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San Francisco Entertainment

San Francisco Entertainment Overview

San Francisco

San Francisco entertainment includes large theaters for major concerts, small community theaters for local plays, dinner mystery shows, outdoor shopping & entertainment centers and more fun things to do in San Francisco. From the ever-popular Pier 39 at Fisherman's Wharf to the posh Harry Denton's Starlight Room in the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, you're sure to find great entertainment in San Francisco.

Wine Country Entertainment

Lincoln Theater image courtesy Yountville Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Theater is located off Highway 29 in Yountville. The Lincoln Theater hosts first-class local, national and international entertainment including symphony orchestra, jazz, pop, classical music, blues, bluegrass and more. It's a modern, 1200 seat state of the art multi-purpose venue that not only provides entertainment but educational workshops and programs as well.

Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater
100 California Drive
Yountville, CA 94599
(707) 944-9900

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Uptown Theatre Napa is found off Highway 29 in the West End district of downtown Napa. Situated in an historic 1937 art deco theater, the Uptown hosts performances in music and comedy. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have performed here including Willie Nelson, BB King, Glen Campbell, Devo, Joe Satriani, Jewel, Chris Cornell, Snoop Dogg, Tears for Fears and more. Arrive early and enjoy a meal in their Courtyard café offering simple comfort food and beer & wine.

Uptown Theatre Napa
1350 3rd Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 259-0123

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Napa Valley Opera House is located off Highway 29 in Downtown Napa. Situated along side the Napa River at the Napa Mill, the historic Napa Valley Opera House is a small venue that hosts film, opera, classical concerts and modern mainstream musical performances. City Winery offers culinary and cultural experiences in wine, music, and culinary arts with a winery, intimate concerts, food & wine classes, private events and fine dining.

Napa Valley Opera House
City Winery Napa
1030 Main Street
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 226-7372

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IndyCar photo courtesy of Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Raceway is situated off Highway 121 (Arnold Drive) south of Sonoma. This world-renowned race track features everything from motorcycle racing to Indy car racing, NASCAR and NHRA drag racing. Formerly known as Sears Point, Sonoma Raceway offers a challenging course in the foothills of a former dairy farm. Racers must navigate a 12-turn road course with a quarter-mile straight. Many notable racers have made their name at Sonoma Raceway including Dan Gurney, Al Unser, Joe Amato, Tony Kanaan, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

Sonoma Raceway
29355 Arnold Drive
Sonoma, California 95476
(800) 870-7223

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Sweetwater Music Hall is found off Highway 101 from Blithedale Avenue. Situated in the historic Masonic Hall along the upscale Corte Madera Avenue, Sweetwater features a small concert venue and café. Sweetwater originally opened in 1972 and has hosted top performers including Santana, Gregg Allman, Jerry Garcia and John Lee Hooker. Other events include 49ers game parties, holiday events, open mic, films and more.

Sweetwater Music Hall
19 Corte Madera Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-3850

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Marin Theatre Company is located off Highway 101 from Blithedale Avenue or Shoreline. The Marin Theatre Company is a mid-sized theater offering a 231-seat main theater that hosts professional plays and a 99-seat children's theater. Each season includes nearly a dozen plays.

Marin Theatre Company
397 Miller Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-5200

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Throckmorton Theatre is situated off Highway 101 from Blithedale Avenue or Shoreline. The Throckmorton Theatre is a small community venue for theater, music, dance, film, poetry, comedy and related arts.

Throckmorton Theatre
142 Throckmorton Avenue
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 383-9600

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SOMO Village is found off Highway 101 south of Sonoma State University. Presented by Second Octave Entertainment and Prescient Entertainment, SOMO Concerts brings live music to Sonoma County. This 3000-seat outdoor venue brings food, drink and music together in the most unique live performance facility in the North Bay. See everything from up and coming bands to established entertainers like the Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley, UB40, Gov't Mule and more.

SOMO Village Event Center
1100 Valley House Drive
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
(415) 383-9600

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Fisherman's Wharf Entertainment

Pier 39 is situated in north San Francisco between Grant Avenue and Polk Street. Fisherman's Wharf spans a 10 block section of the harbor and offers plenty of fun things to do in San Francisco. Pier 39 is the center point of Fisherman's Wharf with two stories of more than 100 stores and attractions. Main Fisherman's Wharf attractions include an arcade, big-screen simulator ride, Wax Museum and Aquarium by the Bay. Blue & Gold Fleet and Red and White Fleet take visitors to many other Bay Area destinations from piers 41 & 43½. Two cable-car turnarounds offer memorable transportation to and from many other areas of the city. Professional street performers provide entertainment as you meander the length of the wharf. Fish restaurants are abundant offering Italian-style dishes and many types of clam chowder. At the western end of Fisherman's Wharf is the San Francisco Maritime Museum features a large picnic park, beach, museum and several historic ships including a submarine.

Fisherman's Wharf
Pier 39
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 956-3493

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The Cannery is found along Fisherman's Wharf. Previously Del Monte Plant #1, this massive red brick structure is now home to specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, the Argonaut Hotel and live entertainment. The Cannery is one of many historic San Francisco attractions.

The Cannery at Del Monte Square
2801 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco, California 94133
(415) 771-2424

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Ghirardelli Square

Ghirardelli Square features nearly 30 shops and restaurants situated in the old Ghirardelli Chocolate factory. Ghirardelli chocolate is no longer made here but a chocolate, ice cream and souvenir shop remains. The Ghirardelli Plaza hosts many annual events and live entertainment daily. Ghirardelli Square is one of many historic San Francisco attractions.

