It wouldn’t be summer in the Bay Area without some of the country’s most famous music festivals, scheduled alongside neighborhood celebrations of history, community, local flavors and famous talents. Summer 2018 is no different and even includes the triumphant return of one of the city’s most beloved annual festivals!
We rounded up the can’t-miss events — both ticketed and free — that are taking place this season in the Bay Area. Covering world-renowned San Francisco festivals and intimate wine country celebrations, each happening includes live shows and performances that are sure to get every music lover excited.
May 6 – October 28
Photo courtesy of Amal Bisharat via Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
As one of the longest, most accessible music and family events in the Bay Area, the annual Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is a must during the summer. The nonprofit series consists of six months of admission-free performances, including music, poetry and kids’ shows which reflect the rich cultures and creativity of the Bay Area. See the full calendar of performances here.
May 25 – 27
One of the most popular music festivals in the entire state, BottleRock brings together some of the world’s biggest names in music, as well as local Bay Area talent, for three days of music, after shows, wine, craft beer, artisan cocktails, a spa and salon, a silent disco, a jaw-dropping culinary stage, and more. Get all the details here. If you don’t already have tickets, you can sign up for the ticket exchange as well.
June 1 – 10
Photo courtesy of Healdsburg Jazz Festival
The 2018 Healdsburg Jazz Festival will celebrate the 20th year of Healdsburg Jazz with 10 days of live performances from both local and touring jazz artists. In the first weekend alone, music guests include the Fred Hersch Trio and Trio La Paz, Anat Cohen and Claudia Villela, saxophonist and flutist Charles Lloyd performing with Zakir Hussain, Gerald Clayton, Eric Harland and more.
June 2 – 3
Now in its 42nd year, this San Francisco music festival is one of the city’s largest free, annual events. Over five blocks, the event will feature more than 24 live bands covering jazz, blues, country, bluegrass and local talent. When you’re not dancing in the street, you can peruse arts and craft exhibitors, sponsor displays, food vendors, and beverage gardens with full pours of tasty beers and fine wines.
June 2 – 3
Participate in world culture, dance and music in the East Bay at this free festival. Celebrating its 15th year in 2018, there will be free nite parties, the Crafts Village in the Kids’ Zone, the People’s Park Concert, games, Telegraph Music Crawl, and so much more.
June 6 – 17
Organized by the SFJAZZ Center, the annual San Francisco Jazz Festival includes more than 25 ticketed concerts. Celebrate jazz with the SF experts this June in Hayes Valley and we promise you won’t stop dancing all week. Check the concert schedule and buy tickets online.
June 8 – 9
Photo courtesy of Jacob Romero via Huichica Music Festival
The west coast version of Huichica Music Festival brings their signature blend of wine, food and music to Sonoma Valley. This micro-festival is presented as a family-friendly, boutique event showcasing psychedelic surf rock, indie and folk acts paired with regional culinary talent and wines from host Gundlach Bundschu Winery. Buy your tickets today and get ready for four stages and two days of music, wine and food from local businesses.
For four years running, Railroad Square Music Festival has brought a full day of free music to the heart of Santa Rosa. The event is a project of The Lost Church, a non-profit organization which believes people need beautiful, intimate performance spaces to share their ideas, stories and arts. Join the fun this June!
June 15 – 17
Northern California’s biggest country music festival, Country Summer brings in thousands of fans and more than 10 big names for Sonoma County’s biggest party. The five-acre Carnival field at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will also showcase Western-themed attractions, culinary delights, and plenty of Anheuser-Busch beverages, as well as wine and spirits to please every palate.
June 16 – 17
The North Beach Festival is considered one of the country’s original outdoor festivals, and in 2018, it’s celebrating its 64th year. Throughout the historic North Beach District, you can enjoy over 125 arts and crafts booths, gourmet food booths, two stages of live entertainment, poetry readings, Italian street painting, beverage gardens, a kids’ chalk art area, and the annual blessing of the animals.
June 17 – August 19
Photo courtesy of Scott Wall via Stern Grove Festival
Every summer Sunday at Sigmund Stern Grove on 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard, you’ll find a music festival for the entire family. June 17th marks The Big Picnic and the beginning of the 81st season which will include more than 10 free concerts through the summer.
June 30 – July 1
As the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast, this year’s 34th Annual Fillmore Jazz Festival will have all the live music, fine art and crafts, and gourmet food you’ve come to love — and more! Dance along in one of the city’s most unique neighborhoods on June 30th and July 1st for two whole days of fun.
June 30 – July 1
Presented by Burger Records and hosted by actor John Waters, the Burger Boogaloo 2018 lineup showcases various rare performances, including DEVO’s return to the stage after three years, Le Shok’s first live performance in 15 years, the first show from Traditional Fools in five years, and a reunion performance from The Mummies. See a longer list and buy your tickets here.
Oysterfest is a music festival with a fun twist — oysters! Famous headliners in various genres pair perfectly with fresh, succulent oysters, fine food, cold beer, craft cocktails, a shuck and suck contest, and a live art exhibit! Ride your bike to Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park to take advantage of the valet bike parking and invite the whole family because kids twelve and younger get in for free.
July 18 – July 29
Festival Napa Valley is a culmination of food, drink, music and a characteristic atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in the country. The event spans ten days, includes one hundred wineries, and hosts over 60 events to enrich the cultural vitality of the community and make the arts accessible to all. Check out the full calendar here which includes Taste of Napa and several delicious Vintner’s Luncheons.
The 16th Annual Jerry Day will take place at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in celebration of the man, the myth and the legend — Jerry Garcia. Set in his childhood neighborhood, the Excelsior District, admission is free and VIP options are available, too. There’s a full lineup of related events including Jerry’s 76th Birthday Celebration on August 1st, Jerry Day at Excelsior Library on August 4th, and more. Get all the details here.
August 10 – 12
Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park is one of the region’s largest music festivals each year. This otherworldly celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy has a little something for everyone. RSVP to the event on Facebook to get updates and find out when you can purchase your passes.
October 5 – 7
The 18th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass is returning to Golden Gate Park this October. The free festival features over 90 acts on seven stages over three days! Follow the team on Facebook for lineup updates and more.
The beloved Treasure Island Music Festival may have taken a break in 2017, but it’s promised to return in a brand new Bay Area location for 2018! Often held in late summer, you can follow the team on Facebook for updates on the triumphant return.
Where will you be?
Let us know which festivals you’ll be attending this summer — even if they’re not on our list!