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the SF Live Concert Series: Free Live Music Concerts in San Francisco

Free concerts across San Francisco's iconic venues and public spaces start this May and will last all summer long.

San Francisco's reputation as a great city for live music is about to get a major boost. SF Live is a new series of free music concerts designed to showcase San Francisco's local talent, as well as its great music venues and public spaces. 

Each concert in the line-up has been carefully chosen by the people who know San Francisco's music scene best: the organizers and managers of some of San Francisco's most historic music venues. Concert-goers can anticipate a diverse and dynamic selection of music, from rising indie bands and well-known jazz ensembles to high-energy pop and more.


SF Live Concerts

Electric Fields

May 4, 2024
Golden Gate Park Bandshell

Get ready for an electrifying afternoon of electronic beats at Electric Fields! From 2 to 6 p.m., you can dance the day away while the incredible DJ M3, Galen, and Doc Martin spin everything from house to disco and beyond.

Formerly Santana

May 16, 2024
Fulton Plaza 

Hear Bill Ortiz and Tony Lindsay, the acclaimed and long-time collaborators of the legendary Carlos Santana, perform in front of City Hall. 

Howard Wiley and Friends

June 1, 2024
Golden Gate Park Bandshell

Howard Wiley has performed at some of the country's biggest jazz festivals and with some of the most iconic Black artists, including Lauryn Hill and Sheila E. He'll be joined by MC Radioactive and Rojai and the Pocket.

Earl Thomas

June 13, 2024
Union Square

Earl Thomas has sung with all the great: B.B. King, Gladys Knight, Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner, to name but a few! With no sign of slowing down, Earl will perform in one of downtown San Francisco's most popular open spaces. 

Dean Samaras

June 15, 2024
Union Square

DJing for over 20+ years, Dean Samaras utilizes his lengthy experience to craft technical, creative DJ sets known for their musical range. At the top of the San Francisco scene for more than a decade, Dean has held long-standing residences – at award-winning Ruby Skye (2003-2011), the legendary after-hours club The Endup (2004-Present) and the world-renowned Halcyon (2017-Present).


June 16, 2024
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater

WITCH (an acronym for "We Intend To Cause Havoc") has a fascinating story. Founded by lead vocalist Emanuel "Jagari" Chanda, WITCH rose to prominence during an era of strife in his homeland of Zambia. The most popular "Zamrock" band of its time, WITCH has evolved from rock to disco and beyond. At this performance, they'll be joined by James Wavey and Bolero!.

Pacific Mambo Orchestra

June 20, 2024
Fulton Plaza

Pacific Mambo Orchestra’s (PMO) effortlessly blends genre-bending originals and covers to create its award-winning, unique, Latin big band sound. Having performed worldwide, they'll be rocking out in San Francisco this summer.

Alpha Rhythm Kings

August 15, 2025
Fulton Plaza

The Alpha Rhythm Kings embrace their king-sized California sound and high energy performance style. This mix has taken them all over the globe, from festivals and nightclubs to casinos and theme parks. Get ready to dance to their swinging, jazzy set!

Participating Music Venues


The music mavens behind some of San Francisco's top performance venues are helping to curate the SF Live series. Besides attending these free shows in public spaces, be sure to visit these great establishments for their own regularly scheduled concert programming.

119 Utah St.

The Great Northern

Host to everything from live music to art battles to Pride parties, The Great Northern is a hidden gem in San Francisco's Design District. High ceilings and plenty of space make any event here feel truly "great'.

Who's Playing at The Great Northern
101 Sixth St.


Hip, chic, and just a little bit gaudy, Monarch is emblematic of San Francisco's nightlife. This SoMa venue regularly hosts top DJs and fun theme parties.

Who's Playing at Monarch
39 Fell St.

Mr. Tipple's

For a laid-back evening of live music, head to Mr. Tipple's. Tight jazz combos and stiff cocktails make for the perfect pair in this intimate venue in San Francisco's Civic Center neighborhood.

Who's Playing at Mr. Tipple's
1233 17th St.

Bottom of the Hill

The heart of San Francisco's indie rock scene, Bottom of the Hill has consistently ranked high among music lovers' favorite Bay Area venues. Bottom of the Hill has seen generations of greats grace its stage before they hit it big, including Green Day, Alanis Morisette, Queens of the Stone Age, Arcade Fire, Blink 182, and more. If you're looking to discover what's next, chances are you'll find it at Bottom of the Hill.

Who's Playing at Bottom of the Hill
3158 Mission St.

El Rio

On the outer edge of The Mission, El Rio regularly hosts some of the most fabulously queer dance parties and performances in the city. With its ample outdoor space, it's the perfect spot to move to the beat this summer.

Who's Playing at El Rio
3160 16th St.


Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, Kilowatt is a Mission mainstay that has the feel of a casual local haunt with the added benefit of a stage and terrific roster of performers. Plus, the team doesn't mind if you bring in food from any of the incredible restaurants on the block!

Who's Playing at Kilowatt
777 Valencia St.

The Chapel

The Chapel is unique for what it was before it started hosting great live music. In its past life (pun intended), it was a mortuary! Don't worry; there's nothing spooky about it now! High, arched ceilings create great acoustics for performers who run the gamut from rock to classical.

Who's Playing at The Chapel

Don't miss out on the excitement of SF Live Concert Series. Bookmark this page for updates and immerse yourself in the free music events this summer in San Francisco

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Tyler Cohn

Tyler is the Sr. Manager of Global Content & Communications at San Francisco Travel. He has lived in San Francisco since 2015 and has been part of the San Francisco Travel team for just as long. He enjoys splashy production numbers and outdoor sporting events equally, which means you can usually find him at one of San Francisco’s many great theaters or at Oracle Park, cheering on the Giants.