Ghirardelli Square
900 North Point Street
San Francisco, California 94109
(415) 775-5500

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San Francisco Entertainment

Palace of Fine Arts

Palace of Fine Arts is located at the intersection of Highway 101 and Marina Boulevard. The Palace was built 1915 and is the only remaining structure from the Panama-America International Exposition. Photography of the Romanesque portico and colonnades is best in the morning hours. The 962 seat theater hosts sophisticated venues of film, dance, plays and music. Palace of Fine Arts is one of the most photographed San Francisco attractions.

Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 563-6504

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War Memorial Opera House is found west of Interstate 80 from the 10th Street exit. Situated in the Civic Center complex, the War Memorial Opera House is home to both the San Francisco Opera and San Francisco Ballet. The 3146-seat auditorium hosts top opera and ballet events throughout the year.

War Memorial Opera House
301 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-3330

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American Conservatory Theatre is located west of Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. Situated in the heart of Union Square, A.C.T. hosts plays from Shakespeare to modern tales performed by experienced and student actors alike.

American Conservatory Theatre (ACT)
405 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 749-2228

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Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Park is situated on the western shore of the city and spans over 1000 acres. This historic park is the Central Park of the west coast, but larger. A plethora of sites and activities are available within the park's boundaries including museums, lakes, recreational areas, an historic lodge & carousel, horseback riding, a microbrewery restaurant, gardens and much, much more. There always seems to be an event going on from free concerts and movie nights to scavenger hunts and holiday festivities. The Golden Gate Park offers a variety of fun things to do in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Park
Stanyan Street to Great Highway
San Francisco, California 94121

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Civic Auditorium is found west of Interstate 80 from the 9th Street exit. They host top musical performers.

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
99 Grove Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 713-3936

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Davies Symphony Hall is situated west of Interstate 80 from the 10th Street exit. The 2739-seat Davies Symphony Hall hosts concerts and other performing arts. Experience the classic works of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Chopin and more as performed by some of the most experienced musicians in the nation with the San Francisco Symphony.

Davies Symphony Hall
201 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 864-6000

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Herbst Theatre is located west of Interstate 80 from the 10th Street exit. The 916-seat Herbst Theatre is situated in the Veterans Building.

Herbst Theatre
401 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 621-6600

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The Fillmore is found on the corner of Fillmore and Geary in downtown San Francisco. The Fillmore is an historic venue that hosted everything from masquerade balls and private socials to mind expanding 60's and modern punk. The Fillmore was the hot spot of creative music in the 1960's when it hosted top performers like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Cream, Muddy Waters and The Who to name only a few. The Fillmore today continues to draw top performing artists and is one of the iconic San Francisco attractions.

The Fillmore
1805 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 346-6000

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Castro Theatre is situated off Market Street. Visit the theater after which the Castro District was named. The Castro features new movie releases and cinematic classics like The Godfather, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and many more. Voted the Best Movie Theater in San Francisco by Bay Area Reporter and its readers. The Castro Theatre is among many iconic San Francisco attractions.

Castro Theatre
429 Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
(415) 621-6120

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Harry Denton's Starlight Room is located off Interstate 80 from the 5th Street exit. Situated on the 21st floor of the historic Sir Frances Drake Hotel, Harry Denton's Starlight Room is one of San Francisco's most popular lounges. There's plenty of opulence with its crystal chandeliers, velvet furnishings and trendy decor. Entertainment varies from trendy D.J. mixes to a Sunday Drag Brunch. The Starlight Room is one of the romantic things to do in San Francisco.

Harry Denton's Starlight Room
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, California 94102
(800) 795-7129

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The Independent is found one block from Alamo Square. This small-scale concert & bar venue hosts bands performing rock, punk, reggae, rap and more. Many local bands are included in the line-up.

The Independent
628 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 771-1421

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South San Francisco Entertainment

Cow Palace is located between Highway 101 and Interstate 280 near the Geneva Avenue exit. This large arena hosts concerts, ice skating events, expos, rodeo, the circus, boxing and more.

Cow Palace
2600 Geneva Avenue
Daly City, California 94014
(415) 404-4111

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The Dinner Detective

The Dinner Detective is situated off Highway 101 from Grand Ave. The Dinner Detective® hosts interactive murder mystery dinner shows at the Doubletree Hotel Sacramento. Help to solve a murder case with a touch of comedy while you enjoy a fantastic four-course meal. Everyone is a suspect, even you, and the killer may be sitting at your table. The Top Sleuth of the evening is awarded a prize package at the end.

The Dinner Detective
Embassy Suites San Francisco Airport
250 Gateway Boulevard
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(888) 619-0858

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East Bay Entertainment

The Greek Theatre is found off Interstate 80 from University Avenue. Situated on the UC Berkeley campus, the Hearst Greek Theatre is a large 8,500-seat amphitheater that resembles and ancient Greek theater. They host top performers in pop, rock, soul, jazz, reggae, rap and more.

Berkeley Greek Theatre
2001 Gayley Road
Berkeley, CA 94720
(510) 548-3010

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South Bay Entertainment

The Shady Shakespeare Theatre Company presents the works of William Shakespeare at two outdoor venues; Sanborn Park and Willow Street Park. Experience Othello, King Lear, MacBeth, The Taming of the Shrew and more in a wonderful outdoor setting.

Sanborn County Park
16055 Sanborn Road
Saratoga, CA 95070

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