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May 7-Oct 29

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival There are 75 free programs at this festival, which means there is definitely something for everyone. Especially if you’re a human person who likes salsa dance parties, adult choirs, Thursday lunchtime concerts, and more.

YERBA BUENA GARDENS

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival YERBA BUENA GARDENS There are 75 free programs at this festival, which means there is definitely something for everyone. Especially if you’re a human person who likes salsa dance parties, adult choirs, Thursday lunchtime concerts, and more.

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May 11-Sep 14

CONCORD’S 29th ANNUAL MUSIC & MARKET SERIES Every Thursday from 6:30 to 8pm, you can listen to free music in Downtown Concord. Bring a blanket and settle in, there will be tons of Bay Area bands getting the party started. There are also three nights of “Tuesdays Blues” in the same location on 7/11, 7/18, and 7/25.

TODOS SANTOS PLAZA, CONCORD

CONCORD’S 29th ANNUAL MUSIC & MARKET SERIES TODOS SANTOS PLAZA, CONCORD Every Thursday from 6:30 to 8pm, you can listen to free music in Downtown Concord. Bring a blanket and settle in, there will be tons of Bay Area bands getting the party started. There are also three nights of “Tuesdays Blues” in the same location on 7/11, 7/18, and 7/25.

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May 28-Sep 3

SUNSET BY THE LAKE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Hang out on the lawn at City Hall other Sunday from 6 to 8pm to listen to a Monkees tribute band, Tom Petty tribute band, rock and jazzy blues, and more. All for free.

ON THE LAWN AT CITY HALL, PLEASANT HILL

SUNSET BY THE LAKE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES ON THE LAWN AT CITY HALL, PLEASANT HILL Hang out on the lawn at City Hall other Sunday from 6 to 8pm to listen to a Monkees tribute band, Tom Petty tribute band, rock and jazzy blues, and more. All for free.

Elvis Costello | Randy Miramontez/Shutterstock.com

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Jun 2 Fri

RYAN ADAMS Spend an evening at the Greek Theatre listening to Ryan Adams sing from his prolific portfolio and trying to figure out why it all went wrong with Mandy Moore.

GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY

RYAN ADAMS GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY Spend an evening at the Greek Theatre listening to Ryan Adams sing from his prolific portfolio and trying to figure out why it all went wrong with Mandy Moore.

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Jun 2-Sep 1

MUSIC ON THE SQUARE Gather around the square every Friday night from 6 to 8pm for free “high energy shows” that will get you up on your feet and dancing.

COURTHOUSE SQUARE, REDWOOD CITY

MUSIC ON THE SQUARE COURTHOUSE SQUARE, REDWOOD CITY Gather around the square every Friday night from 6 to 8pm for free “high energy shows” that will get you up on your feet and dancing.

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Jun 2-Aug 25

CONCERT IN THE PARK Every Friday night from 7 to 8:30pm, enjoy a free concert in the park in Pleasanton. Music includes rock, blues, big band, 50s and 60s, and more.

LIONS WAYSIDE PARK, PLEASANTON

CONCERT IN THE PARK LIONS WAYSIDE PARK, PLEASANTON Every Friday night from 7 to 8:30pm, enjoy a free concert in the park in Pleasanton. Music includes rock, blues, big band, 50s and 60s, and more.

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Jun 3 Sat

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS Everyday Elvis Costello writes the book that says you should definitely get tickets to see him perform.

GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY Everyday Elvis Costello writes the book that says you should definitely get tickets to see him perform.

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Jun 3-4

DEAD AND COMPANY John Mayer fronts this Grateful Dead spinoff band for two nights of performances that will be exactly what you think a Grateful Dead spinoff band would be like. See you in the parking lot!

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

DEAD AND COMPANY SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW John Mayer fronts this Grateful Dead spinoff band for two nights of performances that will be exactly what you think a Grateful Dead spinoff band would be like. See you in the parking lot!

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Jun 3-4

UNION STREET FESTIVAL For the first time ever, the emphasis on this year’s (free) Union Street Festival is music and not drinking or shopping or whatever it was in year’s past. There will be live bands performing jazz, blues, country, and bluegrass.

UNION STREET (GOUGH TO FILLMORE)

UNION STREET FESTIVAL UNION STREET (GOUGH TO FILLMORE) For the first time ever, the emphasis on this year’s (free) Union Street Festival is music and not drinking or shopping or whatever it was in year’s past. There will be live bands performing jazz, blues, country, and bluegrass.

