Every city, it seems, in the SF Bay Area has free weekly concerts. Does it get better than this? Below you will find a random list of cities offering free concerts. If you’re playing in one of these bands, feel free to post your site here and let us know about your band. If you know of another city offering free concerts, post it here and I’ll update my list!

Free Music Concerts Schedule

Free Music Concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area Cities

Saturday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday      Thursday

 Music on the Square Redwood City
Fridays,   6-8pm
June 7 – September 27, 2013

June 7 • Bon Jovi Tribute, Steel Horse
June 14 • Elton John Tribute, Kenny Metcalfs Elton John Tribute (early years)

kenny metcalf June 14  Elton John Tribute
Kenny Metcalfs Elton John Tribute
ELTON – THE EARLY YEARS captures 1970’s Elton John like no other tribute band. Seven seasoned musicians recreate an early Elton John show complete with bell-bottoms, platforms, glitter and sequins. Frontman Kenny Metcalf channels Elton while playing piano and providing lead vocals. Elton – the Early Years has entertained thousands and continue to walk in the legendary footsteps of th

June 21 • Yacht Rock, Mustache Harbor
June 28 • Pop/Soul, Pride & Joy

Pride and joyJune 28  Pop/Soul
Pride & Joy
During its 25 years of phenomenal success, Pride & Joy has remained the most popular band on the Bay Area music scene. This group is the Pride of the Bay Area and a Joy to anyone who loves to dance. They have achieved this by presenting the most timeless pop/soul music of our time in an electrifying high-style show that pulls the audience directly into the heart of their performance. “It’s always been natural for us to reach out and drawin the audience.We make the people feel they’re part of the performance because they are.”
July 5 • Johnny Cash Tribute, Cash Tribute
July 12 • Beach Boys Tribute, Surfin’ Safari
July 19 • Beatles Tribute, The Sun Kings
July 26 • Blues Festival Kick-Off, The West Coast Soul/Blues Review featuring – Pam Hawkins, Roman Carter and Jackie Payne
August 2 • 10 Piece, 60’s Soul Mash-Up Dance Party!, The Mashtones
From Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Sly and The Family Stone, Ike and Tina Turner, Martha & The Vandellas, The Isley Brothers, and many more
August 9 • Foreigner Tribute, Foreigner UnAuthorized
August 16 • Hits from the 80’s, 90’s, Love Fool
August 23 • Journey Tribute, Journey Revisited
August 30 • Santana Tribute, Caravanserai
September 6 • Reggae, Native Elements
September 13 • Michael Jackson Tribute, Foreverland
September 20 • Rockin’ Blues & Classics, The Kevin Russell Band
September 27 • Salsa, Mazacote

Santa Cruz Friday Night Music on the Boardwalk

2 shows for each band: 630 pm & 830 pm
June 14 – August 30, 2013

June 14 ABC “The Look of Love, Pt. 1”
Martin Fry


ABC helped kick-start the Eighties with their own brand of pop for the new decade. In May, 1982 their debut album “The Lexicon of Love” crashed straight into the UK charts at number one, showcasing their ground-breaking collection of hits including “Tears Are Not Enough“, “Poison Arrow“,  “The Look Of Love” and “All Of My Heart“.

ABC’s Martin Fry is a revelation, an ageless soul man belting out Vegas glitter pop and uptown House in his electric blue lounge suit.

ABC audiences and the press all agree that the energy and the vocals of the band today easily match what they put out back in the 80’s , giving audiences worldwide a great night of music and entertainment.

June 21 Gin Blossoms “Hey Jealousy”
June 28 Santana Original Lead Singer Gregg Rolie “Black Magic Woman”
July 5 The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill “She’s A Beauty”
July 12 Blue Öyster Cult “Don’t Fear The Reaper”
July 19 Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven “Low”
July 26 Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”

BerlinBerlin featuring Terri Nunn

For fans of electronic music and the far-reaching wave of style and pop culture that followed in the wake of the 80s,  Berlin vocalist Terri Nunn is an icon.

