SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department along with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) announced today that repairs at Sigmund Stern Grove’s Concert Meadow are nearing completion and will be ready just in time for the 85th annual Stern Grove Festival. Additional repair work in other areas of Stern Grove will continue through summer of 2023 but will not affect the concert series.
The wildly popular Stern Grove Festival—the Bay Area’s longest running outdoor concert series—will return on June 12 to the historic park, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in the city’s Sunset District.
At the tail end of last year’s festival, a broken air valve on a water transmission pipeline resulted in flooding at the Concert Meadow and other nearby areas, prompting the postponement of the 2021 season’s final concert.
The SFPUC has sequenced the repair work so that the Stern Grove Festival will be able to start on time this year. In addition to the much-anticipated Concert Meadow opening on June 12, adjacent areas such as the Trocadero Clubhouse and the East Meadow will also reopen.
As the restoration work pushes forward, SFPUC crews will continue work to restore the hillside and tennis court through summer 2023. The park’s west side will also remain closed for the duration of the festival to visitors as the SFPUC continues its work there.
Currently, Pine Lake Park, Pine Lake Park Dog Play Area, and the recreation area at Wawona Street and 19th Avenue remain open to the public.
“San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is thrilled to welcome back the Stern Grove Festival,” San Francisco Recreation and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg said. “A big thanks to the SFPUC for delivering much-needed repairs just in time for this iconic festival. The Stern Grove Festival is a part of the fabric of San Francisco and allows people to enjoy our parks in an interactive way through socializing and enjoying great music. I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer day at the park.”
“We’re so glad that this summer’s concert series will start on schedule,” said SFPUC General Manager Dennis Herrera. “We’re able to celebrate the start of this year’s Stern Grove Concert season thanks to the tremendous work and cooperation of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Stern Grove Festival Association, and our crews on the ground. We have been working together non-stop since August to bring back this amazing San Francisco concert experience.”
This year’s festival features an exciting and diverse lineup consisting of a wide variety of artists for music lovers of all ages. For more details about concert dates, musical acts, and the free festival’s online ticket reservation system, visit sterngrove.org.