Want to walk in the footsteps of jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday? Once known as the ‘Harlem of the West,’ the Fillmore District was an integral part of San Francisco’s jazz history in the 1940s and 1950s. Nowadays, the jazz heritage lives on in their annual Fillmore Jazz Festival. Boasting itself as the largest free jazz festival on the West Coast, the festival takes over 12 blocks of Fillmore Street, filling it with live music, food, art, and all that jazz. Grooving to live jazz beats on multiple stages, you’ll be tempted to shimmy with jazz hands as you stroll through this historic street.
What kind of music can you expect at this festival? Well, the clue is in the title. The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival started as a strictly bluegrass music festival 15 years ago but now welcomes a wide range of genres, including folk, psychedelic soul, country pop, rock and roll, and even DJs spinning the best funk, reggae, and disco beats. Past musical artists include Emmylou Harris, Hazel Dickens, Jessica Pratt, and Monophonics. With over 100 musical artists and seven stages, this is a great festival to attend for those looking for a free, fun-filled weekend.