Stern Grove is a 33 acre oasis in the outer Sunset district of the city. The area was planted with Eucalyptus trees imported from Australia around 1871. Rosalie Meyer Stern turned over the park to the city in 1931 in memory of her husband, deeding it in perpetuity to be used as a recreation site. Her late husband, Sigmund Stern was the nephew of Levi Strauss. Yes, that Levi Strauss. (Special thanks to Tracey Panek, the Levi Strauss & Co archivist for confirming.)
For over 80 years, The Stern Grove Festival has offered free summer concerts in San Francisco. There is always a variety of top notch performers. It’s mostly general seating on the lawn. People line up in the early morning fog with picnic baskets waiting for an afternoon concert. You really must dress like a San Franciscan to enjoy this – in layers, from a tank top to a parka.
Membership in Friends of Stern Grove Festival is available. The medium tier memberships offer seating at performances. Higher tier memberships even include reserved parking.
Classic R&B fans will love hearing Peabo Bryson and Jeffrey Osborne kick off this year’s season with The Big Picnic, a special benefit party and concert on Sunday, June 17h.
The 2018 season line up includes stars who continue their fathers’ music legacy, Ziggy Marley and Anoushka Shankar The San Francisco Ballet and Symphony will each perform in July. Concerts are every Sunday at 14:00 until the last one of the season featuring the New Pornographers on August 19, 2018.