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Festival Info

Getting to the Grove

Stern Grove Festival takes place in Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.

Stern Grove is NOT in Golden Gate Park.

 Map

 

Public Transportation

Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation.

 

MUNI

ALERT!  Temporary Muni Metro changes begin on June 25, 2018.

Due to construction in the Twin Peaks Tunnel, MUNI is operating modified train routes and bus service to Stern Grove.

MORE INFO:

  • From Embarcadero Station take a T or S train to Church or Castro Station and then catch an M bus on Market Street towards Balboa Park. Take the bus to the St. Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.
  • From Embarcadero Station take a J Church (KJ) train towards Balboa Park and stay on as it becomes a K Ingleside (KJ) train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.
  • Muni Bus: lines 23-Monterey and 28-19th Avenue stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.

 

BART

  • BART to Glen Park Station and transfer to MUNI bus 23-Monterey to stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
  • BART to Daly City and transfer to MUNI bus 28-19th Avenue to stop at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard
  • BART to Balboa Station take a KJ Muni Train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.
  • Coming from the Peninsula or East Bay, take BART to Balboa Park and transfer to a KJ train towards St. Francis Circle. Get off at the St Francis Circle stop. Walk west down Sloat one block to 19th Avenue.

 

For information on public transit options or to plan your trip, visit www.511.org.


Parking

There is no public parking area at Stern Grove on concert Sundays. Parking in the area is extremely limited.

Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation. If you must drive, please respect our neighbors and do not block driveways and crosswalks! Violators will be ticketed or towed.

 

Taxi/Rideshare

A designated drop-off zone is located on the west-bound side of Sloat Boulvard, just past the corner of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.

 

Biking

Store your bike at the Festival's free bike valet at the main entrance to the park at 19th and Sloat Boulevard.

Bike valet opens at 10:00 a.m. and closes one hour after the concert ends.

Bikes are not allowed in the Concert Meadow or Esplanade area of Stern Grove.

 

Access and Seating

Concert Time

Concerts begin at 2:00 p.m. Concerts usually end between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Hours

Stern Grove is a public park and is open to the public from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Entry Conditions for Patrons

Entry into Stern Grove Festival is subject to following conditions:

Patrons and their belongings are subject to search. Any prohibited item that is surrendered to security at entry gates can be retrieved at Lost and Found at the backstage gates. Allowed and prohibited items are subject to change. Stern Grove Festival staff and security personnel reserve the right to make the final determination on allowed and prohibited items.

Access

  • Arrive early for best seating. Seating is first come, first served. 
  • Overnight camping is not allowed. The park opens at 6 a.m.
  • For the safety and comfort of our patrons, the Concert Meadow may close to admittance if capacity is reached. 
  • Festival staff will begin hand-stamping at the entrances at approximately 10:00 a.m. If the Concert Meadow closes, only patrons with hand stamps will be allowed into the Concert Meadow.
  • Aisles and walkways must be kept clear at all times.
  • Management reserves the right to revoke admittance.
  • Backstage areas are restricted to authorized personnel.
  • Unattended personal items, such as ground covers, bags, blankets, coolers, etc., will be removed from the Concert Meadow and can be retrieved at Lost and Found at the backstage gates.

Click here for a list of what you can and cannot bring to the Festival.

General Seating

General seating is first come, first served. Arrive early for best seating. The park opens at 6:00 a.m.

Benches are reserved for seniors and disabled patrons and seats are first come, first served. Click here for more info.

One person can occupy a maximum space of approximately 5x7 feet with a blanket/ground cover in the Concert Meadow. Be a good Grove-goer and share the space! 

Please note that when the Concert Meadow closes friends/family arriving later will not be allowed to enter the Concert Meadow.

All unattended personal items, including bags, blankets, and ground covers will be removed and can be retrieved at Lost and Found at the backstage gates.

To ensure visibility for all patrons, umbrellas, tents and large shade structures are not allowed in the Concert Meadow.

Please bring only lawn chairs without legs.

Please be considerate so everyone can enjoy the day!

If the Concert Meadow reaches capacity, it will be closed to further admittance. Read more.

Reserved Picnic Tables

Reserved picnic table seating is available to Members of Friends of Stern Grove Festival at the $500 level and up. Click here for more details.