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Jun 9-22

POINT RICHMOND SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Every second Friday in June through September, you can listen to a couple of bands play live from 5:30 to 7:45pm without spending a dime.

CORNER OF PARK PLACE AND WASHINGTON AVE. IN DOWNTOWN POINT RICHMOND

POINT RICHMOND SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL CORNER OF PARK PLACE AND WASHINGTON AVE. IN DOWNTOWN POINT RICHMOND Every second Friday in June through September, you can listen to a couple of bands play live from 5:30 to 7:45pm without spending a dime.

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Jun 10 Sat

LIVE 105’S BFD Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kills, and Marian Hill, are just a few of the acts performing at this year’s BFD, which has four stages and over 30 artists performing. Win tix on the radio or buy ‘em through Ticketmaster.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

LIVE 105’S BFD SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kills, and Marian Hill, are just a few of the acts performing at this year’s BFD, which has four stages and over 30 artists performing. Win tix on the radio or buy ‘em through Ticketmaster.

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Jun 11 Sun

HAIGHT ASHBURY STREET FAIR The bands competing in the Battle of the Bands haven’t been announced yet, but that’s just one reason to go to this free street fair. The others? Thousands of people. Lots of food. So much drinking. And, of course, all the other stuff that goes along with a “Summer of Love” themed event on Haight Street.

UPPER HAIGHT

HAIGHT ASHBURY STREET FAIR UPPER HAIGHT The bands competing in the Battle of the Bands haven’t been announced yet, but that’s just one reason to go to this free street fair. The others? Thousands of people. Lots of food. So much drinking. And, of course, all the other stuff that goes along with a “Summer of Love” themed event on Haight Street.

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Jun 13-15

FUTURE Future, Migos, Tory Lanez & Kodak Black will be taking the stage at Shoreline for two nights of hits and hip-hop.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

FUTURE SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Future, Migos, Tory Lanez & Kodak Black will be taking the stage at Shoreline for two nights of hits and hip-hop.

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Jun 14-Aug 16

MUSIC IN THE PARK Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm, there will be free outdoor concerts in Stafford Park. Pack a picnic or buy hamburgers and hot dogs at the concession stand.

STAFFORD PARK, REDWOOD CITY

MUSIC IN THE PARK STAFFORD PARK, REDWOOD CITY Every Wednesday from 6 to 8pm, there will be free outdoor concerts in Stafford Park. Pack a picnic or buy hamburgers and hot dogs at the concession stand.

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Jun 17-18

NORTH BEACH FESTIVAL They haven’t announced the entertainment for this annual festival yet, but with three stages, tons of food, and beverage gardens, you know this free party (considered one of the oldest festivals in the US) will be a good time.

NORTH BEACH

NORTH BEACH FESTIVAL NORTH BEACH They haven’t announced the entertainment for this annual festival yet, but with three stages, tons of food, and beverage gardens, you know this free party (considered one of the oldest festivals in the US) will be a good time.

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Jun 25 Sun

KOOL & THE GANG Stern Grove Festival’s 80th season kicks off with none other than Kool & the Gang. It’s free, so come ready to get your “Jungle Boogie” on.

STERN GROVE

KOOL & THE GANG STERN GROVE Stern Grove Festival’s 80th season kicks off with none other than Kool & the Gang. It’s free, so come ready to get your “Jungle Boogie” on.

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Jun 30 Fri

SF OPERA IN THE PARK Join 30,000 other people to watch a free live simulcast of Don Giovanni from the Opera House to the ballpark. Sit on the field or in the stands, but register now if you want to get in early.

AT&T PARK

SF OPERA IN THE PARK AT&T PARK Join 30,000 other people to watch a free live simulcast of Don Giovanni from the Opera House to the ballpark. Sit on the field or in the stands, but register now if you want to get in early.

Courtesy of Fillmore Jazz Festival

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Jul 1-2

FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL Much like everything in SF this summer, the theme for this year’s Fillmore Jazz Festival is “Summer of Love” revisited, so expect lots of songs from that period at this free two-day festival.

FILLMORE STREET (JACKSON TO EDDY)

FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL FILLMORE STREET (JACKSON TO EDDY) Much like everything in SF this summer, the theme for this year’s Fillmore Jazz Festival is “Summer of Love” revisited, so expect lots of songs from that period at this free two-day festival.

