Summer Happenings and LUNAFEST Scholarships

By: Mayor Madison Davis, City of Brisbane,, 415-706-5276

As summer approaches we have so many exciting events to look forward to. Our annual Concerts in the Park series will kick-off on Friday June 28th and continue on Fridays until August 9th. Concerts begin at 6PM and are a fantastic opportunity to enjoy live music, catch up with neighbors, and enjoy tasty hot-dogs BBQ’ed by the Brisbane Lions Club. To end the summer music season, Brisbane will host its third-annual Star City Music Festival on August 17th. This all day music festival features bands such as The Stone Foxes, Dead Winter Carpenters, Diggin Dirt, Eric McFadden, and the Star City All Stars. Please note, tickets are required for this event and available at an early bird discounted rate of $20 (kids under 10 are free). Tickets may be purchased at This year we can expect a variety of food and beverage offerings available for purchase.
If our recent heat wave is any indication of what we can expect this summer, you’ll want to visit the Brisbane Community Pool. Summer hours will begin on Saturday June 22nd with plenty of opportunities for recreational swim. In fact, our pool offers more rec swim opportunities than any other pool in the area. However, be advised that on hot days the pool may reach capacity and not all wishing to swim may be able to do so.
San Bruno Mountain Watch, Recology, South San Francisco Scavenger, and the City of Brisbane will partner on our upcoming summer Volunteer Habitat Restoration Day on June 29th from 9:30am-12:30pm. The group will meet at 149 Trinity Road and take a short hike up the Mountain to remove invasive plants from the Ridge of Buckeye Canyon. All are invited to participate and refreshments and tools will be provided.
Recently the Brisbane Police Department has encountered a few robbery incidents at the Ridge along with various cars and building being tagged throughout central Brisbane. Thankfully the Brisbane Police Department was able to apprehend those responsible. Footage provided by residents greatly aided the Police Department in their ability to identify these individuals. The Brisbane Police Department is asking residents who have security cameras if they are willing to register so that in the event of a crime occurring in the vicinity of your camera, the police will know to contact you to request your footage. Registration is free and voluntary, simply fill out the form on
Universal Paragon Corporation will begin its series of workshops designed to gather community input for the Baylands specific plan, on June 30th at the Mission Blue Center from 1pm-5pm. Lunch will be provided. Your voice is imperative in ensuring the Baylands reflects the values and vision of our residents.
On June 4th I had the pleasure of partaking in the Brisbane Lions Club’s scholarship ceremony and celebrated 11 young ladies who received LUNAFEST scholarship money. As a refresher, the City of Brisbane and the Brisbane Lions Club hosted our first ever LUNAFEST in March, a film festival created by Clif Bar, featuring films for, about, and by women. From that event we raised over $32,000 from ticket sales, concessions, and generous sponsors, which we were able to distribute to scholars a few weeks ago though the Lions Club. These ladies are pursuing degrees in Architecture, Animation, Speech Language & Hearing Sciences, Kinesiology, Biology, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, and Pre-Med studies. I cannot be more proud of them. That same week, Mayor Pro Team Terry O’Connell and I were invited to Clif Bar’s headquarters to review and judge the films in the running for next year, which are geared toward stories that portray issues and topics of particular relevance to women today. They completely blew us away.
Last but not least, here’s my Brisbane Fun Fact of the month: There are two versions as to how Brisbane got its name. The first theory being that author-journalist Arthur Brisbane used to live here. The second theory suggests that the original real-estate promoter here had a love for Brisbane, Australia and recognized our similarities with hills sloping to the bay, so he named it in honor of the seaport.
If you have a question, concern, compliment, or feedback I invite you to email at, give me a call at 415-706-5276, or visit me during my monthly office hours at City Hall.