A limited number of picnic tables may be available through the Festival's Picnic Table Lottery.

Seating for Seniors and Patrons with Disabilities

Seating for seniors, patrons with disabilities, and patrons using wheelchairs is available on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.

 

When the Concert Meadow Closes

Seating at Stern Grove Festival is first come first served. Stern Grove is a public park and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

For the comfort and safety of our patrons, the Concert Meadow will be closed to further entry if and when capacity is reached.

An announcement will be made from stage 30 minutes prior to the closing of the Concert Meadow.

Festival staff will begin hand stamping at the entrances at approximately 10 a.m. If the Concert Meadow closes, only patrons with hand stamps will be allowed into the Concert Meadow. Patrons with hand stamps can pass in and out of the Concert Meadow throughout the day.

When the announcement is made that the Concert Meadow is closing, incoming senior/disabled shuttle service to the Concert Meadow will be routed to the Vale Avenue entrance for access to seating in the West Meadow.

Please note that when the Concert Meadow closes, patrons arriving later will not be allowed to enter the Concert Meadow, even if there is a space being held for them.

Patrons who arrive at the main entrance at 19th and Sloat Boulevard after the closing of the Concert Meadow will be directed to the West Meadow area and will not be allowed to enter into the Concert Meadow.

The West Meadow area can be accessed from the Vale Avenue entrance to the park.

Walk to Vale

 

 

Patron Information

 

Smoking of any kind, including electronic or vapor cigarettes, is not allowed anywhere in the park, as stated in the City of San Francisco Health Code.

Unauthorized sales, solicitation, and distribution are prohibited.

A reminder that, for everyone’s safety and security, all unattended personal itemsincluding bags, blankets, and ground covers will be removed and can be collected at the backstage gate by the Esplanade.

Entry into Stern Grove Festival is subject to following conditions: Patrons and their belongings are subject to search. Any prohibited item that is surrendered to security at entry gates can be retrieved after the concert at the backstage gate near the Esplanade. Allowed and prohibited items are subject to change. Stern Grove Festival staff and security personnel reserve the right to make the final determination on allowed and prohibited items.

Entry into Stern Grove Festival constitutes your consent for the Festival and licensed parties to use, in any manner or purpose without payment, your picture in photographs and video taken at Stern Grove Festival.

 

What Not To Bring:

Pets, aside from licensed service animals, are not allowed in the Concert Meadow. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA. Leashed pets are allowed in the West Meadow.

Knives with a blade longer than 4 inches.

High-backed chairs and chairs with legs, large or tall tables, tents, umbrellas, and shade structures.

Barbecues, grills or any item with open flame.

Video or audio recording equipment. Unauthorized photography or recording of the artists and performances are prohibited.

Professional still camera equipment with a detachable lens longer than two inches, tripods, or big zooms.

Bicycles are not allowed in the Concert Meadow. Please store bicycles with the bike valet at the main entrance at 19th and Sloat.

Skateboards, scooters, hover boards, or any personal motorized vehicles are not allowed in the Esplanade or Concert Meadow.

Firearms or weapons of any kind.

Drones.

Fireworks and explosives, or any item with open flame.

Illegal substances (including narcotics) or drug paraphernalia.

Amplified sound, bullhorns, or speakers.

Any item that can be used to disturb the peace, endanger other patrons, and/or cause damage to people or property.

 

 

What To Bring:

Blankets and ground covers no larger than 5x7 feet. 

Chairs without legs with backs at shoulder height.

To ensure visibility for all patrons, tents, umbrellas, tall or large tables, and shade structures are not allowed in the Concert Meadow.

Picnics and coolers. Food is also sold at Tante's in the Esplanade and at food trucks in the West Meadow.

Alcohol is permitted on concert Sundays for patrons of legal drinking age. Alcohol is not sold at Stern Grove Festival.

Strollers are allowed, provided they are folded down during the performance and not blocking walkways or in the aisles.

 

 

 

Facilities

Water

Water Fountain

 

Drinking fountains are located in the Esplanade near the shuttle stop and near the restrooms at the lower end of the Esplanade.

Refillable Water Station

 

There are two refillable water stations located in the Esplanade and in the West Meadow. You can fill your own water bottles, or you can purchase a reusable Stern Grove Festival water bottle at the Festival Shop.

