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“Yerba Buena Gardens Festival” Outdoor Dance Class w/ Rhythm & Motion (SF)

Thursday, October 28, 2021 - 11:00 am to 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE
Yerba Buena Gardens (Esplanade) | 773 Mission St., San Francisco, CA


SF’s Free “Yerba Buena Gardens Festival” 2021

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival announces a special 2021 summer season that will kickoff on Saturday, June 26 at 1:00pm with a free concert from Bobi Céspedes, the Bay Area’s matriarch of Cuban Music and with 23+ free outdoor events throughout the summer.

In 2020, the Festival was poised to celebrate its 20th Anniversary and, now, in 2021, the organization can properly acknowledge this landmark year by honoring the Festival’s historical legacy and cultural impact in the Bay Area and beyond.

2021 Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
June 26 – October 2021
Every Thursday and Every Saturday
Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission between 3rd and 4th Streets, San Francisco
FREE – See the full schedule

Plus there will be special programs announced for September, October and December 2021

Full 2021 Festival Schedule

  • Bobi Céspedes; DJ José Ruiz (KPOO, KPFA), Saturday, June 26, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • Outdoor Dance Classes, every Tuesday, June 26-August 25, 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Kev Choice Ensemble, Thursday, July 1, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Rebirth Canal, Thursday, July 8, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • YBG ChoreoFest, Saturday, July 10, July 31, August 14, 1:00pm
    – July 10: Kiandanda Dance Theater/Byb Chanel Bibene, SAMMAY, and RAWdance
    – July 31: FACT/SF, Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Shinichi Iova-Koga
    – August 14: CALI & CO Dance/Christine Cali, Concept o4, Fog Beast
  • Poetic Tuesday: Two Languages/One Community – Artists Against Anti-Asian Violence – Michael Warr, Chun Yu, Yeva Johnson, Tuesday, July 13, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Sentimiento y Manana, Thursday, July 15, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Children’s Garden Series with Ka-Hon, Friday, July 16, 11:00am & 12:15pm
  • La Doña, Saturday, July 17, 1:00pm-2:00pm
  • Andre Thierry, Thursday, July 22, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Children’s Garden Series with Pi Clowns, Friday, July 23, 11:00am & 12:15pm
  • Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Saturday, July 24, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • LoCura, Thursday, July 29, 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Children’s Garden Series with Red Panda Acrobats, Friday, July 30, 11:00am & 12:15pm
  • Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Thursday, August 5, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • AfroSolo Arts Festival in the Gardens, Saturday, August 7, 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • The Valerie Troutt Trio Feat. See Through Soul, Thursday, August 12, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Cabanijazz Project, Thursday, August 19, 12:30pm-1:30pm
  • Cláudia Villela, Saturday, August 21, 1:00pm-2:15pm
  • Native Contemporary Arts Festival Presents, Thursday, August 26, 12:30-1:30pm
  • Circus Bella’s Humorous!, Saturday, August 28, Shows at 12:00pm and 2:15pm

OCTOBER 2021

Our 21st annual Halloween Hoopla features fun performances and activities for kids under 10 and their adults! The Hoopla grand finale is the annual Halloween Costume Parade – all kids are welcome to join in their best Halloween looks.

Come out to the Halloween Hoopla to:

*Halloween Hoopla Specials*

Halloween Hoopla attendees get free entry to the Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center Halloween Skating Competition and Performance Party, starting at 2pm, plus coupons for ice skating class discounts. More info at www.skatebowl.com

DECEMBER 2021

  • Blues in the City with Marcus Shelby and Dr. Rupa Marya, MD – Dec 5, 5:00pm – 6:30pm – This program is in-person at MoAD Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St. Proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test within 72 hours of the start of the event is required at the door

    How has the impact of COVID-19 affected BIPOC communities in San Francisco? And how can art provide resilience during these challenging times? Join Composer/educator Marcus Shelby and Dr. Rupa Marya, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF, co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, musician/composer, and co-author of recently released book Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice, for an in-depth conversation and Q&A. Marcus will also share musical works-in-progress from his forthcoming suite Blues in the City, commissioned by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This event is the second installment in a three-part Blues in the City lecture series exploring how the concurrent crises of homelessness, systemic racism, and the pandemic affect the most vulnerable residents of San Francisco.

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.


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Cost: FREE
Categories: In Person, Outdoors, San Francisco
Address: 773 Mission St., San Francisco, CA

Thursday, October 28, 2021

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