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arts and entertainment
afrosolo

AfroSolo Theatre Company, Hayes Valley

Exploring the human spirit that binds us all, The AfroSolo Theatre Company presents works that celebrate African-American art, culture, intellect and entertainment.

lines ballet

Alonzo King's LINES Ballet, Civic Center

Internationally acclaimed modern dance/performance arts company based in San Francisco. Lines Ballet school is one of the highest regarded dance instructional institutions in America. Group rates available.

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American Conservatory Theater, Union Square

The Tony Award-winning American Conservatory Theater nurtures the art of live theater through dynamic productions, intensive actor training in its conservatory, and an ongoing dialogue with its audience and community.

audium

Audium, Civic Center

Audium is the only theatre of its kind in the world, pioneering the exploration of space in music. The theatre's 169 speakers bathe listeners in sounds that move past, over, and under them. "Sound sculptures" are performed in darkness in the 49-seat theatre.

bats

BATS Improv, Marina

The Bay Area's "Favorite Improv Company," presenting laugh-out-loud improvisational theatre since 1986. BATS Improv has headlined the Bay Area's innovative improv theatre scene since 1986. Each weekend the company presents a series of completely improvised shows in a variety of formats, from Theatresports to improvised musicals and everything in between. See why critics call BATS "San Francisco's premiere improvisational theater."
cabaret

Bay Area Cabaret, Civic Center

Bay Area Cabaret is a not-for profit company which presents extraordinary solo performances in a variety of elegant venues in the San Francisco Bay Area. The Cabaret aims to expand the definition of cabaret and broaden the audience for intimate entertainment with Great American Songbook entries from Harold Arlen and Stephen Sondheim to Abba and Stevie Wonder
berkeley rep

Berkeley Repertory Theatre, East Bay

Founded in 1968, Berkeley Repertory Theatre has established itself as one of this country's top-ranking professional resident theatre companies, known for its consistently high-quality productions. Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre, its national reputation draws theatre artists from around the country to work on a variety of productions from September through July.

dancers group

Dancers' Group, SOMA

Founded in 1982, Dancers' Group assists and supports the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) dance community by creating a nexus of resources, expertise and knowledge. The group strives to bring a variety of artists and organizations together that create engaging partnerships and civic collaborations.
lamplighters music theatre

Lamplighters Music Theatre, SOMA

Lamplighters Music Theatre is one of the oldest continuously performing theatres in the Bay Area, and the only year-round musical theatre company in San Francisco. Since its debut in a tiny San Carlos theater, Lamplighters Music Theatre has been dedicated to upholding the tradition of light opera and musical theatre, particularly through the production of the operettas of W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

lively foundation

The Lively Foundation, Pacific Heights

The Lively Foundation is dedicated to presenting the best in artistic and educational projects in dance, music, and related arts. Based in San Francisco since 1984 and on tour throughout the US and the world.
post stree theatre

Marines Memorial Theatre, Union Square

A midsize commercial theater in the heart of the San Francisco theater district, presenting local, touring and Broadway productions and concerts.

napa valley opera house

Napa Valley Opera House, Napa County

Experience a variety of performing arts including music, theatre, dance and comedy in the newly renovated 500-seat theatre located on Main Street, downtown Napa.

nctc

New Conservatory Theatre Center, Civic Center

For 26 years, a dynamic performing arts complex and professional theatre arts school, with theatre for adult and young audiences.

sf ballet

San Francisco Ballet Association, Civic Center

The mission of San Francisco Ballet is to share the joy of dance with its community and around the globe and to provide the highest caliber of dance training in its School. San Francisco Ballet seeks to enhance its position as one of the world's finest dance companies through its vitality, innovation, and diversity and through its uncompromising commitment to artistic excellence based in the classical ballet tradition.
sf chamber orchestra

San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Civic Center

The mission of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra is to bring the immediacy and intimacy of music for small orchestra and chamber ensemble to audiences of all ages by presenting classical, contemporary, and commissioned works as well as to educate and enlighten the next generation of music lovers through outreach programs.
sf conservatory of music

San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Civic Center

Educating future generations of gifted musicians with over 400 public performances annually.

sfgmc

San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, Castro

GALA Choruses, the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses, Inc., with over 200 member choruses, and 10,000 singing members, is the world's only association committed to serving the lesbian and gay choral movement. They are dedicated to providing support and helping gay and lesbian choruses to be strong, both artistically and professionally. GALA Choruses fosters the artistic and the organizational development of member choruses through a wide variety of programs and services. They produce choral festivals, educational conferences, and publications.

