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Thursday, June 20

Marcus Shelby Quartet: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, June 20 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Marcus Shelby Quartet: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Between May and October in 2019, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents 100 free performances on three outdoor stages in Yerba Buena Gardens. Admission is free and entertainment includes music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children’s programs. 2019 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival May 4 – October 27, ...

Friday, June 21

Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | SF
Friday, June 21 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | SF

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. In 2019, they celebrate their 11th anniversary season. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling ...

Saturday, June 22

Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | SF
Saturday, June 22 – 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Free Summer Circus Day with Circus Bella | SF

Circus Bella is a full-force, non-stop 60-minute kaleidoscope of thrilling feats of balance and strength, elegance demonstrations of grace and poise, and outrageous humor of slapstick antics. In 2019, they celebrate their 11th anniversary season. The circus showcases static trapeze, rope walking, a 9-person juggling ...

Thursday, June 27

Edgar Pantoja & the Afro-Cuban Tribe: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, June 27 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Edgar Pantoja & the Afro-Cuban Tribe: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
One of the West Coast’s leading Cuban bands, Edgar Pantoja and the Afro-Cuban Tribe is a rhythmic powerhouse designed to deliver Pantoja’s original compositions. It’s a book that combines Cuban roots sources of rumba, son, and timba with international rhythms of samba, Moroccan Gnawa, jazz ...

Saturday, June 29

Classic Music w/ Jeremy Dutcher: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, June 29 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Classic Music w/ Jeremy Dutcher: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Hailing from the indigenous Wolastoq people of New Brunswick, Jeremy Dutcher is a classically-trained tenor who won Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize last year with his strikingly beautiful debut album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. A musicologist, performer and activist who currently lives in Toronto, Dutcher found his ...

Saturday, July 6

Aireene Espiritu: Tribute to Sugar Pie DeSanto | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, July 6 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Aireene Espiritu: Tribute to Sugar Pie DeSanto | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
When everything goes right with a tribute album the musician making the recording is elevated along with the honored artist. Philippine-born singer/songwriter Aireene Espiritu, a fixture on the Bay Area folk scene for more than two decades, delivered a brilliant hat tip to an overlooked ...

Tuesday, July 9

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, July 9 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, July 11

Electro-Acoustic Quintet: Sueños | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, July 11 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Electro-Acoustic Quintet: Sueños | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
As an art form always in motion, jazz is constantly expanding, absorbing new sounds and influences from near and far. The ensemble Sueños is one of the most interesting catalysts behind the music’s evolution, a quintet that has crafted a lithe and seductive electro-acoustic sound ...

Saturday, July 13

ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, July 13 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
ChoreoFest: Bay Area Contemporary Dance Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
The Yerba Buena ChoreoFest highlights the spectacular strength, diversity, and vibrancy of the Bay Area contemporary dance scene through a two-day mini festival of site specific work. Curated by RAWdance’s Artistic Directors, the third annual ChoreoFest features nine local companies in a weekend of extraordinary performances ...

Saturday, July 20

Brooklyn Raga Massive w/ Classical Revolutional Music | Yerba Buena Gardens
Saturday, July 20 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Brooklyn Raga Massive w/ Classical Revolutional Music | Yerba Buena Gardens
After Brooklyn Raga Massive’s epic 2017 YBG Festival performance of Terry Riley’s groundbreaking minimalist masterwork “In C,” a genre-bending collaboration with Classical Revolution, the Brooklyn-based collective returns with a new groundbreaking project. Teaming up with Martha Redbone, the celebrated soul-steeped roots singer of Native American ...

Thursday, July 25

World Jazz Combo: Murasaki Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, July 25 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
World Jazz Combo: Murasaki Ensemble | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
You can call the Murasaki Ensemble a world jazz combo, but that doesn’t capture the singularly inventive nature of this all-star quartet. Centering on the sinuous melodies of the Japanese koto played by Shirley Kazuyo Muramoto, the band melds an alluring array of rhythms generated ...

Saturday, July 27

SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-Splosion: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, July 27 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-Splosion: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
The ukulele is truly the people’s instrument, and SF Uke Jam is the Bay Area’s leading force bringing fans of the diminutive instrument together. Whether you play or just enjoy hearing the ukulele being strummed by trained fingers, come join the SFUJ community for an ...

