Best performances in San Francisco

Check out the top performances in San Francisco, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Castro Theatre
1. Castro Theatre
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59 local reviews
429 Castro Street, San Francisco
+1 415 621-6120
Movie Theater
Peter
This is one of the gems of San Francisco. The architecture, the huge screen, the crowd, walking distance and …
Catherine & Christian
Gorgeous historic theatre with a program of independent and classic films and live organ performances
Kathy
The historic, 1922 Castro theater hosts various film festivals and shows older, independent, and vintage movie…
1. Castro Theatre
1. Castro Theatre
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59 local reviews
429 Castro Street, San Francisco
+1 415 621-6120
Peter
Peter
This is one of the gems of San Francisco. The architecture, the huge screen, the crowd, walking distance and most of all the vintage Whirli…
Catherine & Christian
Catherine & Christian
Gorgeous historic theatre with a program of independent and classic films and live organ performances
Kathy
Kathy
The historic, 1922 Castro theater hosts various film festivals and shows older, independent, and vintage movies for your viewing pleasure. …
2. Beach Blanket Babylon
2. Beach Blanket Babylon
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16 local reviews
678 Green Street, San Francisco
+1 415 421-4222
Performing Arts Venue
Joe
Extravagant costumes and headdresses steal the show at this decades-old, campy performance piece.
Kenji
Extravagant costumes and headdresses steal the show at this decades-old, campy performance piece.
Mike
This comedy/satire/musical is always fresh on current events. A favorite of SF natives too.
2. Beach Blanket Babylon
2. Beach Blanket Babylon
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16 local reviews
678 Green Street, San Francisco
+1 415 421-4222
Joe
Joe
Extravagant costumes and headdresses steal the show at this decades-old, campy performance piece.
Kenji
Kenji
Extravagant costumes and headdresses steal the show at this decades-old, campy performance piece.
Mike
Mike
This comedy/satire/musical is always fresh on current events. A favorite of SF natives too.
3. San Francisco Symphony
3. San Francisco Symphony
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15 local reviews
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-864-6000
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Vishal
Watching an SF symphony performance is an experience in itself!
Melanie
Check the rush hotline for $20.00 tickets if available the day of the performance. Notice that the symphony h…
Isabella
Great music just down the street....last minute tickets available.
3. San Francisco Symphony
3. San Francisco Symphony
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15 local reviews
201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-864-6000
Vishal
Vishal
Watching an SF symphony performance is an experience in itself!
Melanie
Melanie
Check the rush hotline for $20.00 tickets if available the day of the performance. Notice that the symphony hall is designed to look like a…
Isabella
Isabella
Great music just down the street....last minute tickets available.
4. The Marsh
4. The Marsh
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12 local reviews
1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco
+1 415-641-0235
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Chip & Angela
Amazing solo performance theater. Fantastic story tellers who often play multiple characters. Funny and ofte…
Tara
Performance art, comedy, one-woman shows and the like.
Regina
Great shows - usually a one person performance. Innovative theater and inexpensive.
4. The Marsh
4. The Marsh
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12 local reviews
1062 Valencia Street, San Francisco
+1 415-641-0235
Chip & Angela
Chip & Angela
Amazing solo performance theater. Fantastic story tellers who often play multiple characters. Funny and often moving. One of my favorite …
Tara
Tara
Performance art, comedy, one-woman shows and the like.
Regina
Regina
Great shows - usually a one person performance. Innovative theater and inexpensive.
5. Brava! for Women In the Arts
5. Brava! for Women In the Arts
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6 local reviews
2781 24th Street, San Francisco
+1 415-641-7657
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Andy
Women-produced concert, show, and dance performances in a renovated 1920's theatre.
Elliott
A beautiful theatre where you can catch live performances including theatre, music, and dance.
Eve
(Right on 24th Street, 2 blocks on the right) A landmark building with a Latino flair to the theatre and music…
5. Brava! for Women In the Arts
5. Brava! for Women In the Arts
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6 local reviews
2781 24th Street, San Francisco
+1 415-641-7657
Andy
Andy
Women-produced concert, show, and dance performances in a renovated 1920's theatre.
Elliott
Elliott
A beautiful theatre where you can catch live performances including theatre, music, and dance.
Eve
Eve
(Right on 24th Street, 2 blocks on the right) A landmark building with a Latino flair to the theatre and music.
