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San Francisco Arts & Culture News

This section contains news on performing arts, dance, theater, literary, bespoke and visual arts – a unique community-driven collective available year round.


The transformative San Francisco arts and culture scene continues to be one of the top reasons visitors are lured back to the Bay Area time and time again.  This section contains news on performing arts, dance, theater, literary, bespoke and visual arts –a unique community-driven collective available year round.  

San Francisco's Must-See Museums
The Art of the Meal at SFMOMA
Nightlife at San Francisco Museums
12 San Francisco Hotels with Museum-Quality Public Art
Seven Museums Where the Food is as Good as the Art
San Francisco's Museums Have Unique Gifts in Store
San Francisco Museum Cafes are Masterpieces in Themselves
13 Things to do at Fort Mason Center
Your Arts & Culture Guide to Golden Gate Park and the Presidio
10 Independent Book Stores Where You Can Find the Perfect Holiday Gift
46 Places in San Francisco that Make Us Proud

Arts & Culture Resources 
Within San Francisco’s 49 square miles visitors will find 23 film festivals; 15 art, architecture and design events; 12 comedy, literary and music festivals; nine dance festivals, and a myriad of theater, ballet and opera productions. The resources below make discovering arts and culture in San Francisco easy and rewarding.

Arts & Culture Resources for San Francisco Visitors
Arts and Culture Apps

Illuminate SF Festival of Light 
Illuminate SF Festival of Light presents San Francisco as a shining gallery of light and showcases the publically accessible light art installations on display throughout 12 neighborhoods from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.

Experience San Francisco as a Shining Gallery of Light During the Fourth Annual Illuminate SF Festival of Light
Why San Francisco is an Awesome City for Light Art

More Illuminating San Francisco Light Art
What You Need to Know About the Bay Lights, the World's Largest Light Art Installation
12 Light Art Destinations in San Francisco that Will Light Up Your Instagram
Three Light Artists You Need to Know About
Five Must-See San Francisco Museums for Light Art Lovers
Five Free San Francisco Public Art Collections You Need to Know About
Light Art Around Central Market / Civic Center
Light Art Around Yerba Buena
Light Art Around North Beach and Embarcadero
Light Art Around Bayview and Beyond 

50th Anniversary Summer of Love 
In 1967 nearly 100,000 young people converged on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, turning San Francisco into the epicenter of a cultural phenomenon known as the Summer of Love. During this transformative time, music, fashion, art and new ideas flourished and there was a feeling that everything was possible.  Fifty years later, that feeling still permeates the streets, forever linking the city to the counterculture and the ideas it launched, nurtured and spread.  

Summer of Love 2017
San Francisco Celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love in 2017
50 Things to Do in San Francisco for the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love
Your Guide to the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Summer of Love
The Essential Summer of Love Playlist
Three Ways to Relive San Francisco's Summer of Love in the Haight-Ashbury

Summer of Love Trip Ideas 
Take a Groovy Grateful Dead Trip through San Francisco
Take this Beat-Era North Beach Walking Tour
Where to Go on Your Jimi Hendrix-Inspired San Francisco Trip
Janis Joplin's San Francisco

How I See San Francisco
“How I See San Francisco” is a series of interviews with fascinating people offering unique perspectives on the city’s culture. Through the eyes of local luminaries and artists visitors discover where to eat, shop and explore just like a local. 

How I See San Francisco: Artist Whitney Lynn
How I See the Presidio: Curator Cheryl Haines
How I See San Francisco: Choreographer Sean Dorsey
How I See The Mission: Roberto Hernandez
How I See Chinatown: Linda Lee
How I See Japantown: Alice Kawahatsu
How I See San Francisco: SFIFF Director Rachel Rosen
How I See San Francisco: SFMOMA Museum Director Neal Benezra
How I See San Francisco: New Conservatory Theatre Center Artistic Director Ed Decker
How I See San Francisco: Castro Theatre Organist David Hegarty
How I See San Francisco: Mark Cavagnero, Architect

SF Makers
The inspiring stories behind San Francisco’s makers are what make the local bespoke community so special. With more than 2,000 estimated artisans, 14 annual maker and design events, and well over 20 retailers featuring locally made goods within 12 neighborhoods, it’s nearly impossible for visitors to leave without taking home a piece of San Francisco. 

Did You Know? Eight Brands that Call San Francisco Home
What You Need to Know About San Francisco's Locally Made Goods

San Francisco is endlessly proud of the artists, musicians, tastemakers and innovators that have made the city home – and we hope the city provides an authentic taste of all that make up its fabric. 

Celebrate Black History Month With These Cultural Happenings in San Francisco
Guide to Eastern Influence in San Francisco
Why You Need to Experience Japantown on Your First Visit to San Francisco

San Francisco’s gay neighborhood is called “San Francisco.”  The city will always be the gay Mecca where all are welcome and everything fabulous is celebrated. 

46 Places in San Francisco that Make Us Proud
Reliving San Francisco Pride Through the Years
San Francisco Pride: A Celebration of Diversity
Seven Tips to Surviving and Thriving at San Francisco Pride
San Francisco Holiday Pride Contest

SFMeetCulture™ connects meeting planners with San Francisco’s most spirited, architecturally inspired cultural venues all in one location and provides a suite of online tools to streamline planning. 

San Francisco Travel Launches SFMeetCulture
Discover San Francisco History at Seven Iconic and Architecturally Significant Venues
Facility Rentals at SFMOMA
Nine San Francisco Meeting Venues With a View: Balconies, Terraces and Gardens
10 San Francisco's Arts and Meeting Venues With Intimate Theatres (Under 300 Capacity)
10 San Francisco Arts and Meeting Venues With Large Theaters
Give Back With Your Next San Francisco-Inspired Meeting or Event
Nine Meeting Venues Within One Block of the Moscone Center