Arts & Culture

Performing Arts
in San Francisco

Performing arts in San Francisco has a calendar full of fun shows. Catch a theater performance, head to the opera, see the ballet or check out local dance groups and prepare to be entertained.

Performers try to catch floating money on stage during a production of Cabaret at the San Francisco Playhouse.
Performers on stage during a San Francisco Playhouse production of Cabaret.

With more 200 dance organizations, almost 100 theaters, and the first civic opera house in the United States, San Francisco will delight you with incredible talent and storytelling.

Incredible organizations like Lines Ballet, ODC, Counterpulse, and A.C.T. will entertain you during your visit. Catch a free Opera performance at Oracle Park, see Broadway favorites and hits of tomorrow in Civic Center, or stroll to Mid-Market for a great play at A.C.T.’s Strand Theater. With this many choices, everyone will find what they want in San Francisco.

Kehinde Wiley The Wounded Achilles

Your Arts & Culture Guide to San Francisco

Brighten your calendar with art, movies, and music in and around the Bay. From the California Academy of Sciences after dark to new productions hitting the stage, here are our top art picks.

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