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Arts & Culture

San Francisco is a city of inspiration. You can see it all around you, in whichever neighborhoods you visit.

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The San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOMA) is an art lover's wonderland.

Our acclaimed museums with their incredible collections and the street and landscape art you'll find where you least expect it are each stunning in their own way. Live performances in San Francisco electrify audiences, whether they're classic favorites at the ballet and opera or avant-garde experimental pieces at neighborhood theaters. Few cities have such a history of music as San Francisco, and there are venues all across the city where you can see famed headliners as well as up-and-coming local artists who are on the cusp of their big break. 

 

Two ballet dancers perform on stage in San Francisco.

Your 2023 Winter Arts Guide to San Francisco

Brighten your winter calendar with art, movies, and music in and around the Bay. Here are our top new-year art picks. 

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Be Inspired by San Francisco

The Bay Bridge and Salesforce Tower illuminated at night with the words "Illuminate SF"

What's Glowing On: Illuminate SF

Celebrate San Francisco’s culture of creativity and brilliance during the 10th annual Illuminate SF™ Festival of Light, now through the end of January.

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  1. The Bay Bridge and Salesforce Tower illuminated at night with the words "Illuminate SF"

    What's Glowing On: Illuminate SF

    Celebrate San Francisco’s culture of creativity and brilliance during the 10th annual Illuminate SF™ Festival of Light, now through the end of January.

    Learn More
  2. Two actors in costume kiss during a performance of Don Giovanni.

    The Arts are Open in San Francisco

    In San Francisco, the arts are open—and art is everywhere. Visit our museums and arts organizations, enjoy public art outdoors, and let San Francisco inspire you.

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Happening Now:

Illuminate SF™ Festival of Light

Celebrate San Francisco’s culture of creativity and brilliance during the 10th annual Illuminate SF™ Festival of Light, Nov. 5, 2022-Jan. 31, 2023 (and beyond).

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