sfgc

San Francisco Girls Chorus, Civic Center

Founded in 1978, the San Francisco Girls Chorus has become a regional center for choral music education and performance for girls and young women ages 7-18. More than 300 singers from 160 schools in 44 Bay Area cities participate in this internationally recognized program, deemed "a model in the country for training girls' voices" by the California Arts Council.

sf opera

San Francisco Opera, Civic Center

Internationally acclaimed opera company presents 13 productions in over 80 performances annually from September through December and May through July in the historic War Memorial Opera House.

sf performances

San Francisco Performances, Union Square

One of the Bay Area's award-winning, independent presenters of chamber music, recitals, jazz and contemporary dance.

sf symphony

San Francisco Symphony, Civic Center

Hear the classics, discover new favorites and thrill to the excitement of making music with the San Francisco Symphony.

sf jazz

SFJAZZ (San Francisco Jazz Organization), Embarcadero

SFJAZZ is a recognized international leader in jazz creation, presentation, and education. SFJAZZ explores the full spectrum of jazz, from the music's origins in the African American community to its diverse present-day expressions around the world. As a non-profit organization, SFJAZZ works to develop the audience for jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. SFJAZZ celebrates jazz as a living art form, built on a constantly evolving tradition.

smuin ballet

Smuin Ballet, SOMA

Known for dance theatre and ballet at its best with innovative and accessible repertory. The San Francisco Chronicle calls it "the hottest ticket in town."

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tours and attractions
alcatraz

Alcatraz Island, Cruises leave from Alcatraz Landing

Alcatraz Island offers a close-up look at the site of the first lighthouse and US fort on the West Coast, the infamous federal penitentiary long off-limits to the public, and the 18 month occupation by Indians of All Tribes which saved the tribes. Rich in history, there is also a natural side to the Rock -- gardens, tide pools, bird colonies, and bay views beyond compare.

anheuser-busch

Anheuser - Busch Brewery Tours, East Bay

Free, 45-minute tour includes brewing, presentation, packaging video, product sampling, and beechwood aging and production floor; all ages welcome. Samples for adults 21 and older.

boudin bakery

Boudin Bakery Tour, Fisherman's Wharf

Visit the flagship location, where bakers make bread with a recipe the company has nurtured since 1849. A Museum ghj_amp Bakery Tour invites you to witness history in the baking. Stroll through our collection of historic and interactive exhibits as you observe the bakery in action from the museum's 30-foot observation window and glass-walled catwalk.

cable cars

Cable Cars

Moving historic landmarks, the Cable Cars of San Francisco operate seven days a week along century-old routes. For a unique tour of the city, take the California Street line, which runs from the Financial District, through Chinatown, and over Nob Hill. The Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde lines both terminate near Fisherman's Wharf. Board in San Francisco wherever you see a brown-and-white stop sign.

charles chocolates

Charles Chocolates Factory Store ghj_amp Chocolate Bar, East Bay

Premium chocolatier products include gourmet chocolate bars, handmade confections and chocolate covered nuts. While enjoying hot chocolates and confections at the store's chocolate bar, you can sit at the counter and watch as chocolates are being made in the store's 6,700 square foot factory. Free guided factory tours of the production facility are also offered.

china town

China Town

A dragon-draped archway at the intersection of Bush and Grant streets announces the entrance to Chinatown in San Francisco. Streets teem with fish and vegetable stalls, herbal shops, temples, and eateries. (Lichee Garden, Hunan Home's, and Rghj_ampG restaurants all rate high with diners.) Museums include the Chinese Historical Society of America and Chinese Culture Center.

filoli

Filoli, Silicon Valley

Located thirty miles south of San Francisco on the eastern slope of the Coast Range, the 654-acre Filoli estate contains as its central portion a historic house and sixteen acres of formal garden. Guests can enjoy guided or self-guided tours of the house and gardens, nature hikes, orchard tours, and cutting garden tours.

fisherman's wharf

Fisherman's Wharf

The city's most popular destination, Fisherman's Wharf overlooks San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. The historic waterfront still serves as a working fishing pier, so expect fresh seafood at area restaurants. Nearby San Francisco attractions Pier 39, The Cannery, and Ghirardelli Square are touristy, but prove irresistible to many visitors.

golden gate bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

The Golden Gate Bridge is acclaimed as one of the world's most beautiful bridges and with its tremendous towers, sweeping main cables and great span, it is a sensory beauty featuring color, sound, and light.

