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Your Support Matters!

Why Support the Festival?

A non-profit organization, Stern Grove Festival raises more than $3 million each year to provide admission-free concerts and education programs for everyone.


The Festival is for the community.

Making world-class performing arts accessible to all is our mission.

The Festival builds community.

We believe access to the arts makes our community a better place for everyone.

The Festival is made possible by the community.

Donations from people like you fund nearly 100% of the Festival’s annual expenses.




Stern Grove Festival relies on donations from people like you to cover nearly 100% of the costs of presenting admission-free concerts and education programs.

Make a tax-deductible donation and support admission-free access to the arts for all!

Picnic table seats are available at the $500 donation level and up.

  • $500 = 5 seats at one concert, complimentary beverages, 1 parking space
  • $1,000 = 10 seats at one concert (1 table), complimentary beverages, 3 parking spaces

The Big Picnic

The Big Picnic is a fundraising event benefiting Stern Grove Festival and its mission to present admission-free concerts and outreach programs to the people of the Bay Area.

Save the Date!

The Big Picnic 
June 16, 2019
Artist TBA


Sponsor The Big Picnic

Support of The Big Picnic not only enhances your exposure to the Festival's audience, but demonstrates your company's commitment to the arts and the community.

Sponsors of The Big Picnic benefit from:

  • Tickets to The Big Picnic Party
  • VIP access to The Big Picnic Concert and Lounge
  • On-site acknowledgement at The Big Picnic Party and Concert, with exposure to an audience of more than 10,000 people
  • Recognition in a community-wide marketing campaign
  • The opportunity to meet and mingle with high-profile donors, guests, and civic leaders

For information about sponsorship of The Big Picnic, contact us at 415.252.6252 or


Matching Gifts

Did you know your gift to Stern Grove Festival can be doubled each year?

Many companies (such as Apple, Adobe Systems, Genentech, Levi Strauss, PG&E, Oracle and more) match employee contributions to charitable organizations.

You can double your donation to the Festival, or double the value of your membership to increase your benefits.

If your company has a matching gift program, talk to your Human Resources department about getting a Matching Gift form.

After you complete the form, send it to:

Stern Grove Festival
832 Folsom Street, Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94107
Fax: 415-252-6250

Stern Grove Festival Federal Tax ID: 94-6064356

Questions? Call us at 415.252.6252 or

Corporate Sponsors

Why Sponsor Stern Grove Festival?
It's Good Business.

Your company's support of Stern Grove Festival is an investment in improving the quality of life in the Bay Area by ensuring everyone has access to world-class performing arts.


Connect with a beloved cultural institution

Sponsorship aligns your company with a popular Bay Area tradition and demonstrates your commitment to the community.


Access a desirable demographic

Connect your brand directly with a large, diverse Bay Area audience through on-site interactions, product distribution, and online promotions.

Extend your brand  

Extend your brand's visibility

Expand your brand through recognition in the Festival’s on-site signage, advertising, printed materials, website, email, and more.


Enjoy exclusive hospitality

Entertain clients and employees with a range of hospitality benefits, from picnic tables, parking and access to our VIP lounge, to private receptions and meet-and-greets with artists.


Sponsorship opportunities are also available for The Big Picnic, a Benefit and Concert for Stern Grove Festival, on opening day.


415.252.6252 or


More than 800 volunteers help make the Festival possible each year.

Who can volunteer?

Volunteers of all ages and abilities are welcome. Individuals, families, and groups are all part of the Festival's volunteer team.

Can groups volunteer?

Volunteer groups of ten or more people are welcome. Corporate volunteer teams offer a great team-building opportunity.

If you are interested in organizing a group to volunteer with Stern Grove Festival, email us at

Can volunteers receive school credit?

Students looking for Community Service Hours are encouraged to volunteer and discuss the requirements with the volunteer coordinator.

How else can I help?

Stern Grove Festival offers other volunteer opportunities in our office and at the Grove during the off-season:

  • General office duties
  • Research
  • Park beautification at Stern Grove   

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Founder’s Council

With personal gifts of $1,000 or more, Founder's Council donors provide major support to the Festival's mission of presenting the highest quality, admission-free performances to Bay Area residents.

In honor of their commitment, Founder's Council donors receive the following benefits:

  • One reserved picnic table (10 seats) at one concert for every $1,000 donated and complimentary beverages*
    • For example, a donation of $3,000 entitles you to three tables at one concert, or one table at three concerts.
  • Reserved parking for up to three vehicles when using your table.*
  • Invitation to an Artist Reception.
  • Invitation to a pre-concert Member Social.
  • Opportunity to arrange a backstage tour for you and your guests at one concert.*
  • Acknowledgement in donor listing for one year.

*Excludes The Big Picnic on June 16, 2019

 For more information about Founder's Council, please contact us at 415.252.6252 or


Legacy Gifts

Stern Grove Festival's Legacy Gifts Program was created to recognize those individuals who add to their personal legacies by making an investment in the future of Stern Grove Festival through their estate plans.

These gifts come in all sizes and include gifts from wills and living trusts, gifts that return lifetime income, beneficiary designations in retirement plan accounts and life insurance policies, and other planned gifts.

If you would like more information about planned giving opportunities, please contact Stern Grove Festival at 415.252.6252.