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Union Square Live

2015 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 afternoons and evenings and on Sundays at around 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 is a summary of some of the top events each month.


  • 4/24: Bay Area Dance Week Kick Off at Noon
  • 4/29: Alonzo King Lines Dance Performance at 12:30pm


  • 5/6: Swing in the Square with Steve Lucky & The Rhumba Bums at 6pm
  • 5/10: SFSU Afro Cuban Ensemble starting at 2pm
  • 5/20: Nitecaps Blues Band starting at 6pm
  • 5/24: Taiko Dojo starting at 2pm
  • 5/27: Moonalice at 6pm


  • 6/3: Swing in the Square with Slim Jenkins at 6pm
  • 6/17: Moonalice at 6pm
  • 6/24: Nitecaps Blues Band at 6pm


  • 7/1: Swing in the Square with Stompy Jones at 6pm
  • 7/15: Crosscut Blues Band at 6pm
  • 7/22: Moonalice at 6pm


  • 8/5: Swing in the Square with The Rumble Strippers at 6pm
  • 8/19: Moonalice at 6pm
  • 8/26: Nitecaps Blues Band at 6pm
  • 8/30: Dance Tribute to Michael Jackson at 2pm


  • 9/2: Swing in the Square with The B-Stars at 6pm
  • 9/23: Moonalice at 6pm

Click here for the full line up for 2015.

Other SF Festivals: 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.

union square parking

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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Film Festivals: SF is home to more than 50 film festivals every year. You will find small, dedicate festivals such as the Greek Film Festival every May all the way up to one of the largest in the US, the International Film Festival each April. Click here for a full list and detailed schedules (where available).

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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