The last few years have brought lots of changes to outer Balboa Street including new restaurants, new streetscaping, and a parklet; some media have promoted the micro-neighborhood as a destination for dining and shopping.
That positive momentum will continue with the street’s first community music festival on April 16, “Playland on Balboa”.
“The purpose of this free music and art festival is to feature the vibrant music and arts community in the Richmond District as well as bustling merchant corridor of local business and activity,” said Michelle Cusano, Executive Director of the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, organizers of the festival.
“Playland on Balboa” will feature various musical acts and entertainment along Balboa Street between 34th and 37th Avenues. There will also be an Art Walk featuring local artists with displays throughout the neighborhood, and various community organizations will set-up information tables and activities for children and families.
Organizers expect about 1,000 attendees at the festival, which also happens to coincide with National Record Store Day. To celebrate, Balboa Street’s Noise Record Store and the venerable Balboa Theater will co-host screenings of two documentaries about Tower Records (1pm and 3pm), and the hyperlocal documentary “Remembering Playland” at 4:30pm.
Keep an eye on the event’s Facebook page for information on bands that will be performing and other activities that get added to the schedule. The festival runs from 2pm until 6pm on Balboa between 34th and 37th Avenues.
See you there!