Put on Your Dancing Shoes

In the Bay Area, you’ll find many concerts in outdoor settings, ranging from downtown squares to sandy beaches and in styles from Americana to zydeco. Most events are family friendly, and all appearing here are the right price – Free! Check websites for details.




Belvedere – Monthly summer concerts in the park on Sundays. Belvedere Community Park, 450 San Rafael Ave., Belvedere. belvedereconcerts.org.


San Rafael – 6:30-8pm last Friday of the month, May-September. Northgate Mall, 5800 Northgate Mall, San Rafael. shopatnorthgate.com.


San Francisco


Stern Grove Series – The famous festival returns, presenting an array of musical genres Sundays from June through August. 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard. 415-252-6252. sterngrove.org.


Yerba Buena Gardens Festival – Offers children’s programs, classical and jazz concerts, opera, international music, theater and dance. May-October. Yerba Buena Gardens, Mission Street between 3rd and 4th streets. 415-543-1718. ybgf.org.


Union Square Park – San Francisco’s famous square offers a host of live music and dance from jazz to opera. 12:30 and 6pm Wednesdays, 2pm Sundays, late April-October. Stockton and Geary streets. 415-477-2610. jewelssf.org.


Golden Gate Park – The Golden Gate Park Band holds public concerts featuring classic band favorites, opera, marches and Broadway show tunes. 1pm Sundays, April-October. Spreckles Temple of Music at the Music Concourse. 510-530-0814. goldengateparkband.org.




Belmont – Concerts at Twin Pines Park. 1-4pm mid June-July. 10 Twin Pines Lane. 650-592-3068.


Burlingame – Concerts in the park Sundays in July. 1pm. Washington Park, 850 Burlingame Ave. burlingame.org.


Foster City – Concerts in Leo Ryan Park. 6pm Fridays from July 8-Aug. 12. 650 Shell Blvd. fostercity.org.


Redwood City – Music on the Square. 6pm Fridays, mid-May-October. Also offers Lunchtime on the Square from 11:30am-1:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays from June to September. Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway St. redwoodcity.org/events.


San Mateo – Summer music series on Thursday evenings. Central Park, 50 E. 5th Ave. cityofsanmateo.org.


Contra Costa County


Antioch – Saturday evening concerts in July and Aug. Waldie Plaza, downtown Antioch. art4antioch.org.


Clayton – Concerts in the Grove. 6pm Saturdays from May-September. The Grove public park, downtown Clayton. ci.clayton.ca.us.


Concord – Music at noon on Tuesdays in May and June; 6:30pm Thursdays from May-September; and 6:30pm Tuesdays in July. Todos Santos Plaza, Grant Street and Willow Pass Road. concordfirst.org.


Danville – Concerts at Blackhawk Plaza. 7pm Fridays in July and August. 3454 Blackhawk Plaza Circle. shopblackhawkplaza.com.


Orinda – Concerts in the Park. 6:30pm Tuesdays, late June-July. Orinda Community Center Park, 28 Orinda Way. ci.orinda.ca.us.


Pinole – Summer Sounds. 6:30pm Thursdays in July and August. Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. ci.pinole.ca.us.


Pleasant Hill – Sunset Summer Concerts by the Lake. 6pm alternate Sundays from late May-early September. City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane. pleasanthillconcerts.com.


San Ramon – Summer Concerts in the Park. 5:30pm Sundays in July and August. San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. ci.san-ramon.ca.us.


Walnut Creek – Jazz at Broadway Plaza. 6:30pm Thursdays in July. 1275 Broadway Plaza. broadwayplaza.com.


Alameda County


Alameda – Concert at the Cove. 5:30pm second Friday of the month, May-August. Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Ave. westalamedabusiness.com.


Livermore – Concerts on the Green. 5:30pm Tuesdays in June-September. Livermore Valley Plaza, in front of the Bankhead Theater, Downtown Livermore. livermoredowntown.com.


Newark – Music at the Grove. Sundays afternoons in mid-July-August. Shirley Sisk Grove, Cedar Boulevard at NewPark Mall. newark.org.


Pleasanton – Concerts in the Park. 7pm summer Fridays. Wayside Park, corner of 1st and Neal streets. Also, First Wednesday Street Party, 6pm May-September. pleasantondowntown.net.


Silicon Valley


Menlo Park – Summer concert series on Wednesdays from late June-August. Fremont Park, University and Santa Cruz avenues. menlopark.org.


San Jose – Enjoy a variety of music by top artists as they perform pop, rock, folk, reggae, blues, jazz, Latin/Salsa and R&B. 5:30pm Thursdays, June 2-Aug. 25. Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park, Market Street and Park Avenue, downtown San Jose. 408-279-1775, ext. 42. sjdowntown.com/music_in_the_park.


Los Gatos – Held on the lawn at Vasona Lake, this series features local artists performing a variety of acoustic music, including Americana, big band, Latin guitar, klezmer, jazz, traditional and contemporary folk. 5-7pm on Saturdays, June-July. 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos. 408-354-2608. southbayfolks.org.


South / Coast


Santa Cruz – Visitors bring beach blankets and picnics to the boardwalk bandstand to hear top bands from the 1970s-90s. Fridays, June 17-Sept. 2. 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. 831-423-5590. beachboardwalk.com.


Morgan Hill – Enjoy free music outside at the Community Cultural Center. Second Saturday of the month, May-September. 1700 Monterey St, Morgan Hill. morganhilldowntown.org.

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