It’s almost summer in The City — time for a plethora of cheap outdoor entertainment.
Stern Grove Festival’s upcoming 77th season of free outdoor summer concerts, announced today, is a doozy, starting with Smokey Robinson and finishing with The Zombies.
All performances are free and start at 2 p.m. at Sigmund Stern Grove park, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, in The City.
Opening day also features the Big Picnic benefit, a preconcert party at 11:30 a.m. Tickets for the bash begin at $250; for information visit www.sterngrove.org/home/thebigpicnic.
With upward of 10,000 concertgoers each Sunday, visitors are encouraged to take public transit to the site. Information regarding access is available by calling (415) 252-6252 or visiting www.sterngrove.org.
Not to be outdone, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival, another great series of free outdoor performances, opens Sunday with multiple Grammy winner and Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri with his Salsa Orchestra. The show begins at 1 p.m. at 760 Howard St., S.F.
The festival, which runs through Oct. 26, presents more than 90 free events, including music, theater, circus, dance, poetry, festivals and children’s programs with artists from across the world. The gardens are located between Third, Fourth, Howard and Mission streets in The City. For details and the full schedule, call (415) 543-1718 or visit www.ybgfestival.org.
Stern Grove lineup
June 22: Smokey Robinson, Patti Austin; ticketed Big Picnic benefit precedes show
June 29: Allen Stone, Yuna
July 6: San Francisco Symphony, Edwin Outwater conducting
July 13: Funky Meters, Sugar Pie DeSanto
July 20: Pupy Y Los Que Son Son, Vieux Farka Touré
July 27: Rufus Wainwright, Quartet San Francisco
Aug. 3: Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory, Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors
Aug. 10: Darlene Love, Monophonics
Aug. 17: Sergio Mendes, LoCura
Aug. 24: The Zombies, Vetiver
Yerba Buena Gardens highlights
May 15: Pacific Mambo Orchestra, 6 p.m.
May 25: Baba Ken Okulolo & Kotoja, 1 p.m.
June 7: André Thierry & Zydeco Magic, 1 p.m.
June 14: John Santos’ commission “The Art of the Descarga,” 1 p.m.
June 27-28: Circus Bella, noon
July 6: S.F. Francisco Mime Troupe, 2 p.m.
Aug. 7: Tiffany Austin Quintet, 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 5-6: RAWdance, 7 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday
Sept. 18: Sambadá, 12:30 p.m.
Oct. 5: Classical Persian Music Ensemble, 1 p.m.
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