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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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


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

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