San Francisco Ballet

Dance in Downtown, Civic Center & SoMa

The USA'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 from January to May, and occasionally at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Score $15-to-$20 same-day standing-room tickets at the box office (from noon Tuesday to Friday, 10am weekends).