6. de Young Museum
6. de Young Museum
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165 local reviews
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-750-3600
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Natasha
Terrific exhibits! We have a family membership and love to take you there and their sister museum - Legion of …
D
I love this place. It is right across from the Academy of Sciences so sometimes I do both at a shot. Great exh…
Patrick
Beautiful architecture, museum store, permanent collection, special exhibitions
6. de Young Museum
6. de Young Museum
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165 local reviews
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-750-3600
Natasha
Natasha
Terrific exhibits! We have a family membership and love to take you there and their sister museum - Legion of Honor. Check their websites or…
D
D
I love this place. It is right across from the Academy of Sciences so sometimes I do both at a shot. Great exhibitions. They follow the muse…
Patrick
Patrick
Beautiful architecture, museum store, permanent collection, special exhibitions
7. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
7. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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10 local reviews
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-978-2787
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Leslie
Cultural center adjacent the Yerba Buena Gardens features art exhibits, dance performances & more. Lots of ou…
Sharie (Shelby)
Bay Area Now 7 Performance Festival Aug 7-10. The core concept is to experiment with new approaches to traditi…
Michael
Biggest performance venue in the city. Great curation of artists from around the country/world. Also a gallery…
7. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
7. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
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10 local reviews
701 Mission Street, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-978-2787
Leslie
Leslie
Cultural center adjacent the Yerba Buena Gardens features art exhibits, dance performances & more. Lots of outdoor space for picnics and lo…
Sharie (Shelby)
Sharie (Shelby)
Bay Area Now 7 Performance Festival Aug 7-10. The core concept is to experiment with new approaches to traditional curatorial structures. Ch…
Michael
Michael
Biggest performance venue in the city. Great curation of artists from around the country/world. Also a gallery and movie theater showing ind…
8. Red Poppy Art House
8. Red Poppy Art House
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13 local reviews
2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco
+1 415-826-2402
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Fiona
Music, art or performance, this sweet little Mission gem hosts an eclectic variety in an intimate atmosphere.
Eve
An intimate club space with quality music and performance. Much like the salons of Europe, the Red Poppy show…
Michael And Yesica
Just around the corner and has interesting live music shows on the weekends in a small intimate setting
8. Red Poppy Art House
8. Red Poppy Art House
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13 local reviews
2698 Folsom Street, San Francisco
+1 415-826-2402
Fiona
Fiona
Music, art or performance, this sweet little Mission gem hosts an eclectic variety in an intimate atmosphere.
Eve
Eve
An intimate club space with quality music and performance. Much like the salons of Europe, the Red Poppy showcases the best of the Mission …
Michael And Yesica
Michael And Yesica
Just around the corner and has interesting live music shows on the weekends in a small intimate setting
9. Southern Exposure
9. Southern Exposure
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10 local reviews
3030 20th Street, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-863-2141
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Jane
Cool small space, often with interactive art exhibits/performances.
Simone
SoEx offers visual artists the opportunity to work in formats and contexts that extend and challenge their art…
Catherine And Gabe
Small local art gallery. Always has an interesting exhibition.
9. Southern Exposure
9. Southern Exposure
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10 local reviews
3030 20th Street, San Francisco
Open now
+1 415-863-2141
Jane
Jane
Cool small space, often with interactive art exhibits/performances.
Simone
Simone
SoEx offers visual artists the opportunity to work in formats and contexts that extend and challenge their artistic development and offers e…
Catherine And Gabe
Catherine And Gabe
Small local art gallery. Always has an interesting exhibition.
10. Stern Grove Festival
10. Stern Grove Festival
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24 local reviews
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
+1 415-252-6252
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Dillon
Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, locally called Stern Grove, is a 33-acre recreational site in the Sunset Distr…
Alek
Experience world-class symphony, opera, dance, world music and more in an unparalleled outdoor setting. The ne…
Phil
Free Summertime outdoor concerts every Sunday!
10. Stern Grove Festival
10. Stern Grove Festival
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24 local reviews
Sloat Boulevard, San Francisco
+1 415-252-6252
Dillon
Dillon
Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove, locally called Stern Grove, is a 33-acre recreational site in the Sunset District. It is the concert setting…
Alek
Alek
Experience world-class symphony, opera, dance, world music and more in an unparalleled outdoor setting. The newly renovated concert meadow i…
Phil
Phil
Free Summertime outdoor concerts every Sunday!
11. War Memorial Opera House
11. War Memorial Opera House
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7 local reviews
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-621-6600
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Natasha
Both Opera (June - December) and Ballet (December-May) houses stage world-class performances.
Carole
Ballet and other performances Opera
Laura
The only place for Opera and other entertainment
11. War Memorial Opera House
11. War Memorial Opera House
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7 local reviews
301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
Closed now
+1 415-621-6600
Natasha
Natasha
Both Opera (June - December) and Ballet (December-May) houses stage world-class performances.
Carole
Carole
Ballet and other performances Opera
Laura
Laura
The only place for Opera and other entertainment