Free theater festival coming to San Francisco

At a time when thrift is in style, what better way to serve that objective than free stuff, such as free entertainment.

The 6th annual San Francisco Theater Festival to be held on Sunday, July 26, 2009, from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm is an extravaganza of 100 shows at the Yerba Buena arts complex and is entirely free. And there are 20 free children’s shows that are a part of the San Francisco Children’s Theater Festival, which is held simultaneously.

The festival is the largest theater event of the year. With determination and a lively stride from stage to stage, a festivalgoer can see 20+ shows without laying out one cent. One can also cut food costs by picnicking in the gardens between shows. Also, the festival is easily reached by public transportation or bicycle so parking fees can be avoided too.

The Festival program is a tasting event, consisting of short performances, excerpts, one-acts and scenes, under 30 minutes, at eight indoor and six outdoor stages. This unique festival has become an important showcase for theater groups and performers, as well as one of the Bay Area’s most popular one-day free summer festivals. All types of theater are presented, including drama, comedy, musical theater, Shakespeare, solo performers, improv, children’s shows, new works, workshops, opera, etc. There are many shows to choose from all going on at the same time.

The festival, with attendance of 8-10,000, takes place at Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Zeum, the Metreon, and this year includes the new Contemporary Jewish Museum.

Yerba Buena Gardens is located between Mission & Folsom, Third & Fourth Streets in San Francisco.

Find out more about the event at www.ybgf.org.