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Your Bay Area Summer Music Festival Guide

Head to AT&T Park on June 30 as San Francisco Opera presents Opera in the Ballpark with KDFC’s Hoyt Smith and Dianne Nicolini

San Francisco Opera Summer Season
May 31-July 2

SF Opera celebrates their own Summer of Love with three mega hits: Rigoletto, Don Giovanni, and La Boheme.

San Francisco Opera’s Free Simulcast at AT&T Park
June 30

Experience a live performance of Mozart’s Don Giovanni on the big screen at the home of the SF Giants. The evening begins with KDFC’s Star Spangled Sing-Off winner singing the national anthem. Hosted by Hoyt Smith and Dianne Nicolini.

Oakland Symphony Independence Eve Celebration
July 3

Free pops concert with conductor Michael Morgan and the Oakland Symphony at the cavernous Craneway Pavilion on the Richmond waterfront. Fireworks included!

San Francisco Symphony
July 4-29

The SF Symphony kicks off their summer offerings with the annual 4th of July concert at the Shoreline Amphitheater, complete with fireworks. More summer favorites follow.

Stern Grove Festival
June 25-August 27

Family-friendly fun free performances Sunday afternoons in a Eucalyptus-ringed outdoor amphitheater, including the SF Symphony and SF Ballet.

Mendocino Music Festival
July 8-22

Classical and beyond in a stunning ocean-bluff setting.

Festival Napa Valley (formerly Festival del sole)
July 14-23

It’s not just about the music! Because this is Napa Valley, food and wine play a big part in the fun.

Music @ Menlo
July 14-August 5

Marking 15 years of great chamber music on the Peninsula. Led by wife and husband team, pianist Wu Han and cellist David Finckel.

Carmel Bach Festival
July 15-29

So much more than Bach, this venerable festival is celebrating its 80th anniversary this summer! Another stunning setting.

Valley of the Moon
July 15-30

This recent addition to the Bay Area summer line-up is the first and only festival in the U.S. devoted exclusively to presenting the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic eras, performed on period instruments.

Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
July 30-August 12

First season for new artistic director Cristian Macelaru. Cabrillo is the place for cutting edge classical this summer. In Santa Cruz and environs.

American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy
August 4-13
Helmed by KDFC’s own Jeffrey Thomas, this summer’s ABS Festival focuses on “English Majesty”. Various venues in SF.

Music in the Vineyards
August 4-27
Chamber music in evocative winery settings in the Napa Valley. Each ticket includes a glass of wine at intermission.

West Edge Opera
August 5-20
“Departures from the ordinary” is their motto and this year there’s even a departure from their unique West Oakland train station venue. The new venue is TBA, but in the meantime, get ready for edgy productions of Hamlet, The Chastity Tree, and Frankenstein.

Written by:
Dianne Nicolini
Dianne Nicolini
Published on 06.26.2017