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The Ultimate Guide to the San Francisco Bay Area’s 2018 Outdoor Summer Concerts

By / May 30, 2018
   
   

Get out your calendar and get ready to do some serious scheduling: This summer is full of fun outdoor concerts in the San Francisco Bay area you won’t want to miss. From daytime concerts in the park to concerts under the stars at gorgeous wineries, there’s truly a show for everyone. Here are some of the best.

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One-time-only events

SAN FRANCISCO OPERA AT AT&T PARK
When: TBD
Where: AT&T Park
Why: Because you can’t eat garlic fries at the Opera House. Plus, you can sit on the field or in the stands for this free live simulcast of a yet-to-be-determined opera.
Price: Free

RAY LAMONTAGNE AND NEKO CASE
When: June 1
Where: The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
Why: Ray LaMontagne is consistently commanding and impressive; Neko Case just released her first solo album in five years. This is sure to be a special show.
Price: $45–$99.50

JEFFREY OSBORNE AND PEABO BRYSON
When: June 17
Where: Stern Grove
Why: Celebrate Father’s Day with two R&B greats at Stern Grove’s first concert of its festival season. Bring a blanket, a picnic, and your adult (or non-adult) beverage of choice.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

VANS WARPED TOUR
When: June 23
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: It’s the last-ever, cross-country Warped Tour. Get ready for a full day of music on six different stages from acts like Crown the Empire, The Amity Affliction, Chase Atlantic, and more.
Price: $45–$55

ZIGGY MARLEY AND FLAVIA COELHO
When: June 24
Where: Stern Grove
Why: Spend the afternoon dancing to reggae in the sunshine (or the fog; prepare for both).
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

PRIMUS AND MASTODON
When: June 29
Where: The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
Why: It doesn’t get much more Bay Area than Primus; plus, it’s always fun to see Les Claypool perform, especially at a venue like The Greek.
Price: $49.50

M. WARD AND THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN
When: July 1
Where: Stern Grove
Why: Listen to indie pop and enjoy a picnic and wine.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL
When: June 30 and July 1 from 10am to 6pm
Where: Fillmore Street from Jackson to Eddy Streets
Why: This is the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, with multiple stages and 12 blocks of art and other wares, tasty food, and beverages for grownups and children. The entire street (including the bars) turns into a fun party that may just be one of the best SF street fairs of the summer.
Price: Free

DEAD & COMPANY
When: July 2–3
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: You’ll never be able to see the Grateful Dead play again (R.I.P. Jerry), but you can see the rest of the band members perform on their home turf with John Mayer handling the vocals.
Price: $45 and up

COUNTING CROWS AND LIVE
When: July 6
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: Counting Crows are celebrating their 25th year together, and Adam Duritz has promised they’re going to play their asses off.
Price: General Admission: $30–$84

MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND AND GINKGOA
When: July 8
Where: Stern Grove
Why: This DJ and producer worked as a music consultant on the movie Coco and is bringing special Grammy-nominated guests to perform with him. Plus, there’s just nothing better than a Sunday afternoon at Stern Grove.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

ANOUSHKA SHANKAR, LAND OF GOLD, AND HAN HAN
When: July 15
Where: Stern Grove
Why: This sitar player and composer will be playing songs from her latest album, which is a personal response to the humanitarian trauma of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

PARAMORE AND FOSTER THE PEOPLE
When: July 21
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: Power-pop at its finest.
Price: $47–$195+

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY
When: July 22
Where: Stern Grove
Why: The SF Symphony has been performing at Stern Grove since 1938, and it’s the perfect opportunity for a fancy wine and cheese picnic.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

THE DECEMBERISTS
When: July 27
Where: The Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley
Why: They’ve been around for 17 years, but this Oregon-based quintet still brings the theatrics and fun to their performances.
Price: $49.50

FEMI KUTI AND THE POSITIVE FORCE AND SOL DEVELOPMENT
When: August 5
Where: Stern Grove
Why: Bring a blanket to stake out your space, but prepare to step all over it as you dance to the funky grooves of this AfroBeat legend.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

JERRY DAY
When: August 5
Where: Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, McLaren Park
Why: To celebrate Jerry Garcia, an SF native and one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time, by enjoying Grateful Dead tribute bands and other live music.
Price: Free

WEEZER AND PIXIES
When: August 7
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: It’s their first full tour together. Weezer will be playing a mix of old and new songs, and Pixies have said they plan to play “whatever they want.”
Price: $28–$169+

