The Bay Area’s original free outdoor music festival was initially scheduled to take place on Sundays from June 14 through August 16, 2020. It is the first time in the Festival’s long history that it has been canceled.
Who Was Going to Play in 2020?
It’s like peeking at a Christmas present that you can never open but Stern Grove announced the 2020 line-up was supposed to include Animal Collective, Jimmy Cliff, Cuco, Billy Ray Cyrus, Macy Gray, Hanson, San Francisco Ballet, San Francisco Symphony, Tank and the Bangas, and Tower of Power.
Virtual “Best of the Fest” Concert Series Coming
This summer, in place of canceled performances, the Festival is creating Best of the Fest, a virtual video series featuring highlights from the Festival’s vast library of concert footage from the past 13 years. Hosted by TV and radio personality and seasoned emcee Liam Mayclem, Sheila E. (2012), Pink Martini (2013), The Doobie Brothers (2015), and George Clinton (2016) are among the musicians to be included in the weekly concerts.
Best of the Fest will also feature artist interviews, scenic footage of the Grove, and special guests. It will be posted on the Festival’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page every Sunday from June 14 through Sunday, August 16.
Beginning Sunday, May 31, visit sterngrove.org for each Sunday’s lineup.
In addition to Best of the Fest, the Festival will be offering a virtual arts education program utilizing many of the teaching artists who would have participated this summer. Classes in music making and dance will be offered online on the Festival’s YouTube and Facebook channels.
The Stern Grove Festival returns for its 83nd season having presented free concerts in the park every summer since 1938.
If you don’t mind arriving early to spread out your blanket to stake your spot, it’s an excellent way to spend a relaxing Sunday in a beautiful park setting watching free performances from top touring acts and local institutions like the San Francisco Ballet.
Concerts begin Sunday at 2 pm. Bench seating is limited and generally full by 1:30 pm, and on some days, the benches can reach capacity earlier.
What if the Concert Meadow is full? Festival staff will begin hand stamping at the entrances at approximately 10 a.m. If the Concert Meadow closes, only patrons with hand stamps will be allowed into the Concert Meadow. Patrons with hand stamps can pass in and out of the Concert Meadow throughout the day.
Picnic Table Lottery:
Reserved Picnic Tables: Reserved picnic table seating is available with a donation of $500 or more.
Seating for Seniors and People with Disabilities: Seating for seniors, people with disabilities, and patrons using wheelchairs is available on a first come, first served basis.
Volunteering for 2019 – More than 800 volunteers help make the Festival possible each year. As a member of our volunteer team, you can meet new friends, enjoy the beautiful setting of Stern Grove, and experience amazing concerts. Sign up to volunteer
Take a K or M train to the St. Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.
Muni Bus: lines 23-Monterey and 28-19th Avenue stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.
BART to Glen Park Station and transfer to MUNI bus 23-Monterey to stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
BART to Daly City and transfer to MUNI bus 28-19th Avenue to stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
BART to Balboa Station take a K train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.
Coming from the Peninsula or East Bay, take BART to Balboa Park and transfer to a K train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.
Bike Valet Service
Store your bike at the Festival’s free bike valet at the main entrance to the park at 19th and Sloat Boulevard.
Bike valet opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes one hour after the concert ends.
Bikes are not allowed in the Concert Meadow or Esplanade area of Stern Grove.
Parking A limited number of handicapped permit parking spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis along Sloat Boulevard, just past the main entrance to Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat. There is no other designated parking area.
There is no public parking area at Stern Grove on concert Sundays. Parking in the area is extremely limited.
As a benefit of completing your shift, volunteers are given snacks, drinks, onsite parking and reserved seats during the concert. Volunteers are required to work a minimum 4 hour shift. All volunteers are encouraged to enjoy the concert’s headliner, but please note that some jobs require at least one volunteer to be present and volunteers may take turns watching the performance. Sign up to volunteer.
Stern Grove Festival’s Kids Days are free interactive arts education programs for children ages 4-11. Kids Days are free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian (no drop-offs).
Kids Days with Arenas Dance Company Learn about Cuban folkloric dance and music with Arenas Dance Company. July 9-11 from 11 am-2 pm
Kids Days with Afro-Urban Society Explore modern African dance with Afro-Urban Society. July 16-18 from 11 am-2 pm
Kids Days with San Francisco Ballet Explore global dance styles with instructors from San Francisco Ballet. July 23-25 from 11 am-2 pm
From noon – 1:30 pm before every Sunday concert, kids of all ages can experience hands-on art projects, a musical instrument exploration station, and dance workshops with local teaching artists at KidStage in the West Meadow.
June 16 – Hip-hop dance with Jessica Recinos
June 23 – Cuban dance with Jessica Recinos
June 30 – Hip-hop dance with Paula Plessas-Hall
July 7 – Percussion demo/workshop with Rising Rhythm
July 14 – Vogue dance with Jocquese Whitfield
July 21 – Reggae/dancehall dance with Shemica Johnson, printmaking with Youth Art Exchange
July 28 – Ballet with San Francisco Ballet
August 4 – Youth dance demo/workshop with Rising Rhythm, printmaking with Youth Art Exchange
August 11 – West Coast Swing dance with Mission Swing, printmaking with Youth Art Exchange
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.