Explore. Experience. Enjoy. Those are the three commandments when visiting San Francisco.



The city somersaults over a series of hills, every one holding a surprise. Whether starting at Union Square or Fisherman’s Wharf, aboard a cable car or afoot, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge or visiting Chinatown, standing atop Nob Hill or Twin Peaks, you will discover unique vistas, Victorian homes, ethnic enclaves and historic treasures sure to keep you enthralled.

Imagine your group performing in the gothic Grace Cathedral or the modern St. Mary’s Cathedral, learning in a workshop at Stanford University Music Department, performing at Ghirardelli or Union Squares, participating in a Mass at historic Mission Dolores, or sharing a concert at a local school.

The National Festival of the States can make these possible for your performing ensemble! Participating groups are chosen on the basis of recommendation from state and national music educators, governors’ and senators’ offices and by audition. Selected groups perform in prestigious venues with maximum audience potential.

Everyone should experience San Francisco – and the very best performing groups can, through the expertise of Music Celebrations International!






Chris Argotsinger, Farmington High School Band

This was a great trip! There were so many opportunities for myself and my students to learn and to have new experiences. The sightseeing was great, Golden Gate Bridge and the state park were awesome for the first day. Muir Woods was beautiful and the town of Sausalito was a great place to walk around and enjoy the view of the bay. The clinic [at Berkeley] was my highlight, we received great feedback on our playing and I received great feedback on my teaching and conducting. Definitely, an experience I will never forget. 

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