3rd Thursday: Aug 17


Aug 17 | 4-8pm

  • UN Plaza
  • Fulton Street between the Library & the Asian Art Museum
  • Civic Center Plaza

Cost: Free & Open to the public

Commons on 3rd Thursdays
Enlivens Plazas Around SF’s Tenderloin & Central Market


Off the Grid Markets
Another Planet Entertainment
Noise Pop
Civic Center Commons
Civic Center Community Benefit District
The City and County of San Francisco
People in Plazas
Market Street Association

Public Private Partnership Brings Family-Friendly Inclusive Event Featuring Food, Fun and Festivities to Center of the City:

  • 4pm – 8pm
  • July 20
  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
Extensive programming provided by Another Planet Entertainment, Asian Art Museum, Noise Pop, Off the Grid, SF Recreation & Parks and People in Plazas
Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
Office of Economic & Workforce Development
Civic Center CBD
Civic Center CBD Coordinate Inaugural Series


13 July 2017 – San Francisco, CA: “The public space should be intentional,” opined acclaimed American artist Janet Echelman, known internationally for her outdoor installations. “It should be obvious that you belong.” Instilling just such a sense of “intentional belonging” for San Francisco’s Tenderloin and Central Market environs is the goal of the Commons on 3rd Thursdays (#commonsthursdays) an ambitious public-private effort spearheaded by the Office of Economic & Workforce Development in partnership with a wide range of nonprofits and cultural groups.

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.

“With the 'Commons on 3rd Thursdays' series of events, San Francisco is working with our community groups and private partners to enliven public spaces within the Civic Center neighborhood,”
“These spaces play a critical role in our civic life and provide areas where San Franciscan families can come together to connect and unite around our shared values. With new housing opportunities attracting more families to this neighborhood, it is important that we foster a unified gathering place at the Civic Center.”
San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee

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 are programming stages and additional activities at Civic Center and UN Plazas.

Of course, where there is entertainment, there is food. Stepping up to the plate to provide the culinary experience of the Commons on 3rd Thursdays is Off the Grid.
“We are very pleased to be involved with the formation of the Commons on 3rd Thursdays,” said Mary Conde of Another Planet Entertainment. “It’s an excellent opportunity for a meaningful public/private partnership.”
Off the Grid

“Off the Grid is thrilled to expand on our footprint around Mid-Market and be a part of this terrific collaboration with the City, Another Planet, Noise Pop and others,” said Off the Grid Founder Matt Cohen. “We are honored to play a part in bringing more great food to Civic Center for this Thursday evening experience."

Confirmed Off the Grid vendors for the Commons on 3rd Thursdays, include:

The Boneyard


Frozen Kuhsterd

Japanese Ramen

Kurotaka Ramen


Gaga’s Rollin Diner

Asian Fusion

Hula Truck

Mayan Cuisine


Schedule of Programming


People in Plazas

Sandor y Su Mecanica

Sandor y Su Mecanica is a collective brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians from Cuba and The United States educating the public at large with performances, workshops and lectures. Featuring Local Legends such Fito Reinoso , Carlos Caro, Livan Montoya and many more. La Mecanica also serves as landing spot for Cuban musicians when they first arrive.
  • DJ Walt Digs: 4pm - 5pm
  • Sandor y Su Mecanica: 5pm – 5:50pm
  • DJ Walt Digs: 5:50pm – 6:10pm
  • Sandor y Su Mecanica: 6:10pm – 7pm
  • DJ Walt Digs: 7pm – 8pm

Another Planet

Sal’s Greenhouse

Bay Area vocal powerhouse and baritone saxophonist, Sally Green formed her band, Sal's Greenhouse to get the listeners shaking and showcase her more than considerable talents in an original music setting. Sal’s Greenhouse built an impressive body of original music with a varied blend of influences like Nikka Costa, Brand New Heavies, Sharon Jones, and many more, resulting in a completely unique and original funky and soulful sound that feels good and moves its fast growing audience.
  • DJ Funklor: 4pm – 5:15pm
  • Rojai: 5:15pm-6pm
  • Sal’s Greenhouse: 6:30pm-8pm

Noise Pop


Xiomara’s vocal stylings flow effortlessly along the Jazz, Soul, R&B and Hip-Hop spectrum. With influences ranging from Afro-Cuban folkloric rhythms through Blues and Classical, hers is a unique sound, only partially explained by her Berkeley roots. On her masterful breakthrough album, Seven Nineteen, Xiomara brings powerful, raw emotion at every turn.
  • Xiomara: 6:10pm - 6:50pm
  • SFJazz High School Ensemble: 5:00pm - 5:40pm
  • SF Rock Project: 4:00pm-4:30pm



The Caribbean Allstars are pioneers in the Bay Area reggae scene and longtime regulars at Ashkenaz. The ensemble's geographical roots range from Jamaica and South America to West Africa and the U.S.,They began joining together their musical forces and international backgrounds during the early 1970s. Out of such predecessors as Obeah and the Sons of Creation, the Caribbean Allstars were formed and became the founding fathers of Bay Area roots reggae. Although many musicians have come through the band since its founding, it has long been guided by its director, Trinidad born drummer Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard. The Caribbean Allstars not only play Jamaican reggae with a traditional electric bass-drumsguitars-keyboards lineup, but also add steel drums to bring in South Caribbean calypso and soca styles of Trinidad and Tobago, producing rhythms that drive listeners to the dance floor. Over the years the band has performed with an array of talent, including Taj Mahal, Narada Michael Walden, and Carlos Santana. Santana played on their second album and introduced them as "My favorite band" at the 1987 Bay Area Music Awards (Bammies). The Allstars were featured on Ashkenaz's 30th anniversary cd and have for many years been one of the core bands of the Ashkenaz world music and dance community.



oMega brings her own unique blend of style and creativity to some of her favorite influences such as Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Maze and more! Accompanied by some of the bay's best musicians, oMega LIVE! will give you a reason to bob your head, get up to dance and sing out loud! We prefer all of the above.



