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  • 1. Castro Theatre

    Castro | Film

    A large neon sign marks the exterior of this 1,400-plus-seat art-deco movie palace whose exotic interior transports you back to 1922, when the...Read More

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  • 2. City Arts & Lectures

    Haight | Readings/Lectures

    Each year this program includes more than 20 fascinating conversations with writers, composers, actors, politicians, scientists, and others...Read More

  • 3. Orpheum Theatre

    Tenderloin | Theater

    The biggest touring shows, such as Hamilton and The Lion King, are performed at this gorgeously restored 2,200-seat venue. The theater itself...Read More

  • 4. San Francisco Ballet

    Civic Center | Dance

    For ballet lovers, the nation's oldest professional company is reason alone to visit the Bay Area, as SFB's performances under the direction...Read More

  • 5. San Francisco Opera

    Civic Center | Opera

    Founded in 1923, this internationally recognized organization has occupied the War Memorial Opera House since the building's completion in 1932...Read More

  • 6. San Francisco Symphony

    Civic Center | Music

    One of America's top orchestras performs from September through May, with additional summer performances of light classical music and show tunes...Read More

  • 7. SFJAZZ Center

    Hayes Valley | Music

    Jazz legends Branford Marsalis and Herbie Hancock have performed at the snazzy center, as have Rosanne Cash, Dianne Reeves, and world-music...Read More

  • 8. Stern Grove Festival

    Sunset | Festivals

    The nation's oldest continual free summer music festival hosts Sunday-afternoon performances of symphony, opera, jazz, pop music, and dance...Read More

  • 9. War Memorial Opera House

    Civic Center | Arts Centers

    With its soaring vaulted ceilings and marble foyer, this elegant 3,146-seat venue, built in 1932, rivals the old-world theaters of Europe. Part...Read More

  • 10. 42nd Street Moon

    Financial District | Theater

    This group produces delightful "semistaged" concert performances of rare chestnuts from Broadway's golden age of musical theater, such as Fiorello...Read More

  • 11. Alonzo King LINES Ballet

    SoMa | Dance

    Since 1982 this company has been staging the fluid and gorgeous ballets of choreographer and founder Alonzo King, sometimes in collaboration...Read More

  • 12. American Conservatory Theater

    Union Sq. | Theater

    One of the nation's leading regional theater companies presents about eight plays a year, from classics to contemporary works, often in repertory...Read More

  • 13. American Indian Film Festival


    Presented by the American Indian Film Institute, this event has been based in San Francisco since 1977. Each November the festival takes over...Read More

  • 14. Balboa Theatre

    Richmond | Film

    This historic theater, which just celebrated its 88th birthday, features a combination of classic movies, second-run hits, local documentaries...Read More

  • 15. Berkeley Repertory Theatre


    This Tony Award–winning group is the American Conservatory Theater's major rival for leadership among the region's resident professional companies...Read More

  • 16. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra


    The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra rose to prominence under Kent Nagano's baton and continues to prosper with Joana Carneiro at the helm. The emphasis...Read More

  • 17. Cafe International

    Haight | Readings/Lectures

    It's a chill café during the day and a performance venue at night. There's an open-mike session here every Friday night, where spoken-word...Read More

  • 18. Cal Performances

    Cultural Tours

    Held at various venues on the University of California–Berkeley campus from September through May, this popular series offers the Bay Area's...Read More

  • 19. Chanticleer


    A Bay Area treasure, this all-male a-cappella ensemble stages lively and technically flawless performances that show off a repertoire ranging...Read More

  • 20. City Box Office

    Civic Center | Tickets

    This charge-by-phone service sells tickets for many performances and lectures. You can also buy tickets online, or in person on weekdays from...Read More

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