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Photo of people dancing at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Programs ranging from music, dance, circus, and theater to cultural festivals… May through October, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is the place to be!

Weekend Sessions take place on the Esplanade, Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets, San Francisco.

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September 2019

Free
Photo of music group La Misa Negra, by Andrew Zhou

La Misa Negra

Sep 28, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of klezmer music group Kugelplex, with band members standing lined up holding their instruments in front of a worn industrial door

Kugelplex w/ Faisal Zedan & the Ajyal Drum Ensemble

Sep 21, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of large group of musicians on stage for Brass, Bows and Beats

Brass, Bows and Beats Hip-Hop Symphony

Sep 14, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of singer Diana Gameros holding a microphone and Francisco Herrera playing the acoustic guitar while surrounded by a street crowd. Photo by Marc Hors.

Our Children Are Sacred

Sep 7, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Close-up photo of a young woman wearing a blue kimono standing with hands in a dance pose. Photo by Mark Shigenaga.

American Bon Dancing

Sep 1, 1:00pm3:00pm

August 2019

Free
Photo of Fabiana Cozza

Brazil in the Gardens featuring Fabiana Cozza

Aug 18, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of musician Samora Pinderhughes.

Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes

Aug 17, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
photo of pistahan

Pistahan

Aug 11, 11:00am5:00pm
Free
photo of pistahan

Pistahan

Aug 10, 11:00am5:00pm
Free
Photos of Tammy Hall, Leon Joyce Jr., Marcus Shelby, Destiny Muhammad, Ranzel Merritt

AfroSolo in the Gardens

Aug 3, 1:00pm2:30pm

July 2019

Free
Photo of the cast of SF Mime Troupe's musical Treasure Island, by DavidAllenStudios.com

San Francisco Mime Troupe

Jul 28, 2:00pm4:00pm
Free
photo of sf uke jam by amal bisharat photography

SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-splosion!

Jul 27, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of musicians Martha Redbone and Brooklyn Raga Massive, by Sachyn Mital

Brooklyn Raga Massive featuring Martha Redbone Roots Project

Jul 20, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Motion photo of a woman dancing for ChoreoFest by Hillary Goidell

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest

Jul 14, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Motion photo of a woman dancing for ChoreoFest by Hillary Goidell

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest

Jul 13, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
photo of aireene

Aireene Espiritu – Tribute to Sugar Pie DeSanto

Jul 6, 1:00pm2:30pm

June 2019

Free
photo of Jeremy Dutcher by matt barnes

Jeremy Dutcher

Jun 29, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free

Circus Bella – Up in the Air

Jun 22, 2:15pm3:15pm
Free

Circus Bella – Up in the Air

Jun 22, 12:00pm1:00pm
Free

Circus Bella – Up in the Air

Jun 21, 12:00pm1:00pm
Free
photo of NCAF by Jim Watkins Photography

Native Contemporary Arts Festival

Jun 16, 12:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of people dancing garba, by Anne Whitman

Garba in the Gardens

Jun 15, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
photo of Tunes of Sudan

Tunes of Sudan

Jun 8, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Betsayda Machado

Betsayda Machado

Jun 1, 1:00pm2:30pm

May 2019

Free
photo of Michael Doucet and Tom Rigney

Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney with Flambeau

May 25, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
photo of Herdeljezi Festival Dzambo Agusevi

Canceled due to Rain – Roma Festival Džambo Aguševi Orchestra

May 18, 12:30pm3:30pm
Free
photo of embodiment project by David Wilson

Embodiment Project

May 11, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of the Uprising All-Stars

Festival Season Kick-Off: Tribute to Charlie Palmieri by The Uprising All-Stars

May 4, 1:00pm2:30pm

April 2019

Free
Bay Area Dance Week dancers at San Francisco City Hall, photo by Lydia Daniller

Bay Area Dance Week: One Dance

Apr 26, 12:00pm1:00pm

September 2018

Free
Photo of Marcus Shelby with upright bass and historical photo of Louis Armstrong's baseball team

Marcus Shelby Orchestra

Sat, Sep 8, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of Manila Disco Fever

Manila Disco Fever

Sat, Sep 1, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm

August 2018

Free
Photo of musician Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ

Vân Ánh Võ & The VA’V

Sat, Aug 25, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of Brazilian music group Pragandaia

Brazil in the Gardens: Pragandaia w/ Special Guest Marcos Costa

Sat, Aug 18, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of Pistahan Festival 2017 by Jim Watkins Photography

