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Summer Sundays at Stern Grove

Mary Chapin Carpenter will perform on Aug. 2. photo: courtesy mary chapin carpenter

The Stern Grove Festival kicked off its 78th year of free concerts last month to a picnicker-packed performance of the Doobie Brothers and The California Honeydrops.

July brings the San Francisco Symphony (July 5); Hawaiian performances by Amy Hanaiali’i and Halau ‘oKeikiali’i (July 12); and the folk-pop-R&B of Tune-Yards and the Ukraine quartet DakhaBrakha (July 19). A performance by the San Francisco Ballet (July 26) closes the month.

Heading up August is Grammy Award-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter and Sri Lankan-American folk-rock artist Bhi Bhiman (August 2), followed by the R&B-soul-funk sounds of Morris Day and The Time and Con Brio (Aug. 9). Talib Kweli and Zakiya Harris featuring Elephantine (Aug. 16) are slated to close the festival with hip-hop and soul.

All concerts begin at 2 p.m.

As many know, the weather at the outdoor amphitheater at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard can be unpredictable, from sunshine to fog and wind, to a combination of all, so it’s always a good idea to throw an extra layer or blanket in the picnic basket. Also, parking is challenging, so either biking or Muni are recommended. Visit for additional information.

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