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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.

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




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 • Basic Computer Skills Drop-In

Tue Jul 7, 14 | 1:15 – 2:15 pm | Get help with email, word processing and other basic computer tasks. Ask questions and learn the basics! SF Library, Main Branch, 100 Larkin, 5th Floor.

Thu • To Kill A Mockingbird

Thu July 9 | 12 - 2 pm | Based on Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning book. Atticus Finch is a lawyer in an Alabama town in the 1930s. He agrees to defend a young black man who is accused of raping a white woman. Main Library, 100 Larkin, Koret Auditorium.

Sat • Merola Opera Concert

Sat Jul 11 | 2 – 4 pm | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents the Merola Opera Schwabacher Summer Concert. Merola pays all tuition, housing and travel expenses for each of its participants and also grants them a living stipend during their intensive training in San Francisco. 750 Howard St.

Sat • Calligraphy Demo

Sat Jul 11 | 2 - 4 pm | Ward Dunham: Blackletter

In association with Kalligraphia XIV: Main Library, 100 Larkin St., Latino/Hisp Rms.

Sun • SF Symphony / Free

Sun July 12 | Noon | Bryce Dessner, of acclaimed indie rock group The National, joins the SF Symphony at Pier 27 for a free performance of his original orchestral work, St. Carolyn by the Sea, inspired by Jack Kerouac’s Big Sur, with another contemporary work, Pulitzer Prize winner David Lang’s mountain, a tribute to the Aaron Copland. The Symphony will also perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 and Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite. Photo SFSymphony.org

Sun • Amy Hanaiail’i / Stern Grove

Sun Jul 12 | 2 pm | Beloved worldwide for her unmatched vocal range and charm, Amy Hānaiali‘i remains the top-selling female vocalist in Hawai’i.

Sharing the stage is the Stern Grove Festival Orchestra conducted by Matt Catingub. San Francisco’s own Halau ‘o Keikiali‘i performs hula kahiko and the ancient dances of Hawai’i. Stern Grove / 19th & Sloat.

Sat • Teen Computer Corps

Sat Jul 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.

Sun • Starring the GG Bridge

Tue Jul 14 | 7:30 pm | The Golden Gate Bridge on the Silver Screen- Bridge has starred in more movies than any other American architectural icon. Jim Van Buskirk, Auditorium, 455 Golden Gate Ave.

Sun • Bastille Day Celebration

Sun Jul 14 | 12:30 pm | A French Café Concert with Trio Gadjo - Jazz with a French Twist. Le Jazz Hot of the 20’s and 30’s in Paris. Mechanics Inst., 57 Post St. $25.

Sun • Bike Traffic Skills

Sun Jul 18 | 10 am - 2 pm | Traffic Skills 101: Free Classroom Workshop--the perfect class for anyone already riding to hone their skills, or people interested in riding but intimidated by urban traffic. Ingleside Police Station, San Jose at Balboa Park.

Sun • tUne-yArDs-Dakha Brakha

Sun Jul 18 | 2 pm | tUnE-yArDs crafts intricate, compelling and singular musical explorations. Ukrainian DakhaBrakha is a self-described “ethnic chaos” band, creating a world of unexpected new music. Stern Grove / 19th & Sloat.

Sun • Life After Lawn

Sun Jul 18 | 10 am–Noon | Beautiful aternatives. Garden for the Environment, 7th Ave @ Lawton St.FREE; Tired of watering, mowing and fertilizing your lawn, but not sure what attractive alternatives are out there? Explore dozens of ways to create a beautiful and sustainable landscape that conserves water and resources, while reducing your utility bill and maintenance costs.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Jul 21 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Sun • Inner Richmond History

Sun Jul 19 | 10:30 am | The district’s rich history goes back to the 19th century and includes robbers’ roosts and racetracks, squatters and roadhouses, a saloon district and a red light district, as well as charming Victorian row houses and beautiful Craftsmans, the 1902 and 1903 Big Games, an earthquake shacks, Wyatt Earp’s house. $15 online/sfhistory.org

Thu • Where’s Waldo?

Thu Jul 23 | 7 pm | Join us for the Where’s Waldo Party! Tons of cool prizes donated by local West Portal businesses! Bookshop West Portal 80 West Portal Ave

Sun • SF Ballet / Stern Grove

Sun Jul 26 | 2 pm | SF Ballet’s only summer appearance, led by Artistic Director Helgi Tomasson, the program includes: Bach, traditional African music, Martinu, Tchaikovsk and more to be announced. Stern Grove 19th & Sloat

Mon • Cooking at SHARP

Mon Jul 27 | 7 pm | A Cooking Show at SHARP, with Jeanne Snyder. SHARP meets on the last Mon of the month. This is show and tell and eat. Jeanne will discuss plant-based cooking while demonstrating it by preparing two dishes. Limit 35 - first come first served. 1736 Ninth Ave.

Thu • OMI Neighbors in Action

Thu Jul 30 | 7 pm | Meets last Thu each month. This meeting is at Temple UMC 65 Beverly/Sheilds.

Fri-Sun • Crafts Show

Jul 31-Aug 2 | Fri 10 am - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 6 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm | 40th Annual American Craft Show at Fort Mason Center. The largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, 2 Marina Blvd.

Sun • Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sun Aug 2 | 2 pm | With five Grammy awards, 13 albums, and over 13 million records sold, few female artists have a career as acclaimed. Local artist Bhi Bhiman is a singer/songwriter whose unique vocal style truly sets him apart. Stern Grove/ 19th & Sloat.

Sun • Asian Art Museum Free Day

Sun Aug 2 | 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.

Tue • Legion of Honor Free Day

Tue Aug 4 | 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 Aug 4 | 9:30 am - 5:15 pm | Art from the 17th -20th centuries, and native Americas, Africa, & Pacific. Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive. Free first Tuesdays.

Sun • Morris Day / Stern Grove

Sun Aug 9 | 2 pm | Known for the hit “Jungle Love” and for their appearance in the Prince film Purple Rain, The Time merges pop-infused funk and soul into a danceable groove. Ziek McCarter, SF’s Con Brio is a self-described “testament to the power of soul.” Stern Grove / 19th & Sloat.

Sun • Talib Kweli / Elephantine

Sun Aug 16 | 2 pm | After nearly 20 years, and collaborations with Mos Def, Kanye West, Hi-Tek, Madlib, and others, Kweli stands as one of the world’s most talented and accomplished rappers. Along with her dynamic band Elephantine, Bay Area artist Zakiya Harris performs soulful electronica and Afro-beat music. Stern Grove / 19th & Sloat.

Tue • Community Safety Meeting

Tue Aug 18 | 7 pm | Meet with Captain Curtis Lum. 3rd Tue of the month. Taraval Police Station 2345 24th Ave. 759-3100.

Mon • Kirkham Project (SHARP)

Mon Aug 31 | 7 pm | Discussion of proposed expansion at 5th Ave. & Kirkham. Developers want to replace the current 86 units with up to 460 units at the site. “One of San Francisco’s first major urban infill developments in the western section ....” SHARP meets on the last Mon of the month. 1736 Ninth Ave.

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