Yerba Buena Gardens hosts summer festival events


Yerba Buena Gardens hosts summer festival events

Yerba Buena Gardens at night       Detail of carousel       Tulips

For an oasis in the heart of downtown San Francisco, check out Yerba Buena Gardens -- about a block west from both the Powell Street and Montgomery Street BART Stations. The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival presents about 100 different events -- free and open to the public -- between May and October. The festival features music, theater, dance, cultural events, educational and children's programs, reflecting the rich cultures and creativity of the region. Here are a few highlights of events coming up in August:  

Lunchtime concert series, Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.:

Aug: 14: The Consulate General of Japan presents an annual concert reflecting the musical legacy of Japan. This year's program features The Sawai Koto School.

Aug. 28: Richard Howell. Charismatic composer/saxophonist Richard Howell's music draws from the exuberant, rich cultural heritage of the African diaspora.

Children's garden series, ongoing:

Aug. 1, 23 and 29, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.: Caterpillar Puppets. An interactive puppet show featuring characters like a baby orangutan and a rainforest monster whom the audience must help sing peacefully to sleep.

Aug. 15, 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.: Charlie Chin’s California Sing-Along. Folk singer Charlie Chin plays the guitar and banjo, taking kids along on a journey through the Gold Rush and other parts of California history.

For the complete festival event calendar, visit, and for more about the gardens go to

Photo credits: Yerba Buena Gardens at night by estro; detail of carousel horse by Thomas Hawk; tulips by Thomas Hawk; homepage thumbnail detail of carousel dragon by Thomas Hawk