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SF Symphony 2016 & 2017

Calendar of Events & Tips to Attend a Performance

The SF Symphony is one of the best in the world. With more than a hundred events every year, it's easy to find one that you will enjoy.

The San Francisco Symphony also invites a number of guest performers and conductors. In the past, artists such as Judy Collins and Natalie Cole performed alongside the symphony.

In addition, they also host a number of large events every year. This includes their popular New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball.

sf symphony hall

Almost all of the events are held at the beautiful Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco's Civic Center neighborhood (shown in the picture above). This gorgeous neighborhood is also just steps from San Francisco's City Hall.

If you love the symphony or are looking for something a little different to do during your stay, then I recommend attending one of their premier events. I always have an amazing time at these performances.

Click on the links below for the full calendar of events for each month:

2016 & 2017 SF Symphony Calendar by Month
September October  November
December January February
March April May
June July  

Feel free to also jump ahead to these other topics covered on this page:

Where to Buy Tickets

Half-Priced Tickets

You can find a limited number of tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar. Click the links below for find tickets for the following shows.

More Ticketing Options

Ticket prices for the SF Symphony range from $20 to more than $400 a ticket. Some performance sell out quickly, while others are sold at a discount to fill the seats.

Goldstar is your best bet to find tickets offered at a discount. Tickets here typically sell for about 50% off the full retail value. This allows you to buy tickets for certain performances starting at around $20 each.

TicketLiquidator is a great place to find the best seats or tickets to sold out performances. Here you will be able to select the best seat and the price point that works for you.

SF Symphony website is where you will find all of your tickets. I always check on Goldstar first for discounts and then head here. If they happen to be sold out, then I'll head to TicketLiquidator.

September 2016

Opening Night Gala
9/7

MTT conducts Reich and Copland
9/7 - 9/10

MTT conducts Beethoven's Fifth
9/14 - 9/17

Discovery Concert: MTT conducts Beethoven's Fifth
9/18

Viva Verdi: Italian Masterworks
9/22 - 9/24

Yuja Wang and Stravinsky's Firebird
9/28 - 10/1

>>Other SF events in September

October 2016

Yuja Wang and Stravinsky's Firebird
10/1

Organist Vincent Dubois in Recital
10/9

2001: A Space Odyssey—Feature film with live orchestra
10/13 - 10/15

Gould Chamber Music at Legion of Honor
10/16

Heras-Casado conducts Mozart and Dvorák
10/19 - 10/22

Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
10/23

MTT conducts Brahms Symphony No. 2: an Open Rehearsal
10/27

MTT conducts Brahms Symphony No. 2
10/27 - 10/30

Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic
10/31

>>Additional October events in SF

November   2016

Dudamel conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic
11/1

Yuja Wang plays Chopin
11/2 - 11/4

Día de los Muertos Community Concert
11/5

Warsaw Philharmonic plays Beethoven
11/6

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
11/13

Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Simon Rattle
11/22 & 11/23

For Ella: Patti Austin sings Ella Fitzgerald with the San Francisco Symphony
11/30

>>More November events in SF

December 2016

Rodgers and Hammerstein at the Movies with the SF Symphony
12/2 - 12/3

Music for Families
12/3

Deck the Hall
12/4

Gould Chamber Music at Legion of Honor
12/4

China Philharmonic and Dvorak's New World Symphony
12/4

A Classic Christmas
12/8

Singin' in the Rain—Feature film with live orchestra
12/9 - 12/10

Peter and the Wolf
12/11

Holiday Brass
12/11

A Merri-achi Christmas
12/11

Cirque de la Symphonie
12/14

Handel's Messiah
12/15 - 12/17

The Snowman with the San Francisco Symphony—Concert and film with live orchestra
12/16 - 12/18

Christmas Spectacular, featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas—Live!
12/21 - 12/24

Celebrating the Holydays with Sweet Honey in the Rock
12/23

>>More December events in San Francisco

January 2017

On the Waterfront—Feature film with live orchestra
1/7 - 1/8

MTT conducts Das klagende Lied: A Semi-Staged Event
1/13 - 1/15

Itzhak Perlman at Davies
1/16

Mozart's Symphony No. 36: an Open Rehearsal
1/19

Mozart's Symphony No. 36
1/19 - 1/22

Youth Concerts: Four Elements of Music: Composer, Conductor, Musician, Audience! (Grades 4–9)
1/23 - 1/25