OUTSIDE LANDS
When: August 10–12
Where: Golden Gate Park
Why: The Weeknd, Florence + the Machine, Janet Jackson, Beck, and Chromeo are just a few of the acts performing at this outdoor festival, also known for having some of the best food, drinks, art, and comedy you’ll find at any summer concert.
Price: 3-day GA: $375; 3-day VIP: $795

RONNIE SPECTOR AND THE RONETTES AND THE HUMIDORS
When: August 12
Where: Stern Grove
Why: Who knows when you’ll have another chance to hear this Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee sing “Be My Baby” ever again?
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

THE REVOLUTION AND BIG BLU SOUL REVUE
When: August 19
Where: Stern Grove
Why: Prince is no longer with us, but the folks in his band still are, so they reunited in 2016 to pay tribute to him by playing the music they helped him create. Also, it’s the last Stern Grove show of the summer.
Price: Free, but consider making a cash donation, since donations fund nearly 100 percent of the festival’s annual expenses.

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND
When: September 8
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: DMB’s ninth album drops this summer, so the band is sure to put on a solid show for their loyal fans.
Price: $76–$344

OPERA IN THE PARK
When: September 9
Where: Sharon Meadow, Golden Gate Park
Why: Pack a picnic and some boxed wine (no glass allowed) to celebrate the opening of San Francisco Opera’s 96th season with a free performance in the park.
Price: Free

LAURYN HILL
When: September 20
Where: Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View
Why: This ‘90s hip-hop legend doesn’t tour often, so see her perform songs from her most renowned album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, while you can.
Price: $47+

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Concerts at wineries

TONY BENNETT
When: June 3
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: This living legend is 91 years old, so this is probably (definitely) your last chance to hear him sing. Plus, you can’t beat the beauty of the venue.
Price: $49.50–$149.50

BLUEGRASS-FED LIVE MUSIC SERIES
When: June 3, July 4, July 21, and October 7
Where: Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena
Why: Hang out on the lawn, drink great wine, and eat tasty food while listening to bluegrass bands like Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Dead Winter Carpenters (July 4 with fireworks), Trout Steak Revival, and the LMR All-Star Big Band.
Price: $35 advance; $45 at the door

BARENAKED LADIES, BETTER THAN EZRA, AND KT TUNSTALL
When: June 12
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: Because you hope they’ll play their songs from the ‘90s and not the more recent stuff.
Price: $49.50–$129.50

THE ROOTS
When: June 17
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: This hip-hop act knows how to put on an amazing show. Don’t expect to stay in your seat long.
Price: $49.50–$129.50

AMERICAN IDOL: LIVE!
When: July 31
Where: Wente Vineyards, Livermore
Why: Gabby Barrett, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe, Kris Allen, and In Real Life are kicking off Wente’s summer concert series where you can enjoy music under the stars in a gorgeous winery setting.
Price: $89–$299

HUNTER HAYES
When: August 8
Where: Wente Vineyards, Livermore
Why: Hunter Hayes isn’t your typical country singer; he plays more than 30 instruments and always brings a ton of energy and fun to his shows. Plus, you get to eat and drink delicious food and wine while you watch.
Price: $79–$259

PHILLIP PHILLIPS AND GAVIN DEGRAW
When: August 16
Where: Wente Vineyards, Livermore
Why: Concerts at Wente aren’t your typical concerts. You sit in a lovely garden setting and, depending on which ticket you buy, also get to enjoy a sunset dinner outside or dinner at The Restaurant inside before the show begins.
Price: $99–$279

STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT
When: August 23
Where: Wente Vineyards, Livermore
Why: This show from two amazing comedians and life-long friends features comedy bits, musical sketches, and conversations about their long careers. Enjoy the act under the summer sky at a beautiful vineyard.
Price: $199–$379

VIOLENT FEMMES
When: June 21
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: Originating in 1981, Violent Femmes still brings their trademark acoustic punk energy, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to hear all of the hits.
Price: $39.50–$79.50

INDIGO GIRLS
When: June 29
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: If you’re an Indigo Girls fan, you already know about this show and already have tickets, so “why” is really not necessary, but it can’t hurt to mention that this venue has great sound quality and an intimate vibe.
Price: $29.50–$69.50

WILLIE NELSON & FAMILY
When: August 6
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: Because if Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” there’s no reason not to join him for an evening.
Price: $79.50–$259.50

