Yerba Buena Gardens Festival announces a special 2021 summer season that will kickoff on Saturday, June 26 at 1:00pm with a free concert from Bobi Céspedes, the Bay Area’s matriarch of Cuban Music and with 23+ free outdoor events throughout the summer.
In 2020, the Festival was poised to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and, now, in 2021, the organization can properly acknowledge this landmark year by honoring the Festival’s historical legacy and cultural impact in the Bay Area and beyond.
Plus there will be special programs announced for September, October and December 2021
Full 2021 Festival Schedule
Bobi Céspedes; DJ José Ruiz (KPOO, KPFA), Saturday, June 26, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Outdoor Dance Classes, every Tuesday, June 26-August 25, 11:00am-12:00pm
Kev Choice Ensemble, Thursday, July 1, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Rebirth Canal, Thursday, July 8, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm
YBG ChoreoFest, Saturday, July 10, July 31, August 14, 1:00pm – July 10: Kiandanda Dance Theater/Byb Chanel Bibene, SAMMAY, and RAWdance – July 31: FACT/SF, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Shinichi Iova-Koga – August 14: CALI & CO Dance/Christine Cali, Concept o4, Fog Beast
Poetic Tuesday: Two Languages/One Community – Artists Against Anti-Asian Violence – Michael Warr, Chun Yu, Yeva Johnson, Tuesday, July 13, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Sentimiento y Manana, Thursday, July 15, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Children’s Garden Series with Ka-Hon, Friday, July 16, 11:00am & 12:15pm
La Doña, Saturday, July 17, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Andre Thierry, Thursday, July 22, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Children’s Garden Series with Pi Clowns, Friday, July 23, 11:00am & 12:15pm
Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Saturday, July 24, 1:00pm-2:30pm
LoCura, Thursday, July 29, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Children’s Garden Series with Red Panda Acrobats, Friday, July 30, 11:00am & 12:15pm
Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Thursday, August 5, 12:30pm-1:30pm
AfroSolo Arts Festival in the Gardens, Saturday, August 7, 1:00pm-2:30pm
The Valerie Troutt Trio Feat. See Through Soul, Thursday, August 12, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Cabanijazz Project, Thursday, August 19, 12:30pm-1:30pm
Cláudia Villela, Saturday, August 21, 1:00pm-2:15pm
Native Contemporary Arts Festival Presents, Thursday, August 26, 12:30-1:30pm
Circus Bella’s Humorous!, Saturday, August 28, Shows at 12:00pm and 2:15pm
Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Oct 11, 12:00pm – 3:30pm – Join us in celebration of San Francisco’s 3rd Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival with Native American art, music and vendors. The program highlights the vastly diverse and talented community of Indigenous artists in the Bay Area and California. The event begins with an opening from Gregg Castro, Ramaytush Ohlone Representative.
826 Valencia | Young Authors Book Project Celebration – Oct 15, 4:30pm – 5:30pm –Every year, 826 Valencia works with public school students in San Francisco on the Young Authors’ Book Project. This year, with support from teachers and volunteer tutors, students at schools and in 826 Valencia’s Black Literary Achievement Club—part of the Black Students Initiative—wrote pieces on Black identity and the Black experience in America. This event marks the release of their compendium, Our History Is Deeper Than What They Tell Us. Students will receive copies of the book and celebrate being published authors with their families and the 826 Valencia community. This is an in-person event that will be held at Yerba Buena Gardens Stage (by MLK Memorial waterfall).
Our 21st annual Halloween Hoopla features fun performances and activities for kids under 10 and their adults! The Hoopla grand finale is the annual Halloween Costume Parade – all kids are welcome to join in their best Halloween looks.
Blues in the City with Marcus Shelby and Dr. Rupa Marya, MD – Dec 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm –This program is in-person at MoAD Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the event is required at the door
How has the impact of COVID-19 affected BIPOC communities in San Francisco? And how can art provide resilience during these challenging times? Join Composer/educator Marcus Shelby and Dr. Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, musician/composer, and co-author of recently released book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, for an in-depth conversation and Q&A. Marcus will also share musical works-in-progress from his forthcoming suite Blues in the City, commissioned by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This event is the second installment in a three-part Blues in the City lecture series exploring how the concurrent crises of homelessness, systemic racism, and the pandemic affect the most vulnerable residents of San Francisco.