The Daily Cal Summer Arts Calendar

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Before reading on, check out this Daily Cal summer calendar which aggregates all the concerts, festivals and other entertaining performances coming to the Bay Area!

June 29 to 30: San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration and Parade
SF Pride has beginnings that date back to 1972, with a few name changes over the years, and is the largest gathering of LGBT people and allies in the nation. Celebrating its 42nd anniversary with the theme “Embrace, Encourage, Empower,” the two-day celebration will take place at Civic Center Plaza in downtown San Francisco. The Pride Parade is open to all ages with a donation entrance fee of $5; proceeds support over 40 local nonprofit organizations. SF Pride’s mission is “to educate the World, celebrate our culture, commemorate our heritage, and liberate our people.”

Aug. 24 to 25: First City Festival
First City Festival is a reincarnation, so to speak, of the Monterey Pop Festival, a three-day concert held June 1967, which featured artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Who and Janis Joplin. At this year’s inaugural festival, First City is set to feature a taut lineup of artists, including headliners Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Neko Case, MGMT, Toro y Moi and Beach House. Other standout acts are Devendra Banhart, Purity Ring, Tennis and Generationals. The festival’s location at the Monterey County fairgrounds also provides a carnival atmosphere, with rides and games to accompany the music.

First Fridays: Oakland Art Murmur
As it has been since 2006, First Friday of the Oakland Art Murmur takes place the first Friday of every month. If you haven’t had the chance to venture into the neighboring city on a first Friday during the school year — what with all the frat parties, co-op functions, excess study sessions and what have you — summer provides a good chance to do so. First Friday is an eight-block festival with live music and food trucks as well as 25 art vendors that open to the local East Bay community. First Friday’s hours are 5 to 9 p.m.

Sundays on Telegraph
Stay close to home, and get your street fair fix right here in Berkeley. Telegraph Avenue closes for three blocks between Dwight Way and Durant Avenue every Sunday in the summer for the weekly street fair from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., displaying all that Berkeley locals have to offer, including street vendors, food and live music. Vendors sell jewelry and other handmade wares while jazz, blues, Hawaiian and even Indonesian musicians are invited to perform. While the campus is relatively barren during the summer months, Sunday street fairs on Telegraph bring some life back to Berkeley.

Summer Concerts at the Greek Theatre
Built in 1903, the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre, better known simply as the Greek Theatre, has set the stage for graduations, public speakers and shows. Its beautiful outdoor setting makes it an ideal venue for summer concerts. Located right on campus, the Greek Theatre will host a number of notable shows this summer, including Los Angeles-based indie groups She & Him and The Postal Service. Cal Performances is also scheduled to present the Great Rodeo Sessions, featuring cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Stuart Duncan, bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile.

Aug. 9 to 11 Outside Lands Festival
Set in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Outside Lands boasts music, food, wine, beer and art and has seen the likes of headlining acts such as Radiohead, Beastie Boys, The Black Keys and Stevie Wonder since it began in 2008. This year’s headliners are Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails and Phoenix. Other acts will include Vampire Weekend, Zedd, Daughter, Jessie Ware and Young the Giant. There will also be a supplementary DJ dome, featuring the Plump DJs and Whitenoize, among others. Tickets for the three-day festival go for about $250 a pop.