Common Grounds

Event has passed (Sat May 20, 2017 - Tue Jul 4, 2017)
Intersection for the Arts
various events
Art, Dance (performance)


Two week art festival celebrates the intersection of cultural production and urban space in the heart of San Francisco’s downtown.

“Common Grounds” presenting over two full weeks of free arts and culture events for people of all ages and walks of life. Common Grounds will take place from May 20 - June 6 in and around the full city block at 5th and Mission where the rooftops, parking lots, laneways and tunnels of Natoma, Mary and Minna Streets will become stages and exhibition space for the community to gather together and share in the experience of art. Presenting 105 artists and 21 arts organizations from multiple artistic disciplines, the festival will engage various local audiences and activate public urban space with free public programming for arts and culture.


Common Grounds Schedule

* Sat May 20 & Sunday May 21
Lunar Process Modules
Mugwumpin Performance

Time: TBC
Venue: San Francisco Chronicle Building, meet in the foyer of 901 Mission Street
Tickets: FREE - Limited capacity booking required
This work will venture through various sites in the Chronicle building. Please inform us if you have any specific needs and we will work with you to make sure you have the best time.

* Thur. May 25 & Fri. 26th
Shadow Tunnel
Glass Eye Shadow Pictures

Date: Thurs. May 25 & Fri. May 26
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Minna Street Tunnel, between 5th & Mary St
Tickets: FREE

* Wed. May 24, Fri. 26 & Wed. 31
Lunchtime Jazz
Jazz in the Neighborhood

Common Grounds is a space for the community to gather, connect, and play. A FREE program curated and presented by Intersection for the Arts.

* Sat. May 20
Common Grounds Family Day
BYOQ - Drag Me Up
Children's Face Painting

Time: TBC
Venue: San Francisco Chronicle Building Parking Lot, Corner 5th & Natoma St
Tickets: FREE

* Sat. May 20 - Common Grounds Family Day
Rabbit Hole Theater
Marionette Puppet Performance & Play

Time: TBC
Venue: San Francisco Chronicle Building Parking Lot, Corner 5th & Natoma St
Tickets: FREE

* Fri. June 2, Sat. 3 & Sun. 4
Last Blue Couch in the Sky
Epiphany Productions

Time: 7pm (Street Journey Begins)
Venue: Meet at Tutubi Plaza - Corner Russ & Minna St SOMA
Tickets: Street Journey section is FREE, Tickets for YBCA Performance at: /

* Sat. May 20 - June 6
The Poetry Beat
Poetry & Conversations

Intersection Round Tables, Workshops & Gatherings

* Sun. May 21
Emergence 2017 - Emerging Arts Professionals Convention


  1. Intersection for the Arts 1448 Market Street, San Francisco, CA