Pistahan

Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 11:00am5:00pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until Sun, Aug 12, 2018

Free
Photo of Pistahan Festival 2017 by Jim Watkins Photography

Pistahan

Sat, Aug 11, 2018, 11:00am5:00pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until Sun, Aug 12, 2018

Free
Photo of David Hardiman's San Francisco All Star Big Band

AfroSolo in the Gardens: David Hardiman’s San Francisco All-Star Big Band

Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm

July 2018

Free
Photo of the SF Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Photo of Artists Guild at East Garden

Artists Guild Exhibition

Sun, Jul 29, 2018, 9:00am5:00pm
Free
Photo of musician Yosvany Terry by Govert Driessen

Yosvany Terry Afro-Cuban Sextet

Sat, Jul 28, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Press photo for San Francisco Mime Troupe's Seeing Red. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com

San Francisco Mime Troupe

Sun, Jul 15, 2018, 2:00pm4:00pm
Free
Photo of Ukulenny and Cynthia Lin of SF Uke Jam by Amal Bisharat Photography

SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-Splosion!

Sat, Jul 14, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of music group Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos + Fanfare Zambaleta

Sat, Jul 7, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm

June 2018

Free
Photo Collage for Music of the Banned

Music of the Banned

Sat, Jun 30, 2018, 1:00pm3:30pm
Free
Photo of Dwoira Galilea of Circus Bella by David Tau

Circus Bella

Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 2:15pm3:15pm
Free
Photo of Dwoira Galilea of Circus Bella by David Tau

Circus Bella

Sat, Jun 23, 2018, 12:00pm1:00pm
Free
Photo of Dwoira Galilea of Circus Bella by David Tau

Circus Bella

Fri, Jun 22, 2018, 12:00pm1:00pm
Free
Photo of Native Contemporary Arts Festival 2017 by David Tau

Native Contemporary Arts Festival

Sun, Jun 17, 2018, 12:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Betsayda Machado

Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo + VNote Ensemble

Sat, Jun 16, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Balinese music and dance group Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Gamelan Sekar Jaya

Sat, Jun 9, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of RAWdance dance company for Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest 2018 by Hillary Goidell

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest

Sun, Jun 3, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until Sun, Jun 3, 2018

Free
Photo of RAWdance dance company for Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest 2018 by Hillary Goidell

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest

Sat, Jun 2, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00pm, repeating until Sun, Jun 3, 2018

May 2018

Free
Photo of music group Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Tom Rigney & Flambeau

Sat, May 26, 2018, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Illustration of two people dancing

Garba in the Gardens

Sat, May 19, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of music group Innov Gnawa

Innov Gnawa + Book of J

Sat, May 12, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of music group Mariachi Flor de Toloache by Andrei Averbuch

Flor de Toloache + Diana Gameros

Sun, May 6, 2018, 1:00pm3:00pm

October 2017

Free
Halloween Hoopla. Illustrations of 6 smiling jack-o-lanterns.

Halloween Hoopla (kids’ show)

Sun, Oct 29, 2017, 12:00pm2:00pm

September 2017

Free
Photo of Marcus Shelby

Marcus Shelby Orchestra

Sat, Sep 23, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of kids making paper crafts.

2017 Creativity Festival

Sun, Sep 17, 2017, 10:00am4:00pm
Free
Photo of Brooklyn Raga Massive

Brooklyn Raga Massive with Classical Revolution – Terry Riley’s In C

Sat, Sep 16, 2017, 1:00pm2:15pm
Free
Photo of Alsarah & the Nubatones

Alsarah & the Nubatones

Sat, Sep 9, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of klezmer band Kugelplex, with band members standing ing a row holding their instruments

Kugelplex with special guest Linda Tillery

Sat, Sep 2, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm

August 2017

Free
Photo of Paula West

Paula West

Sat, Aug 26, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photos of Spok, Alessandro Penezzi, Celso Alberti, and Pedro Martins

Brazil in the Gardens

Sun, Aug 20, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Daymé Arocena, photo by Pedro Margherio

Daymé Arocena + Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble

Sat, Aug 19, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of dancers at Pistahan

Pistahan

Sun, Aug 13, 2017, 11:00am4:00pm
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One event on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 11:00am

Free
Photo of dancers at Pistahan

Pistahan

Sat, Aug 12, 2017, 11:00am4:00pm
|Recurring Program (See all)

One event on Sun, Aug 13, 2017 at 11:00am

Free
Photos of AfroSolo in the Gardens 2017 artists Charles Hamilton and David Hardiman, Sr.

