Bay Area wineries and parks become prime destinations for live music in the summertime. Here are some of our favorite spots that combine great music, fresh air and (often) wine in beautiful natural settings, from downtown San Francisco to Saratoga.
Green Music Center: Renowned jazz and contemporary artists play at this Sonoma venue throughout the summer.
Montalvo Center for the Arts Summer Concert Series: This historic Saratoga venue features diverse musical acts throughout the summer.
The Concerts at Wente Vineyards: This Livermore winery has offered music under the stars—and big names like Diana Ross and Lynyrd Skynyrd—for 30 years.
Golden Gate Park Band: Sundays in Golden Gate Park are bustling with show tunes, concert bands and opera—all free public concerts during the summer months.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: The annual festival presents more than 100 free performing arts programs from music, poetry and dance to theater, circus and children’s activities.
Stern Grove: In its 80th year, this free outdoor Sunday concert series in the city features diverse musical performances.
Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series: Acts like Huey Lewis and the News play at the winery’s outdoor summer concert series.
Opera at the Ballpark: Head to AT&T Park for a free performance of “Don Giovanni” simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House.
Fillmore Jazz Festival: San Francisco’s historic jazz district, once known as the Harlem of the West, hosts this weekend-long festival each summer, attracting more than 100,000 revelers.
Greek Theatre: Catch multiple Grammy Award winner Beck at U.C. Berkeley’s outdoor amphitheater July 14, Jack Johnson July 26-27 and Willie Nelson Aug. 19.
Jerry Day: This annual celebration of Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia is held at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park, which is located in Garcia’s childhood neighborhood.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: As the festival’s name suggests, HSB presents plenty of bluegrass along with folk bands, singer songwriters, blues, soul, country and more.
Outside Lands: The foodie music festival Outside Lands returns to Golden Gate Park with a packed lineup of performers and about as many local food and drink vendors.
Broadway Under the Stars: Named one of the top outdoor concerts in the country by USA Today, this concert series features established Broadway stars.
Summer of Love Sing-Along: San Francisco Botanical Garden hosts a sing-along featuring hits from 1967, including “Somebody to Love” by Jefferson Airplane and “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles.