560,000 viewers. 50 artists. 6 arts education programs. One great season. Thank you to all who tuned in to our first-ever virtual season in 2020 and to those who donated to support our programs.
Our 83rd Season wrapped up with a very special, one-hour edition of Best of the Fest on Sunday, August 16th. We asked some of our favorite artists to record their performances exclusively for our finale, including Los Lobos, Michael Franti, Ben Gibbard (from Death Cab for Cutie), Bebel Gilberto, ALO, Fantastic Negrito with special guest Tarriona "Tank" Ball (from Tank & the Bangas), and Con Brio.
Even though we're physically apart, we can still share the power of music to unite us and bring joy. We appreciate everyone who joined us as we celebrated our 83rd season presenting free concerts for the people of the Bay Area. You can view any of our 2020 season episodes below at any time. Thank you for watching!
This virtual season and our regular concert series would not be possible without your support.
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Black Lives Matter
At Stern Grove Festival, for generations, our mission has been to provide exceptional, free live musical experiences to the diverse communities that make up our Bay Area. And at this time, our Black community is in particular need of all of our support. Police brutality, systemic racism and economic injustices are the result of an ill society that needs to be re-examined at every level and fundamentally changed.
We want to help drive these changes. Our staff and Board are listening, reflecting on our own biases, educating ourselves, speaking up, and investing in organizations such as the ACLU and Black Lives Matter. We will examine our hiring practices, provide more training for our staff, and strive for more diversity on our Board. We know that we are just beginning the journey to becoming a more powerful ally for the Black community and we embrace the challenge.
The Festival has always made it our priority to promote an egalitarian society and to build community by bringing people together through intentionally diverse and free live music. We also provide free music and dance education to thousands of children in some of San Francisco's least-resourced communities. Music - and the distinct expression of its artists - can bring great healing to a community, so our mission continues.
Black Lives Matter.