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Stern Grove Festival

Stern Grove was purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and given as a gift to the City in 1931, in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader. George Greene originally homesteaded the Grove - a tract of sand dunes and marshes - in the 1840's. The Greene family planted the first eucalyptus trees in the Grove and built the Trocadero Inn, a popular recreation spot until its closure in 1916.

Mrs. Stern determined that the site would be preserved as a park in which the public could enjoy admission-free music, dance, and theater performances. On June 4, 1932, Stern Grove was dedicated. Two weeks later, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in the Grove. Mrs. Stern, then President of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association in 1938, stipulating that all concerts were to be free to the public and designed for everyone's enjoyment.

Mrs. Stern chaired the Festival until her death in 1956. Today Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees, is one of Northern California's favorite concert sites. Every summer Sunday for over seven decades, family and friends gather to relax, picnic, and enjoy performances by some of the world's greatest artists.







June 14

The Doobie Brothers

The California Honeydrops

June 21

Pacific Mambo Orchestra with
Sheila E. and Marlow Rosado


June 28

Randy Newman

Hot Club of San Francisco

July 5

San Francisco Symphony

Edwin Outwater, Conductor

July 12

Amy Hanaiali’i & Grove Festival Orchestra

Halau ‘o Keikiali’i

July 19



July 26

San Francisco Ballet

Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director

August 2

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Bhi Bhiman

August 9

Morris Day And The Time

Con Brio

August 16

Talib Kweli

Zakiya Harris featuring Elephantine

JUNE Events


Farmers Market | Every Sun | 9 am–1 pm | Stonestown back parking lot: at Stonestown Galleria (19th Ave @ Winston).

Every Mon & Tue • Job Seekers Lab

Tue 10 am–1 pm & Thu 2 pm –5 pm | Computers with Internet connection are available for independent work creating or updating your resume, preparing job applications and/or searching online for jobs. Some staff assistance. Bring a flash drive. Main Library, 6th Fl.100 Larkin, 5th Fl.


Every Tue Happy Hour | 4–8 pm | Que Syrah Wine Bar. Take $1 off each glass, 10% off each bottle (consumed on site). 230 West Portal Ave 731-7000

Every Wed • Fear of public speaking?

Every Wed | 7-8 am | Toastmasters helps you become a confidant public speaker. Tennessee Grill, 1128 Taraval. RSVP 564-6069


Thu | 6–10 pm | The Academy of Sciences is transformed with live music, provocative science, mingling and coctails. GG Park $12 ($10 Members). calademy.org/nightlife


Fri | 7–11 pm | The Balcony Lounge at the Cliff House hosts jazz performances every Friday night. 1 Seal Rock. Performers: cliffhouse.com/home/jazz.html


5–8:45 pm | Music, poetry, films, dance, tours and lectures. Cafe: special dinner, no-host bar. Art-making children/adults. deYoung Museum, GG Park. deyoung.famsf.org/deyoung/fridays

Fridays @ Off the Grid/Ft. Mason

Every Fri | DJs 5-7:30 - Live Bands 7:30-10:30 pm |Off the GridOver 32 food trucks and street food carts in a huge circle with a full bar and bands in the middle? Now that’s a party. Ft. Mason Ctr., 2 Marina Blvd.

Tue • New Tech / GG Park History

Tue Jun 9 | 7:30 pm | A new application guides you through GG Park history as you tour ite Park: A Thousand and Seventeen Acres of Stories. SF Historical Society. Milton Marks Aud, 455 Golden Gate Ave.

Tue • SF Jazz Festival Kickoff

Tue Jun 9 | 5 pm | Live music from Brass Magic, Gaucho, plus a beer garden, videos and food trucks. Free: 453 Hayes St. Info: sfjazz.org

Tue • Fire Engine Visit

Tue Jun 9 | 10:30 - 11:30 am | Come meet local firefighters, check out their fire engine, and learn about fire safety. For children of all ages. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox Way.

Wed • Green Building Tour

Wed Jun 6 | 1:45 pm | State-of-the-Art tour at the SFPUC building Features on-site wastewater treatment, recycled wastewater, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, wind turbines. Free, but an RSVP is required. (Limit: 20-age: 18 ) 525 Golden Gate .

Mon • Buzzy Bees Traveling Hive

Mon Jun 8 |10:30 am | Buzzy Bees Traveling Hive veteran beekeeper Tim Muhrlin’s complex behavior of the honey bee with honey tastings! Children ages 3 and older. Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston.

Wed • Watercolor Class

Wed Jun 10 | 7 pm | Make a tape painting using watercolors, for a beautiful stained glass effect! Ages 12-up. Registration from 5/27. Call 355-5770 psimgr@sfpl.org Parkside Branch, 1200 Taraval.

