By some accounts, San Francisco is the cultural capital of the West Coast. Classical music, opera, repertory theaters, jazz, and many other entertainment options infuse life and light into a city already celebrated for its vibrancy and creativity.

The Geary Theater

Home of the Conservatory Theater, this beautiful theater has been called a “temple of drama.” Versatile and exceptional, it has hosted some of the world’s most beloved plays and most celebrated actors, including Clark Gable and Marlene Dietrich.


For rock, jazz, and R&B, owned partly by musician Boz Scaggs, is a city favorite. The 436-seat venue welcomes well-established performers to its upscale atmosphere.

War Memorial Opera House

Center of San Francisco’s opera fixation, this splendid venue in the Civic Center performing arts complex has attracted the biggest talent, including Placido Domingo. Its season runs from September to December, with special events held in the summer.

Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall

Home of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1911, this stunning hall is located in the Civic Center performing arts complex. Up to five concerts each week keep classical music lovers coming during a season that lasts from September to June.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater

Boasting both an indoor and outdoor venue, this 755-seat theater presents an eclectic mix of arts, from dance to drama.