Union Square Live

2014 Calendar of Free Performances in SF's Union Square Plaza

Union Square Live offers free dance, music, circus, theater, movies and other entertainment in the heart of San Francisco. From April through October, you can find performances in the plaza most Wednesdays at 12:30pm and 6pm and on Sundays at 2pm.

Events range from free salsa and tango dance lessons to musical performances from local artists. Other popular shows include the Taiko Dojo drumming group and the Duniya Dance & Drum Company.

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Here are the events scheduled so far for 2014. New events are added each week, so check back often for updates.

April 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
April 30
Alonzo King LINES Ballets Educational Programs 12:30pm
April 30
Crosscut 6:00pm

May 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
May 7
Moonalice 6:00pm
Sunday, May 11 Grupo Falso Baiano 2:00pm
May 14
Crosscut 6:00pm
Saturday, May 18 Halau o'Keikialli'i 2:00pm
May 21
Salsa in the Square featuring SFSU Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble 6:00pm
May 28
Swing in the Square featuring Dave Gonzalez Combo 6:00pm

June 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
June 4
Manring Kassin Burr 12:30pm
June 4
Dalliance 6:00pm
June 11
Moonalice 12:30pm
Sunday, June 15 Picklewater Free Circus Festival 2pm to 4pm
June 18
Jenny Lind Concert 12:30pm
June 18
Salsa in the Square featuring The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble 6:00pm
Sunday, June 22 Picklewater Free Circus Festival 2:00pm
Wednesday, June 25 Mo'Fone 12:30pm
June 25
Swing in the Square featuring The B-Stars 6:00pm
Sunday, June 29 Picklewater Free Circus Festival 2:00pm

July 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
Wednesday, July 2 StringQuake 12:30pm
Wednesday, July 2 Dr. Mojo Band 6:00pm
Sunday, July 6 Circus Bella and Prescott Circus Theater 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 9 Raq Fillipina 12:30pm
Wednesday, July 9 Moonalice 6:00pm
Saturday, July 12 Film Night in the Park: Frozen 8:00pm
Sunday, July 13 Crosscut 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 16 Salsa in the Square featuring Jesus Diaz y su QBA 6:00pm
Wednesday, July 23 John D'Ercole playing Beethoven, Bach & Schubert 12:30pm
Wednesday, July 23 Swing in the Square featuring Slim Jenkins 6:00pm

August 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
Wednesday, August 6 City Opera SF 12:30pm
Wednesday, August 6 Moonalice 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 13 Crosscut 6:00pm
Sunday, August 17 Pa'Sumecha plus special guest Andres Flores and Joel Crus Castellanos 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 20 Salsa in the Square featuring Avance 6:00pm
Saturday, August 24 Bayonics 2:00pm
Wednesday, August 27 Swing in the Square featuring Rumble Strippers 6:00pm
Sunday, August 31 Miko Marks 2:00pm

September 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
Wednesday, September 3 Crosscut 6:00pm
Wednesday, September 10 Moonalice 6:00pm
September 14
Tango in the Square featuring Redwood Tango Ensemble 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 17 Bells Atlas 12:30pm
Wednesday, September 17 Salsa in the Square featuring Vission Latina 6:00pm
September 21
Tango in the Square featuring Tango No. 9 2:00pm
Wednesday, September 24 Clynton Oliver Cox 12:30pm
Wednesday, September 24 Swing in the Square featuring Stompy Jones 6:00pm

October 2014

Date Union Square Live Performance Details Time
Wednesday, October 1 StringQuake 12:30pm
Wednesday, October 1 Crosscut 6:00pm
Sunday, October 5 Tango in the Square featuring Trio Garufa 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 8 Moonalice 6:00pm

Click here for a full list of festivals this summer and all year long in SF!

More Union Square Live Event Details

The Union Square live events are set up in the center of Union Square Plaza. There is very little seating, so bring along a blanket or a small chair if you plan to stay for a while and watch the performance.

The streets that border Union Square Plaza are Geary, Post, Stockton and Powell.

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Public Transit to Union Square

If you are coming from Fisherman's Wharf, you have a variety of public transit options. Your best bet is to either take the Powell/Hyde or Powell/Mason cable cars. You can also take the F street car.

Hop On/Hop Off Tour Bus

Another easy way to get around San Francisco, especially if it's your first time here, is to take the Hop On/Hop Off Bus. This easily takes you to all of SF's most popular attractions including Union Square.

You can select either a 24-hour or 48-hour ticket. Both offer you plenty of time to see the city, as well as stop by Union Square Live for some free entertainment.

The Big Bus Tour includes 20 stops around the city, recorded commentary during your journey and three walking tours. Learn more and book your tickets today!

Driving & Parking

If you plan to drive to Union Square, you can park in the garage directly below the plaza. You enter the garage from either Post or Geary Streets. The entrance to the garage is in the middle of the block.

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The disadvantage of parking right at Union Square is that it can get pricey. The average cost to park here ranges from $2.50 to $4.00 an hour. The maximum daily rate is around $34.

Best Places to Stay Nearby

If you want to stay in or near the Union Square Live events, I recommend checking out the hotels in Union Square. It's the heart of San Francisco and the best place to stay (in my opinion)!

The hotels in this area range from high end hotels such as the Four Seasons to more budget friendly options such as the Mosser. Click here for my recommendations on where to stay in this district.

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Wine Tasting Festivals: In addition to SF's Film Festivals, the city hosts several large wine tasting festivals each year. You can sample local wines as well as the top wines from around world. There is one almost every month. Click here for a full list by month.

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