hearst castle

Hearst Castle, Monterey/Carmel Central Coast

Publisher William Randolph Hearst's 165-room estate was designed by noted architect Julia Morgan and built between 1919 and 1947. National Geographic Theater, located at the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, is a five-story screen theater showing the resident film "Hearst Castle - Building the Dream" as the companion film to castle tours.

tea garden

Japanese Tea Garden

The Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park is the oldest public Japanese garden in California. Highlights include the spendid Moon (or Drum) Bridge, the Tea House and the pond in front of the Tea House. Tea drinkers overlook a waterfall and pond framed by fragrant wisteria.

jelly belly

Jelly Belly Candy Company, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe

Discover delicious secrets during a walking tour of the Jelly Belly Candy Company factory, the manufacturer of 150 varieties of candy, including Jelly Belly jelly beans. Retail store carries complete selection of candy and Jelly Belly gift items.

mr. treasure hunt

Mr. Treasure Hunt

Mr. Treasure Hunt develops San Francisco treasure and scavenger hunt adventures where teams solve clues and puzzles as they sleuth their way through a defined area of their city. These treasure hunts offer challenging, fun, and educational entertainment for all ages. And some really great urban hiking!

napa valley wine train

Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa County

Relax in the atmosphere of the Napa Valley; majestic hills, expansive vineyards and remarkable wineries. Let us treat you to exceptional, freshly prepared food, crafted with the regions finest seasonal ingredients. Enjoy some of the Napa Valley's world famous wines as our magnificently restored vintage rail cars carry you in the luxury of a bygone era.

north beach

North Beach

Stroll over to North Beach, San Francisco's Italian neighborhood, for a snack. The espresso is strong and the cannoli sweet at Caffe Trieste, and century-old Molinari's deli appeases the hungry. Once fortified, pay a visit to City Lights Bookstore, Mecca for bohemians and serious book-lovers alike.

old faithful

Old Faithful Geyser of California, Napa County

One of three famous "Old Faithful" Geysers in the world. Geothermal self-guided tour, exhibit hall, gift shop, snack bar and picnic area complement experience.

pier 39 PIER 39, Fisherman's Warf

San Francisco's Premier Bay Attraction, Pier 39 is a festival marketplace with more than 110 stores, 12 Bay view restaurants, and a variety of fun-filled attractions for all ages, including world-renowned sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.
river rock casino River Rock Casino, Sonoma County

Twenty-four hour gaming entertainment, a little over an hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge. All the games you love to play in the heart of the wine country.
roaring camp railroads

Roaring Camp Railroads, Beach Communities

See California's towering redwood forests from two historic railroads. Travel by steam train up a narrow-gauge track through the Big Trees to Bear Mountain or by beach train down the scenic San Lorenzo River to the sunny beaches of Santa Cruz.

chocolate tours

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, East Bay

Visitors can take a free tour of the factory, sample chocolates, and learn about how chocolate is made.

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museums
asian art museum

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Civic Center

One of the largest museums in the world devoted exclusively to Asian art with a collection comprising over 17,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of history. The museum reopened in March 2003 at its new, expanded facility at San Francisco's Civic Center.

CA historical society

California Historical Society, Yerba Buena

The state's official historical society, its San Francisco headquarters, galleries, museum store and research library represent California's dynamic history.

cartoon museum

Cartoon Art Museum, Yerba Buena

The only museum west of the Appalachian Mountains, dedicated to the preservation, education and exhibition of cartoon art in all forms. View rare, original cartoon art.

cca wattis ica

CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, SOMA

The Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts was established in 1998 in San Francisco at California College of the Arts. It serves as a forum for the presentation and discussion of international contemporary art and curatorial practice.Through groundbreaking exhibitions, the Capp Street Project residency program, lectures, symposia, and publications, the Wattis Institute has become one of the leading art institutions in the United States and provides an active site for contemporary culture in the Bay Area.

chinese historical society

Chinese Historical Society of America, Chinatown

Housed in the historic Julia Morgan Chinatown YWCA, the Chinese Historical Society of America Museum and Learning Center includes exhibitions dedicated to the history, art and culture of Chinese America. The permanent exhibition, "The Chinese in America: Towards A More Perfect Union," displays photographs and artifacts relating to immigration, the Exclusion Era, and early and contemporary Chinese American communities.

contemporary jewish museum

Contemporary Jewish Museum, Yerba Buena

Newly opened in downtown San Francisco, the Contemporary Jewish Museum presents dynamic exhibitions and educational programs, exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history and ideas.

