A Downton Abbey Picnic

Summer outings at San Francisco’s Stern Grove were once an aristocratic affair.

A picnic isn’t what it used to be. Butlers and bowlers no more. That was so 1932. Things may change, but they also stay the same. In the ensuing 80 or so years, Stern Grove Festival is still held in a natural amphitheater, tucked as it is in redwoods and eucalyptus. Also, the cultural and music performances remain free throughout the summer on Sundays at 2 p.m. Still to play and sure to attract crowds, and maybe even some bowlers, are five-time Grammy-winner Mary Chapin Carpenter, funkmaster Morris Day, and rapper Talib Kweli.

stern-grove_picnic_1932Photo courtesy of Stern Grove Festival