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Education & Outreach

Explore Music and More

Stern Grove Festival’s admission-free education and outreach programs provide enriching opportunities for thousands of Bay Area children and adults each year.

Participants enhance their understanding of different art forms and cultures and create a personal connection to the arts.

The 81st Season of Education and Outreach programs will be announced on May 1, 2018.

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Kids Days

Stern Grove Festival's Kids Days are free interactive arts education programs for children ages 4-11. Kids Days are open to the public and admission-free, but advance registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult guardian (no drop-offs).

In 2017, the Festival presented Kids Days with Afro-Urban Society, Dholrhythms, and Ensambles Ballet Folklórico de San Francisco.

The 81st Season schedule of Kids Days will be announced on May 1, 2018.



Kids Camp

In 2017, Stern Grove Festival presented Kids Camps In Residence in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Hamilton Recreation Center and the Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco Excelsior Clubhouse. The camps were only open to children registered at the summer programs at these locations. Local teaching artists provided instruction to participants, taking a hands-on journey exploring the role of rhythm and drumming in three different musical genres.



From 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. before every Sunday concert, kids of all ages can experience hands-on art projects, a musical instrument exploration station, and dance workshops with local teaching artists at KidStage in the West Meadow.

The 81st Season line-up of KidStage events will be announced on May 1, 2018.



Artist Talks

Informative pre-concert Artist Talks take place with featured Festival artists at the Grove’s Trocadero Clubhouse on select concert Sundays.

The 81st Season schedule of Artist Talks will be announced on May 1, 2018.


Listen to 2017 Artist Talks:


July 9, 2017
San Francisco Symphony, Conductor Edwin Outwater interviewed by KDFC's Rik Malone.


Listen   July 30, 2017
San Francisco Ballet's Ballet Master Anita Paciotti, interviewed by Dance Educator Mary Wood