Your Guide to Summer: KQED Arts Picks the Best in Bay Area Art, Film and Music

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Childish Gambino, who won the Grammy for Record of the Year with "This is America," joins Paul Simon as a headliner of the Outside Lands music festival. (Photo by: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

A free outdoor concert with the San Francisco Symphony. A Lake Merritt barbecue that aims to help fight racism. A film festival featuring only Godzilla flicks. They’re all part of the Bay Area’s lively summer arts season. Forum talks with KQED Arts staff about their top picks for museums, music, movies and more this summer. We’ll also consider the state of the Bay Area arts scene--how artists survive amid the high cost of living, and what the trend toward corporate ownership of live music venues means for local musicians. And we want to hear from you: What shows and events are you excited for this summer?

KQED Arts summer guides:

Hot Summer Guide 2019: A Wave of Bay Area Visual Art

Hot Summer Guide 2019: Bay Area Movies and Film Festivals to Beat the Blockbusters

Hot Summer Guide 2019: The Bay Area's Best Outdoor Concerts

Hot Summer Guide 2019: Get Outside in the East Bay this Summer

Summer Guide 2019: How the South Bay Plans to Party This Summer

If you're reading this late: The most updated list of summer events from KQED Arts

NPR bonus:

NPR's Summer Movie Guide: 27 Films Coming Soon


Gabe Meline, senior editor, KQED Arts

Nastia Voynovskaya, music editor, KQED Arts

Pendarvis "Pen" Harshaw, columnist, KQED Arts; host, Rightnowish