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When it comes to theater, New York and Los Angeles are hard to beat. New York’s Broadway district is famous worldwide for its impressive list of shows, many of which are some of the most difficult event tickets to get. Because of the draw of Hollywood, Los Angeles attracts hordes of actors to the area, each hoping to get that pivotal role, which will make them a star. Because of this, the Southern California city has a huge variety of theater shows of all kinds.

However, the good news is that there are plenty of other cities that offer an amazing number of high quality shows, so you can see top-notch performances in your own backyard. Cities like Boston, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco are all known for their booming theaters and amazing shows all year long.

The San Francisco theater scene offers a combination of iconic shows like Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton & The Book of Mormon, recent off-broadway hits and unique local shows that you can only see in the City by the Bay. San Francisco was also home to the longest running musical review in history, Beach Blanket Babylon, which unfortunately closed in 2019 after 45 years of amazing shows. The show began its long run at iconic North Beach bar, Savoy Tivoli, back in 1974 before moving to its permanent home at Club Fugazi.

With dozens of great options, there is no shortage of great theater events to see every month of the year. For bigger shows, especially off-Broadway traveling shows, The Orpheum Theater and Golden Gate Theater bring the best of the best to San Francisco. These theaters have also served as the debut for some shows before they officially launch in New York City. Musicals such as Wicked, American Idiot and Mama Mia all got their start in San Francisco. Both of these amazing theaters have been around since the 1920s and have been hosting musicals, comedy, performances and more for 100 years.

Besides the big name shows, you can find a great selection of unique shows at some of the smaller theaters in San Francisco. Some popular spots include San Francisco Playhouse, Boxcar Theatre, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Exit Theatre, Magic Theatre and more.

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April

2024

Taylor Crawl

Del Mar

04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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April

2024

The Taylor Brunch + The Tortured Poets Department Listening Party

The Brixton

11:00 AM – 03:00 PM

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May

2024

May the Fourth Be With You – San Francisco Pub Crawl

Mayes

04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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May

2024

San Francisco Cinco De Mayo Bar Crawl

Mayes Oyster House

04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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May

2024

Cinco De Mayo in San Francisco

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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May

2024

National Mimosa Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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June

2024

Union Street Festival

Union Street

11:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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June

2024

Odesza at The Greek Theatre

Shoreline Amphitheater

05:00 PM – 11:55 PM

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June

2024

Odesza Bay Area

Shoreline Amphitheater

05:00 PM – 11:55 PM

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June

2024

National Martini Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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July

2024

San Francisco Fourth Of July Pub Crawl & Hot Dog Eating Contest

Mayes (Starting Location)

04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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July

2024

Fourth of July in the San Francisco Bay Area

08:00 AM – 11:00 PM

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July

2024

National French Fry Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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July

2024

Crawlympics Pub Crawl

Del Mar

04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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August

2024

Festicrawl – The San Francisco Music Festival Pub Crawl

Mayes

04:00 PM – 08:00 PM

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September

2024

National Chianti Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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September

2024

The San Francisco Barbie Pub Crawl

Del Mar

04:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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September

2024

Folsom Street Fair

10:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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October

2024

National Pierogi Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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October

2024

Crawloween San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl

Mayes

06:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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October

2024

Crawloween: San Francisco Halloween Pub Crawl

Maye’s (Starting Location)

02:00 PM – 10:00 PM

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October

2024

San Francisco Halloween

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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October

2024

San Francisco Halloween: Adult Trick ‘r Treating Pub Crawl

Mayes (Pub Crawl Check-in)

06:00 PM – 11:00 PM

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November

2024

National Sandwich Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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November

2024

National Zinfandel Day

08:00 AM – 06:00 PM

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