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SF’s “Summer of Music” 40+ Free Concerts in Eight Neighborhoods (Saturdays)

Every Saturday Through September 30th.
Saturday, September 30, 2023 - 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm | Cost: FREE
All Over San Francisco | San Francisco, CA

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SF’s “Summer of Music” 40+ Free Concerts in Eight Neighborhoods (Saturdays)

San Francisco used to be best known for its vibrant culture and arts scene instead of store closures and a gloomy downtown. But the summer of 2023 is about to become a lot more livelier with the launch of the brand new Summer of Music festival.

The groundbreaking initiative, a collaboration between local music promoter Noise Pop and the newly-formed nonprofit Civic Joy Fund, is set to bring over 800 free concerts to the city’s neighborhoods, creating mini-block parties every Saturday across nine different locations.

Extend until September 30, 2023, the Summer of Music festival aims to provide San Francisco residents and visitors with a unique, community-driven experience. The event will showcase the incredible talent of local musicians while simultaneously boosting economic activity in these neighborhoods and supporting small businesses.

For the September extension, all neighborhoods continue except for Chinatown

“Summer of Music” Festival 2023
Every Saturday from 2-5pm
June 17 – September 30, 2023 (except for Sept. 2)
40+ concerts at 40+ venues across eight different neighborhoods

Venues (Subject to Change)

(Along 3rd St. between Jerrold and Oakdale, as well as Underwood and Van Dyke)
(Along Market St. between Castro and Noe, as well as along Castro St. between 17th St and 19th St)

(Along Clement St. between 3rd Ave and 9th Ave)


(Along Cortland Ave. between Bonview and Anderson)


(Along Divisadero St. between Fulton and Page)


Along Haight St. between Cole and Masonic


(Along Polk St. between Broadway and Washington)


(Along Valencia between 17th St to 20th St)

From 2-5 pm each Saturday, the city’s streets, retail shops, bars, restaurants and back patios will come alive with the sounds of live music, featuring a diverse lineup of local Bay Area and NorCal artists.

The festival will span nine essential San Francisco neighborhoods and shopping corridors, including Valencia, The Castro, Clement Street, Polk Street, Divisadero, Haight Street, The Bayview, and Cortland Avenue.


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In a time when financial inequalities are soaring in the Bay Area, the Summer of Music festival is a welcome opportunity for local musicians to gain exposure and earn a living. All performances will be paid opportunities for the artists, supported by corporate sponsors and donations.

The innovative project, part of a $2+ million fundraising effort by the Civic Joy Fund, is expected to reinvigorate San Francisco’s neighborhoods and help small business owners and entertainers bounce back from the economic hardships brought about by the pandemic. This citywide block party is set to inspire a sense of community and camaraderie among San Franciscans, all while enjoying the universal language of music.

For those looking to join in the festivities, applications for local music performers and retail businesses are now open at www.SummerOfMusicSF.com. (And yes! These are paid gigs) So, mark your calendars and get ready to experience a different neighborhood in San Francisco each weekend – one mini-block party at a time!

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*, Block Party, Fairs & Festivals, In Person, Live Music, Music Festivals
Address: San Francisco, CA