 

Restrooms

RestroomsMens and Womens Restrooms

 

Southeast end of Esplanade

 

Family Restroom  

Southeast end of Esplanade, with changing station

 

RestroomsMens and Womens Restrooms  

Trocadero Clubhouse

 

RestroomsMens and Womens Restrooms  

West Meadow entrance -  Porta-Potties

 

 

Food and Drink

You are welcome to bring your own picnics and beverages (including alcohol).

Alcohol is not sold at Stern Grove Festival.

Tante's, located in the Esplanade, offers an assortment of food and drinks. A portion of all food and beverage sales supports Stern Grove Festival.

Food trucks are located in the West Meadow.

Barbecues or open flame of any kind are not allowed on concert Sundays due to fire regulations.

 

Trash, Compost & Recycling

Trash, compost and recycling containers are located throughout the Grove. Please dispose of your trash. Pack out what you pack in!

Stern Grove is a public park…help keep it beautiful.

Lost & Found

Lost and found items are stored at the backstage gate near the Esplanade during Sunday concerts.

After the concert, call Stern Grove Festival at 415.252.6252.

Please be aware of personal items. The Festival cannot assume responsibility for lost or stolen items.

ATM

An ATM is located in the Esplanade, next to the Festival Shop.

Medical

First Aid

 

For any medical concerns, please visit the First Aid tent located in the Esplanade. You can also speak with House Staff or Security for assistance.

Security

The safety and comfort of our patrons is very important. If you have a concern or witness unsafe activities, please speak with House Staff or Security.

Information Booth

For questions and general information about the Festival, stop by the Festival Information Booth in the Esplanade. Our volunteers will be happy to assist you.

Festival Shop

Stern Grove Festival merchandise and artists' recordings are available from the Festival Shop in the Esplanade. Sales benefit the Festival's admission-free concerts and education programs.

 

Health and Safety

Water

Water Fountain

 

Drinking fountains are located in the Esplanade near the shuttle stop and near the restrooms at the lower end of the Esplanade.

Refillable Water Station

 

There are two refillable water stations located in the Esplanade and in the West Meadow. You can fill your own water bottles, or you can purchase a reusable Stern Grove Festival water bottle at the Festival Shop.

 

Weather

Weather at Stern Grove is unpredictable. There are only a few areas with shade in the Concert Meadow. Come prepared with layers and use sunscreen in all weather, and remember to stay hydrated!

 

First Aid

First Aid

 

First Aid is located in the Esplanade.

 

Lost Children

If you are separated from a child or adult in your group, please notify House Staff or Security immediately for assistance. The designated meeting point is the First Aid tent in the Esplanade.

 

Security

The safety and comfort of our patrons are very important. The Festival’s staff and security team are here to help our patrons. If you have a concern or witness unsafe activities, please speak with House Staff or Security.

 

Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, please follow instructions from Security and House staff, or any announcements from stage.

 

Services for Senior and Handicapped Patrons

Parking

A limited number of handicapped permit parking spaces will be available on a first come, first served basis along Sloat Boulevard, just past the main entrance to Stern Grove at 19th Avenue and Sloat. There is no other designated parking area.

 

Senior and Handicap Shuttle Service

Round-trip, wheelchair accessible shuttle service is provided for seniors and handicapped patrons ONLY.

The shuttle runs between the 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard entrance and the Concert Meadow area.

A drop-off area is located at the entrance to the park on Sloat Boulevard.

Shuttle patrons are allowed one guest to accompany them and one personal item on the shuttle.

The shuttle runs from 10:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

If the senior bench seating and ADA seating sections in the Concert Meadow are at capacity, patrons will be informed by the shuttle attendant before they board the shuttle.

PLEASE NOTE:

If the Concert Meadow closes, inbound shuttle service down to the Concert Meadow will be routed to the Vale Avenue entrance for seating in the West Meadow.

 

Seating

Bench seating is available on a first come, first served basis for seniors over the age of 65 or disabled patrons and one guest.

Bench seating is limited and generally full by 1:30 p.m., and on some days, the benches can reach capacity earlier.

 

Wheelchair Access and ADA-Accessible Seats

Patrons in wheelchairs or needing ADA-accessible seating can be accommodated with one companion in designated ADA areas. Designated ADA seating, like all general seating in the Grove, is first come first served. Please see house staff or a volunteer usher for assistance.

