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  • 1. San Francisco Symphony

    Civic Center | Music

    One of America's top orchestras performs from September through May, with additional summer performances of light classical music and show tunes...Read More

  • 2. SFJAZZ Center

    Hayes Valley | Music

    Jazz legends Branford Marsalis and Herbie Hancock have performed at the snazzy center, as have Rosanne Cash and world-music favorite Esperanza...Read More

  • 3. Stern Grove Festival

    Sunset | Festivals

    The nation's oldest continual free summer music festival hosts Sunday-afternoon performances of symphony, opera, jazz, pop music, and dance...Read More

  • 4. 42nd Street Moon

    Financial District | Music

    This group produces delightful "semistaged" concert performances of rare chestnuts from Broadway's golden age of musical theater, such as L...Read More

  • 5. Berkeley Symphony Orchestra

    Music

    The Berkeley Symphony Orchestra rose to prominence under Kent Nagano's baton and continues to prosper with Joana Carneiro at the helm. The emphasis...Read More

  • 6. Chanticleer

    Music

    A Bay Area treasure, this all-male a-cappella ensemble stages lively and technically flawless performances that show off a repertoire ranging...Read More

  • 7. Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

    Music

    Some of the most talented practitioners of folk, blues, Cajun, and bluegrass perform at the alcohol-free venue. ...Read More

  • 8. Gateway Theatre

    Financial District | Music

    The Gateway Theatre hosts most 42nd Street Moon shows as well as shows by Theatre Rhinoceros. ...Read More

  • 9. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

    Festivals

    The city's top free music event, as well as one of the greatest gatherings for bluegrass, country, and roots music in the country, takes place...Read More

  • 10. How Weird Street Faire

    SoMa | Festivals

    Home to 10-plus music stages, ranging from drum and bass to techno-pop, this music festival for up-and-coming DJs is part Mardis Gras, part...Read More

  • 11. Kronos Quartet

    Music

    Twentieth-century works and a number of premieres make up the programs for this always entertaining, Grammy Award–winning string ensemble, which...Read More

  • 12. Noise Pop Festival

    Festivals

    This weeklong festival in February or March is widely considered to be one of the country's top showcases for what's new in indie-pop and alt...Read More

  • 13. Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary's Cathedral

    Financial District | Music

    This Gothic Revival church, completed in 1872 and rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, hosts a notable–-and free–-chamber-music series on Tuesday...Read More

  • 14. Old First Concerts

    Polk Gulch | Music

    The well-respected Friday-evening and Sunday-afternoon series includes chamber music, choral works, vocal soloists, new music, and jazz. ...Read More

  • 15. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

    Music

    This ensemble has been lauded as the nation's preeminent group for performances of early music. Its season of concerts, fall through spring...Read More

  • 16. San Francisco Jazz Festival

    Festivals

    Every year starting in October, concert halls, clubs, and churches throughout the city host this acclaimed two-week festival. The popular event...Read More

  • 17. Yoshi's

    Music

    This popular Oakland club is one of the nation's best jazz venues. ...Read More

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