Thibaudet plays Ravel's Piano Concerto in G
1/26 - 1/28

Music for Families
1/28

Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
1/29

Prague Philharmonia with Gautier Capucon
1/29

February 2017

Beethoven's Ode to Joy
2/1 - 2/5

Lunar New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner
2/4

Lang Lang in Recital
2/7

Bronfman, Blomstedt, Beethoven, and Brahms
2/9 - 2/12

John Adams' The Gospel According to the Other Mary
2/16 - 2/18

Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
2/19

MTT conducts Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet
2/22 - 2/25

Organist James O'Donnell in Recital
2/26

March 2017

MTT conducts Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich
3/1 - 3/4

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
3/5

Beethoven and Brahms: an Open Rehearsal
3/9

Beethoven and Brahms
3/9 - 3/12

Andras Schiff in Recital
3/13

Beethoven and Barber: featuring Gil Shaham
3/16 - 3/18

Music for Families
3/18

Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
3/19

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic plays Prokofiev
3/19

Saint Petersburg Philharmonic plays Shostakovich
3/20

MTT conducts Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
3/23 - 3/24

Benedetti plays Bruch
3/25 - 3/26

Exquisite Violin: Anne-Sophie Mutter
3/26

MTT conducts Mahler
3/30 - 4/2

April 2017

MTT conducts Mahler
3/30 - 4/2

Deborah Voigt and the Danish National Orchestra
4/2

The Danish National Orchestra featuring Arabella Steinbacher
4/3

Raiders of the Lost Ark—Feature film with live orchestra
4/13 - 4/15

Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff: an Open Rehearsal
4/19

Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff
4/19 - 4/22

Murray Perahia in Recital
4/25

German Romanticism: Schumann and Strauss: an Open Rehearsal 4/27

German Romanticism: Schumann and Strauss
4/27 - 4/29

Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
4/30

May 2017

Berlioz's Requiem
5/4 - 5/6

Emanuel Ax plays Mozart: an Open Rehearsal
5/10

Emanuel Ax plays Mozart
5/10 - 5/13

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
5/14

Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony
5/17 - 5/21

Shostakovich with Matthias Goerne and Tchaikovsky's Fifth: an Open Rehearsal
5/25

Shostakovich with Matthias Goerne and Tchaikovsky's Fifth
5/25 - 5/27

Chamber Music with members of the San Francisco Symphony
5/28

Immortal Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
5/31 - 6/1

June 2017

Immortal Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
5/31 - 6/1

Casablanca—Feature film with live orchestra
6/2 - 6/3

Music for Families
6/3

Organist Wayne Marshall in Recital
6/4

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring: an Open Rehearsal
6/9

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
6/9 - 6/11

Joshua Bell plays Lalo's Symphonie espagnole
6/15 - 6/18

MTT conducts American Mavericks
6/23 - 6/25

MTT conducts Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
6/28 - 7/1

July 2017

MTT conducts Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet
6/28 - 7/1

Where to Park

You will want to park your car in a garage when you attend a performance. Street parking is tough in this neighborhood and there are strict regulations on how long you can keep your car in one spot.

The best parking garage is the Performing Arts Garage at 360 Grover Street. It is only about two blocks away from the Davis Symphony Hall (on Grover between Van Ness and Franklin).

It's a very popular option - but large enough to handle quite a few cars.

Find pricing and other details for this and other SF parking garages in the Civic Center & Hayes Valley neighborhoods.

What to Wear

Most people associate SF Symphony performances with formal dresses or attire. While they do request this dress code for special performances, you'll find most attendees dressed in semi formal or business casual attire.

If a more formal dress code is desired, you'll find this information when purchasing your tickets. They usually request formal attire for their annual New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball and special opening-night performances to kick off the season.

I also recommend that you check the SF weather for your visit. Since we are surrounded by water, our weather is quite different than the rest of California. Find tips for what to wear based on the weather.

Restaurants Nearby

Davies Symphony Hall is just steps from the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Right now, it has some of the best restaurants in the city.

Lately, it seems like there's a new restaurant opening in this neighborhood almost every week. This provides you with a large selection.

Here are just a few of my favorites.

Since this neighborhood is quite busy on the night of any performance, I recommend planning ahead and booking a table in advance. Otherwise you might have to wait for an hour or more to get a table.

I also let them know that I'm attending a performance, so they know I need to be done at a certain time. Typically, the wait staff at these restaurants will ask you if you're attending a performance. However if they don't, let them know and they'll do their best to ensure you have plenty of time to get to the show.

Hotels Near Davies Symphony Hall

If you decide you want to stay the night in this neighborhood, there several two and three-star options. They range from smaller bed-and-breakfasts to medium-sized hotels.

Here's a list of the top guest rated options.

Other Tips for Getting to the SF Symphony

If you don't want to deal with the parking in this neighborhood, there are several public transportation options.

From Union Square:

  • BART: The fastest and most direct route from Union Square is by taking the BART train. The closest stop is near Market and Powell streets. From here, it's just one stop to the Civic Center station. Davies Symphony Hall is about a six or seven block walk from the station.

  • 21 Hayes:This bus has several stops along Market Street. It will take you all the way to the Civic Center and Hayes Valley neighborhoods.
    • If you are grabbing dinner in Hayes Valley before the performance, take the bus all the way to the Hayes and Franklin Street stop.
    • If you're heading directly to the symphony performance, take the bus to the Hayes Street and Van Ness Avenue stop. This is less than a block from Davies Symphony Hall.

From Fisherman's Wharf:

  • 47 Caltrain: The best public transportation option from Fisherman's Wharf is the 47. This bus picks up at several places along North Point Street - which runs along the southern end of Fisherman's Wharf.
    • If you're on the eastern side of Fisherman's Wharf, you can pick up this bus at the North Point and Mason Street stop.
    • If you're closer to the western side of Fisherman's Wharf, you can pick this bus up at the North Point and Hyde Street stop.

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