Entertainment

Top Choice Classical Music in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Symphony

From the moment conductor Michael Tilson Thomas bounces up on his toes and raises his baton, the audience is on the edge of their seats for another thunderous performance by the Grammy-winning SF Symphony. Don't mis…
Top Choice Baseball in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Giants Stadium

Baseball fans roar April to October at the Giants' 81 home games. As any orange-blooded San Franciscan will remind you, the Giants have won three World Series since 2010 – and you'll know the Giants are on another w…
Top Choice Theater in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

American Conservatory Theater

Breakthrough shows launch at this turn-of-the-century landmark, which has hosted ACT's productions of Tony Kushner's Angels in America and Robert Wilson's Black Rider, with William S Burroughs' libretto and music by…
Top Choice Cabaret in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Oasis

Forget what you've learned about drag on TV – at this dedicated dragstravaganza venue, the shows are so fearless, freaky-deaky and funny you'll laugh until it stops hurting. In a former gay bathhouse, drag-legendary…
Top Choice Opera in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Opera

Opera was SF's gold-rush soundtrack – and SF Opera rivals the Met, with world premieres of original works ranging from Stephen King's Dolores Claiborne to Girls of the Golden West, filmmaker Peter Sellars' collabora…
Top Choice Live Music in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Great American Music Hall

Everyone busts out their best sets at this opulent 1907 bordello turned all-ages venue – indie rockers like the Band Perry throw down, international legends like Salif Keita grace the stage, and John Waters hosts Ch…
Dance in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

San Francisco Ballet

America's oldest ballet company is looking sharp in more than 100 shows annually, from The Nutcracker (the US premiere was here) to modern originals. Performances are mostly at the War Memorial Opera House January t…
Cabaret in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

AsiaSF

First ladies of the world, look out: these dazzling Asian divas can out-hostess you in half the time and half the clothes. Cocktails and Asian-inspired dishes are served with sass by AsiaSF's transgender stars. Host…
Live Music in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Slim's

Guaranteed good times by Gogol Bordello, New Found Glory, Shiny Toy Guns and female Stones tribute band Chick Jagger fit the bill at this intimate club, owned by R&B star Boz Scaggs. Shows are all-ages, though s…
Performing Arts in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Rock stars would be jealous of art stars at YBCA openings, which draw overflow crowds of art-school groupies with shows ranging from cyberpunk video art to hip-hop showdowns and Indian kathak-American tap-dance-fusi…