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Friday, April 28

Comedians with Criminal Records | Great Star Theater
Friday, April 28 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $9.40*
*Get 54% off with code HELLAFUNCHEAP - Tickets normally $20
| Great Star Theater
Comedians with Criminal Records | Great Star Theater

Comedians with Criminal Records is a unique comedy showcase of established comedians who’ve had trouble with the law in the past. This may be the only show in America where if you don’t laugh, you might get stabbed. And it’s all hosted by two criminals ...

50% Off + Free Drink: “The Encounter” Immersive 3D Audio Journey | Curran
50% Off + Free Drink:

From London to Broadway and now SF, The Encounter is “one of the most immersive theater pieces ever created.” (New York Times) Simon McBurney’s solo performance traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using innovative 3D audio technology to build an intimate and ...

Saturday, April 29

Comedians with Criminal Records | Great Star Theater
Saturday, April 29 – 7:30 pm | Cost: $9.40*
*Get 54% off with code HELLAFUNCHEAP - Tickets normally $20
| Great Star Theater
Comedians with Criminal Records | Great Star Theater

Comedians with Criminal Records is a unique comedy showcase of established comedians who’ve had trouble with the law in the past. This may be the only show in America where if you don’t laugh, you might get stabbed. And it’s all hosted by two criminals ...

$39 Tix + Free Drink: “The Encounter” at the Curran | SF
$39 Tix + Free Drink:

From London to Broadway and now SF, The Encounter is “one of the most immersive theater pieces ever created.” (New York Times) Simon McBurney’s solo performance traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using innovative 3D audio technology to build an intimate and ...

Sunday, April 30

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Tenderloin
Sunday, April 30 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Tenderloin

Come and explore the historic Tenderloin District. Enjoy car-free fun in the heart of the Tenderloin, with fun, free activities for the whole family to enjoy all along the way.
Activity Hubs will be located on Ellis and Golden Gate Ave with dozens of free activities in …

$39 Tix: “The Encounter” Immersive 3D Audio Journey (+ Free Drink) | Curran
$39 Tix:

From London to Broadway and now SF, The Encounter is “one of the most immersive theater pieces ever created.” (New York Times) Simon McBurney’s solo performance traces a journey into the depths of the Amazon rainforest, using innovative 3D audio technology to build an intimate and ...

Sunday, May 7

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | SF
Sunday, May 7 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Kick-Off | SF

Between May and October in 2017, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents over 75 free performances on three outdoor stages in Yerba Buena Gardens. Admission is free and entertainment includes music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children’s programs. 2017 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival May – October, 2017 Yerba ...

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Sunday, May 7 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Pianist Arturo O’Farrill is part of a legendary Latin jazz dynasty. His father was the pioneering Cuban composer/arranger and bandleader Chico O’Farrill and his son is the rising trumpet star Adam O’Farrill.
As the driving force behind the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Arturo has …

Tuesday, May 9

Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks & Modern Jazz Ukelele | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Tuesday, May 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Line Breaks On Your Lunch Breaks & Modern Jazz Ukelele | 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.

Jason Bayani is the author of Amulet from Write Bloody Press. Jason performs regularly around the …

Saturday, May 13

“Jack of All Trades” Indie Craft & Antique Market | Jack London Square
Saturday, May 13 – 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 ...

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble: Traditional Songs In The Afternoon | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, May 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble: Traditional Songs In The Afternoon | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The women in Kitka are fearless sonic explorers, and you can hear their intrepid spirit in every haunting song. Over nearly four decades the eight-women Oakland ensemble has developed a vast, breathtaking repertoire of traditional songs from the Balkans, Caucasus and Slavic lands, as well …

Thursday, May 18

CMC Older Adult Choir: Street Chorus | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, May 18 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
CMC Older Adult Choir: Street Chorus | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The CMC 30th Street Chorus is a choir of older adults from the 30th Street Senior Center directed by award-winning Mexican-born, Mills College-educated flutist and mezzosoprano Martha Rodriguez-Salazar.
Singing in Tagalog, English, and Spanish, the chorus celebrates its diverse members with songs from the Philippines, the …

SF Weekly “Best of SF 2017” Tasting Party & Open Bar | SoMa
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Hosted by SF Weekly, enjoy Best of SF 2017, a unique all-you-can-drink (and eat) tasting celebration at City Nights, a 15,000 sq. foot nighclub with state-of-the-art lighting and sound and a Euro-inspired backlit bar.
Get three hours of open bar sampling of beer, wine, spirits plus complimentary sampling …

Changüí Majadero’s Afro-Cuban Musical Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, May 18 – 6:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Jessie Square)
Changüí Majadero's Afro-Cuban Musical Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Playing Cuban roots music straight outta East LA, Changüí Majadero is a blazing five-piece band that has honed a deeply informed and highly personal take on changüí, a surging Afro-Cuban musical tradition that took shape in the late 19th century on the eastern side of …

Saturday, May 20

Brass Convergence II: Protest Brass | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, May 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Brass Convergence II: Protest Brass | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

In 2016 Jazz Mafia founder Adam Theis realized a long-time dream with the premiere of Brass Convergence, a one-day Yerba Buena Gardens Festival mini-fest featuring numerous ensembles rooted in far-flung brass traditions.
This year, Brass Convergence responds to the dire need for positive change by bringing …

Thursday, May 25

The Anita Lofton Project’s Folk Music Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, May 25 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
The Anita Lofton Project's Folk Music Performance | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

About a decade ago Anita Lofton was known as one of the hardest rockin’ guitarists around, a gonzo player whose punk power trio Sistas In the Pit opened for Iggy and the Stooges on their 2007 reunion tour, including a near-legendary show at the Warfield …

Saturday, May 27

Jazz Master Richard Howell & Sudden Changes | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, May 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Jazz Master Richard Howell & Sudden Changes | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Aptly described by KQED as a jazz “Jedi master,” tenor saxophonist Richard Howell is a Bay Area treasure who has come into his own as a bandleader after decades of producing and supporting other artists. His latest album, Burkina, was named one of the best …

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 …

Saturday, June 3

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 …

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

“Sunday Streets” Huge Block Party | Sunset & Golden Gate Park
Sunday, June 11 – 11:00 am | Cost: FREE | Golden Gate Park

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 ...

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

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 …

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

“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 …

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 …

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 ...

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 …

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 ...

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 ...

Sunday, September 17

2017 “Comedy Day in the Park” Free Festival | Golden Gate Park
Sunday, September 17 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Sharon Meadow
2017

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 …

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 ...