San Francisco Summer Festivals
San Francisco is home to some of the most exciting & fun-filled events in the Bay Area, and the Stern Grove Festival & Fillmore Jazz Festival are at the top of our list! Take a minute to check out what they have in store for 2015!
Stern Grove Festival
Spanning June 14th to August 16th, 2015, is the 78th season of the Stern Grove Festival, held in Sigmund Stern Grove. Rosalie M. Stern can be accredited for the birth of Stern Grove, as she saw it for its acoustic potential and purchased it as a gift for San Francisco in the early 1930’s. In 1938, she formed the Grove Festival Association: a non-profit dedicated to providing quality entertainment, free of charge to the general public, as well as giving paid opportunities to the various artists that grace the Grove, such as the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the Merola Opera, the San Francisco Ballet, and many more.
The festival kicks off with The Big Picnic, featuring live performances by the Doobie Brothers and The California Honeydrops; the full lineup of shows is to be announced May 1st. Admission is free, but with the purchase of a Concert Pass comes reserved seats, priority parking, complimentary beverages, and access to The Big Picnic Lounge.
Fillmore Jazz Festival 2015
Taking place July 4th and 5th is the largest free jazz festival west of the Rockies. Since 1985, the Fillmore Jazz Festival has been the jazz event of the year with over 100,000 visitors annually. Talents such as the Big Belly Blues Band, Billie Holliday, Pete Escovedo, and Duke Ellington have graced Fillmore Street with their performances and the festival is known to have inspired the talents of stars such as Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, and Sammy Davis Jr., among others.
The Fillmore is a hot spot of music, shops, and restaurants, as well as being one of the most prominent areas for the western Zen Buddhism movement of the 1960’s which expanded The Fillmore’s already diverse culture. The focus of this year’s festival is to celebrate the beauty, insight, and spirit of women through music. Featuring live music on multiple stages as well as 12 blocks of arts and crafts and gourmet foods, the 2015 Festival is an event that cannot be missed. Don’t miss performances by gifted musicians Faye Carol, Terri Odabi, Frank Martin, Good Karma, and many more.