Happy Friday Everyone! You've worked hard all week, and now it's time to have fun! Getting out and enjoying the beautiful Bay Area, as well as enjoying the company of friends old and new, is great for your mental health. So check out some of our favorite events from around the Bay that you can attend this weekend!
Click on any of the event titles for a link to the event.
Friday, July 30th
Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
7 PM, All Ages
Lina González-Granados conductor
Joshua Roman cello
San Francisco Symphony
MANUEL DE FALLA The Three-Cornered Hat, Suite No. 1
ROBERT SCHUMANN Cello Concerto
ZOLTÁN KODÁLY Dances of Galánta
Cellist Joshua Roman joins the San Francisco Symphony and conductor Lina González-Granados in concerts on July 30 at Davies Symphony Hall and July 31 at Frost Amphitheater, replacing the previously announced Pablo Ferrández. Ferrández is unable to be here for these performances due to visa and travel complications. The concert program remains the same, featuring Joshua Roman performing Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto, as well as music from Manuel de Falla's ballet The Three-Cornered Hat and Zoltán Kodály's Dances of Galánta.
Music City Hotel, San Francisco
11 AM, All Ages
MAKE SURE YOU BRING YOUR OWN HEADPHONES FOR THE AUDIO TOUR FROM YOUR SMARTPHONE
FOR THE BEST EXPERIENCE HAVE SPOTIFY DOWNLOAD (FREE VERSION WORKS)
Welcome to the San Francisco Music Hall of Fame Gallery, the largest gallery dedicated to Bay Area musicians!
The Gallery honors over 90 of the most iconic Bay Area artists & bands.
Blown up shots from Getty Images, laser printed on aluminum original written tributes by prominent national writers such as
Ben Fong-Torres [Rolling Stone Magazine], Emma Silvers [KQED], Joel Selvin [SF Chronicle], and more.
Photographers such as Robert Altman [Rolling Stone], Jeff Kravitz [HBO, MTV, Rolling Stone], and Ed Perlstein also honored
Hours Monday - Thursday 11 AM - 6 PM/Friday- Sunday 11 AM - 8 PM for the San Francisco Hall of Fame Gallery, the largest gallery dedicated to Bay Area musicians. Experience the grand history of Bay Area music by taking an audio tour by local DJ Mike Watermann, check out music from amazing artists, or just enjoy the photographs.
Children 8 and under can be included for free under another ticket purchase.
Can't make the opening day event? No worries! The gallery will be open indefinitely, every day from 11 am - 6 pm and until 8pm FRI - SUN.
Limited tickets available per time slot to help with social distancing
MASKS ARE TO BE WORN AT ALL TIMES, NO EXCEPTIONS
Hand Sanitizer available throughout the building
Please bring YOUR own pair of headphones for audio tour
OUR BUILDING DOES NOT HAVE ANY WHEELCHAIR ACCESS AT THIS TIME, SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCES.
Saturday, July 31st
Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
1 PM, All Ages
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival announces a special 2021 summer season that will kickoff on Saturday, June 26 at 1pm with a free concert from Bobi Céspedes, the Bay Area's matriarch of Cuban Music. 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.
All events are free.
For over two decades, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival has presented free outdoor music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, and children's programs with artists from the Bay Area and around the world. Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission Street and Howard Street and Third and Fourth Streets in downtown San Francisco. For more information, visit https://ybgfestival.org/ .
"I could not be more thrilled to announce this special Festival season of free performances and concerts this summer," says Festival Executive/Artistic Director Linda Lucero. "On behalf of the Festival staff and board, I am so excited to welcome everyone back to the beautiful Gardens to experience our region's rich cultural diversity and the immense fortitude of our local artists and performers. After a long period of isolation for many of us, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival remains a space for art and joy, welcoming people from all walks of life. There's nothing that gladdens the heart and spirit more than celebrating the performing arts together under open skies."
Additional events for September and October will be announced.
Japantown Peace Plaza, San Francisco
12 PM, All Ages
For the Community, Embracing All Communities
Saturday, July 31 - Nihonmachi Street Fair presents "Aloha by the Bay"
Hawaiian musical and hula performances at the Peace Plaza
Noon - 6:00pm
12:50pm: Halau Kaiaulu & Hau'oli Hula Hui
1:30pm: Steven Espaniola
2:20pm: Te Mau Tamari'i A Tiara / Na Kamali'i A Kiele
3:00pm: Faith Ako with Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie & Halau Kahulaliwai
3:50pm: Patrick Landeza
4:40pm: Nathan Aweau with Halau Ka Waikahe Lani Malie & Halau Kahulaliwai
Continually evolving to reflect the city it celebrates while staying true to its original idea: to use this event as a platform to mentor Asian-Pacific American youths and foster their leadership and communication skills through volunteerism and community service. The Fair is produced, staffed, and organized by volunteers, thus providing practical, hands-on experience in collaboration, entrepreneurship, and problem-solving.
The Nihonmachi Street Fair is proud of its year history in serving the community through education, service, and youth mentorship.
The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original "melting pot" of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life--and San Francisco's cultural life--expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service.
Sunday, August 1st
Stern Grove, San Francisco
2 PM, All Ages
At 2pm exactly 12 days prior to each event, an online portal will be opened through https://www.sterngrove.org to offer free passes on a first-come, first-served basis.
Full lineup for Stern Grove 2021!
June 20: Ledisi, The Seshen, La Doña, LadyRyan
June 27: Perfume Genius, Madame Gandhi, Honey Mahogany, LadyRyan
July 4: San Francisco Symphony
July 11: Thievery Corporation, Dessa, DJ Shortkut
July 18: St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Dip, DJ Omar
July 25: X, The Avengers, DJ Omar
August 1: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
August 8: Thundercat, Cassowary, DJ Shortkut
August 15: Fitz & The Tantrums, Devon Gilfillian, DJ Omar
August 29: The Big Picnic featuring Tower of Power, Too $hort, DJ Shortkut
* Advance Reservations Required for All Concerts
* General Admission reservations can be made for up to 4 people per reservation
* Senior benches can be reserved for up to 2 people per reservation
* ADA seating can be reserved for up to 2 people per reservation
* All members of your group must be present to enter
* Reservation holder must present a current photo ID to enter
* California residents only, unless you are a fully vaccinated visitor