Comedians, people in very large hats, one-man shows, and the world’s only pencil musician join the dozens of theater companies converging on Yerba Buena Center this weekend.

In a cunning plot to rope in new audiences, the San Francisco Theater Festival puts on a whole cluster of shows at Yerba Buena Center once a year - all for free.

Now in its seventh year, the festival expects some 10,000 people to flood in for 120 shows from companies like Beach Blanket Babylon, the Marsh, Pianofight, and Lamplighters Musical Theater. Rob Ready of Pianofight says, “Theaterfest allows us to reach thousands of people in one day, and offend all of them at once."
August 8. Yerba Buena Center. Free.