HEALTH & SAFETY
YBG Festival welcomes you to Yerba Buena Gardens! Yerba Buena Gardens is an open outdoor space and we continue to take COVID precautions seriously for the safety of our attendees, artists and staff.
YBG Festival is fully cleared to host outdoor events under current SFDPH guidelines. Vaccination and/or Negative Testing are not required to attend YBG Festival, although they are strongly recommended.
- Help keep everyone safe – follow these Protection and Prevention tips and please stay home if you are feeling sick and/or if you have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Get vaccinated and boosted. Full vaccination is strongly recommended prior to attendance.
- Frequent our sanitizing station at the info table – we have masks available if you need them.
- Pay attention to staff and signage.
- Have a great time!
- Don’t worry about the show “selling out.” No advance registration or RSVP required.
- Don’t move chairs from their location – ask an event staff for help if you need it.
- Don’t bring your pet – we love animals but they are against park regulations.
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW:
- Bring your sunscreen…and your scarf! We are an all-outdoors venue. Prepare for SF weather accordingly.
- We are all-ages and family friendly!
- Low lawn chairs are welcome – as long as someone sitting behind you can see, you’re welcome to bring your own seat.
- You are encouraged to “pack out” whatever disposable items you bring with you. There are only a few waste receptacles in the gardens.
- Picnic blankets (and picnics) encouraged. There are many fine restaurants nearby at the Metreon and in the surrounding neighborhood (see below).
California’s peak wildfire season typically runs from May through October which may affect air quality in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please be aware of air quality and Spare the Air alerts from www.sparetheair.org.
See map of real-time air quality in the Bay Area from fire.airnow.gov.
- Performance Times
- Directions & Parking
- Lost & Found
- Food & Drink
- Photography & Recording
- Museums & Shopping
- Park Hours & Rules
How do I get tickets to a Yerba Buena Gardens Festival program?
There is no designated seating, no ticket system, no required RSVP list. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival venues are outdoors. The majority of seating is open lawn. Patrons may sit wherever they wish. If venue chairs are available, please give priority to persons with disabilities and seniors. Blankets and low lawn chairs are encouraged. Please leave pets at home. The outdoor programs presented by Yerba Buena Gardens Festival are admission-free thanks to our sponsors and supporters like you.
Donate. Keep us admission-free
What time are the shows at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival?
Our regular season runs from May through October. Most events and presentations occur at lunchtime or on the weekends. Please see our Calendar for specific dates and times.
Can I visit the Gardens in my wheelchair? Are there chairs?
All Yerba Buena Gardens venues are fully ADA accessible. Limited chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Each senior or disabled patron may be accompanied by one other person. All unoccupied seats become available for general seating. Wheelchairs are accommodated. Please see a Festival staff member for assistance.
Where is Yerba Buena Gardens?
Public Transit Directions
MUNI Bus lines 8X/8AX/8BX San Bruno, 14 Mission, 30 Stockton, 45 Union/ Stockton run past Yerba Buena Gardens. All Market St. routes, including Powell and Montgomery stations, are 2 blocks away.
The CalTrain Station at Fourth and Townsend Sts. is served directly by MUNI’s 30 Stockton, with stops on Third St. at Howard St. and at Mission St. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is also convenient to Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans and AC Transit downtown bus routes.
What is the best way to get to Yerba Buena Gardens by driving?
Driving Directions from the East Bay
Take I-80 and exit at Fremont St. Take an immediate left from Fremont onto Howard St. and get into the right lane. Go two blocks and turn right on Third St. Yerba Buena Gardens will be immediately on your left across from the SFMOMA.
Driving Directions from the Peninsula
Take Highway 101 until it connects to I-80 and exit at Fourth St. Fourth will lead onto Bryant St. Take a left from Bryant onto Third St. Yerba Buena Gardens will be on your left between Howard and Mission Sts. and across from the SF Museum of Modern Art.
Driving Directions from the North Bay
Take Highway 101 to Lombard St. From Lombard turn right onto Van Ness Ave. From Van Ness Ave. turn left onto Golden Gate Ave. Golden Gate becomes Sixth St. as it crosses Market St. Turn left from Sixth St. onto Folsom St. Turn left onto Third St. Yerba Buena Gardens will be on your left between Howard and Mission Sts. and across from the SFMoMA.
Is there parking around Yerba Buena Gardens?
Lost & Found
I lost stuff at Yerba Buena Gardens. Is there a Lost & Found?
Lost & Found is located at the Yerba Buena Gardens Management office. Drop in (see ★ on Gardens map) or call (415-651-3684).
Food & Drink
Is there food at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival?
While there are no food vendors within the Esplanade area of the Yerba Buena Gardens, there are plenty of food and drink options just steps away. Picnics are welcome and encouraged, but cooking and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. For a complete list of dining options, from grab-and-go eateries to formal dining, go to
Can I bring my camera to Yerba Buena Gardens Festival?
Professional photography or recording of performances is not permitted. Film or photo shoots in Yerba Buena Gardens require an event permit and may incur fees.
Apply for a Permit
Museums, Shopping & More
What else is there to do at Yerba Buena Gardens?
There is quite a bit to check out in and around Yerba Buena Gardens. Explore the Yerba Buena neighborhood’s culture, nightlife, recreation, and shopping at
Park Hours & Rules
What am I allowed to bring to Yerba Buena Gardens Festival?
For the most accurate information on hours, rules, and park amenities, visit the Yerba Buena Gardens Facilities Management site at