About Saturday in the Park McLaren


Saturday in the Park McLaren was envisioned in 2005 when, Friends of McLaren Park (FOMP) created a separate group specifically to focus on bringing more performance art to the underused John McLaren Park Amphitheater. 

After FOMP and FACE (Friends and Advocates of Crocker Amazon and the Excelsior) successfully lobbied the City to name the park’s amphitheater in honor of the iconic lead singer and Excelsior native Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead the date of October 29, 2005 was set as the amphitheater.dedication and naming celebration.

For this City dedication FOMP and FACE created a free concert headlined by the Jefferson Starship and joined by several local bands. Immediately following the success of this concert and the interest of City leaders, neighbors and local talent, the advocacy group “Friends of the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater” was created to activate the venue and design an annual free music concert series.

FOMP and the Friends of the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater increased their lobbying City Hall to fund improvements to John McLaren Park and tirelessly worked through the many hurdles of bringing this lovely outdoor Greek-style Amphitheater back to life and to the attention of locals, many who never knew this great performance venue existed.

In the fall of 2013 the first 6 afternoons of free, family-friendly concerts named “Saturday in the Park McLaren” were presented at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Each of the professionally-produced performances featured a diverse line-up of national and local performers like Bill Ortiz, Wake the Dead and Alvon Johnson, and varied musical genres. Now in its 5th year, Saturday in the Park will close its 2017 season having presented 32 concerts.

Saturday in the Park exists to celebrate community through music, dance, art and collaboration. It welcomes everyone to take some time out to enjoy art, music, youth and children shows in San Francisco’s 2nd largest park. Saturday in the Park McLaren offers the music and performing arts community a place to perform at an affordable rate and.is committed to keeping this jewel of a place busy.

NOTE: The "Friends of the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater" are NOT the same as nor affiliated with the similar-sounding “Friends of Jerry Garcia Amphitheater” or “McLaren Park Summer Stage”