Summer in the City: 3 Ways to Smile in the Sun Pt. 2June 7, 2017
With blue skies and warmer temperatures, it feels like summer has arrived in San Francisco, offering the perfect chance to enjoy Trinity Place’s newly opened Piazza Angelo. San Franciscans and visitors to downtown/Mid-Market have a new outdoor venue for serenity and beauty, an illustrious oasis from the thrum of city life with marble carvings and a 92-foot tall centerpiece Venus de Milo statue. Artist Lawrence Argent, who designed the many sculptures (including Venus) by working closely with Trinity’s founder Angelo Sangiacomo, has called the 1-acre grounds, “a landscape of surprises.’
In honor of this resplendent way to smile in the sun, we’re digging into San Francisco’s treasure trove of activity and plotting some calendar dates to get you discovering and delighting in summer fun without leaving San Francisco, and in most instances an easy jaunt from Trinity Place. We’re keeping this list to low threshold, think free, events. For the big admission festivals and concerts as well as other outdoor fun, stay tuned.
June 25 – August 27 (Sundays) Stern Grove Admission Free Concerts
Stern Grove is the flagship of free summer concerts in San Francisco. The 80th season kicks off with Kook and the Gang. Other notable acts include the Bay Area’s own Nicki Bluhm as well as Fantastic Negrito, SF Ballet, SF Symphony, Mavis Staples and more. Plan your route and get to 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard early, or risk not making it in. Plan to go by about 10:00 am to get your space. Concerts start at 2:00pm.
June 24-25 47th Annual San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & March
Love floods our grandest boulevard and public space every year at the end of June. So go big with Pride parade and celebration. Go all out, or watch from a nearby like establishment like The Hall at 1028 Market Street as we celebrate freedom and diversity like no other City on earth.
July through September, People in Plazas
A perfect lunchtime respite from your workday, People In Plazas offers free noontime concerts (more that 120 in all) in public plazas every weekday from July through September. So whether you’re at the office, or taking care of business from your apartment, pack a lunch and plan to visit several of the performances throughout the three-month activation. Music ranges from bluegrass to Latin funk, and eve3rythign in between. Note that several are nearby Trinity Place, including Mint Plaza, UN Plaza, and Civic Center.
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