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Jul 2 Sun

NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS Enjoy some soulful music for free at this popular concert series. Picnics with wine and beer are allowed. Bring cash for a donation.

STERN GROVE

NICKI BLUHM AND THE GRAMBLERS STERN GROVE Enjoy some soulful music for free at this popular concert series. Picnics with wine and beer are allowed. Bring cash for a donation.

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Jul 9 Sun

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY The SF Symphony returns for its annual performance at Stern Grove. Admission is free, but bring cash for a donation. And be sure to pack a picnic with lots of wine because that’s just what one does when the symphony plays for free.

STERN GROVE

SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY STERN GROVE The SF Symphony returns for its annual performance at Stern Grove. Admission is free, but bring cash for a donation. And be sure to pack a picnic with lots of wine because that’s just what one does when the symphony plays for free.

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Jul 12 Wed

CHRIS ISAAK Somebody will be cryin’ if they don’t get tickets to see Chris Isaak perform at Wente Vineyards’ amazing natural amphitheater.

Wente Vineyards

CHRIS ISAAK Wente Vineyards Somebody will be cryin’ if they don’t get tickets to see Chris Isaak perform at Wente Vineyards’ amazing natural amphitheater.

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Jul 14 Fri

BECK Don’t be a loser, baby. Get tickets to see Beck play at the Greek.

GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY

BECK GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY Don’t be a loser, baby. Get tickets to see Beck play at the Greek.

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Jul 14 Fri

ALANIS MORISSETTE You oughta know that Alanis Morissette is going to bring it when she performs at Wente Vineyards. Make a night of it by enjoying a pre-sunset dinner outdoors at your table.

WENTE VINEYARDS

ALANIS MORISSETTE WENTE VINEYARDS You oughta know that Alanis Morissette is going to bring it when she performs at Wente Vineyards. Make a night of it by enjoying a pre-sunset dinner outdoors at your table.

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Jul 16 Sun

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS AND THE STONE FOXES Popular SF band The Stone Foxes open up for this blues-rock band at this free concert in the park. It all starts at 2pm. BYOB and picnic.

STERN GROVE

ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS AND THE STONE FOXES STERN GROVE Popular SF band The Stone Foxes open up for this blues-rock band at this free concert in the park. It all starts at 2pm. BYOB and picnic.

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Jul 18 Tue

MATT NATHANSON Sure most of the songs you’ll know are from a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be as catchy now as they were then.

WENTE VINEYARDS

MATT NATHANSON WENTE VINEYARDS Sure most of the songs you’ll know are from a decade ago, but that doesn’t mean they won’t be as catchy now as they were then.

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Jul 21 Fri

COUNTING CROWS & MATCHBOX TWENTY To be fair, if you’re the kind of person who knows all of the words to “A Long December” then you bought your tickets for this show eons ago, but here’s a reminder that it’s happening anyway.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

COUNTING CROWS & MATCHBOX TWENTY SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW To be fair, if you’re the kind of person who knows all of the words to “A Long December” then you bought your tickets for this show eons ago, but here’s a reminder that it’s happening anyway.

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Jul 26 Wed

KENNY ROGERS It’s the gamblers FINAL world tour and we’re pretty sure you know when to hold ‘em, fold ‘em, and also buy tickets for what’s sure to be an amazing night.

WENTE VINEYARDS

KENNY ROGERS WENTE VINEYARDS It’s the gamblers FINAL world tour and we’re pretty sure you know when to hold ‘em, fold ‘em, and also buy tickets for what’s sure to be an amazing night.

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Jun 26-27

JACK JOHNSON Turn your whole summer upside down with two nights of Jack Johnson at the Greek.

GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY

JACK JOHNSON GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY Turn your whole summer upside down with two nights of Jack Johnson at the Greek.

Outside Lands Festival | Flickr/Thomas Hawk

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Aug 4 Fri

VANS WARPED TOUR This traveling rock festival makes it way to the Shoreline in August with performances from Attila, Bowling for Soup, Hawthorne Heights, Julie Vera, and so many more.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

VANS WARPED TOUR SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW This traveling rock festival makes it way to the Shoreline in August with performances from Attila, Bowling for Soup, Hawthorne Heights, Julie Vera, and so many more.