As the charismatic vocalist for a band that virtually launched electronic dance rock in the U.S., Terri earned the No. 11 spot on VH1’s list of the “100 Greatest Women in Rock.”


At this high-energy show enjoy hits like “No More Words,” “The Metro,” and “Take My Breath Away” which was featured in the 1986 movie Top Gun and reached #1 on the Billboard Top 100.

Aug 2 Y&T “Summertime Girls”
Aug 9 War “Low Rider”
Aug 16 Foghat “Slow Ride”
Aug 23 Eddie Money “Take Me Home Tonight”
Aug 30 Papa Doo Run Run “Santa Cruz Beach Party”

Music at the Market San Jose, Sand Pedro Market
Friday, from 7 pm – 9 pm
On-going in 2013
Music each and every Friday (and sometimes on Thursday and Saturdays, too).  Fridays are being powered by San Jose Jazz.

Jessica Johnson Live Friday May 31st @ 7:00pm
Mystique Band Live Friday June 7th @ 7:00pm
The Ugetsu Project Live Friday June 14th @ 7:00pm
Latin Sound Machine Live Friday June 21st @ 7:00pm
JC Smith Band Live Friday June 28th @ 7:00pm

Jazz & Blues by the Bay, Sausalito
Gabrielson Park
630 pm – 800 pm
May 31 – Aug 23, 2013o

Concert in the Park, Pleasanton
Lions Wayside Park, Neal and 1st Steet
700 pm – 830 pm
June 7 – August 30, 2013

Evergreen Village Summer Music Nights, San Jose
Evergreen Village Square
630 pm – 830 pm
June 14th – August 23, 2013

Rockin’ The Plaza, Davnille

Blackhawk Plaza
7 pm – 830 pm
July 5 – August 23, 2013

July 5 – Foreverland 
A Michael Jackson tribute band 
*FREE Fedoras
July 12 – The Boys of Summer
A Don Henley/Eagles tribute band 
*FREE beach balls
July 19 – David Martin’s House Party
*FREE Durag
Party dance beats from 60’s Beatles to the Black Eyed Peas
July 26 – Mustache Harbor 
Building a mustache army capable of creating a Soft Rock Explosion created by A.M. Gold
*FREE mustache
August 2 – Zydeco Flames
A high energy Rock & Soul band 
*FREE Air Guitar
August 9 – Pride & Joy 
Dance with timeless pop/soul music 
*FREE sunglasses
August 16 – The House Rockers
Premier Zydeco band with sizzling roots rhythms 
*FREE Mardi Gras Beads
kenny metcalfAugust 23 – Elton: The Early Years
Captures 1970’s Elton John like no other tribute band 
*FREE glasses
*One gift per guest while supplies last.




Friday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday      Thursday


Vasona Vibraions Los Gatos
Saturdays, from 5-7 pm
June 1st – July 27th, 2013
Vasona Lake County Park 333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, (408)354-2608

On the lawn near the Ranger Office, and just down the hill from the pedestrian entrance at University Ave and Pepper Tree Lane.

Highlight – Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic – Zydeco Music!

Classical Series – Redwood City
600 pm – 730  pm
June 29th , July 20th, 2013

Redwood Symphony
Saturday, June 29th

Redwood Symphony is an all-volunteer orchestra dedicated to the performance of ambitious, contemporary repertoire as well as the great orchestral classics with a special emphasis on education. Its August 2012 performance of the Berlioz Requiem at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco was critically acclaimed. Directed by Maestro Eric Kujawsky, members of the Redwood Symphony will offer familiar classical favorites from Bizet and Tchaikovsky along with a Sousa march and violinist Stephen Waarts will play selections from works by Saint-Saens and Mendelssohn.  A special treat this year will be a Beatles song, a preview of the concert the symphony and White Album Ensemble of Santa Cruz will perform across Broadway on August 10th at the Fox Theatre.
Tickets and more info at www.RedwoodSymphony.org.
San Pedro Square, San Jose
On-going in 2013
8 pm – 10 pm (except where noted)

