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Summer Sights and Sounds!

Let Classical California KDFC help you discover the best things to SEE and HEAR this Summer! From amazing exhibitions to iconic musical events, we’ll help you take in the well-known as well as lesser known hidden gems in our home state of California!


* SEE *

The Tudors: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England
Legion of Honor | Now through September 24

The Legion of Honor is the sole West Coast venue for the first major exhibition of Tudor portraiture, textiles, sculpture, silver, jewelry, and manuscripts in the United States. The exhibition follows the development of the arts in England from Henry VII’s seizure of the throne in 1485 to the death of his granddaughter Elizabeth I in 1603.  Complete details and tickets at


* HEAR *

Summer with the Symphony – The San Francisco Symphony
San Francisco Symphony | Now through August 5  

Join the San Francisco Symphony for a season of music that’s as colorful, vibrant and thrilling as summer in San Francisco! SUMMER with the SYMPHONY!  From the 4th of July spectacular to a Sound of Music Sing-A-Long. From the Frost Amphitheater to Davies Symphony Hall, experience the sounds and excitement of a summer with the San Francisco Symphony!  Complete details and tickets at


Carmel Bach Festival
July 15 – July 29

Experience the joy of classical music during The Carmel Bach Festival’s 86th season – running July 15 – July 29. Enjoy exciting orchestra and chorale concerts, chamber music recitals, free pre-concert talks, open masterclasses, and more, all taking place at several Carmel, Monterey, and Pebble Beach venues. With more than 50 events to choose from, there is something for everyone! Check out the full lineup of concerts and learn more about the Festival at


More Sights!

San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences
Cartoon Art Museum
Conservatory of Flowers

San Jose

San Jose Museum of Art
Children’s Discovery Museum


Hiller Aviation Museum
San Mateo County History Museum
Filoli Historic House and Garden
Sanchez Adobe
Woodside Store

North Bay

Bay Area Discovery Museum
Marin Museum of Contemporary Art
Bolinas Museum
Museum of International Propaganda

East Bay

Hornet Sea Air and Space Museum
Alameda Naval Air Museum
Oakland Aviation Museum

More Sounds!

The Ford | June 30 – Oct. 28
Music Academy (formerly Music Academy of the West) | June 13 – Aug. 5
Festival Opera | Aug. 18 – 20
Stern Grove | June 18 – Aug. 20
Pacific Symphony Summerfest | July 4 – Sept. 9
Stanford Live (at Frost Amphitheater) | June 26 – Aug. 25
Mendocino Music Festival | July 15 – July 29
Merola Opera Program | June 29 – Aug. 19
Music@Menlo Festival | July 14 – Aug. 5
Festival Napa Valley | July 8 – July 23
Valley of the Moon Festival | July 15–30
Bear Valley Music Festival | July 21 – Aug 6
American Bach Soloists Festival and Academy | July 27 – July 30
Festival Mozaic | July 22 – July 29
West Edge Opera Festival | July 22 – Aug. 13
Cabrillo Music Festival | July 30 – Aug. 13
Classical Tahoe Music Festival | July 9 – Aug. 17
Ventura Music Festival | July 28 – Aug. 6
Music in the Vineyards |  July 28 – Aug. 20
Monterey Jazz Festival | Sept. 22-24


Written by:
The Classical Team
The Classical Team
Published on 07.10.2023