3 Best Performing Arts Venues in The Haight, the Castro, Hayes Valley and Noe Valley, San Francisco


Hayes Valley Fodor's choice

Jazz legends Branford Marsalis and Herbie Hancock have performed at the snazzy center, as have Rosanne Cash, Dianne Reeves, and world-music favorite Esperanza Spalding. The sight lines and acoustics here are impressive, as are the second-floor tile murals.

Cafe International


It's a chill café during the day and a performance venue at night. Weekends bring live jazz, open-mic sessions, and acoustic musical acts.

RAWdance CONCEPT Series

Hayes Valley

This modern-day salon is made for both dance aficionados and those just ballet-curious. The choreography is colorful and "outside the lines" of your usual dance troupe. In true bohemian spirit, admission is pay-what-you-can (suggested donation is $10–$30), and sometimes food is served as well.

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