Guide to events:
Free (or very low cost)
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Free Museum Days
Many San Francisco museums have a day of free admission at the beginning of every month. Participating museums include the Asian Art Museum, the Legion of Honor Museum,
Museum of Modern Art,
Yerba Buena Center,
Academy of Sciences, and Exploratorium.
02/25/2011 - 09/11/2011
Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance
Bali is one of the most vibrant cultures in Asia, famed for its ritual and performing arts. Bali: Art, Ritual, Performance will be the first ever large-scale exhibition of Balinese art in the United States.
03/24/2011 - 06/25/2011
SFJAZZ Spring Season 2011
The Spring Season is the primary embodiment of SFJAZZ's expansion as a year-round presenter featuring high-profile jazz concerts, films, and educational events under the artistic direction of saxophone superstar Joshua Redman.
04/15/2011 - 05/20/2011
The Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam
Youth Speaks hosted the first Youth Speaks Teen Poetry Slam in 1997, the first poetry slam for teenagers in the country.
04/30/2011 - 05/30/2011
2011 San Francisco Decorator Showcase
The West Coast's preeminent design event, is pleased to announce the designer line-up for the 2011 Showcase at 2950 Vallejo Street.
05/03/2011 - 05/15/2011
Hugh Jackman In Performance
SHN proudly presents Hugh Jackman In Performance at the Curran Theatre in a two week limited engagement in San Francisco.
25th Annual Big Bang Gala
Meet some of the world's brightest and bravest scientists, contemplate the future of human life, and enjoy a naturally glamorous event where the music includes a chorus of songbirds, and the brightest jewels in the room are swimming through a colorful forest of coral.
2011 San Francisco Cinco de Mayo Festival
This community-based cultural heritage event celebrates the self-determination of the indigenous people of Mexico with recreation, athletic mini-camps, arts and crafts, walking tour of Historic Mission Dolores, all day entertainment, food, and much more.
12th Annual San Francisco OysterFest
This event is the largest Oyster festival on the West Coast drawing over 250,000 people to date. Over half a million succulent oysters have willingly sacrificed themselves over the years.
GLAAD Media Awards
The GLAAD Media Awards celebrates 25 years of advocacy for the San Francisco LGBT community with celebrity sightings galore, moving speeches, and inspirational performances at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Dance
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features traditional and contemporary dance forms, including site-specific work created for one of the most beautiful urban environments in the country.
San Francisco International Arts Festival
San Francisco International Arts Festival 2011 offers more than 40 performances presented by 23 arts organizations and ensembles at Fort Mason Center and other venues.
San Francisco Fine Arts Fair
$5 million in art sales over three days is nothing to sneeze at…and that was just year one! After establishing itself as America's top new art fair in 2010, the San Francisco Fine Arts Fair returns home to Fort Mason Center for year Two.
Somebody to Love: Musical Tribute To Freddie Mercury
Carly is set to reprise her smash hit cabaret show Somebody to Love: My Musical Tribute To Freddie Mercury at the Rrazz Room in May 2011.
6th Annual Ghirardelli Square Uncorked! Wine Festival
In partnership with a local non-profit organization, Uncorked is a public event which provides an opportunity to taste, learn and experience wine from throughout Northern California.
San Francisco Symphony Chorus Concert
Under the direction of Chorus Director Ragnar Bohlin, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus has been deemed "mighty and volcanic" by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News raves: "And if there was a star of Friday's show, it was the Chorus itself.
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is best known for their wildly popular theatrical shows and concerts, which combine comedy, music, and technology to produce a totally unique form of entertainment.
05/25/2011 - 05/29/2011
San Francisco PopFest 2011
Featuring some of the most exciting bands on the international indiepop scene, this festival has expanded to five days of indiepop magic with over 25 bands and six live shows.
05/27/2011 - 07/10/2011
This new play by Alexi Kaye Campbell counterpoints the self-deception and denial experienced by many gay men in 1958 with the relative sexual freedom of 2008.
F. Scott Fitzgerald famously quipped that there are no second acts in American life, but he didn't count on Tony Bennett.
Proud to present its entry for the San Francisco Carnaval Parade, and the 2011 theme of "Live Your Fantasy!" "Areito! Timba Y Chancletas!" is their fantasy of what the Pre-Columbian festivals held throughout the Caribbean region have evolved into.
Presidio Memorial Day Ceremony
Join veterans and the community to honor and remember those lost in service to their country.
Dine About Town San Francisco
Dine About Town San Francisco will return for the second half of its tenth year on June 1-15, 2011.
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: Thursday Lunchtime Concerts
Grab a sandwich and a summertime drink and meet friends and colleagues for Thursday Lunchtime Concerts, a mid-day interlude of the finest jazz, world, and classical music under open skies.
San Francisco's Union Street Eco-Urban Festival
In its 35th year, The Union Street Festival is one of San Francisco's largest free annual events.
2011 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon
This quintessential Bay Area event will send the world's top athletes on an icy swim from Alcatraz to the city's shoreline, biking a grueling road terrain and running sandy hill climbs.
Seasons Swirl - A Premier Wine Tasting Event
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco is pleased to launch Seasons Swirl - A Premier Wine Tasting Event, a monthly wine and food tasting at Seasons Bar and Lounge.
Bruno Mars and Janelle Monae
Watch this special music event of Bruno Mars Janelle Monae.
The 77th Annual San Mateo County Fair
The event is one of the largest county fairs in California. Each year more than 135,000 attendees come to the San Mateo County Fair.
Taste of Mendocino
Sample some of Mendocino County's best hand crafted wines made from winegrapes grown in America's Greenest Wine Region.
Motley Crue is an American heavy metal band formed in Los Angeles, California.
||Asian Art Museum
The Asian Art Museum of San Francisco is one of the largest museums in the Western world devoted exclusively to Asian art.
||Yerba Buena Center
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts is the Bay Area's premier venue for adventurous art.
||Legion of Honor Museum
The Legion of Honor displays an impressive collection of 4,000 years of ancient and European art in an unforgettable setting overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.
||SF Modern Museum of Art
Located in a spectacular new building by Mario Botta, SFMOMA offers the West Coast's most comprehensive collection of 20th century art.
||Academy of Sciences
Explore the natural world within the halls of the California Academy of Sciences.
||Beach Blanket Babylon
Steve Silver's Beach Blanket Babylon is the longest running, hit musical revue in theatre history. The show premiered in 1974.
||Best of Broadway
Watch touring acts from Broadway fame at one of these downtown theaters: the Golden Gate, Curran or Orpheum.
||American Conservatory Theater
A.C.T. is nationally recognized for its groundbreaking productions of classical works and bold explorations of contemporary playwriting.
||SF Shakespeare Festival
SF Shakespeare Festival is a regional theater company and major arts education provider that organizes Free Shakespeare in the Park.
||San Francisco 49ers (Football)
Catch all the excitement of the NFL as the 49ers take on their NFC West rivals and more.
||San Francisco Giants (Baseball)
Catch a major league baseball game at spectacular SBC Park. Watch as Barry Bonds and the Giants pursue a National League West title.
||Oakland Athletics (Baseball)
Catch a major league baseball game at the Oakland Coliseum -- just a BART ride away -- and watch as Eric Chavez and the A's pursue an American League West title.
||Golden State Warriors (Basketball)
Take a BART ride to Oakland and watch a young and exciting team compete in the NBA. With the addition of Baron Davis, the future looks bright for the Warriors.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Tiffany and Co.