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Golden Gate Park’s Free Outdoor Bandshell Concert (SF)

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Spreckels Temple of Music (Golden Gate Park Bandshell) | Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA


Golden Gate Park’s Free 2021 Outdoor Concert Series

Golden Gate Bandshell welcomes back live performances with a diverse lineup of musicians to play free concerts at historic landmark.

Live music has returned to the Golden Gate Bandshell’s iconic stage with a series of free outdoor concerts in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Parks Alliance and the arts nonprofit Illuminate announced

The lineup of performers returning to the stage is diverse and local—rock and reggae bands, Latin jazz players and R&B singers, big band musicians  and string ensembles, West African and South Asian drummers and dancers, as well as homegrown stars like DJ Shortkut and Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Golden Gate Park’s Free Outdoor Concert Series

The free, all-ages concerts will run through the end of 2021, with Singer-Songwriter Wednesdays, Jazz and Soul Fridays, Cultural and Community groups on Saturdays, and Reggae Sundays, as well as many special events, including the Golden Gate Bandshell Kid’s Festival featuring Charity and the JAMband Sept. 11.

See the upcoming schedule | See all concerts

August 2021

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Reggae Sunday
August 29, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Crucial – featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests

September 2021

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
September 1, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Jason Crawford (w/ Nick Michels); Sammy Patrick; Carry Nation

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Reggae Sunday
September 5, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Crucial- featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests; BAYONICS Born in the San Francisco Mission District, for the past two decades BAYONICS has mixed Reggae and Latin music to create a style as unique as the city they call home.

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
September 8, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
CarnyMusic; Seth Pressly; Secret Lives

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Soul/Jazz Friday
September 10, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Sweater Funk DJs

Kids Music Festival at the Golden Gate Bandshell
September 11, 2021, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Kids music festival featuring Charity & the JAMband, and magic by Bri Crabtee

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Reggae Sunday
September 12, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Crucial-featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests; Dub Gabriel

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
September 15, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Dan Ashley Combo and more

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
September 22, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Female songwriters- 4-4:45 pm Sara Rodenburg, 5-5:45 pm Essie Thomas, 6-6:45 pm Mia d’Bruzzi

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Soul/Jazz Friday
September 24, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Lavey Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
September 29, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Sammy Patrick Band and more

October 2021

  • Fri 10/1 (4:30-7:30pm) – Soul/Jazz Friday – Tim Weed and the Blue Dot Bluegrass Band (2 Sets)
  • Sat 10/2 (Noon – 4:00 pm)- SFPA presents Brazilian Day – with Brazilian Day with Groupo Falso Baiano and Batuci
  • Sun 10/3 (1-2:30pm) – Season Finale with Golden Gate Park Band
  • Sun 10/03 (4:30-7:30pm) – Reggae Sunday – Crucial featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests; The Servants
  • Wed 10/6 (4-7pm) – Singer/Songwriter Wednesday – The Karney Band and Washington High School Choir, and Ken Newman opening
  • Fri 10/8 (4:30-7:30pm) – Soul/Jazz Friday – The Dave Dieni Quartet (2 Sets)
  • Sat 10/9 (4:30-7:30pm) – Whole Day Asian/African Dance Event – Duniya Dance & Drum Company and Feline Finesse
  • Sun 10/10 (4:30-7:30pm) – Reggae Sunday – Crucial featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guest TBD
  • Wed 10/13 (4-7pm) – Singer/Songwriter Wednesday – An Evening with Megan Slankard
  • Fri 10/15 (4:30-7:30pm) – Soul/Jazz Friday – Latin Jazz Night with Obryzon and Calmao
  • Sun 10/17 (Noon-4:00pm) – Golden Gate Park Folk Festival Featuring Adrian West, V Maund, Megan Keely, Pete Kronowitt, Deborah Crooks, and Brother Spellbinder
  • Sun 10/17 (4:30-7:30pm) – Reggae Sunday – Crucial featuring DJ Jah Yzer – Jah Yzer’s Birthday Show (Lots of special guests)
  • Wed 10/20 (4-7pm) – Singer/songwriter Wednesday, Jason Crawford, VanRu and Sam Johnson
  • Fri 10/22 (4:30-7:30pm) – Soul/Jazz Friday – R&B and Soul with Cornell “CC” Carter and CJ Washington opening 
  • Sun 10/24 (4:30-7:30pm) – Reggae Sunday – Crucial featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests; Latin Reggae with Estrella 
  • Wed 10/27 (4-7pm) – Singer/songwriter Wednesday – Chris Peck, Alison Niedbalski, Future Twin

November 2021

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
November 3, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
TBA

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Soul/Jazz Friday
November 5, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Cuban Jazz with Value Culture

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Native Elements
November 6, 2021, All Day @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Native Elements

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Reggae Sunday
November 7, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Crucial- featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
November 10, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
TBA

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Soul/Jazz Friday
November 12, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Comic Orchestra

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Strings in the Park
November 13, 2021, All Day @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Strings in the Park concert with Del Soul String Quartet; Left Coast Chamber Ensemble

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Reggae Sunday
November 14, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Crucial- featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
November 17, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
TBA

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Soul/Jazz Friday
November 19, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
TBA

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Reggae Sunday
November 21, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
Crucial- featuring DJ Jah Yzer plus special guests

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Singer/Songwriter Wednesday
November 24, 2021, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
TBA

Golden Gate Bandshell Concert- Soul/Jazz Friday
November 26, 2021, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Golden Gate Bandshell
TBA

What’s Next? Check out the upcoming events calendar

“The return of live performances in the park is a celebration of our city’s ongoing recovery,” said Mayor Breed. “Arts and music, especially free public performances, are such an important part of our city’s history and culture. I’m so excited to finally celebrate Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary at the historic Bandshell stage with San Francisco’s diverse communities.”

The Illuminate and Parks Alliance-produced events will strictly follow all current guidelines and recommendations from the Department of Public Health and will adapt accordingly as guidelines change.

The free concert series was planned for Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary in 2020, a yearlong celebration put on by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. While the series kickoff was delayed by the pandemic, the Golden Gate Bandshell was upgraded with a new stage, built-in theatrical lighting and state-of-the-art Meyer sound system.

The new concert series will supplement free Sunday performances by the Golden Gate Park Band, which has been presenting free concerts in Golden Gate Park for 139 years. Its 2021 season began Aug. 1 and will continue through Oct. 3.

The 121-year-old Golden Gate Bandshell is the oldest structure in Golden Gate Park’s Music Concourse, an open air plaza built for the 1894 World’s Fair. Also called the Spreckels Temple of Music, the Bandshell was a gift to San Franciscans from sugar magnate Claus Spreckels. Its recent renovation was made possible through the generosity of Carla and David Crane.

“Music heals,” said Illuminate Founder and CEO Ben Davis. “After a century of near silence, we are delighted to hear music fill the park’s Music Concourse once again. Our city needs an accessible outdoor performance space more than ever.”

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.


Event Details


Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, In Person, Live Music, Outdoors
Address: Music Concourse Dr, San Francisco, CA