fine arts museum

de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park

Located in Golden Gate Park, the de Young is San Francisco's oldest museum. Its collections include American paintings, decorative arts and crafts; arts from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; and western and non-western textiles. Long known as the City's Museum, the de Young is particularly recognized for its many educational arts programs for children and adults. The de Young re-opened in a new state-of-the-art facility in Golden Gate Park on October 15, 2005.

exploratorium

Exploratorium, Marina

Housed within the walls of San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts, the Exploratorium is a collage of hundreds of science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote museums as informal education centers.

glbt history

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society, Yerba Buena

The museum collects, preserves and promotes an active knowledge of the history, art and culture of sexually diverse communities in Northern California and beyond.

hass-lilenthal house

Haas-Lilienthal House, Pacific Heights

San Francisco's only Queen Anne Victorian open to the public offering docent-led tours. See a unique view of Victorian life during tour through the fully-furnished principal rooms of this designated landmark.

legion of honor

Legion of Honor, The Richmond

Ancient and European art from 2500 B.C. through the 20th century. Artists represented include El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens, Monet and Picasso. One of the world's leading collections of Rodin sculpture and dramatic views of the Golden Gate and the city make this a must-see museum. Multilingual tours available.

mccla

Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Mission District

A multicultural non-profit arts organization committed to the collaborative artistic vision of the Latino art forms.

moad

Museum of the African Diaspora, Yerba Buena

MoAD is the only museum of its kind to inform and educate about how all people, ultimately, are African. Original works addressing the dispersal movements out of Africa that populated the rest of the world, as well as traveling exhibitions, film, video and multimedia will tell the exciting untold stories of the African Diaspora.

octagon house

Octagon House - A Museum of Decorative Arts, Cow Hollow/Union Street

Former 1861 residence, now museum of Early American decorative arts and documents including signatures of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

ripleys museum

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Museum, Fisherman's Wharf

Two floors and over 10,000 square feet filled with the strange, the unusual, and the unbelievable! See in person the incredible "Believe It or Nots" you've read about in the Ripley books and cartoons and seen on television.

cable car museum

San Francisco Cable Car Barn ghj_amp Museum, Nob Hill

The City's cable car system is run from a circa 1907 red brick barn. Examine the winding machinery designed to make the motorless cars navigate city streets and study Andrew Hallidie's original prototype Car No. 8.

sfcb

San Francisco Center For The Book, Mission District

The Center offers classes, exhibitions, lectures and events in the Book Arts: letterpress, printing, traditional bookbinding and innovative book structures.

sf historical society

San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, Fisherman's Wharf

Presents walking tours, publications, monthly programs and special events focusing on San Francisco's vibrant history.

museum of craft and design

San Francisco Museum of Craft Design, Financial District

In 2004, the San Francisco Museum of Craft Design opened its doors to interpret the role of craft and design in contemporary society. All of the museum's exhibitions are designed not only to showcase the art of craft and design, but also to educate people on its importance in our lives. By developing and hosting innovative exhibitions and creating a vital program of education and community outreach, the museum celebrates an artform that not only enriches our physical spaces, but also helps to tell us something about ourselves.
sfmoma

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), Yerba Buena

Located in a spectacular new building, SFMOMA offers the West Coast's most comprehensive collection of modern and contemporary art, shopping at the Museum Store and dining at Cafe Museo.

sf camerawork

SF Camerawork, SOMA

The Bay Area's only contemporary photography non-profit, features innovative exhibitions and programming.

society of CA pioneers

The Society of California Pioneers, SOMA

Dedicated to the preservation, promotion and enjoyment of California heritage, the Society supports a museum that features regularly changing exhibitions of California art, history and culture.

somaarts cultural center

SomArts Cultural Center, SOMA

Since 1979 SomArts has been providing low-cost rental space and equipment to communities and arts groups. SomArts' large size, its flexible performance spaces and its spacious art galleries afford local artists the opportunity to artistically exploit the venue's multidisciplinary possibilities.
national liberty ship memorial

The National Liberty Ship Memorial, Fisherman's Wharf

Fully restored and operational, the Jeremiah O'Brien, America's last unaltered Liberty ship in operating condition, is one of a great fleet that operated during World War II.

wax museum

Wax Museum at Fisherman's, Wharf Fisherman's Wharf

For 45 years, 15 million visitors have enjoyed more than 270 wax portraits of entertainers, heroes, scoundrels and more in 50 expertly crafted settings, enhanced with artistic lighting, props and informative narrations.

wellsfargo

Wells Fargo History Museum, Financial District

Offers fun interactive exhibits and rare artifacts from the early history of Wells Fargo, San Francisco and California. Exhibits include an original stagecoach, mining tools, gold, vintage maps, photographs and 1906 earthquake artifacts.

winchester mystery house

Winchester Mystery House, Silicon Valley

Guided tours of this beautiful but bizarre 160-room California Historical Landmark reveal the eccentricities of Sarah Winchester, heiress to the Winchester rifle fortune.

zeum

Zeum, Yerba Buena

A multimedia arts and technology museum where kids and families explore creativity through hands-on programs like clay animation, video production, and more.

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outdoors
angel island

Angel Island State Park, San Francisco Bay

Angel Island has served as a hunting ground for the Miwoks, a Civil War encampment, a quarantine station during the Spanish-American War, a discharge depot and recruitment processing center during World War I, an embarkation station and POW camp during World War II, an Immigration Station often referred to as "The Ellis Island of the West" from 1910 through 1940 and a Nike Missile Base from 1955 to 1962. Today, visitors can enjoy 13 miles of hiking trails and roadway, segway tours, tram tours, bike rentals, hiking, and the "cove cafe."

botanical garden

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society at Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park

Escape to a unique urban oasis of extraordinary beauty. Enjoy the San Francisco Botanical Garden's world of gardens, excellent horticulture library, bookstore, and education programs.
conservatory of flowers

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park

A spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants from around the world. Prominently situated near the eastern end of Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory opened in 1879 and is North America's oldest existing public conservatory.

mare island

Mare Island Historic Park Foundation, Sacramento and Lake Tahoe

Tour National Landmark, former Mare Island Naval Shipyard. Tour locations include the stately Colonial Revival era mansions of Officer's Row, St. Peter's Chapel with its Tiffany stained glass windows, the Mare Island Artifact Museum, and the dry docks along the waterfront of Mare Island strait.

maritime national historical park

Maritime National Historical Park, Fisherman's Wharf

The park is home to the Submarine USS Pampanito, an authentic, World War II submarine. Visitors will feel history unfold, seeing how the crew of 80 men lived for weeks on end in amazingly tight quarters. Many original artifacts are on display. Exclusive iPod audio tour features Pampanito crewmen telling real-life war stories. The gift store is chock full of gifts, books, video/DVDs and memorabilia. Additional historical ships include the1886 square-rigger Balclutha, 1895 schooner C. A. Thayer, 1890 steam ferryboat Eureka, 1891 scow schooner Alma, 1907 steam tug Hercules, and 1914 paddlewheel tug Eppleton Hall.

presidio
The Presidio, Presidio

Formerly a military post, the Presidio is a national park and recreational paradise featuring spectacular vistas, meandering trails, and historic and architectural treasures. Come for a hike, a walking tour, a picnic, to view an exhibit, or take a stroll back in time. Entrance to the park and most programs are free. The park is open daily, year-round.
yerba buena gardens

Yerba Buena Gardens, Yerba Buena

An award-winning public facility, features a children's garden, public art, museums, a historic carousel, ice-skating and bowling centers.

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zoos and aquariums
aquarium Aquarium of the Bay, Fisherman's Warf

Aquarium of the Bay is located in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The 50,000 square foot facility features 300 feet of crystal clear acrylic tunnels holding over 700,000 gallons of filtered Bay water. The Aquarium is home to over 20,000 aquatic animals, including sharks, bat rays and skates. It also encompasses three touch pools and numerous other displays.
cas museum

California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park

The Academy combines an aquarium, planetarium, natural history museum and scientific research facilities under one roof. Visitors can explore the outer reaches of the galaxy in the world's largest all-digital planetarium, get a bird's eye view of the humid canopy of a Costa Rican rainforest or enjoy the view underneath the waves of the world's deepest display of living corals all in the same visit. It is topped with a 2.5-acre living roof and employs a wide range of energy-saving materials and technologies. Over 38,000 live animals will fill the new aquarium and natural history exhibits, one of the most diverse collections of live animals at any museum or aquarium around the world.

zoo

San Francisco Zoo, Sunset

Northern California's largest zoological park features approximately 1,000 exotic and endangered wildlife.Experience the wonders of the Children's Zoo and visit other favorites such as Gorilla Preserve, Penguin Island, Koala Crossing, Lemur Forest and the Australian WalkAbout. Ride the historical Dentzel Carousel and Little Puffer minature steam train.

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