Yerba Buena Gardens, one of San Francisco’s premiere urban parks, will present its 13th annual festival from May through October with music, theater, dance, poetry, international cultural celebrations, and children’s programs. It’s an exciting array of live performances and it’s absolutely free of charge. All programs take place outdoors in Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets.
Upcoming in May is the Los Angeles-based rock group La Santa Cecilia with the Bay Area’s Dr. Loco’s Rockin’ Jalapeno Band, Anna Halprin’s Planetary Dance, Asian Improv aRts, Balinese music from Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Taipei Folk Dance Theater, violinist Anthony Blea and his Cuban charanga ensemble, and Lavay Smith and her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.
Poetry is represented with Poetry Tuesday, curated by Litquake’s Robin Ekiss and featuring Alejandro Murguia, San Francisco Poet Laureate. Salsa Thursdays will be featured, too, and will include salsa lessons.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Mission Street (btw. Third & Fourth), May 4–Oct. 15, free, 415-543-1718, www.ybgfestival.org
— E. Beyl
Photo:Yerba Buena Gardens Festival