We’re counting down the Top 10 Reasons to Groove at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, starting with a look back at the magic from past seasons.
#10: We’ll let this video do the talking!
#9: Arturo O’Farrill.
We open our season on Sunday, May 7, 2017 with the Grammy Award-winning Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, direct from New York City and led by composer and pianist Arturo O’Farrill, son of jazz legend Chico O’Farrill. Now is the best time to invite your friends!
Kick-off Concert Details
#8: The Children’s Garden Series.
Parents, guardians and their little ones discover all the magic Yerba Buena Gardens Festival has to offer, in fun-sized doses, at our Children’s Garden Series. From zany clowns to world music, dance and incredible acrobatic feats, the family programs are the perfect way to introduce children to the performing arts.
Children’s Garden Series Calendar
There’s no better place to meet friends and make new ones than the ever-popular Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie Series. Every Third Thursday Jessie Square is filled with live salsa music. We’ll see you there!
Let’s Go Salsa@Jessie! Calendar
#6: Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest.
For three days (June 9-11) Yerba Buena Gardens Festival becomes a hotbed of contemporary dance, showcasing a Who’s Who of Bay Area dance companies in site-specific performances, curated by Wendy Rein and Ryan T. Smith of RAWdance. Check out the line-ups!
Day 1 Details Day 2 Details Day 3 Details Facebook Event
#5: New Music!
Several programs this season feature fresh new music, including AXIS Dance Company’s “Occupy – A site-specific journey through an urban garden.” featuring Pamela Z (July 1 & 2), Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s “Death Become Life” (July 15), and Adam Theis’ horn section spectacular, “Brass Convergence II: Protest Brass” (May 20).
AXIS Dance Company Brass Convergence II Ensemble Mik Nawooj
#4: Theater in the park.
Tragedy and comedy grace Yerba Buena Gardens Festival in 2017. SF’s Theatre Rhinoceros presents John Fisher’s “Lear!” (July 7-9), a musical retelling of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” updated to the City by the Bay. Later this summer, the San Francisco Mime Troupe presents its latest production, sure to be filled with biting satire and political commentary (July 23).
Theatre Rhinoceros SF Mime Troupe
#3: Free concerts with your lunch!
Our Thursday Lunchtime programs (12:30-1:30pm) add a kick to any meal. Would you like some reggae to go with that sandwich (RUBaDUB Posse, July 27) or maybe you prefer that pizza with a side of loose and limber jazz (Howard Wiley & Extra Nappy, June 1). A slice of the vibrant Bay Area arts scene every week. Enjoy!
Thursday Lunchtime Series Calendar
#2: Get Lit with Litquake!
Touching requiems, laugh-out-loud farce, or cutting-edge lyricism, anything can happen at Poetic Tuesdays. Every second Tuesday, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival partners with Litquake for a one-hour curated poetry reading featuring four Bay Area poets and a musical guest. Poetic Tuesday kicks off on May 9th.
Poetic Tuesdays Series Calendar
#1: Composer/bassist Marcus Shelby.
As the Resident Composer at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, internationally acclaimed jazz musician Marcus Shelby has written new music highlighting the connections between the blues and the history of social movements in the United States. This year Marcus presents highlights from his repertoire, and a sneak peek at a work-in-progress.
Marcus Shelby Program Details