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    General Information

The San Francisco Blues Festival is the longest continuously running blues festival in the United States. Founded in 1973 by Tom Mazzolini, the San Francisco Blues Festival takes place at the Great Meadow, Fort Mason, located in the City's Marina District. The Great Meadow is one of the finest sites in San Francisco, with spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, passing ships and sailboats, and the surrounding hills of the City and Marin County.

Buddy Guy
Buddy Guy

Photo by Michael Mendelson

Since its beginnings in 1973, the SFBF has featured some of the biggest names in the blues, including: B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, Robert Cray, Albert King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Etta James, Taj Majal, Keb' Mo', Little Richard, Ruth Brown and Allen Toussaint, Gatemouth Brown, Otis Rush, Dr. John, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, and Charlie Musselwhite, to name a few.

Happy Crowd
A happy crowd enjoys
a day of the blues

Photo by Will Wallace

To go along with the music, the Festival also features an array of food and beverages from California Cuisine and Barbeque to New Orleans delights. Micro beers and wine are available. A variety of booths will sell blues-related CD's and tapes, books, t-shirts, hats, posters, and others.

Festival seating is general admission, on the grass. A reserved section, lawn seating, is also available. (ADVANCE ONLY) Lawn chairs are not to exceed 30" high. Some chairs will be available for rent. Hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and coverup clothing are advised. Weather is usually sunny, but ocean breezes can pick up in the late afternoons.

  • Coolers not to exceed 12x12 inches! Backpacks are also allowed. No glass, alcohol, cans, video or audio recorders are permitted.
  • Children under 10 free.
  • No pets allowed except guide dogs.
  • Wheelchair access at Franklin and Bay Streets.
  • Paid Parking at Marina Middle School, Bay at Webster Streets. $10. Proceeds go to the school.
  • Entrance to Festival at Marina Boulevard and Laguna Street.
  • General admission prices:
    $35 per day in advance.
    $40 per day at the gate.
    $55 two-day ticket (ADVANCE ONLY)
    No two-day tickets sold at the gate.
    See Ticket Information .
  • Reserved lawn seating
    $50 single-day reserved lawn seating (ADVANCE ONLY)
    $80 two-day reserved lawn seating (ADVANCE ONLY)
  • Gates open at 10:00 a.m. each day
  • ATM available inside Festival.
  • Call (415) 979-5588 for recorded details or visit

Production Staff

Producer: Tom Mazzolini
Stage Manager: Mike Dingle
Director of Logistics: Scott Redmond
Director of Concessions: Lenny Ivler
Performer Liaison: Karen Larsen
Executive Assistant: Velma Kingsbury
Graphics: Bill Roarty
Publicist: Glodow.Nead Communications

For press information call 415.394.6500

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