ANNUAL BENEFIT THE BIG PICNIC
FEATURES PEABO BRYSON & JEFFREY OSBORNE
TO KICK OFF 81ST SEASON OF ADMISSION-FREE CONCERTS
AT SAN FRANCISCO’S INIMITABLE OUTDOOR CONCERT VENUE
It will be an exciting opening day for the Stern Grove’s Festival this year. Check out the news release below:
San Francisco, Calif. — Friday, March 16, 2018 — Stern Grove Festival Association embarks on its 81st Season with The Big Picnic, the organization’s annual fundraiser, on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at Sigmund Stern Grove, located at 19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard in San Francisco.
Annually, Stern Grove Festival raises upwards of $3 million in donations from individuals, foundations, members, and corporations, to sustain its ambitious admission-free programming. Stern Grove Festival’s iconic fundraising event, The Big Picnic, raises nearly $600,000 each year and kicks off the Festival’s summer season of free concerts and arts education programs.
The Big Picnic Party is a ticketed, private event taking place at 11:30 a.m. before the concert at Stern Grove Festival. Ticket-holders receive parking and reserved picnic table seating in the meadow for the concert. The Big Picnic Concert inaugurates the Festival’s 81st Season with a free performance at 2 p.m. featuring two of America’s most lauded R&B/soul sensations, Peabo Bryson & Jeffrey Osborne. The concert is admission-free and open to the public with concert meadow lawn seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. For tickets to The Big Picnic Party and more information, please visit: www.sterngrove.org/thebigpicnic.
To help plan The Big Picnic this year, the Festival is pleased to welcome Ilana Vasconcelos as the organization’s new Director of Development. Mrs. Vasconcelos joins the Stern Grove Festival team after spearheading for four years the de Young Museum’s largest annual fundraiser, Bouquets to Art. She has previously served in various administrative roles at prestigious San Francisco non-profits including Presidio Trust, Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Asian Art Museum.
Mrs. Vasconcelos’ initial work with Stern Grove Festival is to elevate its annual fundraiser, The Big Picnic. She says, “The Big Picnic is a day where the Festival’s board, donors, sponsors, performers, staff, and patrons should be celebrated — we should all feel good about what the Festival has provided to the community for FREE, year after year!”
Admission-free concerts at Stern Grove Festival occur every Sunday at 2 p.m. for 10 consecutive weeks from June 17 – August 19, 2018. Stern Grove Festival announces the complete 81st Season artist lineup on May 1, 2018.
In addition to the free concerts, the Festival presents a series of free arts education programs for Bay Area children. Registration is now open for Stern Grove Festival’s free interactive arts workshops, Kids Days, for children ages 4-11. For more information, please visit: sterngrove.org/kidsdays.
Information regarding admission, facilities, and access to Stern Grove Festival is available at sterngrove.org or call (415) 252-6252.