Some have called it the most eclectic evening of free music, dance, art, video and live performance in San Francisco and anyone who has attended it will agree. The 4th annual Yerba Buena Night is a free outdoor festival on Saturday Oct. 11th from 6 pm to 10 pm in the heart of Yerba Buena, San Francisco’s most exciting neighborhood. Packed with more than 40 performances on five stages in Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Lane, Yerba Buena Center of the Arts and Annie Street Plaza, Yerba Buena Night is known for its great vibe, endless surprises and fun crowds. It’s why more than 9,000 people flocked there in 2013. The nonprofit Yerba Buena Community Benefit District presents the event. “Yerba Buena Night is getting bigger and better every year with exciting new performers,” said Kim Mercado, YBCBD’s events manager. “The caliber of the talent this year is incredible.” Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Rin Tin Tiger, Robot Dance Party, Bad Unkl Sista, Grupo Samba Rio, Supperclub Live in Annie Street Plaza, Aerialists Earth to Sky, and more are part of the line-up. A full list is at www.ybnight.org. New this year are Off the Grid food trucks and special food, parking and drink specials by neighborhood businesses. There are also large-scale video projections, a chalk artist, and interactive stations. A number of neighborhood restaurants are offering drink and food specials. Supperclub LIVE will again be an integral part of the Yerba Buena Night. The director’s name is “3” — renown for his amazing shows and video performances. “What am I? I’m a dancer, a producer, a director and an artist, but that’s just the beginning,” he said. “I love being involved in this event because it allows me to really spread my wings. We’re going to have some special surprises this year, so please come! It’s a one-of-a-kind evening because the performers are fabulous and also—it’s free!” Curt Yagi & The People Standing Behind Me will be performing. Yagi and his band have been garnering positive reviews for years. "People keep comparing him to other artists, but I think he just sounds like Curt Yagi, and that is plenty good enough. This is one excellent singer and songwriter,” wrote Ben Fong-Torres, former senior editor of Rolling Stone. Yagi loves the event’s vibe. “It’s a highly professional event and we’re proud to be invited again,” he said. “The crowds are so receptive. During most shows, people leave right after, but at Yerba Buena Night they come up to us and want to meet us. It’s a very friendly, interested group and that’s why it’s become THE show that every SF performer wants to be in!” The Yerba Buena Alliance Art Walk kicks off Yerba Buena Night from 4 pm to 7 pm where visitors can explore neighborhood cultural institutions and museums for free. Here are some tips to fully enjoy the 2014 Yerba Buena Night:
- Learn about the acts and more at www.ybnight.org
- Plan Your Night: When you arrive, pick up your Yerba Buena Night Program at the Information Booth at Yerba Buena Lane and Mission Street from 4-10pm, so that you can find the acts to see and plan your evening.
- Arrive Early: The Yerba Buena Alliance Art Walk starts at 4 pm and Yerba Buena Night kicks off at 6 pm.
- Take Public Transportation: Yerba Buena Night is easily accessible by BART, MUNI and walking distance from SamTrans and Caltrain.
- Bike: The YBCBD has partnered with the SF Bike Coalition to offer free bike parking in Jessie Square and the YBCBD Portable Bike Corral will be available for additional free bike parking at Annie Street Plaza.
- Drive: There is a special $5 flat fee for parking at the Hearst Parking Center, 45 Third Street.