SF Symphony

2014 & 2015 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.

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.

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

2014 & 2015 SF Symphony Calendar by Month
November December January
February March April
May June  

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

November 2014

MTT conducts Mahler 7
Wednesday, October 29 - Saturday, November 1

Dia de los Muertos Community Concert
Saturday, November 1

Chamber Music at the Legion of Honor
Sunday, November 2

Gil Shaham & the SF Symphony
Thursday, November 6 - Sunday, November 9

MTT & Gil Shaham
Saturday, November 8

Organ Recital with Ken Cowan
Sunday, November 16

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, November 23

Brahm's Second Symphony
Saturday, November 29 - Sunday, November 30

Find tickets to these performances.

Other SF Things to Do in November

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SF Film
Festivals
Thanksgiving Weekend
Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies

December 2014

Disney in Concert: A Tale as Old as Time
Wednesday, December 3 - Thursday, December 4

Bobby McFerrin performs Gershwin with the SF Symphony
Friday, December 5 - Saturday, December 6

Music for Families with the SF Symphony
Saturday, December 6

Deck the Hall
Sunday, December 7

Michael Feinstein & Debby Boone
Sunday, December 7

Burt Bacharach with the SF Symphony
Wednesday, December 10 - Thursday, December 11

Home Alone
Friday, December 12 - Saturday, December 13

Peter and the Wolf
Sunday, December 14

Chamber Music at the Legion of Honor
Sunday, December 14

“A Merri-Achi Christmas”
Sunday, December 14

Colors of Christmas
Monday, December 15 - Wednesday, December 17

Handel's Messiah
Thursday, December 18 - Saturday, December 20

A Charlie Brown Christmas – Live! A Family Concert with the SFS
Friday, December 19 - Wednesday, December 24

Find tickets to these performances.

Other SF Things to Do in December

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Christmas
in SF
NYE
in SF
All December
Events

January 2015

The Godfather Live
Friday, January 9 - Saturday, January 10

Chamber Music with the Members of the SF Symphony
Sunday, January 11

Emanuel Ax in Recital
Sunday, January 11

MTT 70th Birthday Gala
Thursday, January 15

MTT conducts The Soldier's Tale
Friday, January 16 - Sunday, January 18

Itzhak Perlman
Sunday, January 18

Bronfman plays Brahms
Wednesday, January 21 - Friday, January 23

Organ Recital with Paul Jacobs
Sunday, January 25

All Brahms with Ivan Fischer & the Budapest Festival Orchestra
Sunday, January 25

Pinchas Zukerman, Ivan Fisher and the Budapest Festival Orchestra
Monday, January 26

Mozart & More with the SF Symphony
Thursday, January 29 - Saturday, January 31

Music for Families with the SF Symphony
Saturday, January 31

Find tickets to these performances.

Other SF Things to Do in January

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ZAP
Wine Festival
SF
Theater
All January
Events

February 2015

Peter Serkin plays Mozart: An Open Rehearsal
Thursday, February 12

Peter Serkin plays Mozart at the Green Music Center
Thursday, February 12

Peter Serkin plays Mozart
Friday, February 13 - Saturday, February 14

Andras Schiff in Recital
Sunday, February 15

Yannick Nezet-Seguin & the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday, February 15 - Monday, February 16

Brahm's A German Requiem
Thursday, February 19 - Saturday, February 21

Chinese New Year Concert and Imperial Dinner
Saturday, February 21

Chamber Music with Members of the SF Symphony
Sunday, February 22

Andras Schiff plays Beethoven
Sunday, February 22

MTT & Anne-Sophie Mutter
Thursday, February 26 - Sunday, March 1

Find tickets to these performances.

Other SF Things to Do in FEbruary

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Valentine's
Day Guide
SF Ballet
Performances
All February
Events

March 2015

MTT & Anne-Sophie Mutter
Thursday, February 26 - Sunday, March 1

Ades & Upshaw
Thursday, March 5 - Saturday, March 7

Chamber Music at the Legion of Honor
Sunday, March 8

Organ Recital with Isabelle Demers
Sunday, March 8

Handel & Haydn: An Open Rehearsal
Wednesday, March 11

Handel & Haydn
Wednesday, March 11 - Saturday, March 14

Music for Families with the SF Symphony
Saturday, March 14

Chamber Music with members of the SF Symphony
Sunday, March 15

Jeremy Denk & the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Sunday, March 15 and Monday, March 16

Koopman conducts Haydn
Wednesday, March 18 - Saturday, March 21

SF Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, March 22

Michael Tilson Thomas & the London Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, March 22 - Monday, March 23

Bychkov conducts Bruchner
Wednesday, March 25 - Friday, March 27

"Gotta Dance!" Great Moments of Dance in Film with the SF Symphony
Saturday, March 28

Find tickets to these performances.


April 2015

Joshua Bell & the SF Symphony
Thursday, April 9 - Sunday, April 12

Music for Families with the SF Symphony
Saturday, April 11

Heras-Casado conducts Mozart and Haydn: An Open Rehearsal
Thursday, April 16

Heras-Casado conducts Mozart and Hayden at Green Music Center
Thursday, April 16

Heras-Casado conducts Mozart and Haydn
Saturday, April 18 - Sunday, April 19

Myung-Whun Chung & the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra
Sunday, April 19

Rachmaninoff's Second Concerto
Thursday, April 23 - Friday, April 24

Tan Dun's Martial Arts Trilogy - Film with the SF Symphony
Saturday, April 25

Chamber Music with members of the SF Symphony
Sunday, April 26

John Eliot Gardiner & Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
Monday, April 27

Salonen conducts The Firebirds
Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3

Find tickets to these performances.


May 2015

Salonen conducts The Firebirds
Thursday, April 30 - Sunday, May 3

Mahler & Bernstein
Thursday, May 7 - Sunday, May 10

Janine Jansen plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto
Thursday, May 14 - Friday, May 15

American Maverick: John Cage
Saturday, May 16

San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra
Sunday, May 17

San Francisco Symphony Chorus Concert
Sunday, May 17

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra: An Open Rehearsal
Wednesday, May 20

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra
Wednesday, May 20 0 Saturday, May 23

Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra at Green Music Center
Thursday, May 21

Chamber Music with members of the SF Symphony
Sunday, May 24

Dutoit conducts Pictures at an Exhibition
Wednesday, May 27 - Sunday, May 31

Find tickets to these performances.


June 2015

Spanish Seductions: An Open Rehearsal
Thursday, June 4

Spanish Seductions
Thursday, June 4 - Saturday, June 6

Chamber Music at the Legion of Honor
Sunday, June 7

Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Wednesday, June 10 - Saturday, June 13

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony
Wednesday, June 17 - Friday, June 19

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony & Jonathan Biss
Thursday, June 18

SF Symphony Youth Orchestra: Bon Voyage Tour Concert
Saturday, June 20

Beethoven Marathon
Saturday, June 20

Fidelio
Thursday, June 25 - Sunday, June 28

Beethoven's Fifth Symphony
Saturday, June 27

Find tickets to these performances.


Buy Tickets

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.


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.

If you hate driving around looking for a parking spot, then reserve one in advance on GottaPark. This online parking reservation system eases the hassle of looking for the perfect spot after you arrive. Reserve your spot online today!


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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