Janelle Lasalle Live Saturday June 8th @ 8:00pm
Brooke Dabalos Live Saturday June 1st @ 8:00pm
The Honey Wilders Live Saturday June 15th @ 8:00pm
Scarry Little Friends Live Saturday June 22nd @ 8:00pm
Daydream Nation Vol. 15 feat. The Bang!, Skinny Ricky & The Casual Encounters Saturday June 29th @ 7:00pm

Angel Island Live, San FranciscoMay – September 2013
200 pm – 430 pm
Varied Artists every Saturday & Sunday afternoon.


Sounds of the Shore Redwood City
Music by the Water, Marlin Park
500 pm – 700 pm
June 23, July 21 & August 18, 2013

Los Gatos Music in the Park Artist Line Up
Sundays, 5-7 pm
Civic Center Lawn
June 16th – August 25th, 2013

Highlight: Long Train Running (6/30) Doobie Brothers Tribute; James Garner (7/7) Johnny Cash Tribute

Stern Grove San Francisco
Sundays at 2:00 pm
June 16 – August 18, 2013
Highlight: Michael McDonald & Boz Scaggs (6/16); Ramsey Lewis & Dee Dee Bridgewater (6/23)
Concerts in the Park, Santa Clara
Central Park Pavillion
230 pm – 400 pm
July 8 – August 19, 2013
Highlight: Sidesaddle & Co.  (8/5) Bluegrass
Classical Series – Redwood City
500 pm – 630 pm
July 21, Sept 22, 2013
Angel Island Live, San Francisco
May – September 2013
200 pm – 430 pm
Varied Artists every Saturday & Sunday afternoon.
Sunset by the Lake, Pleasant Hill
600 pm onwards
Every other Sunday, beginning May 26, 2013
Pleasant Hill City Hall, 100 Gerogory Lane
Highlight – East Bay Mudd – June 23rd

There are currently no events happening on Mondays

Flavors of Jazz, Santana Row
Various Outdoor Restaurant Patios
630 pm – 830 pm
July 2 – Aug 27, 2013
Commentary: Sadly, 50% of these are at LB Steak House, where vegetarians and vegans fear to tread. Still can’t understand the trend of opening Steak House after Steak House. Sad commentary on our society supporting unhealthy, artery-clogging food.
Friday     Saturday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Thursday

Sunnyvale Music Series Sunnyvale
June 19th – August 28th, 2013

June 19 – Pacific Standard Time (70’s  funk/r&b) www.pacificstandardtime.com
June 26  – Entourage Band (r&b, funk, new school)              www.entouragetheband.com 

July  03 – Sage (old school, r&b, dance)                 www.sagemusic.com

July 10 – Rodeo House (hi-nrg country rock)   http://rodeohouse.com/fr_home.cfm

July  17 – Tortilla Soup (salsa, latin, funk)                 www.tortillasoupmusic.com

July 24 – Long Train Running (doobie bros. tribute band)  www.longtrainrunnin.com

July 31 –  Touch-N-Go  (r&b, dance) – Clyde’s Favorite FUNK R&B Band

Aug. 07 – Radio (r&b, top 40)      www.radiobandmusic.com

Aug. 14 – 2  Bands! Classic Rock Double Shot
Steel Horse (music of bon jovi) www.steelhorsemusicofbonjovi.com/
OTR (rock, 70’s to today) http://www.otrband.net/

Aug. 21 – Busta-Groove! (top 40,  dance)                  www.busta-groove.com

Aug. 28 – The  Hitman (r&b)                    www.thehitmen.com 

Summer Sounds Concerts, Oakland
City Center Plaza Stage,13th and Broadway
1200 pm – 100 pm
June 6 – August 29, 2013

Napata and the Kisses – Wednesday, June 20
Napata and the Kisses is a non-stop revue featuring all the best traditions of American music – from the supple rhythms of Latin jazz to hard hitting R & B.

