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SF’s Free Shakespeare in the Park @ McLaren Park (Sept. 9-10)

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Sunday, September 10, 2023 - 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm | Cost: FREE
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (McLaren Park) | 40 John F Shelley Drive San Francisco, CA 94134

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SF’s Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival (Sept. 2-10)

Join the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival for Free Shakespeare in the Park at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (40 John F. Shelley Drive) in McLaren Park.

Performances will take place the next two weekends on September 2, 3 and 4, as well as 9 and 10 beginning at 2 p.m. This year’s show is Cymbeline, Shakespeare’s epic romantic adventure, believed to be one of his final plays. It features a dazzling mix of comedy, tragedy, and fairy tale. Run time of the show is approximately 90 minutes and it’s performed without intermission. As the name implies, the shows are free – no ticket or reservation needed!

Featuring a stunning wooded setting with bleacher and hillside amphitheater seating along with ample adjacent park space, amenities, and parking, Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is the hidden jewel of San Francisco’s second largest park.

2023 San Francisco Dates/Times

MON SEPT 4 – 2PM – Labor Day


All shows are 90 minutes

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater is located in San Francisco’s McLaren Park, off John F. Shelley Dr. between Cambridge St. and Mansell St.  The amphitheater itself is set back in the woods and not visible from the street, so look for signs denoting the amphitheater parking lots.

Free public parking is available in the area, options include:

  • The main parking lot southeast of the amphitheater off John F Shelley Dr.  Look for the sign denoting “Amphitheater Parking”. From this lot, follow the path for 1/4 mile to reach the amphitheater.
  • A limited number of handicapped parking spaces are available in the small lot to the immediate northeast of the amphitheater.  Look for a narrow road 1 block to the north of the main lot entrance, labeled with a “Jerry Garcia Amphitheater” sign, then follow the road as it dog-legs up to the amphitheater.  This lot is patrolled and vehicles not displaying a proper placard will be cited.
  • Street parking along John F Shelley Dr.  From here enter on foot from either of the above mentioned parking lots.

The nearest BART stations are Glen Park and Balboa Park, each around 2 miles away.  The closest bus is the 29 which connects with the Balboa Park station and has a stop at the corner of Mansell St and John F. Shelley Dr, 1/2 mile away.

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.

Cost: FREE
Categories: *Top Pick*, In Person, Labor Day Weekend, Outdoors, Theater & Performance
Address: 40 John F Shelley Drive San Francisco, CA 94134