Today marks the start of the Stern Grove Festival, a free summer concert series held each Sunday at Sigmund Stern Grove, a 33-acre public park in San Francisco. The 73rd season kicks off this afternoon at 2pm with a performance by Afropop/Soul/Jazz recording artist Angélique Kidjo and the reggae Latin-beat sounds of Sarazino. A new line up of performers continues each Sunday through August 22, 2010, ranging from the culture-rich San Francisco Opera and Ballet to the reflective sounds of songstress Rickie Lee Jones.
All performances are in the outdoor amphitheater tucked deep into the eucalyptus groves of Stern Grove. Concert-goers have a choice of sitting in the main Concert Meadow (which surrounds the stage), on the hillsides or in the nearby West Meadow where you can hear the music but won’t be able to see the stage. It’s highly encouraged that you arrive early; crowds often have exceeded 20,000 people and admission is cut off when capacity is reached. Public transportation is suggested - there is no public parking at Stern Grove and street parking is very limited. Smoking is not allowed in the park, but blankets, food and drink are. So come early, picnic and enjoy a tranquil setting and outstanding entertainment completely admission-free. One last thing: remember this is San Francisco – dress in layers. It’s often cool, foggy, warm and sunny all in the same afternoon.
More information: Stern Grove Festival - free admission
Sundays at 2pm, June 20 - August 22, 2010
Location: 19th Ave and Sloat Blvd in San Francisco