Who doesn’t love the thrill of summertime? It’s a season of fun, exploration, and relaxation — and in San Francisco, opportunities for all three are only ever around the corner! Those living at 1751 Market Street never have to walk far to find new opportunities for excitement. This summer, make the most of the season by checking out one — or all! — of the below events. 

Concerts at the Warfield

Once home to vaudeville acts and comedic fun, the Warfield now hosts concert acts and theatrical performances to suit every genre interest. This summer season, the theatre’s roster is packed full of well-established performers; lineup highlights for the mid- to late season include the flamenco, pop, and salsa musicians known as the Gipsy Kinds, California rapper Mozzy, R&B singer-songwriter Brian McKnight, and an appearance from the official RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour. 

The theatre is located just a short walk down the way on Market Street — an easy trip for anyone living at 1751! View the Warfield’s website for a full schedule and box office links. 

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival

The Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is a multi-day extravaganza of art, music, food, conversation, and comedy — all tucked away in the heart of the Golden Gate Park. This year’s star-studded lineup will feature names such as Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Kygo, and Lil Wayne. 

However, music is only one aspect of the festival’s overall appeal. Visitors interested in laughs can also enjoy Barbary, the festival’s comedy section. Named after San Francisco’s notorious 19th-century red-light district and features a diverse, no-holds-barred comedic lineup. If you’re in the mood for more serious fare, you can drop Barbary for D.A.V.E — the festival’s thoughtful speaker series. D.A.V.E — Discussions About Virtually Everything — offers panel-driven insights and conversations about science, politics, and, as the festival’s organizers put it, “other things that make you go ‘Hmm…’”. 

The Outside Lands festival is also well-known for its standout art and culinary features. The event attracts a cohort of the Bay Area’s most prominent artists and offers visitors a chance to check out sculpture pieces, stage designs, and even live-painted murals. Food is also a major draw, given that attendees can access and enjoy some of the best food, wine, beer, and cocktails that providers in Northern California have to offer.

This year’s festival will run from Friday, August 9th until Sunday, August 11th. Tickets can be bought for single or multiple days; however, purchasers of multi-day tickets cannot share or resell multi-day passes as multiple single-day tickets. Parking is limited, so visitors should be sure to arrange for non-driving travel options such as rideshare, biking, or shuttle transport. 

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Yerba Buena Gardens runs on the philosophy that by offering free artistic, community, and cultural programs to the people of San Francisco, they can enhance the vitality and quality of life in the city’s open spaces. Their annual festival adheres to the same mission; during the summer months, Yerba Buena offers cost-free programming that makes dance, musical, theatrical, and cultural performances available to the public. 

The festival welcomes a wide variety of acts such as classical, world, and jazz music, traditional and contemporary dance, as well as family and children’s programming. For this year, performance highlights for the festival’s popular weekend sessions include but are not limited to the Brooklyn Raga Massive featuring Martha Redbone Roots Project, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, AfroSolo in the Gardens, and the Brass, Bows, and Beats Hip-Hop Symphony.