Saturday, August 3

AfroSolo in the Gardens: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, August 3 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
AfroSolo in the Gardens: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
For a quarter century the AfroSolo Arts Festival has played an essential role in nurturing, promoting and presenting art and culture from the African Diaspora through presenting solo performances, the visual and literary arts and community engagement. A production of the AfroSolo Theatre Company, the 25th AfroSolo ...

Thursday, August 8

Lines Dance Center: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 8 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Lines Dance Center: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
In a city brimming with inventive dance troupes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet has long stood out as one of the jewels of the scene. Undergirding the company’s long-running status as a creative hothouse is the Alonzo King LINES Dance Center, which presents the culmination of ...

Sunday, August 11

Pistahan 2019: Filipino Cultural Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, August 11 – All Day | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Pistahan 2019: Filipino Cultural Festival | Yerba Buena Gardens

Celebrate the Pistahan Parade & Festival in San Francisco on August 10 and 11. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the Pistahan Parade and Festival. The the two-day event ...

Tuesday, August 13

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, August 13 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Thursday, August 15

Traditional Korean Music w/ Kim Sora: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 15 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Traditional Korean Music w/ Kim Sora: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Korea’s ancient percussion tradition encompasses rituals, songs and incantations that align with elemental powers. Kim So Ra’s A Sign of Rain offers a rare Bay Area opportunity to experience some of Korea’s most celebrated traditional musicians, artists dedicated to combining old and new, East and ...

Saturday, August 17

World-renowned Pianist & Composer: Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes | SF
Saturday, August 17 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
World-renowned Pianist & Composer: Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes | SF
Berkeley-reared, Juilliard-trained pianist, composer, activist and writer Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes gained international attention with the release of his searing 2016 debut album The Transformation Suite, a multimedia project that evolved in tandem with the national movement focusing on black lives cut short by violence. The ...

Sunday, August 18

Brazil in the Gardens: Fabiana Cozza | Yerba Buena Gardens
Sunday, August 18 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Brazil in the Gardens: Fabiana Cozza | Yerba Buena Gardens
Brazilian music is an ocean as vast and deep as the Pacific, and even the most dedicated aficionados often encounter brilliant artists with whom they’re not familiar. In the Bay Area, California Brazil Camp serves as a key conduit for these discoveries, and this year’s Brazil in the ...

Thursday, August 22

Classic Swing w/ Rob Reich Swings Left: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Thursday, August 22 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Classic Swing w/ Rob Reich Swings Left: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
A key member of some of the Bay Area’s most exciting improvisational ensembles, pianist/accordionist Rob Reich is known for keeping company with adventurous players eager to explore new sonic territory. Looking to meet the needs of the Bay Area’s thriving swing dance scene, he launched ...

Sunday, September 1

American Bon Dancing: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Sunday, September 1 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
American Bon Dancing: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
A joyous celebration of departed ancestors, Bon is a Japanese Buddhist festival that’s been marked for more than five centuries with a traditional dance known as Bon-Odori. Held in conjunction with the 16th World Buddhist Women’s Convention across the street at the Marriott Marquis, American ...

Tuesday, September 10

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, September 10 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

Saturday, September 14

Brass, Bows & Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Saturday, September 14 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Brass, Bows & Beats: A Hip-Hop Symphony | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
A creative force since 2000, the wildly eclectic Jazz Mafia collective brings together many of the Bay Area’s most creative and accomplished jazz instrumentalists, soul vocalists, hip-hop MCs and composer/arrangers. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of the Jazz Mafia’s most ambitious work to date, ...

Thursday, September 19

Folk Music w/ The Anita Lofton Project | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Thursday, September 19 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Folk Music w/ The Anita Lofton Project | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
About a decade ago Anita Lofton was known as one of the hardest rockin’ guitarists around, a gonzo player whose punk power trio Sistas In the Pit opened for Iggy and the Stooges on their 2007 reunion tour, including a near-legendary show at the Warfield ...

Saturday, September 28

Afro-Latin Music w/ La Misa Negra: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Saturday, September 28 – 1:00 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Afro-Latin Music w/ La Misa Negra: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF

Between May and October in 2019, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents 100 free performances on three outdoor stages in Yerba Buena Gardens. Admission is free and entertainment includes music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children’s programs. 2019 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival May 4 – October 27, ...

Tuesday, October 15

Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Tuesday, October 15 – 12:30 pm | Cost: FREE | Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade)
Poetic Tuesdays: Yerba Buena Gardens Festival | SF
Lines and lyrics from Litquake Nation! Enjoy line breaks during your lunch break, as some of the Bay Area’s best poets and musicians share their work in the great outdoors.

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