By Tianna Nguy, Communications Intern
This summer, the Bay Area has brought an eclectic set of artists that will perform at concerts in the park spread across different cities. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars for a single concert ticket to see these artists perform. With a number of musical styles – from rock, jazz, blues, classical and opera you’ll find the right concert series for you. Here’s a list of some Concerts in the Park where you can easily take Caltrain or SamTrans to enjoy the music.
If you’re up for a trip to San Francisco, Union Square Live will have musical artists such as Moonalice, The B Stars, Fil Lorenz Orchestra, and Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble of San Francisco, and plenty more.
Performers will also be showing off their unique talents with circus art on certain dates, so be sure to check the calendar to see who will be performing. Take Caltrain to San Francisco’s 4th & King Street, hop onto SFMTA 30 to Stockton Street & Sutter Street, and walk towards Union Square.
Central Park Music Series takes place in San Mateo’s Central Park every Thursday evening until August 17. Artists such as Forejour, Tito Garcia, and Urban Outlaws will be performing in this signature San Mateo event this summer. Take the Caltrain to San Mateo, hop on the SamTrans 250 or the ECR route to 4th Street & El Camino Real, and walk a block down as it’ll take you right to the rhythm of melodic musical experiences that will entertain your summer. Find a day you would want to sit down and enjoy the summer days with this free concert series as the band line-up is posted here.
Foster City Parks & Recreation and Gold Medal Martial Arts present the Summer Concert Series at the Leo Ryan Park Amphitheater on Friday nights from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. With acts such as a U2 Tribute band, Zoo Station and Cripple Creek Band, there are so many choices to choose from when you come to Foster City’s summer concert series. To get there, take SamTrans 256 bus route to East Hillsdale Boulevard & Shell Boulevard, and walk along Shell Boulevard to the Foster City Parks & Recreation Center.
Entertainment from a variety of genres such as a Doobie Brothers tribute band, Long Train Runnin’, Steel ‘n’ Chicago, Whiskey Dawn, and more will be performing. Make sure to check the website for which band you’d like to see. If you feel like you want more options, Redwood City’s Music in the Park has got you covered. Every Wednesday until August 16, artists such as Kyle Jester, Lost Dog Found, and Top Shelf will be performing at Stafford Park. These free outdoor concert series will get you pumped for your evenings all summer long. For Music in the Square, get off at the Redwood City Caltrain Station or the SamTrans ECR bus route and take a short walk along Broadway to get to the Courthouse Square. If you choose to go to Music in the Park, get off at the Redwood City Caltrain Station or take the SamTrans ECR bus route, and walk along Hopkins Avenue.
Menlo Park’s Summer Concert Series held at Fremont Park will be held on Wednesdays until August 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Local bands will be featured at the series with a variety of musical styles from jazz to today’s top hits. Take a look at the Concert Series Schedule as there’s plenty of room for dancing. If you’re going to take SamTrans, make sure to take the ECR route or hop off at the Menlo Park Caltrain station, and walk down Santa Cruz Avenue.
Mountain View’s Community Services Department presents Concerts on the Plaza happening every first Friday of the month until September from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Grab a blanket and bring a few friends down to the Civic Center Plaza for a variety of musical performances. Food trucks, beer and wine will be available. Take the Caltrain to the Mountain View Station and walk along Castro Street to the Civic Center Plaza.
Music in the Park in San Jose offers an array of music performing in the heart of downtown San Jose. From blues, rock, jazz, and more, you’ll have a grand time accompanied with food trucks, craft beer, fun and games for the whole family while discovering up and coming local acts. Check the website for the lineup and dates. Take Caltrain to the San Jose Diridon station and a brief VTA ride on the 902 lightrail to Paseo de San Antonio and walk towards Market Street.