AMOS LEE
When: August 12
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: Amos Lee is ready to spend an evening with fans in a cozy setting with spectacular vineyard views.
Price: $39.50–$89.50

THE TEMPTATIONS AND THE FOUR TOPS
When: August 26
Where: Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg
Why: Uh, it’s The Temptations and The Four Tops. Why wouldn’t you go? (Also, you can bring your own food and any wine purchased the day of the show.)
Price: $89–$129

BOZ SCAGGS
When: September 9
Where: Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg
Why: Spread out a picnic blanket on the lawn of this vineyard and sit back and relax…at least until Lido Shuffle comes on.
Price: $89–$129

THE BEACH BOYS
When: September 16
Where: The Mountain Winery, Saratoga
Why: Wouldn’t it be nice to hear The Beach Boys sing all of their hits at one of the most beautiful outdoor venues in Northern California?
Price: $49.50–$99.50

Ongoing local festivals

YERBA BUENA GARDENS FESTIVAL
When: There’s a performance nearly every day all summer long
Where: Yerba Buena Gardens
Why: There are over 75 performances at this outdoor festival on the lawn, so whether you like classical, world, jazz, or contemporary music, there’s bound to be a show you want to go to. Plus, most of the shows happen around lunchtime, so it’s a great way to escape the office for an hour or so and enjoy your food al fresco.
Price: Free

THE 30TH ANNUAL MUSIC & MARKET SERIES
When: Every Thursday from May 17–September 13, 6:30pm–8:00pm
Where: Todos Santos Plaza, Concord
Why: Bring a picnic and your lawn chair to this free outdoor event where you can shop the farmers market from 4pm to 8pm and hear a different band performing every week. Highlights include a Prince cover band on June 7, a California surf band on July 19, and a 17-piece jazz orchestra on September 6. There are also four nights of live blues on the following Tuesdays: July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31.
Price: Free

SUNSET BY THE LAKE
When: The following Sundays: May 27, June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, August 19, September 2
Where: Gregory Lane and Cleaveland Road, Pleasant Hill
Why: If you like cover and tribute bands, this outdoor concert series is perfect for you. There will be tribute bands for the Eagles, Steely Dan, Tom Petty, and The Beatles, as well as cover bands playing everything from R&B to rock.
Price: Free

MUSIC ON THE SQUARE
When: Every Friday from June 1–August 31, 6pm–8pm
Where: Courthouse Square, Redwood City
Why: Forget a picnic—bring your dancing shoes to this outdoor concert series where you’ll hear ‘40s cover bands, ‘80s rock covers, yacht rock from Mustache Harbor, reggae, and more. There are also lots of restaurants and bars in the vicinity in case you want to pre-game or go out afterward.
Price: Free

CONCERT IN THE PARK
When: Every Friday from June 1–August 31, 7:00pm–8:30pm
Where: Lions Wayside Park, Pleasanton
Why: Throw down a blanket and listen to a wide variety of live music, including indie rock, bluegrass, and oldies.
Price: Free

POINT RICHMOND SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: June 8, July 13, August 10, September 14; starts at 5:30pm
Where: Park Place and Washington Avenue, Point Richmond
Why: Held on the second Friday of every month, this evening concert has two acts most nights, with performances of everything from gospel music to retro Bollywood.
Price: Free

MUSIC IN THE PARK
When: Every Wednesday from June 13–August 22 (except July 4), 6pm–8pm
Where: Stafford Park, Redwood City
Why: This concert in the park features rock/soul, dance songs from across the decades, swing/jazz, blues, Motown, and more. If you don’t feel like packing a picnic, you can get hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and drinks, and all of the proceeds will benefit the Save the Music program in Redwood City schools.
Price: Free

When: July 20-29
Where: Various venues in Napa
Why: This annual ten-day celebration pairs musical performances in gorgeous wine country settings with Napa Valley’s food, wine, and hospitality. There’s something for everyone, including a ton of free concerts, symphonic performances, live jazz, and more. This season’s highlights include the world premiere of The Red Violin by Joshua Bell, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth headlining the Arts for All Gala, and Grupo Compay Segundo coming straight from Havana for their first performance in the U.S. in 20 years.
Price: Free to $249

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Daisy Barringer moved to San Francisco when she was six years old and though she considers herself a “local,” knows better than to ever call herself “a native.” She resides in the Upper Haight/Cole Valley, but spends a lot of time in Tahoe with her 150-pound Saint Bernard, Monkey.

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