Thu • Author Frank Dunnigan

Thu June 11 | 7pm | Growing Up in San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods: Boomer Memories from Kezar Stadium to Zim’s Hamburgers. From football games to a perfectly broiled Zim burger—fond memories. Bookshop WP, 80 West Portal

Fri • Lopez and Wellborn, Pianists

Fri Jun 12 | 8 pm | Works by Mozart, Alkan and Comellas Old First Church 1751 Sacramento. Info: 474-1608, $20 general, 17 Seniors.

Sat/Sun • 9th GG Band Festival

Sat/Sun Jun 13/14 | 11 am – 5 pm | Music Concourse Golden Gate Park: 10 Band Extravaganza the 133rd season. The weekly concerts feature music of specific nationalities or cultures, including costumed guest performances from dancers, singers and speakers—always free.

Sat • Oceanside Wastewater

Sat Jun 13 | 10 am to 12:30 pm | FREE SF Public Utilities Commission’s tour of the city’s Wastewater Treatment Plant to find out how your sewer system works, tips on preventing pollution of our bay and ocean. Oceanside Wastewater Treatment Plant. 3500 Great Hwy, RSVP by Jun 11.

Sat • Teen Computer Corps

Sat Jun 13, 20, 27 | 2-4 pm | Drop-in and get one on one help with a teen tech savvy volunteer! Bring your laptop, ereaders, gadgets, digital cameras, tablets, cell phones. We will try to help you figure it out. W. Portal Branch, 355-2886, 190 Lenox Way.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Jun 16 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Sat • Fantastic Mr. Fox (outdoors)

Sat Jun 20 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm | The first outdoor movie series in Rossi Playground. Come early with blankets, picnic and warm layers to reserve your spot. (Low lawn chairs permitted). Begins at sunset. FREE Rossi Park, Anza and Arguello Blvd.

Sun • Circus Bella

Sun Jun 21 | 1 pm | Circus Music & Circus Acts. The Golden Gate Park Band’s whimsical circus-themed music while performers from Circus Bella perform circus acts (usually juggling, unicycling and some comedy routines) Concourse/ Golden Gate Park Free

Tue • Marriage of Figaro

Tue Jun 23 | 6:30 | Larry Oppenheim, Opera for the People lecture of Mozart’s immortal and revolutionary comedy where servants triumph over their aristocratic masters. West Portal Branch, 190 Lenox.

Wed • The Beatles and Their Songs

Wed Jun 24 | 7 pm | Musician Dulais Rhys outlines the history of the group’s formation and focuses on their songs, influences, form, stylistic development, and legacy – singing along is encouraged! Merced Branch Library, 155 Winston.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Jun 25 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds.

Thu • Author Mary Pat Kelly

Thu Jun 25 | 7 pm | Kelly weaves historical characters such as Maud Gonne, William Butler Yeats, Countess Markievicz, Gabrielle Chanel, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, and Nora Barnicle, into Of Irish Blood, inspired by the life of her great-aunt. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Fri • SF Giants Fireworks

Fri Jun 26 | 10:15 pm (Appx) | AT&T Park 24 Willie Mays Plaza. As soon as the Giants defeat the Rockies, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the stadium. Free viewing locations at Willie Mays Plaza, the 3rd Street Bridge, or across McCovey Cove. No entry to stadium without a game ticket.

Sat • Pride Saturday

Sat Jun 27 | Noon - 6 pm | Pride Festival: the Main Stage brings the best of local musical talent and cultural performances to the Civic Center Plaza.

Sun • 45th Pride Parade & Festival

Sun Jun 28 |10:30 am | Art meets politics in a fleet of floats, vehicles, and marchers along Market Street to Civic Center. One the nation’s largest LGBT events.

Mon • Central Council

Mon Jun 29 | 7:30 pm | West of Twin Peaks Central Council meets to discuss topics of interest to Westside residents. Meets the last Monday each month. Forest Hills Clubhouse, 381 Magellan Ave.

Mon • Crime Writers Panel

Mon Jun 29 | 7 pm | A panel discussion of Soho Crime authors. Confirmed so far: Cara Black - Murder on the Champ de Mars, Mette Ivie Harrison - The Bishop’s Wife, Lisa Brackmann - Hour of the Rat & Rock Paper Tiger. Hosted by Juliet Grames of Soho Crime. Bookshop West Portal, 80 West Portal.

Thu • Free Veggie Dinner

Thu Jul 2 | 6 pm | Eat with others in a communal setting at this free vegetarian dinner gathering sponsored by USF Community Garden class. St. Cyprian’s | 2097 Turk St.

Tue • Legion of Honor Free Day

Tue Jul 7 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm | 4000 years of ancient and European art in the exquisite Beaux-Arts building in an unforgettable setting overlooking Golden Gate Bridge. 100 34th Ave. Free first Tues.

Tue • De Young Free Day

Tue Jul 7 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm | Art from the 17th -20th centuries, and native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Free first Tuesdays.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Jul 5 | 10 am-5 pm | Every first Sunday is free at the Asian Art Museum (save $12) -17,000 artworks spanning 6 thousand years. 200 Larkin St.

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