Standing as one of the Bay Area’s oldest outdoor concert venues, Stern Grove continues to provide its visitors with the biggest and best names in the music industry covering all types of genres. Dating all the way back to 1932, Stern Grove’s first concert debuted San Francisco Symphony’s Jascha Veissi, a principal violinist. Today, names like WAR, Mavis Staples, Ozomatli, Smokey Robinson, and The Doobie Brothers have graced the iconic stage. Stern Grove differs from other outdoor concert venues being that it is a natural amphitheatre surrounded by fir and redwood trees, providing a unique experience that no other venue provides.
Stern Grove, 19th Ave & Sloat Blvd, San Francisco, CA, USA, +1 415 242 5200
Popular among college students being that it’s minutes away from UC Berkeley, The Greek Theatre serves as a hip and happening venue to see the best performances in the music industry. Reminiscent of the ancient Greek theatre of Epidaurus, the theatre provides an incomparable experience for hearing live music. Names like Jason Mraz and Paul Simon are just a few of the legendary artists who have performed at this venue. The Greek Theatre serves as a picturesque outdoor concert venue with its exclusive architecture and almost always perfect weather!
The Greek Theatre, 2001 Gayley Rd, Berkeley, CA, USA, +1 510 548 3010
Travel to the northwest part of the Peninsula and you will discover Mountain View’s Shoreline Amphitheatre. Home to many festivals and big names, Shoreline has been providing the Bay Area with prominent performances for the past 30+ years. Enjoy views from every spot, either on the general lawn or in reserved seating. Visitors can enjoy a variety of amenities ranging from permanent and porta-potty restrooms to drink posts at several accessible locations.
Shoreline Amphitheatre, 1 Amphitheatre Pkwy, Mountain View, CA, USA, +1 650 967 4040
Similar to Shoreline Amphitheatre is Concord Pavilion, located across the way in the East Bay. With both plush lawn seating and comfortable assigned seating, concert attendees are bound to enjoy the show from wherever they are. With a maximum capacity reaching just over 12,000, Concord Pavilion serves as the perfect place for festivals and big names like Chris Brown and Fleetwood Mac.
Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd, Concord, CA, USA, +1 925 676 8742