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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

The View From Bernal Hill kicks off the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival Thursday Lunchtime Concert Series on June 4. photo: courtesy ybgf

The outdoor Yerba Buena Gardens Festival kicks off its 15th anniversary season on Sunday, May 3. Dedicated to enhancing the vitality and quality of life in the parks and open spaces of Yerba Buena Gardens, the festival features more than 100 admission-free events from music, theater, dance, community and cultural programs to circus and children’s programs. Nearly every weekend throughout the summer has a scheduled performance or celebration.

Weekday highlights include the Thursday Lunch-time Concert Series, most Thursdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m. on the Esplanade; Poetic Tuesdays (in partnership with Litquake) on the second Tuesday of each month, 12:30–1:30 p.m. in Jessie Square; and the Children’s Garden Series, featuring interactive performances for kids and families, every Friday in the Children’s Garden.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Mission Street (between Third & Fourth Streets); May 3–Oct. 31, free, 415-543-1718,

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