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Aug 6 Sun

AMADOU & MIRIAM This Grammy-nominated duo from Mali are sure to get the crowd up on its free at this free concert where you can BYOB.

STERN GROVE

AMADOU & MIRIAM STERN GROVE This Grammy-nominated duo from Mali are sure to get the crowd up on its free at this free concert where you can BYOB.

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Aug 6 Sun

Jerry Day Jerry Day happens every year to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday, but you can be sure it’s going to be even crazier this year considering all of the “Summer of Love” celebrations going on around town.

MCLAREN PARK

Jerry Day MCLAREN PARK Jerry Day happens every year to celebrate Jerry Garcia’s birthday, but you can be sure it’s going to be even crazier this year considering all of the “Summer of Love” celebrations going on around town.

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Aug 9 Wed

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Do you love rock 'n’ roll? Then you don’t want to miss Joan Jett who loves to sing about how she feels the exact same way.

Wente Vineyards

JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS Wente Vineyards Do you love rock 'n’ roll? Then you don’t want to miss Joan Jett who loves to sing about how she feels the exact same way.

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Aug 11-13

OUTSIDE LANDS It’s the 10th anniversary of this three-day festival that’s only gotten better with age. This year’s headliners include Metallica, The Who, Lorde, and Tribe Called Quest (R.I.P. Phife Dawg), as well as tons of other awesome bands and seriously amazing food and drink.

GOLDEN GATE PARK

OUTSIDE LANDS GOLDEN GATE PARK It’s the 10th anniversary of this three-day festival that’s only gotten better with age. This year’s headliners include Metallica, The Who, Lorde, and Tribe Called Quest (R.I.P. Phife Dawg), as well as tons of other awesome bands and seriously amazing food and drink.

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Aug 12 Sat

STEVE MILLER BAND & PETER FRAMPTON Summertime is all about nostalgia and it doesn’t get more nostalgic than people of all ages singing along to “The Joker” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.”

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

STEVE MILLER BAND & PETER FRAMPTON SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Summertime is all about nostalgia and it doesn’t get more nostalgic than people of all ages singing along to “The Joker” and “Baby, I Love Your Way.”

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Aug 13 Sun

WAR Parking can be tough, so leave your low rider at home and take public transportation to Stern Grove to see this classic band play for free.

STERN GROVE

WAR STERN GROVE Parking can be tough, so leave your low rider at home and take public transportation to Stern Grove to see this classic band play for free.

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Aug 15 Tue

BOZ SCAGGS & MICHAEL MCDONALD Lido shuffle your way to Wente Vineyards for performances by two guys who are just as fun to watch now as they were in the ‘70s.

WENTE VINEYARDS

BOZ SCAGGS & MICHAEL MCDONALD WENTE VINEYARDS Lido shuffle your way to Wente Vineyards for performances by two guys who are just as fun to watch now as they were in the ‘70s.

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Aug 16 Wed

INCUBUS & JIMMY EAT WORLD Is this kind of a weird combo? Well, regardless: It’s happening.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

INCUBUS & JIMMY EAT WORLD SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Is this kind of a weird combo? Well, regardless: It’s happening.

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Aug 16 Wed

SEAL You know you’re going to sing along with “Kiss From a Rose” at the top of your lungs and annoy everyone around you, but that’s totally okay. And we’re sure Seal would agree.

WENTE VINEYARDS

SEAL WENTE VINEYARDS You know you’re going to sing along with “Kiss From a Rose” at the top of your lungs and annoy everyone around you, but that’s totally okay. And we’re sure Seal would agree.

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Aug 18 Fri

PRIMUS & CLUTCH There’s nothing more Bay Area than Primus performing at the Greek Theater, which makes this concert a must-see.

GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY

PRIMUS & CLUTCH GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY There’s nothing more Bay Area than Primus performing at the Greek Theater, which makes this concert a must-see.

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Aug 19 Sat

WILLIE NELSON & KACEY MUSGRAVES Willie Nelson is a legend. He’s also 84. Which means you should probably stop putting off seeing him in concert.

GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY

WILLIE NELSON & KACEY MUSGRAVES GREEK THEATRE, BERKELEY Willie Nelson is a legend. He’s also 84. Which means you should probably stop putting off seeing him in concert.

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Aug 20 Sun

BRAZILIAN GIRLS Everyone loves to dance to the Brazilian Girls, which means you’ll need to get to Stern Grove well before 2pm to get an awesome spot.