AfroSolo in the Gardens

Sat, Aug 5, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm

July 2017

Free

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

Sun, Jul 30, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of SF Uke Jam

SF Uke Jam Summer Uke-splosion!

Sat, Jul 29, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of San Francisco Mime Troupe production of Walls. Photo by DavidAllenStudio.com

San Francisco Mime Troupe – Walls

Sun, Jul 23, 2017, 2:00pm4:00pm
Free
Photo of a woman's face

Global Is Local: Witness The World

Sat, Jul 22, 2017, 12:00pm3:30pm
Free
Photo of Artists Guild exhibition

Artists Guild of San Francisco

Sun, Jul 16, 2017, 9:00am5:00pm
Free
Photo of Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Ensemble Mik Nawooj – Death Become Life

Sat, Jul 15, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Illustration of figures on a bridge

Theatre Rhinoceros – Lear!

Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Illustration of figures on a bridge

Theatre Rhinoceros – Lear!

Sat, Jul 8, 2017, 7:00pm8:30pm
Free
Illustration of figures on a bridge

Theatre Rhinoceros – Lear!

Fri, Jul 7, 2017, 7:00pm8:30pm
Free
"Occupy" photo of AXIS Dance Company by Robbie Sweeny

AXIS Dance Company (2 shows)

Sun, Jul 2, 2017, 12:00pm1:15pm
Free
"Occupy" photo of AXIS Dance Company by Robbie Sweeny

AXIS Dance Company (2 shows)

Sat, Jul 1, 2017, 12:00pm1:15pm

June 2017

Free
Circus Bella. Bay City Rhapsody.

Circus Bella – Bay City Rhapsody (2 shows)

Sat, Jun 24, 2017, 12:00pm1:00pm
Free
Circus Bella. Bay City Rhapsody.

Circus Bella – Bay City Rhapsody

Fri, Jun 23, 2017, 12:00pm1:00pm
Free
Photo of Medicine Warriors

Native Contemporary Arts Festival

Sun, Jun 18, 2017, 12:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of M.A.K.U. Soundsystem

M.A.K.U SoundSystem + Bang Data

Sat, Jun 17, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of dancer Hien Huynh by Andrew Weeks Photography

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest – Day 3

Sun, Jun 11, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of dancer Hien Huynh by Andrew Weeks Photography

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest – Day 2

Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of dancer Hien Huynh by Andrew Weeks Photography

Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest – Day 1

Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 6:00pm7:15pm
Free
Photo of Michael Doucet & Tom Rigney

Michael Doucet and Tom Rigney with Flambeau

Sat, Jun 3, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm

May 2017

Free
Photo of Richard Howell

Richard Howell & Sudden Changes

Sat, May 27, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of Adam Theis holding a tuba and trombones

Brass Convergence II: Protest Brass

Sat, May 20, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Kitka

Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Sat, May 13, 2017, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of Arturo O'Farrill

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra + VNote Ensemble

Sun, May 7, 2017, 1:00pm3:00pm

September 2016

Free
Illustration of Yassir Chadly playing the oud

Yassir Chadly & The Moroccans

Sun, Sep 25, 2016, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of Las Cafeteras

Las Cafeteras + Soltron

Sat, Sep 10, 2016, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Lavay Smith

Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers

Sat, Sep 3, 2016, 1:00pm2:30pm

August 2016

Free
Photo of Red Baraat

Red Baraat + Non Stop Bhangra

Sat, Aug 27, 2016, 1:00pm3:00pm
Free
Photo of Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Jane Bunnett & Maqueque

Sat, Aug 20, 2016, 1:00pm2:30pm
Free
Photo of dancers at Pistahan

Pistahan

Sun, Aug 14, 2016, 11:00am5:00pm
Free
Photo of dancers at Pistahan

Pistahan

Sat, Aug 13, 2016, 11:00am5:00pm
Free
Photo of Tammy L. Hall and Linda Kay Ricketts

AfroSolo in the Gardens

Sat, Aug 6, 2016, 1:00pm3:00pm

July 2016

Free
Photo of Artists Guild exhibition

Artists Guild Exhibit

Sun, Jul 31, 2016, 9:00am5:00pm
Free
Photo of Tom Rigney and Flambeau

Tom Rigney & Flambeau + André Thierry

Sat, Jul 30, 2016, 1:00pm3:00pm
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