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Stern Grove Festival to Invade Your Neighborhood This Summer

Prepare to welcome the Stern Grove Festival Experience into San Francisco streets.

Free festivals at Stern Grove have been running since 1938.

Free festivals at Stern Grove have been running since 1938.

This spring, the Stern Grove Festival is taking its admission-free music and art on the road. The appropriately named Grove on the Road intends to bring "pop-up" cultural experiences to various urban spaces in the city that have not typically been used as art venues.

“The new Grove on the Road programs provide yet another opportunity for communities and families to come together to enjoy the rich cultural programs available in our world class City,” said Mayor Ed Lee in a statement.

Now who can cry "monoculture" when block parties are happening out their front window? Boasting concerts from local artists, plenty of local food, and interactive arts education programs, this traveling festival hopes to pump more culture into the malnourished veins of San Francisco streets.

Funded by a grant from the James Irvine Foundation, Grove on the Road will debut Sunday, May 4 from 11 am to 4 pm at "Sunday Streets" in Bayview at China Basin Park. Performances by indie collective The Family Crest and dance company ODC will be accompanied by artist lectures, an "instrument petting zoo" with Magik*Magik Orchestra, and visual arts programming from Trash Mash-up.

Similar festivals will be held on Saturday, May 17 and Wednesday, June 11 at Cleveland Elementary (in Excelsior) and the U.N Plaza (Civic Center), respectively.

For more specifics regarding Grove on the Road, check out their website.


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