 

Grove Map

Festival Map

 

FAQs

Do I need tickets or reservations?

All Stern Grove Festival concerts and outreach programs are completely ADMISSION-FREE; no tickets are required.

Tickets are available for The Big Picnic Party, a benefit on opening day before the concert.

 

Where is Stern Grove?

Stern Grove is located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco. It is NOT in Golden Gate Park.

Get Directions from Google Maps

 

What time do concerts start?

Concerts begin promptly at 2:00 p.m. Concerts end between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

 

When does the park open?

Stern Grove Festival takes place in a public park that is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., every day. Overnight camping is prohibited.

Festival patrons should arrive early for the best seating on concert Sundays. All unoccupied personal items, including bags, blankets, and ground covers will be removed and can be retrieved at Lost and Found at the backstage gates.

 

What can I bring to concerts?

Click here to review a list of what you can and cannot bring.

 

Can I reserve space in the Concert Meadow?

At least one person must be present to reserve a maximum space of approximately 5x7 feet with a blanket/ground cover in the Concert Meadow.

Please note that when the Concert Meadow closes friends/family arriving later will not be allowed to enter the Concert Meadow, even if there is a space being held.

The park opens at 6:00 a.m. Camping is prohibited.

All unattended personal itemsincluding bags, blankets, and ground covers will be removed and can be retrieved at Lost and Found at the backstage gates.

Please share the space and be considerate so everyone can enjoy the day!

 

Do I need a hand stamp?

Festival staff will begin hand-stamping at the entrances at approximately 10 a.m. If the Concert Meadow closes, only patrons with hand stamps will be allowed into the Concert Meadow.

 

How do I get a seat at a picnic table?

Reserved picnic table seating is available to members of Friends of Stern Grove Festival at the $500 level and up. Click here for more details.

 

Is there parking at Stern Grove?

There is no public parking lot at Stern Grove on concert Sundays. Street parking in the area is limited.

Cars parked illegally or in driveways will be ticketed and towed. Patrons are encouraged to use public transportation.

 

Can I bring my own food and drinks?

Yes! Picnics are welcome.

Tante's, located in the Esplanade, offers an assortment of food and drinks (cash only payment). A portion of all food and beverage sales goes to support Stern Grove Festival.

Food trucks are available in the West Meadow.

Barbecues are not allowed on concert Sundays due to fire regulations.

 

Is alcohol sold at the Festival?

Alcohol is not sold at Stern Grove Festival. Patrons are welcome to bring their own picnics and beverages (including beer and wine).

Can I smoke at Stern Grove Festival?

A City-wide ordinance (Health Code Section 1009.81) prohibits smoking in all public parks. For the safety and health of all patrons, smoking, including electronic or vapor cigarettes, is not allowed in any area in Stern Grove.

 

Can I rent space at Stern Grove for a wedding or event?

To rent the Trocadero Clubhouse or other facilities at Stern Grove for a wedding or special event, please call the Permits and Reservations Office, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, 415.831.5500.

 

Where can I park my bike?

Complimentary bike valet service is available at the 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard entrance to Stern Grove.

The bike valet is open from 10:00 a.m. until one hour after the concert ends.

Bikes are not allowed in the Concert Meadow or Esplanade at Stern Grove.

 

Are pets allowed?

Pets, aside from licensed service animals, are not allowed in the Concert Meadow. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service animal is defined as a dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Emotional support, therapy, comfort, or companion animals are not considered service animals under the ADA.

Leashed pets are allowed in the West Meadow. There is a dog park in Pine Lake Park, to the west of the Concert Meadow.

 

Is Stern Grove Festival handicap accessible?

Yes. Click here for more information on parking, senior bench seating, ADA seating, and shuttle service for seniors and disabled patrons.

 

I lost something at a concert. What do I do?

Lost and found items are stored at backstage gate near the Esplanade during Sunday concerts.

After the concert, call Stern Grove Festival at 415.252.6252.

 

How can my band perform at the Festival?

Send a media kit to:

Stern Grove Festival Association
Attn: Director of Programming
832 Folsom Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94107
Email: info@sterngrove.org

Due to the high volume of materials the Festival receives, we cannot guarantee someone will respond personally to your submission. However the Festival does review all materials received. No phone calls, please!