San Francisco for Music Lovers

Where to See Concerts in San Francisco

San Francisco is a fantastic place for live music, concerts, and performances. With a diverse set of venues and distinct personalities, every place and every neighborhood has it's own character. If you're a local or a visitor, here's a list of the best places in SF for music to get you started.
Western Addition
Any 1980s kid is going to want to visit Western Addition, where you'll find Alamo Square Park and it's famous view of the Painted Ladies. This row of ornately decorated Victorian houses found fame as the home of the Tanner family, in the hit sitcom, "Full House." It really does feel like you've stepped out of the screen as you look out on this classic setting.

Western Addition also has a rich history as a multicultural neighborhood with it's roots in jazz and music, having been home to such greats as Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday. The jazz scene remains vibrant today and the neighborhood has a number of great bars and music venues.
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War Memorial Opera House
On Van Ness Avenue near City Hall, the War Memorial Opera House has been the home of the San Francisco Opera since 1932! With events throughout the year, grab a ticket whether you're a local or a visitor, because you'll be blown away by the ambiance, atmosphere, and stunning performances hosted here.
401 Van Ness Avenue, Hayes Valley, San Francisco, California, 94102
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The Fillmore
This historic music hall and theater has seen many new musicians and bands rise to popularity such as the Grateful Dead, Santana, and CCR. Plenty of amazing shows can be seen and experienced here on a regular basis, so grab a ticket.
1805 Geary Boulevard, Western Addition, SF, California, 94115
SoMa
SoMa, which stands for South of Market, is a neighborhood that includes The Moscone Center, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Yerba Buena Gardens. There are number of quality museums in this neighborhood as well including the Museum of the African Diaspora, Contemporary Jewish Museum, California Historical Society Museum, Children’s Creativity Museum and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

While it's filled with culture during the day, the neighborhood comes to life at night. Head to SoMa in the evening to take advantage of one of the neighborhood's many dance clubs. This area also has excellent restaurants, including Luce, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel.

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SFJAZZ Center
This music venue is located in Hayes Valley and first opened in 2013.
201 Franklin Street, Hayes Valley, SF, California, 94102
Orpheum Theatre
Orpheum Theatre is located in the Civic Center district of San Francisco. It was first opened in 1926 and seats 2,203 people. It hosts Broadway shows and other productions.
1170 Market Street, Civic Center, SF, California, 94102
New Conservatory Theatre Center
The New Conservatory Theatre Center is a theatre company that hosts a number of youth oriented programs as well as an eight show Pride Season.
25 Van Ness Avenue, Hayes Valley, SF, California, 94102
Market Street
Market Street is a major corridor through San Francisco and along it you'll find many shops, restaurants, and businesses. The Central Market neighborhood is home to a number of recognizable tech companies including Twitter and Spotify. There are also theaters, museums, and music venues in the area. Some of the restaurants in the neighborhood cater mostly to tourists, but if you know where to look there are some hidden gems as well.
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Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
This concert hall is home to the San Francisco Symphony and has more than 2,500 seats. With regular events and concerts throughout the year, it's a fantastic venue for a date night or for any culture lover.
201 Van Ness Avenue, Hayes Valley, SF, California, 94102
Great American Music Hall
On O'Farrell Street, this music hall hosts a variety of concerts and musical events. The theater itself has historically decorative frescoes and columns. Over the years, this place has seen jazz, folk music, rock and roll, and burlesque dancing shows.
859 O'Farrell Street, Tenderloin, SF, California, 94109

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