Stern Grove Festival Association

A nonprofit organization

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In the summer of 2016, Stern Grove Festival presents its 79th Season of admission-free concerts in San Francisco's treasured Sigmund Stern Grove.

Stern Grove was purchased by Rosalie M. Stern and given as a gift to the City of San Francisco in 1931, in memory of her husband Sigmund, a prominent civic leader.

Marveling at the Grove's natural acoustics, Mrs. Stern determined that the site would be preserved as a park in which the public could enjoy admission-free music, dance, and theater performances.

On June 4, 1932, Stern Grove was dedicated. Two weeks later, the San Francisco Symphony played the first concert in the Grove. Mrs. 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

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Stern Grove Festival Association

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Arts & Culture Education Community


832 FOLSOM ST STE 1000


(415) 252-6252