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San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley: Venues

San Francisco Venues: Venues Around San Francisco

Below are our San Francisco Venues recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, venue history and other points of interest in San Francisco Art.

Brava Theater Center

Brava Theater Center Information

Public Transportation: Good (a short walk from buses 27 and 48 at 24th Street/Bryant Street; a 2-minute walk from buses 9, 9L, 10, 33, and 90 at 24th Street/Potrero Avenue; and a 10-minute walk from buses 12 and 67, and BART trains at the 24th Street Mission Station)
Handicapped Accessibility: Good
Performances/Programs: Programming includes dance, theatre, music, spoken word, presenters, and more
Ticket Prices: Range widely depending on event. Brava …more…

Cal Performances

The official performing arts presenter and promoter of UC Berkeley, Cal Performances manages seven venues on or near campus, presenting dance, theater and music, as well as educational and community programs to enrich local appreciation for the arts. Cal Performances has featured some of the most renowned artists in a multitude of disciplines, also playing a large role in bringing many major touring arts companies from abroad. Student Musical Activities, …more…

Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral is one of San Francisco’s most venerated religious edifices, an Episcopal church dating to 1849, the era of California’s Gold Rush. Originally a small chapel atop Nob Hill, it served the rough inhabitants of what was then a small but rapidly growing mining community. In the ensuing century and a half it has undergone numerous renovations and reconstructions, most notably after the Great Earthquake of 1906, when construction …more…

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco (JCCSF)

The oldest Jewish center on the West Coast, the JCCSF has been providing myriad services to all members of San Francisco’s community since 1877.  The Center offers musical concerts in all genres, theater performances, lectures and talks by artists, authors and scholars.  Art exhibits are featured in its Katz Snyder Gallery, as is a permanent collection of artwork and photography (all dating from the past century) addressing the Jewish condition …more…

Marines Memorial Theatre

Built in 1926, this historic and intimate venue (seating 650) has since its opening been a centerpiece in San Francisco’s theater scene.  Quite literally, in fact; it is located in the heart of the theater district, between Union Square and Nob Hill.

In the early years the Marines’ was the location of radio broadcast featuring noted entertainers such as Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra.  In later decades it became …more…

Old First Concerts

San Francisco’s historic Old First Church (built 1911) provides the setting for this year-round concert series, which has been produced regularly since 1969.  The space seats around 450, offering a mid-size option between a concert hall and a nightclub. Recently refurbished, with many of its original fixtures and decorations restored, Old First Church offers an intimate and inspiring setting for musical concerts leaning toward Western classical music but with a variety …more…

San Francisco War Memorial & Performing Arts Center (SFWMPAC)

SFWMPAC is perhaps the largest and most comprehensive center for the arts in the Bay Area, occupying seven and a half acres in San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District.  Its calendar of events offers an expansive variety of performing arts to enjoy.  Visitors may experience opera, dance, theater, and concert music of the highest caliber almost any day of the week.

The original War Memorial includes the War Memorial Opera House, …more…

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

The name “Yerba Buena” was originally given to the area now known as San Francisco by its first Spanish settlers, after the abundance of a particular herb.  In 1980 the city decided to rejuvenate a dilapidated neighborhood, giving it the name Yerba Buena, with a Center for the Arts at the core of its mission.  The Center’s mandate was to provide contemporary multidisciplinary art rooted in the local community, but …more…