Surely, Rosalie Stern had no idea that her 1931 gift of a tract of sand dunes, eucalyptus trees, and shrubs would begin the storied tradition of the Stern Grove Festival. The small area’s natural beauty and acoustics marveled her and her many friends—so much so that the San Francisco Philharmonic played the Grove’s first concert just after the park’s dedication in 1932. Six years after that inaugural concert, the non-profit Stern Grove Festival Association was formed, solidifying the festival’s mission in entertaining the public with free, top-notch performances year in and year out.
A wide variety of genres and artists take the stage each year at the festival, and 2014 is no exception to that trend. This summer marks the 77th season, and such diverse artists as Smokey Robinson, Vetiver, Darlene Love, Rufus Wainwright, Vieux Farka Toure, among others, will perform to Sunday afternoon crowds of picnicking families both young and old. Join in the tradition amongst the redwoods and firs—the corner of 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard will be the place to be each Sunday from June to August. For more information, a special 77th season playlist, and information on becoming a member, you can visit http://www.sterngrove.org/.