14 Jun, 2010
San Francisco’s Summer of Free Concerts and Movies
Posted by: Beach Reporter In: events
To say that San Francisco is a lively arts and entertainment destination would be an understatement. In a city with the biggest Halloween party under one roof at Cow Palace, with musicals that have decades-long runs such as Beach Blanket Babylon, and where countless counter-culture groups have gotten inspiration to launch bands and become famous, there’s something about San Francisco that instills and promotes the creative arts–especially music.
Summer in the City: San Francisco’s Free Concert and Film Series is one example of the opportunities to enjoy the music scene. With more than 450 free concerts and film screenings, you can visit the city you love, and spend your money on hotels rooms and other essentials, while getting your entertainment absolutely free. What a great (cheap) place to take a date!
- Fillmore Plaza Summer Concert & Film Series at Fillmore and O’Farrell streets is a free concert and film series that runs through August; films are shown on Thursday evenings and concerts occur on Friday.(thefillmoredistrict.com)
- Golden Gate Park Band – performs every Sunday through Sept. 26 (goldengateparkband.org)
- Jewels in the Square – on the main stage of Union Square June 16, July 21 and Sept. 15); Lindy in the Square June 23, July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 22; and Tango in the Square July 4, Aug. 1, Sept. 5 and Oct. 3. (jewelsSF.org)
- Music on Mint Plaza – every Friday beginning July 2 through Sept. 24 from noon to 1 p.m. (mintplazasf.org)
- People in Plazas - 150 free concerts featuring all local performers, July 1-Sept. 30, 2010. Locations are in 20 downtown plazas (peopleinplazas.org)
- SFJAZZ Summerfest – through Oct. 13, 2010. (sfjazz.org)
- Del Monte Square Film Festival Sunday evenings Aug. 1-29, 2010 under the stars in the courtyard of The Cannery at Del Monte Square, 2801 Leavenworth St. has open seating begins at 7:30 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. (delmontesquare.com)
- Film Night in the Park – Films are free of charge on a giant outdoor screen beginning at dusk or 8 p.m. through Sept. 25. Highlights: Sing-Along Grease, Dolores Park (June 19); Dirty Dancing, Union Square (July 10); Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dolores Park (Aug. 7); Rear Window, Union Square (Aug. 28); Amelie, Washington Square Park (Sept. 11) and The Big Lebowski, Dolores Park (Sept. 25). (sfneighborhoodtheater.org)
When you go, plan on making travel plans before heading into the city. Summers can be quite busy.