From May to October, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival hosts the finest artists to entertain, engage and astound in the lovely Yerba Buena Gardens.
The Weekend Sessions is the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s premier program series, highlighting touring and regional artists performing to delighted audiences. Each weekend program features a diversity of world-class artists giving thrilling performances not to be missed. Crowds of arts-lovers, Bay Area locals and out-of-towners flock to Yerba Buena Gardens for outstanding entertainment in music, dance, poetry, circus, theater or large-scale cultural festivals.
Free of admission and open to the public, all are welcome to enjoy the fresh air and the truly memorable cultural experiences. Located in the cultural heart of San Francisco, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s Weekend Sessions make for a refreshing and inspiring weekend outing in the City.
Past Weekend Sessions artists include:
- Brazil in the Gardens
- Yerba Buena Gardens ChoreoFest
- Circus Bella
- Gamelan Sekar Jaya
- Native Contemporary Arts Festival
- San Francisco Mime Troupe
- San Francisco Uke Jam Summer Uke-splosion
- Tom Rigney & Flambeau
What people are saying about the Weekend Sessions…
- Love that you are making the arts free & accessible to all!
- All the weekend and Thursday programs are fantastic!
- This is an impressively well curated festival. A rich gift to the city!
Check out all of the incredible artists performing at upcoming Weekend Sessions listed below.
Mark your calendars and make your weekend FREE, OUTDOORS, and FRESH!
What to expect at Yerba Buena Gardens Festival…
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival occurs each year from May through October in Downtown San Francisco. As always, these excellent performances are FREE, outdoors, and ADA-accessible to be enjoyed by all. Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features open-air lawn seating. Please be dressed for San Francisco weather – chair seating is limited, but picnics and low-lawn chairs are welcome. For Park Rules and Regulations, please refer to Yerba Buena Gardens Management’s website.
Weekend Session performances begin at 1pm (unless noted otherwise), so plan ahead and arrive early! Performances are approximately 90 minutes long, located at Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission Street between Third and Fourth Streets, San Francisco. Yerba Buena Gardens is conveniently located near Montgomery & Powell BART stations, and several MUNI lines. See detailed information on the Visitor Map.
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