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Entertainment & Events in San Francisco, California

Special Events

  • Memorial Day Ceremony
    1 Lincoln Boulevard
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    San Francisco National Cemetery in The Presidio
    415-561-2710
    In honor of those who gave their lives in defense of freedom and the United States, this annual event, which takes place on Memorial Day, includes a parade, concert, ceremonies and memorial services. more

  • American Dance Training Camp
    415-666-2312
    Summer dance training camps: jazz and street jazz, ballet, lyrical, modern, musical theater, funk and hip-hop dance camp. Learn the latest moves from their top-notch dance faculty. Summer dance camp from beginners to experts. Summer dance camp for girls age 8-17. Dance camp locations: Nantahala Village, North Carolina; Squaw Valley, California; Stratton Mountain, Vermont; Winter Park, Colorado. more

Cinema

  • UA Stonestown Twin 2
    501 Buckingham Way
    San Francisco, CA 94132
    415-221-8182
    This cinema features critically-acclaimed films, alternative productions, restored classics, and first-run foreign movies.  more

  • UA Alexandria 3
    5400 Geary Boulevard
    San Francisco, CA 94121
    415-752-5100
    This United Artists theatre offers the best in new movies and other features.  more

  • UA Coronet 1
    1285 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-474-8700
    The United Artists Galaxy 4 is the place the catch the hottest new flicks and other featured presentations. more

  • UA Galaxy 4
    1285 Sutter Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-474-8700
    The United Artists Galaxy 4 is the place the catch the hottest new flicks and other featured presentations. more

  • UA Metro 1
    2055 Union Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    415-931-1685
    All the latest movies, special features, and foreign films are screened at this movie theatre. more

  • UA Vogue 1
    3290 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-929-9837
    At the Vogue One, one can enjoy the best in critically acclaimed films, foreign features, and more.  more

Night Life

  • Perry's
    1944 Union Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Main Office
    415-922-9022
    This popular watering hole and meeting place for button-down singles set serves good, honest saloon food, such as London broil, corned beef hash, and excellent hamburgers. Two locations - Union Street and Embarcadero - are available for your dining enjoyment at this San Francisco cultural landmark.

  • Boom Boom Room
    1601 Fillmore Street
    San Francisco, CA 94115
    at Geary
    415-673-8000
    This sultry club provides live blues and soul music seven nights a week, and it serves excellent cocktails and hosts many special events. more

  • El Rio
    3158 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Between Cesar Chavez and Valencia
    415-282-3325
    "A mix between a community center and a bar," El Rio is host to live music, open mic nights, dj music, art shows, burlesque, and more. The space has an outdoor patio with heaters and two indoor areas. It is ecclectic and welcoming. "Oh, and bring your mom. We love moms!" more

  • Rickhouse
    246 Kearny Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-398-2827
    Offers hand-crafted cocktails, fine spirits, local craft beers, and California region wines. Live music is featured on Saturday and Monday evenings.  more

  • Level III
    500 Post Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-929-2087
    Situated on the third floor lobby level of the JW Marriott Hotel, the mood in Level III will change dramatically over the course of the day. Light and airy and more subdued in the morning and afternoon, Level III offers an ideal spot for a meeting over coffee, to cozy up in a quiet corner, or to enjoy a delicious meal with friends. In the evenings when the lights go down, the music turns up-tempo and the bar opens up to showcase the talents of the bartenders mixing hand-crafted cocktails, the restaurant and lounge is magically transformed into a vibrant and energetic gathering place that is bound to become a favorite hot spot for locals and visitors alike.  more

Concerts & Performances

  • Great American Music Hall
    859 O'Farrell Street
    San Francisco, CA 94109
    415-885-0750
    This intimate theatre has been hosting the best in live musical performances since 1907, with concerts by nationally recognized artists and genres that run the gamut from Bluegrass, to Folk, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, performed here. Dinner is available every evening. The Great American Music Hall is also a stunning venue for you to host your private or special event. more

  • Biscuits and Blues
    401 Mason Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-292-2583
    Voted "America's #1 blues nightclub" by the Blues Foundation and the Bay Area Blues Society, the intimate Biscuits and Blues is San Francisco's home for great live music. A full-service restaurant and premium bar offer award-winning Southern cuisine, California wines, micro-brews, and specialty cocktails. more

