Your Guide to San Francisco's Performing Arts | San Francisco Travel
The cast of San Francisco Ballet's Broken Wings
Performers from Lopez Ochoa's Broken Wings at San Francisco Ballet Credit: RJ Muna for San Francisco Ballet

Your Guide to
San Francisco's Performing Arts Events This Spring

Here's a helpful round-up of the must-see performances in San Francisco this season.

From comedy and theater to opera and dance, San Francisco attracts the best of the best, giving visitors plenty of performances to choose from during their stay. Explore what’s playing this season and start planning your trip.

Comedy

Ronny Chieng

The Masonic

Showman Ronny Chieng is at the Masonic Theatre for two evenings in May. The multi-talented performer already has two Netflix specials and has taken his newest act on the road. Be sure to grab tickets early before they sell out. May 11 and 12.

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Trevor Wallace

Cobb’s Comedy Club

While he started his rise to fame years ago on Vine, Trevor Wallace is now one of the most viral comedy stars of his generation. Wallace is everywhere, racking up more than a billion combined views across all social media – all before the age of 30. He has his finger on the pulse and knows how to work a crowd. May 17-19.

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Dance

Mere Mortals

San Francisco Ballet

The story of Pandora is no less applicable today than it was to the Ancient Greeks. Mere Mortals returns for just one more week this season, offering a modern look at this story of curiosity and cost. The experience is immersive, thrusting viewers into the center of a symphony of lights and sounds. Apr. 18-24.

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Swan Lake

San Francisco Ballet

Due to popular demand, Swan Lake returns with world-renowned guest stars Natalia Osipova (The Royal Ballet), Daniel Camargo (American Ballet Theater), and Jacopo Tissi (Dutch National Opera & Ballet). Whether you're a ballet lover or new to the art form, Swan Lake is on everyone's must-see list. Apr. 30 - May 5.

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San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Swan Lake
San Francisco Ballet in Tomasson's Swan Lake Credit: Lindsay Thomas

Theater

Dear San Francisco

Club Fugazi

Dear San Francisco is the critically-acclaimed intimate and immersive circus experience created by Bay Area natives and The 7 Fingers co-founders Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider. The production invites locals and visitors alike on a heart-stopping romp through the essence and the myth that has San Francisco has etched on our collective imagination. From the 1906 earthquake and Summer of Love to beat poetry and the mysterious fog, San Francisco comes vividly to life through a series of tableaus (acts), including hoop diving, Chinese pole, Korean plank, juggling, and “hand-to-trap” (a form first created by Shana Carroll), performed by an international cast of world-class acrobats. Tickets are on sale through Jan. 5, 2025.

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The cast of "Dear San Francisco" performs at Club Fugazi.
The cast of "Dear San Francisco" performs at Club Fugazi. Credit: David Allen

The Tutor

The New Conservatory Theatre Center

What price would you pay to be truly who you are? That’s the heart of The Tutor, written by Torange Yeghiazarian and directed by Sahar Assaf. The story centers on Kayvan, who’s recently married a young Iranian woman named Baran. Once the two move back to Kayvan’s home in the Bay Area, their lives slowly fall apart. Who wins in a game where our most fundamental truths are at stake? Apr. 5 – May 11.

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The cast of "The Tutor" at New Conservatory Theater Center
Lawrence Redecker, Maya Nazzal, and Deborah-Eliezer in "The Tutor". Credit: New Conservatory Theater Center

A Strange Loop

A.C.T.'s Toni Rembe Theater

One of the most original and inventive Broadway musicals in recent memory, the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning A Strange Loop tells the story of Usher, a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. Apr. 18 - May 12.

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Adventures With Alice

We Players Theatre Company

Somewhere between Wonderland and Looking Glass is Adventures with Alice. This play sold-out all last season, and there’s every reason to expect it’ll be the same this time. This run is promised to be just as immersive as the last one, with a few added twists and characters! Performances will be held on select dates at Golden Gate Park. Apr. 24 – June 2.

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Funny Girl

Orpheum Theatre

Funny Girl is the classic musical about the life of Jewish vaudevillian comedian Fanny Brice. This rendition features an updated book based on the Isobel Lennart original, but still retains all the classic songs. It’s a love letter to theatre and to the whole craft at its core. Apr. 30 – May 26.

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tick, tick…Boom!

The New Conservatory Theatre Center

From the creator of Rent comes the story of a composer, Jon, about to turn 30, trying to make his mark on the world, but feeling like he’s running out of time. A cult favorite of the musical theater crowd that was adapted into an acclaimed Netflix film directed by Lin-Manuel Miranda, tick, tick…Boom! is all about pursuing what matters most. May 10 – June 9.

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The Lehman Trilogy

A.C.T.'s Toni Rembe Theater

The National Theatre and Neal Street Productions’ The Lehman Trilogy comes to San Francisco following sold-out seasons in London and a highly lauded run on Broadway. The Lehman Trilogy is the story of a family and a company that changed the world, told by a cast of three in three parts on a single evening. It's an extraordinary feat of story-telling! May 25 - June 23.

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Company

The Orpheum Theatre

Company took home five Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, for the recreation of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s masterpiece about Bobbie, a 35-year-old woman who’s still single on her 35th birthday. As company arrives, the questions fly: why isn’t she married, when will she settle down? Company follows Bobbie as she strives to find answers to her guests’ questions and, in turn, questions of her own. June 5-29.

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The cast of "A Strange Loop" at A.C.T.
The cast of "A Strange Loop" at A.C.T. Credit: Marc J. Franklin

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