So maybe the family is a little over the fireworks after the fourth’s fiestas. No biggie, why not take this weekend to treat another of the five senses to something special. Everyone’s ears will be loving the awesome musical shows rockin’ the Bay Area this weekend! From a tribute to the Man in Black and everyone’s favorite Jazz Festival to some get-me-in-holiday-mode tunes by The Wailers and a whole weekend concert just for kids, it’s gonna be easy to get every body moving, which might be super helpful after that delicious BBQ on Independence Day.


San Francisco

Fillmore Jazz Festival
Hit up the Fillmore for one of the best festivals of the summer! Blending art and soul in one of the country’s most unique neighborhoods, the Fillmore Jazz Festival is the largest free Jazz festival on the West Coast. Nosh on gourmet food ranging from Asian to Cajun, browse fabulous art booths filled with cool stuff like paintings, pottery, kids gear and more. And of course, 12 blocks of jazz music for everyone to enjoy. Sat. & Sun., 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Stern Grove Festival: San Francisco Symphony
Come to the grove for a free performance by the San Francisco Symphony, a world renowned group of musicians. Get there early for prime seating, bring a picnic and don’t forget your layers! An annual favorite, the San Francisco Symphony performs with conductor Edwin Outwater in a program featuring Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Ravel’s Bolero, and traditional French and American songs with soprano Measha Brueggergosman. Sun., 2:00 pm. San Francisco. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

East Bay

Alameda County Fair Free Concert: Weird Al Yankovic
Alameda County Fair is awesome fun and this is one concert everyone will be talking about. See the best selling comedy recording artist of all time perform tunes from his new album and hope to hear classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” and “Smells like Nirvana.” Fri., 7:00 pm. Pleasanton. $10/Adults. $8/Senior Citizens 62 and Up. $6/Kids 6-12. Kids 6 and Under are Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Burger Boogaloo
Head to Mosswood Park on 4th of July weekend and rock out with Burger bands and friends! There will be fun outdoor events going on at the park over the course of 2 days, featuring DJs and special guests, contests with Burger prize giveaways, and vendors from local Oakland eateries. The lineup includes: Traditional Fools, Gravy’s Drop, Peach Kelli Pop, and many more. Sat & Sun., 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Oakland. $25/Single Day. $50/Weekend Pass. All Ages. Event Details.

Marin County

Marin County Fair Free Concert: The Wailers
Besides a ton of cool exhibits, great food, fireworks and carnival fun at the Marin County Fair, be sure to stay for awesome reggae show, The Wailers. Grab a spot on the lagoon island for a great evening. It’s like taking a beach vacay without leaving the county. Sat., 7:30 pm. San Rafael. $16/Adults. $14/Kids Ages 4-12. Kids 4 and Under are Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Off The Grid And Folkish Festival
Come to the Mart for killer food trucks and folkish music for the whole family. Wander the courtyards, check out the shops and see if the kids can find the turtles! Tunes will be from The Smooth Hound Smith. Sun., 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

South Bay/Peninsula

Music On The Square: Johnny Cash Tribute
A tribute to the Man in Black, part of the Summer Music Series in downtown Redwood City. The show is a fun, toe-tapping trip down memory lane honoring Cash’s life and the boom-chicka-boom sound of his longtime backing band, the Tennessee Three. Fri., 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Redwood City. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Concerts In The Park
Enjoy the Concerts in the Park series featuring the Jazz and Brazilian sounds of the “Dave Rocha Quartet” at the Central Park Pavilion in Central Park. Sun., 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm. Santa Clara. Free. All Ages. Event Details.

Will your family be listening to this weekend?

–Gabrielle Cullen

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