Going out for a concert or a show is one of the best things to do in San Francisco, and visitors can enjoy every type of live music or performance in venues throughout the city.
The landmark Fillmore hosts intimate concerts and also houses an historic collection of 1960s artwork. The Great American Music Hall is San Francisco's oldest and grandest nightclub, taking guests back to an earlier, more elegant era. The Palace of Fine Arts was built in 1915 and features a classical Roman rotunda with curved colonnades in an idyllic park setting. The Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium is the concert hall of choice for many performing artists. Across the bay, the Fox Theater re-opened in 2009 after a $75 million renovation.
Yoshi’s Jazz Club & Japanese Restaurant continues the Bay Area’s long history of jazz culture with its two locations, in the Fillmore District and the East Bay. With over 100 performances a year, SFJAZZ is one of the largest performing arts organizations in San Francisco, presenting events and festivals year round.
Opened in 1988 by legendary R&B artist Boz Scaggs, Slim's is a live music nightclub that features the best American Roots Music, including Blues, R&B, Cajun/Zydeco, Jazz and more. For blues and award-winning Southern cuisine, head to Biscuits & Blues in Union Square.
Visitors looking for an evening of culture should head to the Civic Center. Davies Symphony Hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony, one of the most artistically adventurous orchestras in the country. The San Francisco Conservatory of Music has been educating many of the world’s most gifted music students since 1917 and is one of the best places in the Bay Area to listen to classical music. For ballet aficionados, one of the best things to do is attend a performance by the San Francisco Ballet, the oldest professional ballet company in America.
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Reopens April 17, 2013
On April 17, 2013, just in advance of the 34th America’s Cup, the Exploratorium will be opening its new waterfront home at Pier 15 on the Embarcadero at Green Street.
May 19, 2013
The 102-year old Bay to Breakers 12K is one of the world’s largest and oldest footraces held annually in San Francisco. The name reflects the traditional course, which takes tens of thousands of participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero (the "bay" side of the city) to the west end of the city and the "breakers" of Ocean Beach.
- America's Cup World Series
- Fleet Week San Francisco
- Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
- Castro Street Fair
- SF Italian Heritage Parade and Festival
- Treasure Island Music Festival
- American Indian Film Festival
- San Francisco World Music Festival
- San Francisco Green Festival
- International Taiko Festival
- San Francisco Hip-Hop Dance Festival
- San Francisco International Automobile Show
- Run Wild for a Child 5K and 10K
- Treasure Island Flea
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