The 2021 edition of Yerba Buena’s most exciting daytime event is coming up on Thursday, August 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Yerba Buena Day 2021 will take place throughout the Yerba Buena neighborhood with free events for fun-loving people of all ages.
Start the day at noon with an educational scavenger hunt featuring hidden works of art that can only be found in Yerba Buena. Your hunt begins at the American Bookbinders’ Museum (355 Clementina Street) where you can pick up your free guide booklet and let the search begin!
Next, grab lunch from one of many delicious Yerba Buena restaurants, and make your way to the Yerba Buena Gardens where the Yerba Buena Festival will feature The Cabanijazz Project at 12:30 p.m., performing Latin dance music led by conga player Javier Cabanillas, whom Drum Magazine calls “one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s most respected and busiest congueros.”
At 2:00 p.m., don’t miss the free Walking Tour of the Yerba Buena neighborhood to learn about Market Street’s past and explore the hidden streets and alleys of Yerba Buena. This 90-minute tour brings local history, activism, music, and pirating to life as actors portray the larger-than-life historical figures that gave this city its quirky and unique reputation.
At 4:00 p.m., Join host Nia McAllister for an afternoon of spoken word showcasing a phenomenal lineup of past featured poets from the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Open Mic series including Daniel B. Summerhill, Darius Simpson, Donté Clark, James Cagney, Jeanne Powell, Landon Smith, Lyn Patterson, Maud Alcorn, Tayleur Crenshaw, Teju Adisa-Farrar, Reggie Edmonds, Wanda Sabir, and Yeva Johnson.
Also at 4:00 p.m., Hip Hop For Change, presented by The Children’s Creativity Museum, will walk children of all ages through the history and hype of Hip Hop culture with an interactive beat-making workshop.
And if 4:00 didn’t have enough, you can head over to 111 Minna Gallery for their art reception featuring the work of Paint The Void, a group of local artists who have changed the face of San Francisco during the past year.
At 6:00 p.m., Finish the day strong in the Yerba Buena Gardens with Diasporic Futurism: Taking Up (Outer) Space, a multi-disciplinary performance featuring both art and live music. Presented by The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and The Contemporary Jewish Museum, this event will feature the latest iteration of an ongoing project by GLTTR with DJ Nina Sol, Leah King, Trovarsi, Juan Carlos Rodriguez Rivera, Afatasi The Artists, Sandy Vazquez, Black Fairy Dust, and more.
Also at 6:00 p.m, get a delicious cocktail at 111 Minna Gallery as they present The Blue J’s and La Gente SF. The Blue J’s renditions of bluegrass and Americana are a warm and rich tapestry of vocal talent and La Gente mixes up cumbia rhythms with fun melodies and explosive sounds.
For more information about Yerba Buena Day 2021, visit the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District website.