  • Old First Concerts
    1751 Sacramento Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    415-474-1608
    This performance company presents a year-round musical series that features outstanding performances by the best artists in solo, chamber, choral, and jazz genres, as well as other performers, in a setting that is known for its superb acoustics.  more

  • Golden Gate Theater
    1 Taylor Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Golden Gate Theater in San Francisco opened its doors in 1922 and was restored and reopened in the late 1970s as San Francisco's hottest live theatre venue. The Golden Gate Theater has already seen such memorable shows as "South Pacific" and "Fiddler on the Roof," so you can bet that more major live theatre performances are in its future. If you want to experience a live theatre show in San Francisco then be sure to check out the Golden Gate Theater, a premier theatre venue in San Francisco.  more

  • San Francisco International Arts Festival
    870 Market Street, Suite 1256
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-399-9554
    A celebration of the arts, the annual San Francisco International Arts Festival "presents and produces innovative projects that are focused on increasing human awareness, understanding and appreciation." more

  • Theatre Flamenco
    150 McAllister Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415-826-2477
    A non-profit dance company. more

Plays & Productions

  • Beach Blanket Babylon
    678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    Located in the North Beach Area
    415-421-4222
    The longest running musical review in the history of theatre, this “spoof of pop culture,” with its “extravagant costumes and outrageously huge hats” has been pleasing audiences since 1974, and it now has a permanent home at the landmark Club Fugazzi. more

  • American Conservatory Theater
    415 Geary Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    415.749.2ACT
    Providing Tony-winning performances, this conservatory “nurtures the art of live theatre through dynamic productions” and it also offers intense training programs for actors. For over 30 years, this company has been offering the best in entertaining and challenging productions to the enjoyment of countless patrons.  more

  • Best of Broadway
    445 Geary, 1 Taylor, and 1192 Market Streets
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Curran, Golden Gate, and Orpheum Theatres
    415-551-2075
    With three restored, historic theatres operated under its auspices, this company presents the best Broadway style plays and musicals to audiences in the Bay Area.  more

  • San Francisco Ballet
    455 Franklin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    415.861.5600
    America’s oldest ballet company, this ballet company presents the best in exciting new ballet programmes, as well as top quality performances of classical ballets. Performances are held at the War Memorial Opera House, unless otherwise noted. The San Francisco Ballet School is its high qualtiy education arm, instructing the next generations of ballet dancers. more

  • Free Shakespeare in the Park
    415-558-0888
    "Produced every year in San Francisco, Pleasanton, Cupertino and Redwood City, from July through September, Free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for everyone to see high-quality, professional theater free of charge." San Francisco shows are presented at the Presidio and Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. more

Antique Shows & Auctions

  • San Francisco Fall Antiques Show
    145 Ninth St, Suite 200
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-621-0556
    The three week summer film festival focuses on the cinematic diversity and vitality of Jewish cultures from around the world by showing a variety of international dramas, comedies, documentaries, and short films. Features are shown at Bay Area theatres. Check out the website for year-round special viewings. more

Arts & Crafts Shows

  • Union Street Festival
    Union Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Gough to Steiner
    415-381-8198
    Now known as an eco-urban festival, promoting the value of living green, this annual event is held each June. It features over 200 arts and crafts vendors who offer a variety of quality items, as well as a variety of specialty foods and live entertainment.

Festivals & Fairs

  • Carnival San Francisco
    Harrison Street
    San Francisco, CA 94108
    Held in San Francisco’s Mission District
    415-206-0577
    The largest multi-cultural celebration on the West Coast, Carnaval San Francisco is a two-day event celebrating Latin American and Caribbean cultural arts and traditions. Enjoy exotic food, music, dance, arts & crafts, and entertainment over Memorial Day weekend at the annual Carnival San Francisco. more

  • San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF Indie)
    415-820-3907
    The annual San Francisco Independent Film Festival (SF Indie) showcases the best in independent, alternative, and subversive cinema from around the world. more

  • San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival
    Bay Theater
    415-561-6251
    "The premier venue in North America for ocean-related films" from all over the world that are largely unavailable to the general public, the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) showcases independent films that are intended to entertain, educate and encourage active participation in ocean conservation. more

  • Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
    760 Howard Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    Yerba Buena Gardens
    415-543-1718
    From May through October, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features classical, world, jazz music, contemporary and traditional dance, theater, children’s and family programs and cultural events that reflect the rich cultures and creativity of the region. more

  • Another Hole in the Head Genre Film Festival
    2440 16th Street, #107 (Office)
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    415-820-3907
    This annual, two-week festival features horror, sci-fi, dark fantasy and exploitation genre films from both emerging and established filmmakers. more

  • San Francisco Theater Festival
    P.O. Box 193354
    San Francisco, CA 94119
    415-561-7686
    Indoor and outdoor venues, over 100 shows, more than 350 performers, and more can be enjoyed during this annual event that promotes the region’s many live-stage theaters. more

  • Cinco de Mayo
    The Corner of Dolores Street & 18th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Dolores Park
    The Latin-inspired Zumba-thon, vendors, children's activities, and live performances by San Francisco Bay Area artists are just some of what can be enjoyed at the annual, family-friendly Cinco de Mayo celebration in San Francisco. Proceeds benefit Mission Neighborhood Centers. more

  • San Francisco Tape Music Festival
    3153 17th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    ODC Theater
    415-863-9834
    "America's only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 20 local and international composers." more

  • Disposable Film Festival
    Created in 2007, to celebrate the democratization of cinema made possible by such low cost video technology as mobile phones, pocket cameras, DSLRs and other inexpensive devices; the Disposable Film Festival features screenings, workshops, competitions, panels and other events to educate and inspire. Disposable begins in San Francisco every March before traveling to cities around the world. more

  • ATA Film & Video Festival
    992 Valencia Street (Office)
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    415-824-3890
    "The ATA Film & Video Festival is dedicated to celebrate and support underground film exhibiting every year two original ensembles of short works by emerging and established film and video artists from all over the world." The festival also includes installations in the Mission District storefront gallery, a reception for filmmakers, and a hands-on workshop. more

  • Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
    429 Castro Street
    San Francisco, CA 94114
    Held at The Castro Theatre
    415-845-0232
    "America’s leading festival of films from German-speaking countries," the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival is a program of the Goethe-Institut San Francisco. more

  • French Cinema Now
    39 Mesa Street, Suite 110 at The Presidio (Office)
    San Francisco, CA 94129
    415-561-5000
    The San Francisco Film Society presents French Cinema Now, an annual weeklong festival that brings international francophone cinema to San Francisco. more

  • Crossroads Irish-American Festival
    P.O. Box 170672
    San Francisco, CA 94117
    415-810-3774
    An event that explores the arts, culture and experience of Irish-America, the Crossroads Irish-American Festival "serves as a dynamic platform for emerging and established artists and culture workers to reach a regional, national, and global audience." This literary, musical, and cultural event takes place every year in March. more

  • San Francisco International Beer Festival
    Marina Boulevard at Buchanan Street
    San Francisco, CA 94123
    Fort Mason Center - Festival Pavilion
    An annual fundraiser for the Telegraph Hill Cooperative Nursery School, the San Francisco International Beer Festival features more than 100 local and international brewers and delicious food. more

  • Day of the Dead Procession & Festival of Altars
    25th and Harrison
    San Francisco, CA 94110
    Garfield Park in the Mission District
    650-619-5974
    Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to the ancestors, honoring both death and the cycle of life. Art, music, performances and a walking procession are featured. more

  • Polish Festival
    Lincoln Way at 9th Avenue
    San Francisco, CA 94122
    Golden Gate Park - Country Fair Building
    Traditional Polish music, dancing, food and arts and crafts are featured at the annual Polish Festival. more

  • Zinfandel Festival
    635 8th Street (at Brannan)
    San Francisco, CA 94103
    The Historic Concourse Exhibition Center
    530-274-4900
    Wine and food tastings and live and silent auctions are just some of what is featured at the annual Zinfandel Festival. more

Tours

  • Cable Car Charters
    450 Bay Street
    San Francisco, CA 94133
    415-922-2425
    A San Francisco city tour on a Classic Cable Car. Ride a San Francisco Cable Car through the neighborhoods that made this city famous. Take a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge for a spectacular view of the city by the Bay. more

  

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