiquers, collectors, artists, start-ups and more. Jack of All Trades Market Every Second Saturday | 11 am to 5 ...

“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 …

Picklewater Free Circus Festival | Union Square
Sunday, July 9 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Picklewater Free Circus Festival | Union Square

Presented by Union Square Live, the Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns for its tenth year at Union Square. The Picklewater Free Circus Festival is a free festival of circus arts featuring some of the best in Circus Arts from around the bay area, the festival …

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.

Wednesday, July 12

Rock Concert: Moonalice | Union Square Live
Wednesday, July 12 – 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 …

Thursday, July 13

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 …

Sunday, July 16

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Mission
Sunday, July 16 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Mission District

Sunday Streets (March – October 2017) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for ...

Picklewater Free Circus Festival | Union Square
Sunday, July 16 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Picklewater Free Circus Festival | Union Square

Presented by Union Square Live, the Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns for its tenth year at Union Square. The Picklewater Free Circus Festival is a free festival of circus arts featuring some of the best in Circus Arts from around the bay area, the festival …

Wednesday, July 19

Swing in the Square: The B-Stars | Union Square
Wednesday, July 19 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Swing in the Square: The B-Stars | Union Square

Come and listen to live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie.
The B Stars are a San Francisco-based combo that serves up a hearty stew of …

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 …

Sunday, July 23

Picklewater Free Circus Festival | Union Square
Sunday, July 23 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Picklewater Free Circus Festival | Union Square

Presented by Union Square Live, the Picklewater Free Circus Festival returns for its tenth year at Union Square. The Picklewater Free Circus Festival is a free festival of circus arts featuring some of the best in Circus Arts from around the bay area, the festival …

Wednesday, July 26

Salsa in the Square: Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble | Union Square
Wednesday, July 26 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Salsa in the Square: Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble | Union Square

Under the leadership of Dr. John Calloway, a multi-instrumentalist, composer and arranger who has worked at the creative edge of the Bay Area’s Latin music scene since the 1970s, the Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco is an invaluable proving ground for stellar young …

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

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 …

Wednesday, August 2

Blues Rock Concert: Crosscut | Union Square Live
Wednesday, August 2 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Blues Rock Concert: Crosscut | Union Square Live

Crosscut, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include early Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, Soul from STAX and Motown, R&B, …

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 …

Wednesday, August 16

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 …

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

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Tenderloin
Sunday, August 20 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin

Sunday Streets (March – October 2017) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for ...

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 …

Wednesday, August 30

Swing in the Square: Fil Lorenz Orchestra | Union Square
Wednesday, August 30 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Swing in the Square: Fil Lorenz Orchestra | Union Square

Come and listen to live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie.
Come dance to the swingin’ music of the Fil Lorenz Orchestra, a star-studded “little BIG …

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: Rock ‘n Rollin Party Music | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, September 2 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Kugelplex: Rock ‘n Rollin 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 World Music Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, September 7 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Flock: Seven-Piece 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 …

Sunday, September 10

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Western Addition
Sunday, September 10 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Western Addition

Sunday Streets (March – October 2017) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for ...

Blues Rock Concert: Crosscut | Union Square Live
Sunday, September 10 – 2:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Blues Rock Concert: Crosscut | Union Square Live

Crosscut, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, plays a unique mix of blues, rock, and original music to create a sound that is all its own. Their musical influences include early Delta Blues, Memphis and Chicago Electric Blues, Soul from STAX and Motown, R&B, …

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 …

Sunday, September 17

2017 “Comedy Day in the Park” Free Festival | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sharon Meadow
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If you like lounging in the park, laughing your ass off with the distant smell of pot wafting through the air, then the 37th Annual Comedy Day might be the best way for you to spend a Sunday afternoon.
The biggest single-day comedy event of the …

Wednesday, September 20

Swing in the Square: Lost Dog Found with Rachel Sierra | Union Square
Wednesday, September 20 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Union Square Park
Swing in the Square: Lost Dog Found with Rachel Sierra | Union Square

Come and listen to live music from some of the Bay Area’s best roots bands, swingin’ jumpin’ rockin’ 1930s thru 1950s tunes to get you out on the floor and boogie.
With a uniquely modern take on retro Americana genres including blues, swing, rock, and soul, …

Thursday, September 21

Camilo y los Robot Ninjas: Post-Latin Salsa-Core Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens
Thursday, September 21 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Camilo y los Robot Ninjas: Post-Latin Salsa-Core Performance | 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, October 1

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Excelsior
Sunday, October 1 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Excelsior Sunday Streets

Sunday Streets (March – October 2017) is San Francisco’s official block party – a sorta-monthly roving neighborhood celebration and five hour street party where the streets are closed to vehicles, so pedestrians, roller skaters, bicyclists, yogis, and everyone except for cars can take over the streets for ...

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.