Stern Grove Festival Association
- Performing Arts
In the summer of 2015, Stern Grove Festival will present its 78th Season of admission-free concerts in San Francisco's treasured Sigmund Stern Grove.
On June 18, 1932, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in Stern Grove. Mrs. Rosalie M. Stern, then President of the San Francisco Recreation Commission, formed the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association in 1938, stipulating that all concerts were to be free to the public and designed for everyone's enjoyment. The organization's mission guides the Festival to this day:
- Provide high quality performances, free of charge, for all Bay Area residents and visitors
- Provide paid performance opportunities for professional artists and performers
- Serve diverse audiences by presenting a season of varied genres and artists
- Enhance San Francisco's renown as a cultural center
Today Stern Grove, a natural amphitheater surrounded by giant eucalyptus, redwood, and fir trees, is one of Northern California's favorite concert sites. In keeping with Mrs. Stern's vision, the wide selection of performers reflects the Festival's commitment to exceptional programming and to serving diverse audiences. A beloved Bay Area tradition, every summer Sunday for nearly seven decades, family and friends gather to relax, picnic, and enjoy performances by some of the world's greatest artists in this glorious natural setting.