Cirque du Soleil San Francisco

Details on the 2014 Kurios Performances Under the Big Top

Excite your senses and spark your imagination at this year's Cirque du Soleil San Francisco performances of Kurios, Cabinet of Curiosities. All shows will take place Under the Big Top in the parking lots near AT&T Park. The show runs from November 14 to December 31, 2014.

Kurios lets you escape the day and dive into the question of whether you could change the course of reality at will. It will transport you into a mystical realm that disorients your senses.

The show follows the story of an ambitious inventor. He has the ability to defy the law of space, time, and reality. Things that are visible become invisible and everything else is turned upside down.

Step into his cabinet to investigate and see his world of curiosities.

All Cirque du Soleil San Francisco shows feature gorgeous costumes and talented acrobats. Both combine for an experience you will never forget!

More Show Details

Dates & Times

Performances run Tuesday - Sunday. In November, you can catch one performance every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at 8pm. There are two performances on Friday and Saturday at 4:30pm and 8:00pm. On Sunday, the two performances are at 1:00pm and 5:00pm.

The schedule is almost the same in December. The only changes are on December 24 and December 31. These days you can catch two performances, one at 1:00pm and one at 4:30pm.

Ticket prices range from $53 to $135 per person (adult price). Tickets are on sale for all dates on their website.

Location & How to Get Here

All performances are in a large tent in the parking lots on the southern side of AT&T Park. Here is a map showing the location of the event.

cirque du soleil map

Public Transit

The big top holds more than 2,600 people per performance. This makes parking a nightmare. I recommend taking public transit to get to and from the performances.

From Union Square

The best way to get here from Union Square is to take either the 30 or the 45 bus south to 3rd and Brannan Streets. This drops you about two city blocks from the tent. Walk south on 3rd Street, over the bridge and you will see the tent as you are crossing. It's $2 per person each way.

From Fisherman's Wharf

The easiest way to get to the Cirque du Soleil San Francisco performances from Fisherman's Wharf is the 30 bus (same stop as mentioned above). It's $2 per person each way.

Driving

If you do decide to drive, be prepared to pay $30 to $40 for parking. The meters here are expensive and only last for about two hours. This won't give you the time to see the performance and return without getting a ticket (yes - they LOVE to ticket during these times).

You can either park in one of the lots right next to the tent. These might run more than the prices mentioned above. You can also find parking garages and lots on Townsend and Brannan Streets.

Taxi

Taking a taxi is another great way to get here. From Union Square, it will cost you around $10 to $15 + tip. From Fisherman's Wharf, it will cost around $15 to $20 + tip.

Dinner Recommendations Nearby

This area in the SOMA district has several great restaurants. I recommend enjoying a nice dinner in this neighborhood either before or after the show. Here are just a few recommendations.

  • 21st Amendment: The 21st Amendment is a brewpub with American dishes such as burgers, sandwiches and pizza. My favorites are the BBQ pork sliders, the buffalo chicken pizza and the Rueben sandwich. They also brew their beers on-site, so you can sample one of their latest creations. They are at 562 2nd Street between Brannan and Bryant.

  • MOMO's: If you are looking for a place that is a little nicer, then I recommend MOMA. They feature dishes such as gnocchi, wild local king salmon and USDA prime New York steak. They also offer small plates, salads and wonderful thin crusted pizzas. This is to the north of AT&T Park at 760 2nd Street at King.

  • District: This isn't really a dinner place, but it's a great place to sample some yummy wines and a few appetizers before or after the show. They offer more than a dozen wines by the glass from around the world. It's one of my favorite wine bars in the city. They are near 3rd Street at 216 Townsend.

  • Tres Agaves: This tequila lounge and Mexican kitchen serves up Mexican dishes with flare. You will find the traditional dishes such as quasadillas and tacos with fresh ingredients such as adobo-marinated chicken, roasted wild mushrooms and grilled mahi mahi. They also offer a decent number of vegetarian dishes. They are on the corner of Townsend near 2nd Street at 130 Townsend Street.

  • Pete's Tavern: Pete's is a sports bar with casual dining. On their menu, you will find typical pub food including sliders, burgers and other sandwiches. They also serve up pizzas and salads. They are north of AT&T Park at 128 King Street.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does the performance last? The estimated show length is 2 hours and 10 minutes. This includes one thirty minute intermission.

2. When can we arrive and grab out seats? The entrance gates open 45-minutes before the show. The tent doors open 30-minutes prior to the opening act.

3. Can I enter after the show starts? Cirque du Soleil San Francisco has a strict policy of only allowing later comers to head to their seats during a reasonable break in the action. Late comers in wheel chairs will only be permitted to enter during intermission.

4. Do you have food and beverages on site for purchase? Yes, you can purchase popcorn, candy and a few other snacks at the food stand. They also serve beer, wine and soft drinks.

5. What types of chairs are inside the structure? This is a temporary tent, but all seats have padding and backs for optimal comfort.

6. What should I wear? Cirque du Soleil San Francisco does not have a formal dress code. You will see everything from jeans to semi-formal wear.

7. Will it be cold inside the tent? The temperature inside the tent is controlled. Once you step outside to grab a beverage or to go to the restrooms, you will need to bring your jacket as you are outside the temperature-controlled areas.

8. Can I take pictures or videos of the performance? No, cameras and video recorders are prohibited.


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