Little David Rose's thumpin' stand-up bass, the double-shuffle drumming of Lee Beary, and the bounce piano of Scott Lawrence provide the rhythmic foundation of the band's jump style. Riffing on top is the trumpet sound of Robert Dehlinger and Jeff "Erv" Ervin on the saxophone. These two fellas create the fireworks of vintage rhythm and blues. The charming Glen Earl Brown Jr on vocals and have become a trademark of Stompy Jones.

Community partners

San Francisco People in Plazas

About People in Plazas

What began as a forum for street performers who were paid by passing the hat has become a program that provides wide exposure and more than 500 paid “gigs” annually for local musicians. The series has grown to producing 120 + free performances at lunchtime in public plazas Monday through Friday in July, August and September. The program reaches an audience of more than 30,000 annually. In addition, we have produced community gatherings including movie nights, poetry readings, artisan fairs and other events that encourage community use of public spaces. Its mission is to encourage visitors, residents and workers to use our outdoor public spaces. We strive to make these spaces "everyone's neighborhood". We do this by producing free events in public spaces that are often underused. The “People in Plazas” series is supported by the Mayor’s Office, Art Commission, SFPD the SF Entertainment Commission and a grant from the Hotel Tax Fund /Grants for the Arts.


Another Planet Entertainment

About Another Planet

Another Planet Entertainment, LLC (Another Planet) was created on July 18, 2003 when Gregg W. Perloff, President/CEO of Bill Graham Presents, left to build his own company. Since its inception in 2003, Another Planet Entertainment has been honored by a vote of its concert industry peers for a total of 14 nominations and 4 wins by Pollstar Magazine. In 2016, Gregg Perloff received the “Promoter of the Year Award” from Pollstar Magazine.

Another Planet is the exclusive promoter for the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the Fox Theater in Oakland, The Independent, a 500-capacity nightclub in San Francisco, and Harvey's Outdoor Amphitheatre in Lake Tahoe. In 2010, APE was honored to be awarded the exclusive contract to operate the historic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, a flexible capacity multi-use event and concert space that holds up to 8,500. Another Planet also successfully produces three major festivals – Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival (beginning in 2008), Treasure Island Music Festival (beginning in 2007) and Life is Beautiful (beginning in 2013).

Another Planet Entertainment has produced well over 5,000 events with artists as diverse as Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Neil Young, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Metallica, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Muse, Robert Plant, Phish, Elton John, Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Adele, Lady Gaga, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Simon & Garfunkel.


About the Asian Art Museum

The Asian Art Museum is one of San Francisco's premier arts institutions and home to a worldrenowned collection of more than 18,000 Asian art treasures from throughout Asia spanning 6,000 years of history. Through rich art experiences, centered on historic and contemporary artworks, the museum unlocks the past for visitors, bringing it to life while serving as a catalyst for new art, new creativity and new thinking. Open until 9 pm on Thursdays and Fridays through Sept 29.


About The Civic Center Commons Initiative

The Civic Center Commons Initiative is a strategy to significantly improve the day-to-day safety, comfort and experience of the three public spaces between Market Street and City Hall. Civic Center Commons is the first step in transforming the three spaces into a unique gathering place that works for everyone, every day - especially for families and children. The initiative is led by the City and County of San Francisco and community partners to create a unified, inclusive civic commons.

CCC Initiative Overview

Noise Pop

About Noise Pop

Established in San Francisco in 1993, Noise Pop is one of the nation’s leading independent music promoters. Over the last 25 years Noise Pop’s namesake festival has provided exposure to some of the top emerging artists, many of which have gone on to widespread acclaim.

Noise Pop is also the year-round talent buyer for the venerable San Francisco venue the Swedish American Hall, which includes Cafe du Nord, as well as producer of the free celebration of musical and culinary delights, the 20th Street Block Party. Additionally Noise Pop partners with various organizations, venues and institutions to produce events throughout the year including the SFMOMA, California Sunday Magazine and Academy of Sciences.


About Off the Grid

Off the Grid Markets are founded on the idea of bringing communities together through amazing shared food experiences. Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over 50 weekly public markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Off the Grid seeks to maintain a shared sense of space by collaborating with local businesses and communities to activate novel public spaces with truly unique experiences.


About SF Rec and Park Department

SF Rec and Park overseen by the Recreation and Park Commission, stewards more than 4,000 acres of recreational and open space that includes more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, in addition to Sharp Park and Camp Mather located outside of the city limits. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are iconic landmarks such as Civic Center Plaza, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, as well as the Marina Yacht Harbor, Lake Merced, and the San Francisco Zoo. Currently, Civic Center Plaza is undergoing a $10 million renovation improving its two playgrounds. The Department offers Zumba classes, youth soccer, adult bocce ball, adult kickball, and volleyball games as well as food trucks in partnership with Off-The-Grid at Civic Center Plaza since 2010.


Parking & Transit

The organizers of The Commons on Third Thursdays welcome you to the Civic Center Commons. You can get here easily on either BART or Muni at the Civic Center Station. If you are driving, parking is available at three locations: the Civic Center garage (355 McAllister), the garage at UC Hastings (376 Larkin), and the garage at Trinity Place (entrances at 33 Eight Street and 1188 Mission St).
the commons on 3rd Thursdays