San Francisco Bay Area Performing Arts

World-Renown Performing Arts Venues In The San Francisco Bay Area Offer Entertainment For All Tastes . . .

Oakland &San Francisco performing arts venues are plentiful and offer a huge variety of plays, concerts, comedy shows, special events and other performances. The BEST WESTERN PLUS Bayside Hotel Oakland provides information on many Bay Area performing arts venues, most of which are a convenient drive from the hotel.

Oakland & San Francisco offers several venues, including the Rhythmix Cultural Works (1.1 miles) and the Oakland Metro Opera House (2.2 miles), each offering quality music, concerts, and theatrical performances.

In San Francisco you have the American Conservatory Theater (9.1 miles) and the Herbst Theater (9.6 miles) which provide active performance venues for numerous organizations presenting a wide range of artistic, cultural and entertainment programming.


Website   •   9.1 miles
LOCATION: 415 Geary Street, San Francisco, California 94102    (415) 749-2228

Established in 1965, American Conservatory Theater is a Tony Award–winning theater and training institution whose work is energized and informed by a profound commitment to developing the next generation of theater artists.

American Conservatory Theater

A.C.T. is the largest theater company in the San Francisco Bay Area and employs more than 800 people each season, from teachers and artists to technicians and administrative staff. During the past four decades, more than 300 A.C.T. productions have been seen by close to 7 million playgoers in the company’s magnificent Beaux Arts–style theater located in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square theater district.

Located in the heart of Union Square, A.C.T.’s conservatory boasts 10 studios and a black box studio theater, and shares its rehearsal spaces with A.C.T.’s mainstage productions. Classrooms, studios, and administrative offices are fully integrated— student life is an integral part of A.C.T.’s life—and students have the opportunity to interact daily with company actors and staff. A few blocks away is A.C.T.’s historic and dazzling theater—one of San Francisco’s famed cultural landmarks. In addition, Zeum Theater, at Yerba Buena Gardens, is A.C.T.’s additional stage for readings, workshops, rehearsals, and other aspects of new play and production development. Nearby, students can explore the theater district, museums, parks, Chinatown, North Beach, and the Embarcadero waterfront.


Website   •   14.1 miles
LOCATION: Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall, 201 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102, (415) 864-6000

Completed in September, 1980 after more than two years of construction, Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall is the home of the San Francisco Symphony. The San Francisco Symphony’s home owes its name to the efforts and perseverance of Mrs. Louise M. Davies, the largest individual contributor to the building hall. The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance at home and around the world; Enriches, serves, and shapes cultural life throughout the spectrum of Bay Area communities; Maintains financial stability and gains public recognition as a means of ensuring its ability to fulfill its mission.

San Francisco Symphony

Founded in 1911, the San Francisco Symphony (SFS) is widely considered to be among the most artistically adventurous and financially stable arts institutions in the US. Nearly 600,000 people hear over 220 concerts and presentations of the SFS each year. The SFS acts as a cultural ambassador for the Bay Area through its nearly 45 national and international concert tours, nearly 150 recordings, and through its radio broadcasts, heard on more than 275 stations throughout the U.S. and Europe.

In fall 2006, the SFS launched the national Keeping Score PBS television series and multimedia project. Keeping Score is the San Francisco Symphony’s program designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds through a national PBS television series, an interactive web site,, to explore and learn about music, a national radio series hosted by Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas, documentary and live performance DVDs, and an education program for K-12 schools to further teaching through the arts by integrating classical music into core subjects.

The San Francisco Symphony Chorus has 150 singers and was founded over 30 years ago. The SFS is one of only a handful of major orchestras in the United States with its own chorus.


Website   •   16.1 miles
LOCATION: 301 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California    415) 864-3330

War Memorial Opera House

The San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center, one of the largest performing arts centers in the United States, covers seven and one-half acres in San Francisco’s historic Civic Center district. Opera, symphony, modern and classical dance, theatre, recitals, plays, lectures, meetings, receptions, special screenings and gala events all have a place at the Center.

Each of the Center’s unique facilities have characteristics that enhance every event, and all are available for rent. To learn more about a specific venue, visit its page by clicking the link located to your right.

The venerable beaux arts building was inaugurated on October 15, 1932 and holds the distinction of being the first American opera house that was not built by and for a small group of wealthy patrons; the funding came thanks to a group of private citizens who encouraged thousands of San Franciscans to subscribe. The War Memorial currently welcomes some 500,000 patrons annually.


Rhythmix Cultural Works • 1.1 miles
2513 Blanding Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501-1505 (510) 865-5060
Rhythmix Cultural Works community arts center in Alameda is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education.

Altarena Playhouse • 1.9 miles
1409 High St, Alameda, CA 94501-3102 (510) 523-1553
Since 1938, Alameda Little Theatre Inc. has been presenting live theater in Alameda. In 1957 the company acquired an abandoned grocery store on High Street and turned it into the Altarena Playhouse, where we have been presenting creative, intimate, and artistically ambitious stagings of plays, musicals and revues ever since

Oakland Metro Opera House • 2.2 miles
630 3rd Street, Oakland, CA 94607 (510) 763-1146
The venue first opened on December 1, 2001 with the Oakland Opera Theater’s production of Gertrude Stein’s Four Saints in Three Acts. . It is equipped with a full theatrical lighting system, state of the art sound reinforcement and a full bar.

Flux 53 • 2.5 miles
306 Foothill Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94601 (510) 842-8841
Flux 53 is a performing arts space and venue in East Oakland. Featuring music of all genres, performance theater, art, workshops and more, Flux strives to bring music and the arts to the community.

Victoria Theater • 9.6 miles
2961 16th Street, San Francisco, California 94103 (415) 863-7576
Located in the historic Mission District of San Francisco, the ornate and stately Victoria Theatre, seats 480. The theatre, built in 1908 as a vaudeville house, is now a city landmark and the oldest operating theatre in San Francisco.

Herbst Theater • 9.6 miles
401 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, California 94102 (415) 621-6600
The Herbst Theatre, located in the center of the War Memorial Veterans Building, is a vital and active performance venue for numerous organizations presenting a wide range of artistic, cultural and entertainment programming.

Magic Theatre • 10.3 miles
Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123 (415) 441-8822
The highly acclaimed Magic Theatre, which celebrated its 40th season in 2006, is a major West Coast company dedicated to presenting the works of new plays

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