Zydeco Flames – Wednesday, June 27
Head to the Deep South with the Zydeco Flames and enjoy the West Coast’s premier Zydeco band, rooted in traditional Creole folk sounds.

KJ Allstars – Wednesday, July 7
Covering club hit artists like Flo Rida, Rihanna and Katy Perry; Vallejo’s KJ Allstars will get you on your feet with a rockin’ good time you won’t soon forget.

Hot Einstein – Wednesday, July 18
Hot Einstein turns it up playing classic covers of rock, pop, soul, and rhythm & blues classics you know and love while mixing in some original tunes of their very own.

Alexa Morales – Wednesday, July 25
Singer-songwriter Alexa Morales will move you with her lush vocal arrangements and jazz/pop/Latin fusion sounds.

Concerts in the Park, Santa Clara
Central Park Pavillion
630 PM – 800 pm
June 20th (Blues) & June 27th (Cajun and Zydeco), 2013

Catherine Russell @ Los Gatos – Dynamite Singer

Jazz on the Plazz – Los Gatos
Los Gatos Town Plaza
630 pm – 800 pm
June 26 – August 28, 2013

Kicks off with fantastic performer, Catherine Russell     June 23rd

Highlight: Monterey Jazz Festival Country High School All-Stars (8/21)

Music in the Park – Redwood City

cocktail monkeys

Stafford Park
6 pm – 8 pm
June 19 – August 14, 2013

June 19 • Rock/Pop
Cocktail Monkeys, Specializing in Rock, Pop, Motown & R&B

June 26 • Jump Swing
Lost Dog Found has been the driving force of the current swing revival in San Francisco since 2010 Hot Swing Is Back!

July 3 • Party Band
Livewire Showcases a great mix of the best danceable songs from the 1970s and 1980s through current hits, Livewire covers your favorite rock and dance songs from a variety of artists including Michael Jackson, Billy Idol, Journey, LMFAO, Katy Perry, and many others.

July 10 • Americana
Bundy Browne & The Expresso Rhythm Section (Rick Sigman, Dennis Harper, Casey Smiley) play a unique blend of original music in the “Americana” style, with hints of Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues and a touch of Reggae.

July 17 • Latin Salsa
FLO – Funky Latin Orchestra
Flo is pleasured and ready to sweep you off your feet with the smooth and energetic sounds of the Mambo, Latin Jazz, Old Skool Funk, Lain Rock, R & B, Pop, Oldies, Salsa and any other surprises that may be pulled out of their hat!

July 24 • BluesThe Pruneyard Music Fest – Campbell
2013- Unclear if event is happening this year
The Madison Blues Band featuring Kerry Daly on vocals is a six piece Chicago and Texas style blues band mixing upbeat dance tunes with soft torch ballads. We cover the spectrum of blues by the original artists- from Magic Sam to Bonnie Raitt adding our own sparkle gets our fans up and dancing.

July 31 • Zydeco
The Zydeco Flames have gained a reputation as the West Coast’s premiere Zydeco band.The Flames’ sixth CD release “Fire It Up”, provides fans with hot Zydeco in the tradition of masters like Clifton Chenier, Buckwheat Zydeco and Queen Ida.

August 7 • Motown
Pure Ecstasy is a Hot Band and a Class Act! From Motown, R&B, Jazz, Soul and Classic Standards, Preston Turner has assembled the Bay Area’s finest vocalists and musicians that can fulfill all of your entertainment needs.

August 14 • Rock/Soul
Jokers & Thieves play soul and funk dance grooves that keep people jumping, Jokers & Thieves also plays the new popular radio songs that fans recognize and enjoy.

Summer Concert Series, Menlo ParkFremont Park (University & Santa Cruz Avenue)
630 pm – 800 pm
June 19 – August 14, 2013

Note: June 19th – Block Party from 5 pm – 9 pm – Up Santa Cruz Avenue

The Pruneyard Music Fest – Campbell

In the back – by Hobees – Camera Theater
Wednesdays, 6 pm – 9 pm

2013- Unclear if event is happening this year.

