Festival / Arts Festival
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates arts and culture with free community programming that seeks to enhance ... moreYerba Buena Gardens
772 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
First held in 2012, HieroDay in Oakland, CA, is a free, all-ages block party that features live performances by hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics and other special guests.The event takes place annually in September about ... moreLinden Street Brewery (Oakland, CA) 95 Linden Street
Nautical fans set sails for the annual Sea Music Festival. Held on September 6, the 2014 Sebastopol Cajun Zydeco ... moreIves Park (Sebastopol, CA) 7400 Willow Street
Founded in 1999, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival (SFEMF) is a five-night event that features performances ... moreBrava Theater
2781 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Music Festival / Concert
Reggae fans, roots lovers, and communities from all over the Bay congregate at the 2014 Unity Festival. Held on September 12-14, the 2014 Unity Festival takes place at the Guerneville Lodge in Guerneville, CA. The ... moreGuerneville Lodge (Guerneville, CA) 15905 River Road
Nautical fans set sails for the annual Sea Music Festival. Held on September 13, the 2014 Sea Music Festival ... moreHyde Street Pier 2905 Hyde Street
Arts Festival / Outdoor Event
Music fans support the arts and state parks at the annual Old Grove Festival. Held on a day in September the ... moreArmstrong Redwoods SNR (Guerneville, CA) 17000 Armstrong Woods Road
People from all over the Bay celebrate the diversity of Mexican culture through live music at the 2014 VivaFest! Held from the end of August through September, the 2014 VivaFest! takes place at the SAP Center in San Jose ... moreSan Jose, CA
San Francisco's edition of the Mad Decent Block Party 2014 is bringing the beats with Cashmere Cat, Dillon ... moreGreek Theatre (Berkeley, CA)
Hearst Avenue & Gayley Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
Several music festivals in San Francisco may still be in their infancy, but they are growing exponentially and beginning to draw wow-inducing, boogy-down names. The venues highlight some of the city’s best spots, from the Pacific shore to Treasure Island.
The warming weather woos music revelers outdoors, where most alfresco music lovers attend Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park, an annual 3-day festival featuring huge names and equally huge (and rowdy) crowds. Other outdoor events run the gamut from a late-May electronic rave in McCovey Cove parking lot called “I Love This City” to the unplugged, pedal-powered Bicycle Music Festival on the summer solstice.
Now fear not, you hungry hippos of the music scene – there’s also a few SF music festivals that’ll quench your thirst for tremendous tunes year-round. NoisePop features up-and-coming rockers at venues all over the city, while Sea of Dreams is the place to get your freak on and expand your world-music horizons on New Year’s Eve. And if you’re looking for a thigh-slapping good time, you can head over to the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival, an October staple.
San Francisco music festivals are also some of the best places to taste the local offerings of cuisine, libations, and mind-bending art. So be sure to take a break from your ass-shaking center stage to check it out.