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Jumping on the bandwagon -- Free summer concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area

Public Eye performing at the Pleasant Hill free summer concert
Public Eye performing at the Pleasant Hill free summer concert
Photo by Heidi Young

Grab a blanket or a lawn chair, bring a picnic, and enjoy some live music – for free. Many communities around the country are joining the growing number of cities offering free summer concerts. RV travelers can get a taste of the true flavor of the town they are visiting and enjoy a variety of music by attending one of these family-friendly events, and residents get to enjoy the local bands and their community. Often held in parks or outdoor shopping centers, free summer concerts gather folks for some budget-friendly fun, dancing, or maybe just toe-tapping.

There are many communities in the San Francisco Bay Area offering free summer concerts, some of which are listed below.

Blackhawk Summer Concert Series, Danville – July 2 through August 27, 2010. Fridays at 7:00 p.m., 3480 Blackhawk Plaza Circle.

Concerts in the Park, Pleasanton – through September 3, 2010. Fridays at 7:00 p.m., Lions Wayside Park, First and Neal Streets.

Music and Market Series, Concord – through September 16, 2010. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., Todos Santos Plaza,

Point Richmond Summer Concerts, Point Richmond – check website for dates. Fridays at 5:30, Park Place and Washington Avenue.

Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco – June 20 through August 22, 2010. Sundays at 2:00 p.m., 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard.

Summer Concert Series, San Ramon – through July, 2010. Sundays at 5:30 p.m., San Ramon Central Park, 12501 Alcosta Boulevard.

Summer Jazz Concerts, Walnut Creek – July 8, 15, and 22, 2010. Thursdays at 6:00 p.m., 1275 Broadway Plaza.

Summer Sounds Concert, Oakland – through August 25, 2010. Wednesdays at noon, Oakland City Center’s City Square, Broadway and 13th Street.

Sunset by the Lake Summer Concerts, Pleasant Hill - May 30 through September 5, 2010.  Certain Sundays at 6:00 p.m., by the lake at City Hall, 100 Gregory Lane.

For some suggestions for RV camping in the Bay Area, check out some of my previous articles.


  • Drew Denny - National Paddle Sports Examiner 5 years ago

    We do the same type of thing here in KC. It's one of the things I look forward to the most in summer.

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