Friday     Saturday     Sunday     Monday     Tuesday     Wednesday


Campbell Summer Concert Series, Campbell
Orchard City Green/Ainsley House; 70 N 1st Street
630 pm – 800 pm
June 20 – August 22, 2013

Highlights: Long Train Runnin’ (6/20) (Doobie Brothers Tribute), Isis and the Cold Truth (7/18) Rock & R&B, The Hitmen (8/15), 70s Funk, Disco, Latin

Summer Concert Series, Mountain View
Locations Vary – Check the website
630 pm – 800 pm
July 11 – August 9, 2013

Highlight – 8/1 – Pacific Mambo Orchestra  A 19 piece big band! Salsa, ChaCha and Merengue!

Summer Concert Series, Cupertino
Memorial Park Amphitheater
630 pm – 800 pm
June 6th – July 11th, 2013

Highlight: Volifonix (7/11) Hair-On-Fire Hot Rock/Funk

Summer Concert Series, Fremont
Central Park
600 pm – 800 pm
July 11th – Aug 15, 2013

July 11
Jukebox Heroes Decades of Billboard Hits July 18     Unauthorized Rolling Stones Tribute Band

July 25
Diablo Road Saddle Rack Country Band

August 1
Big Cat Tolefree New Flava Blues & Soul

August 8
East Bay Mudd Big Horn Band Playin’ R&B Hits

August 15
The Houserockers

Almaden Valley Summer Concert Series in the Park, San Jose
Graystone Park
630 pm – 800 pm
July 11 – August 1, 2013

Highlight: The Groove Kings – (8/1) Dance & Party Music

Music in the Glen, San Jose
Willow Glen Elementary School
630 pm – 830 pm
June 27 – August 8, 2013

Summer Jazz Concert Series, Palo Alto
Stanford Shopping Center btwn Nordstom and Crate and Barrel
600 pm – 730 pm
Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums
June 14 – August 16, 2013
June 14
The “summertime blues”

Stanford Jazz Workshop Faculty All-Stars
June 21

Citizen Rhythm Project
June 28
Citizen Rhythm is another evolution of fusion

Guitar Goddesses
July 5
guitarists Mimi Fox, Jane Getter and Leni Stern join forces to create an exciting new band called Guitar Goddesses.

Project de Congueros
July 12
Conceived by renowned jazz drummer Jaz Sawyer and percussionist Adrian Areas (son of legendary percussion master José “Chepito” Areas)

The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol
July 19
premier jazz vocalists on the scene, Faye Carol remains true to her Mississippi roots

Kai Eckhardt Zeitgeist
July 26
Internationally recognized for his pioneering work in the John McLaughlin Trio and the super-jamband Garaj Mahal

Dayna Stephens
August 2
Internationally renowned saxophonist/composer/educator Dayna Stephens is a force to watch out for.

Mads Tolling Quartet
August 9
Mads Tolling is an internationally renowned violinist, composer and member of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet.

Quinn DeVeaux and the Blue Beat Review
August 16
Led by the magnetic vocalist and guitarist Quinn DeVeaux, the Blue Beat Review distills the blues, gospel, country, and soul into a funky celebration.

Yes, we have an amazing amount of Free Concerts in the San Francisco Bay Area – Fremont Free Concerts, Los Gatos Free Concerts, San Jose Free Concerts, Sunnyvale Free Concerts, Marin Free Concerts, San Francisco Free Concerts Redwood City Free Concerts, Santa Clara Free Concerts in the Park, Los Altos Free Concerts, Campbell Free Concerts Summer Music Series , Cupertino Free Concerts, Santana Row Free Concerts, Summer Music Nights, Concerts in the Park, Summer Music Series, Summer Music, Summer Concert Series, Music in the Park, Jazz on the Plazz, Rockin’ The Plaza, Free Concerts in Danville

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