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The California summer brings on sunny skies and festival season in San Francisco and Napa Valley, a season that was born out of the Summer of Love. Here's what you can't miss this year:
BottleRock Napa Valley: Held each year at the end of May, this three-day festival features some of the world’s top musicians on five music stages, plus the BottleRock Culinary Stage showcasing one-of-a-kind culinary and celebrity pairings. BottleRock offers the best in wine, food and craft brews to complement the music and create an authentic wine country experience for festival guests.
Stern Grove Festival: Every year since 1938, Stern Grove Festival is an admission-free performing arts series, happens in Sigmund Stern Grove. For decades, visitors and locals alike have seen legendary performances in one of the most beautiful spots in the city for free. Performances run June through August at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.
Festival Napa Valley – This high-end festival runs ten days each July, and features International luminaries in classical music, from vocalists to orchestral groups, to dance. Performances are held at some of the most spectacular wineries throughout the valley, accompanied by premium cuisine and wines.
Outside Lands: a Bay Area celebration of music, food, wine, beer, art and comedy, taking place in beautiful Golden Gate Park annually in August. Past headliners at this festival have included Janet Jackson, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and many others.
Music in the Vineyards – For classical musical buffs, Music in the Vineyards has been featuring chamber music in intimate winery settings from Napa to Calistoga each summer for more than 20 years.
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: a free gathering in Golden Gate Park, featuring over 100 musical artists that play bluegrass (or not), spanning seven stages. It's definitely an "Only in San Francisco" experience not to miss!