Every Sunday for 10 consecutive weeks, the Stern Grove Festival will host free outdoor concerts, headlined this year by diverse global acts and the children of famous musicians such as Grammy-winning reggae artist Ziggy Marley, Nigerian musician Femi Kuti, as well as British Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar.

The series of shows begins on June 17 with The Big Picnic, the organization’s annual ticketed fundraiser, which raises nearly $600,000 each year. Other artists on 2018 festival lineup include separate performances by the SF Symphony and the SF Ballet, along with singer-songwriter M. Ward and rock band The Revolution. See below for the full calendar of weekly festival events.

The Big Picnic Party will start at 11:30am before the first free festival concert, with a performance in the afternoon by R&B/soul sensations, Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne. Big Picnic ticket-holders will receive parking and reserved picnic table seating in the meadow for the concert, while general admission concert meadow lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

2018 Festival Lineup

June 17: The Big Picnic Starring Jeffrey Osborne and Peabo Bryson

June 24: Ziggy Marley, Flavia Coelho

July 1: M. Ward, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down

July 8: Mexican Institute of Sound with Special Guests, Ginkgoa

July 15: Anoushka Shankar, Land of Gold, Han Han

July 22: SF Symphony, Jayce Ogren, Conductor

July 29: SF Ballet, Helgi Tomasson, Artistic Director

August 5: Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, Sol Development

August 12: Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes, The Humidors

August 19: The Revolution, Big Blu Soul Revue

In addition to the free concerts, the Stern Grove Festival also offers a series of free arts education programs for Bay Area children. Registration is now open for the free interactive arts workshops, Kids Days, available for children ages 4-11. Stern Grove Festival raises close to $3 million each year from donations by individuals, foundations, members, and corporations, to sustain its ambitious admission-free programming.

Stern Grove Festival
Sundays at 2pm, June 17 – August 19, 2018
Sigmund Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard)