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August 29, 2022

Your Guide to Summer Arts in San Francisco

When the weather warms up, it’s time to let your calendar fill up! San Francisco’s arts and culture scene is as vibrant as ever, with big names you already know and love and emerging players you’ll want to keep on your radar for years to come. Here’s our list of can’t-miss happenings in the Bay. 

As always, schedules and protocols may change, so be sure to confirm details ahead of time. 

Arts & Experiences

Song at Creativity Explored (3245 16th St, San Francisco)

Inspired by the work of Walter Kresnik, Song is about the joys of discovering something new that resonates with you and features drawings, sculptures, and other music-evoking art. Plan your visit. Through September 3.

Seeing Gender at the Asian Art Museum (200 Larkin St, San Francisco)

Four emerging curators compare and contrast representations of gender in Asian art with pieces ranging from modern-day to 1,000 years old. Buy tickets. Through September 5. 

Iris Eichenberg: Where Words Fail at the Museum of Craft and Design (2569 Third St, San Francisco)

Catch the first comprehensive mid-career survey in the United States of German artist Iris Eichenberg. Best known for her jewelry creations, Eichenberg explores new territory with installations, objects, and more exploring gender, identity, and safety. Buy tickets. Through October 30.

Shifting the Silence at SFMOMA (151 3rd St, San Francisco)

SFMOMA’s “Shifting the Silence” brings together 32 women artists from various mediums to explore radical abstract art. The boldly experimental exhibition includes sculpture, photography, video, textile, and more. Buy tickets. Through Sept. 5.

Interior Garden at The Chinese Cultural Center (750 Kearny St 3rd Floor, San Francisco)

The Chinese Cultural Center continues its decade-long XianRui series featuring “pioneering yet under-recognized artists of Chinese descent” with an exhibition by Cathy Lu. Catch Lu’s large-scale ceramic installations through the end of the year. Free, but appointments are recommended. On display through Dec. 17. 

David Johnson: In the Zone at San Francisco Arts Commission Galleries (1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl, San Francisco)

Photographer David Johnson studied under Ansel Adams at what’s now known as the San Francisco Art Institute. He went on to chronicle the Black experience in the Bay Area through his striking work from behind the lens. Catch photos from his storied archive at City Hall. Free. Through January 6.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival at Yerba Buena Gardens (750 Howard St, San Francisco)

From poetry readings to puppet shows to dance sessions and lunchbreak DJ sessions, the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival features a little bit of everything for everyone just about every single day. Enjoy art and entertainment in the open air in one of SF’s most lovely and accessible urban gardens. Free. Through October.

The Healing Project at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (701 Mission St, San Francisco)

Composer and artist Samora Abayomi Pinderhughes seeks understanding in America through music, film, visual art, and language. Free. Through September 4. 

Guo Pei: Couture Fantasy at The Legion of Honor (100 34th Ave, San Francisco)

The Legion of Honor celebrates China’s first couturier with an incredible collection of more than 80 works by Guo Pei. Get up close to the designer’s fantastical runway looks from the past two decades and marvel at the craftsmanship that is just as exquisite as it is unconventional. Buy tickets. Through Sept. 5

Diego Rivera’s America at SFMOMA (151 3rd St, San Francisco)

Don’t miss the largest exhibition of Diego Rivera’s stunning works in 20 years. With more than 150 pieces inspired by his travels through Mexico and the United States, SFMOMA spectacularly showcases Rivera’s art spanning from the 1920s through the 1940s. Buy tickets. Through January 2, 2023.

Walt Disney's The Jungle Book: Making a Masterpiece at the Walt Disney Family Museum (104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio, San Francisco)

Celebrate 55 years of Disney’s The Jungle Book with over 300 rare sketches, posters, photos, and much more, as curated by legendary animator Andreas Deja. Buy tickets. Through January 8. 

XOXO: An Exhibit About Love at Children’s Creativity Museum (221 Fourth St, San Francisco)

Communicate in creative new ways with your kids at Children’s Creativity Museum. This interactive exhibit invites children 2 to 12 to spark creativity, conversation, and important emotions through play. Buy tickets. Ongoing.

NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences (55 Music Concourse Drive)

Thursdays in Golden Gate Park can only mean one thing: NightLife at the Academy! Enjoy drinks with the fishes and say hi to Claude the albino alligator while learning about a new theme each week. 21+. Buy tickets. Ongoing. 

Theatre & Cinema

Oklahoma! at Golden Gate Theatre (1 Taylor St, San Francisco)

The Rodgers & Hammerstein classic musical is back with a fresh new take. Without changing the text, this revival pulls Oklahoma! into modern-day life for a funny, sexy reimagining that took home a Tony Award. Get tickets. Through September 11. 

Dear San Francisco at Club Fugazi (678 Green St, San Francisco)

Club Fugazi, one of San Francisco's oldest and most iconic theaters, is now home to an all-new resident production from the acclaimed circus group, The 7 Fingers. "Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story" is an intimate, immersive experience that celebrates everything people love about San Francisco. The story is told told through original music, breathtaking choreography, and death-defying acrobatics. To purchase tickets, visit Ongoing.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran (445 Geary St, San Francisco)

Harry Potter lives on in this magical and award-winning stage show. Revisit Hogwarts with a night of family-friendly theatrical adventure. . Buy tickets. Through Sept. 11.


Audium 11 Redux at Audium (1616 Bush St, San Francisco)

Audium is back with a new sound system. Immerse yourself in a pitch-black room surrounded by 176 speakers playing a symphony of familiar and abstract sounds. Buy tickets. Ongoing.

Flower Piano at SF Botanical Gardens (1199 9th Ave, San Francisco)

Summer wraps up in spectacular style with the return of one of Golden Gate Park’s most cherished traditions: the Flower Piano. Enjoy planned and impromptu concerts among the flowers and maybe even tickle the ivories yourself. September 16 - 20.

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