Saturday, September 30, 2023

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*Sign up for Right of Wave on Eventbrite to receive one free raffle ticket per registered attendee
9:30 am   Free “Legion of Honor” Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)  FREE*
*Free general admission to Bay Area residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Timed advanced tickets required
9:30 am   Free de Young Museum Day for Bay Area Residents (Every Saturday)  FREE*
*Free general admission to Bay Area residents. Valid ID or proof of residency required. This offer applies only to the permanent collection galleries. Advanced timed tickets required.
10:00 am   SF’s “Clean up The City” South Mission Cleanup (w/ Free Food + Drinks for Volunteers)  FREE
10:00 am   SF’s “Clean up The City” Hayes Neighborhood Cleanup (w/ Free Lunch + Coffee for Volunteers)  FREE
10:00 am   “Los Bomberos” 1st Annual Lowrider Car Show (SF)  FREE
10:00 am   Portola Garden Tour  $20*
*Tickets are $20 unless you are a student, then they are $5.
11:00 am   5th Annual Bay Area “Chuseok” Korean Harvest Festival (The Presidio)  FREE*
11:00 am   Mavericks Surf Festival 2023 (Sept. 30 – Oct. 1)  FREE
11:00 am   SF’s “Clean up The City” Lower Polk Neighborhood Cleanup  FREE
11:00 am   5th Annual Bay Area “Chuseok” Korean Harvest Festival (The Presidio)  FREE
11:00 am   Oakland’s 8th Annual Black-Eyed Pea Festival (2023)  FREE
11:00 am   2023 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: Saturday Lineup (Golden Gate Park)  FREE
12:00 pm   Faction Brewing 10 Year Anniversary (Alameda)  $10
12:00 pm   Fern Alley Music Series  FREE
12:00 pm   SF’s “Pier 39” 45th Anniversary Celebration + Drone Show (2023)  FREE
1:00 pm   SF’s “ChoreoFest” Outdoor Dance Festival: Day Two (Yerba Buena Gardens)  FREE
1:00 pm   “Union Square in Bloom” 2023 Summer Music Series (July 8 – Oct. 19)  FREE
2:00 pm   42nd Annual Northern California Book Awards (SF Main Library)  FREE*
2:00 pm   SF’s Valencia Street Saturday Block Parties (July 8-Nov 18)  FREE
4:00 pm   SF’s “Clean up The City” West SoMa Cleanup (w/ Free Drink for Volunteers)  FREE
5:00 pm   Lower Haight 2023 Art Walks (SF)  FREE
5:00 pm   Oakland’s “Live in The Laurel” Music Fest w/ Bobby Young Project (2023)  FREE*
5:00 pm   $8 Flat Rate Parking in SF after 5pm (Chinatown/North Beach)  $8*
*$8 flat rate parking after 5pm (7 days a week). Otherwise parking is $4/hour. Validation gets $5 off parking rates
6:00 pm   $10 Off Tix: SF’s “Terror Vault” 1874 Halloween Haunt is Back (Sept. 29-Oct. 31)  $10 Off*
*$10-$15 off tickets, but only 50 discount tickets available per date
7:00 pm   Free Outdoor Movie Night “Super Mario Bros.” at SF’s Duboce Park (2023)  FREE*
7:00 pm   “Crazy Funny Asians” Comedy Showcase (SF)  FREE*
*Free tickets, but RSVP Required. Donations ($5-$10) greatly appreciated. $10 adv / $15 door tickets also required
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*Limited free tickets with code FUNCHEAP (donations appreciated). Otherwise use code FUNCHEAP5 for $5 off early bird and general admission tickets
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*Use secret code HUMAN for comp tickets, otherwise, $10 off with secret code FUNCHEAP
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*Free with RSVP for first 100 people. $10 advanced tickets or $15 at door without RSVP
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*Free with RSVP (normally $15-25)
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*$20 GA Limited Early Bird tix, $25 Day Of Show, $35 The Director's Chair (VIP tix). Groups of 3 or more get a discount ($16 Early Bird-online offer only).
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8:00 pm   40% Off Tix to the Stirring World Premiere of “Before the Sword” in SF  $25*
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8:30 pm   Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Afterparty (Abbey Tavern)  FREE
9:00 pm   “Comedians with Criminal Records” Live in SF (Oktoberfest 2023 Show)  FREE*
*Limited free tickets w/ secret code FUNCHEAPGUEST. Otherwise $5 off with secret code FUNCHEAP
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*Get $5 off Tickets - Early Bird tickets $5 adv w/ code FUNCHEAP (otherwise $10-15). Two drink minimum
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