The Commons on 3rd Thursdays Events Kick-Off New Commons Initiative

Public-Private Partnership Brings Family-Friendly Inclusive Event Featuring Food, Fun & Festivities to Center of the City:
July 20, August 17, September 21 & October 19: 5pm – 9pm

The eponymous series of family-friendly and inclusive “happenings” will take place from 4pm–8pm on July 20, August 17, September 21 and October 19 with plans already under discussion for a Holiday period series. With free programming provided by People in Plazas, Another Planet Entertainment and Noise Pop, food and over-21 beverages will be for-sale from Off the Grid and a host of activities provided by San Francisco Recreation & Parks. In addition, the Asian Art Museum will offer extended evening hours with the Civic Center Community Benefit District providing event coordination and staffing.

The “Commons on 3rd Thursdays” series of events grew out of the Civic Center Commons Initiative: a strategy to significantly improve the day-to-day safety, comfort and experience of the three public spaces between Market Street and City Hall. The goal: transform the area’s public spaces into a unique gathering place that works for everyone, every day, especially for families and children who live and work in the Tenderloin and Central Market areas.

The initiative is led by the City and County of San Francisco and its community partners to create a unified, inclusive civic commons. The goal of the overall effort is to increase regular programming in Civic Center Plaza, UN Plaza, and Fulton in between the Asian Art and the Library. Over the coming months, the effort intends to rebrand the whole area as a ‘commons’ and begin to manage it as a single civic gathering space that is open, accessible and attractive to everyone, especially area residents.

All three of the linked public spaces – UN Plaza, Fulton Street between the Library and the Asian Art Museum and Civic Center Plaza -- will be programmed during the Commons on 3rd Thursdays, including food trucks and bar trucks provided by Off the Grid. Another Planet Entertainment will be booking emerging local artists for the main stage on Fulton Street, kicking off the series with Bay Area powerhouse Sal’s Greenhouse. Noise Pop and People in Plazas programming stages and additional activities at Civic Center and UN Plazas.