May 18 10:00am San Lorenzo Park (Santa Cruz, CA) Culture hounds and environmentalists across Santa Cruz flock to the annual California Rejuvenation Festival ... moreSanta Cruz, CA 95060
May 18 8:00pm Marin Veterans' Memorial Auditorium (San Rafael, CA) The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival is a notable annual national competition of a cappella groups held ... more10 Avenue of the Flags
Festival / Arts Festival
May 1 through Oct 27, 2013 Yerba Buena Gardens The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival celebrates arts and culture with free community programming that seeks to enhance ... more
772 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
May 19 12:00pm Fourth Street at Hearst Avenue (Berkeley, CA) The free Jazz on Fourth is an annual benefit music festival that raises funds for the Berkeley High School jazz ... moreBerkeley, CA 94710
May 23-25, 2013 The SF Offside Festival celebrates the diversity and creativity of Bay Area jazz, bringing attention to homegrown ... moreThroughout the city
May 24-27, 2013 Sacramento When the Sacramento Music Festival was founded, it was originally named the Old Sacramento Dixieland Jubilee ... moreCalifornia 95814
Music Festival / DJ Event
May 25 7:00pm Treasure Island Every May in San Francisco, electronic music fans of all kinds head to Treasure Island for Indieland music festival. Indieland features all kinds of music genres including moombathon, tech house, tropical, indie dance ... more
San Francisco, CA 94130
May 25 Ghirardelli Square Moodtu Fest is an annual family music festival focused on teenagers, which is held in May at Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco. Located in Fisherman’s Wharf, Ghirardelli Square is a city landmark and home to many ... more
900 North Point Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
May 26 11:00am Rocker Oysterfeller's Kitchen + Saloon (Valley Ford, CA) Oyster lovers and foodies enjoy a day full of delicious bivalves at the annual Oysterpalooza! Held on a day in May, the 2013 Oysterpalooza! takes place at the Rocker Oysterfeller’s Kitchen + Saloon in Valley Ford ... more14415 Highway One
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.