STERN GROVE

BRAZILIAN GIRLS STERN GROVE Everyone loves to dance to the Brazilian Girls, which means you’ll need to get to Stern Grove well before 2pm to get an awesome spot.

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Aug 21 Mon

TOTO AND PAT BENATAR There is literally nothing else to be said about this other than: It’s TOTO. AND PAT BENATAR. AT A GORGEOUS WINERY.

WENTE VINEYARDS

TOTO AND PAT BENATAR WENTE VINEYARDS There is literally nothing else to be said about this other than: It’s TOTO. AND PAT BENATAR. AT A GORGEOUS WINERY.

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Aug 24 Thu

KINGS OF LEON Hopefully you don’t have to “Use Somebody” to get tickets for this show, but if you don’t, we totally won’t judge.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

KINGS OF LEON SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Hopefully you don’t have to “Use Somebody” to get tickets for this show, but if you don’t, we totally won’t judge.

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Aug 27 Sun

MAVIS STAPLES This powerhouse vocalist closes out the free 80th Stern Grove concert series with what’s sure to be an amazing performance of gospel, soul, folk, blues, rock, hip-hop, and more.

STERN GROVE

MAVIS STAPLES STERN GROVE This powerhouse vocalist closes out the free 80th Stern Grove concert series with what’s sure to be an amazing performance of gospel, soul, folk, blues, rock, hip-hop, and more.

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Aug 30 Wed

SMOKEY ROBINSON You’ll be crying the “Tears of a Clown” if you don’t get tickets to see this legend perform.

WENTE VINEYARDS

SMOKEY ROBINSON WENTE VINEYARDS You’ll be crying the “Tears of a Clown” if you don’t get tickets to see this legend perform.

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Aug 31 Thu

COLLECTIVE SOUL What better way to get nostalgic for the ‘90s than a night with this rock band whose songs were on a least one mix tape every teenager made that decade.

WENTE VINEYARDS

COLLECTIVE SOUL WENTE VINEYARDS What better way to get nostalgic for the ‘90s than a night with this rock band whose songs were on a least one mix tape every teenager made that decade.

Nickelback | Antonio Scorza/Shutterstock.com

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Sep 2 Sat

FOREIGNER & CHEAP TRICK Still trying to figure out what love is? Maybe you’ll get the answer at this concert featuring two favorites from the 1970s.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

FOREIGNER & CHEAP TRICK SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Still trying to figure out what love is? Maybe you’ll get the answer at this concert featuring two favorites from the 1970s.

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Sep 3 Sun

NICKLEBACK & DAUGHTRY Is there any band more mocked than Nickleback? No, there is not. Which makes us want to go to this show just to see who else will be there.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

NICKLEBACK & DAUGHTRY SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW Is there any band more mocked than Nickleback? No, there is not. Which makes us want to go to this show just to see who else will be there.

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Sep 10 Sun

OPERA IN THE PARK Kick off the opening of the SF Opera’s 95th season with an afternoon of free opera in Golden Gate Park. It starts at 1:30pm though you’ll want to get there much earlier to get a good seat and start enjoying your BYO-mimosas.

SHARON MEADOW, GOLDEN GATE PARK

OPERA IN THE PARK SHARON MEADOW, GOLDEN GATE PARK Kick off the opening of the SF Opera’s 95th season with an afternoon of free opera in Golden Gate Park. It starts at 1:30pm though you’ll want to get there much earlier to get a good seat and start enjoying your BYO-mimosas.

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Sep 15 Fri

MUSE & 30 SECONDS TO MARS If you’re looking for a rock show with tons of theatrics, lighting, and loud music to attend this summer… look no further.

SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW

MUSE & 30 SECONDS TO MARS SHORELINE AMPHITHEATRE, MOUNTAIN VIEW If you’re looking for a rock show with tons of theatrics, lighting, and loud music to attend this summer… look no further.

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Sep 19 Tue

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS George Thorogood is throwing a “Rock Party for 2017” at Wente Vineyards that’s sure to be bad to the bone… and you’re invited.

WENTE VINEYARDS

GEORGE THOROGOOD AND THE DESTROYERS WENTE VINEYARDS George Thorogood is throwing a “Rock Party for 2017” at Wente Vineyards that’s sure to be bad to the bone… and you’re invited.