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Bay Area Theater Calendar: San Francisco, North Bay, San Jose & More

The Bay Area theater calendar includes performances in San Francisco, the North Bay, San Jose, Oakland, and more. You will find a variety of options from large Broadway productions to wonderful shows at smaller local theaters. 

Below you will find a schedule of top performances for each region within the greater Bay Area, as well as details on where to find more productions and how to get the best tickets.

Bay Area Theater Calendar

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San Francisco

You will find dozens of shows in San Francisco every week. This is where you will find most of the big Broadway productions such as Wicked, Hamilton, and The Book of Mormon.

If you want to see a full list of shows, click here for a detailed theater calendar for San Francisco.

Tickets to upcoming productions in San Francisco.

San Jose

Another city with a popular Bay Area theater calendar is San Jose, just over an hour south of SF. Here you'll find several musicals, Broadway hits, and smaller shows throughout the year.

Below are some of the top shows on the San Jose theater calendar for this season. Click here to find a full calendar with show descriptions, ticketing information, and other details.

Tickets to upcoming theater productions in San Jose.

East Bay, Berkeley & Oakland

The Bay Area theater calendar for the East Bay includes performances in Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek, and other cities. Many of these shows are an easy to get to on BART public transportation. Here are the top upcoming shows. 

Berkeley Playhouse

  • 2/14 - 3/15: Memphis
  • 6/19 - 8/2: Disney's NEWSIES

Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley

  • 4/3 - 5/3: Loot
  • 5/8 - 6/21: The Ruler
  • 6/19 - 7/19: Sex with Strangers

Berkeley Rep

  • 2/20 - 4/5: Culture Clash (Still) in America
  • 3/19 - 5/3: School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play
  • 5/26 - 7/5: Happy Days
  • 6/14 - 7/26: Swept Away

Peninsula & South Bay 

In addition to San Jose, the Peninsula and other South Bay cities also offer great theater performances. 

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley: 2020

  • 3/4 - 3/29: They Promised Her The Moon
  • 4/1 - 4/26: Ragtime The Musical
  • 6/3 - 6/28: The Book of Will

Coastal Rep in Half Moon Bay

  • 3/17 - 4/19: Into the Woods
  • 5/8 - 5/17: Mary Poppins Jr.
  • 6/19 - 7/5: Native Gardens
  • 8/7 - 8/30: Spamalot
  • 10/2 - 10/25: Deathtrap

Pacifica Spindrift Players

  • 3/20 - 4/5: Venus in Fur
  • 4/24 - 5/10: A Streetcar Named Desire
  • 6/12 - 6/28: Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike

Hillbarn Theatre in Foster City

  • 3/12 - 3/29: Laughter on the 23rd Floor
  • 5/7 - 5/24: La Cage Aux Folles
  • 6/18 - 6/21: The Four Gifts

Palo Alto Players

4/25 - 5/10: Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

6/13 - 6/28: An Act of God

North Bay

You will also find a full Bay Area theater calendar at stages all around the North Bay. This region hosts many smaller and first-time productions. The theaters are often more intimate, giving you the chance to get up close to the stage. In addition, you will find some larger outdoor productions each summer.

6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa

The 6th Street Playhouse is a renovated 107-year-old Del Monte cannery located in historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa. The square now operates as a quaint little shopping area where you can grab coffee, dinner, or a glass of wine before or after the play.

This playhouse is home to two North Bay theater companies, which present everything from dramas to popular musicals to children's shows, from August through May. 

  • 3/6 - 4/5: Sweeney Todd
  • 5/15 - 6/14: The Legend of Georgia McBride
  • 5/29 - 6/28: Hair

Cinnabar Theater in Petaluma

Cinnabar Theater was created by San Francisco Opera singer Marvin Klebe in 1970, when he and his family decided to transform a two-room schoolhouse in Petaluma into a lovely community space for performance and creative collaboration. 

You can catch North Bay theater performances--from Tony Award-winning musicals to contemporary plays--from September through June, as well as concerts and performances by Cinnabar's Young Rep group. Most shows are only performed on weekends.

  • 4/3 - 4/19: How I Learned to Drive
  • 6/12 - 6/28: Cinderella

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts is located in the heart of Sonoma wine country in Santa Rosa. Founded in 1981, it is ranked among the world's top 100 performing arts centers. It is also well known for its education programs and camps. 

The center offers a wide variety of performances in music, North Bay theater, dance, and comedy, as well as family shows and speaker events, all throughout the year. Most shows are only performed on weekends.

  • 3/6 - 3/29: Left Edge Theater presents The Flick
  • 4/10 - 4/19: Young Actors Studio presents Alice in Wonderland
  • 5/1 - 5/24: Left Edge Theater presents Significant Other
  • 6/5 - 6/28: Left Edge Theater presents Small Mouth Sounds

Ross Valley Players

Ross is a very small town just west of San Rafael. There, in the 1930s, Beth Lloyd and a group of women founded the Ross Valley Players theater company as a way to cope with the Depression, later transforming an old rundown barn into theater it is today.

Throughout the year, the Ross Valley Players offer six plays, plus one full-length production of an original, provocative piece by a Bay Area playwright. Their work is diverse and aims to not only entertain, but to enliven the human spirit. Each new season starts in September and you can catch performances through August. Most shows are only performed on weekends.

  • 3/8 - 3/31: These Shining Lives
  • 4/12 - 4/28: Scott & Zelda
  • 5/23 - 6/16: Moll Flanders 
  • 7/11 - 8/11: Crimes of the Heart

Spreckels Performing Arts Center 

Spreckels Theater Company stands out for its elaborate Broadway productions, said to rival Broadway itself. They are dedicated to bringing classic musicals as well as modern Broadway hits to the stage, using state-of-the-art lighting and sound, as well as incredible costumes and scenery. 

Their North Bay theater productions have included Titanic, the Musical, Disney's Tarzan, and Big Fish. Spreckels Theater has become one of the most popular companies in the North Bay. 

Their season runs from August to May, and you can catch performances in the beautiful Nellie W. Codding Theater in Rohnert Park. Most shows are only performed on weekends.

  • 3/20 - 4/11: Passion
  • 5/8 - 5/28: Matilda

Monthly Event Calendars

Are you looking for additional events in San Francisco and the Bay Area? Click the links below for a full calendar of events for each month.

January

March

May

July

September

November

February

April

June

August

October

December

More Performing Arts in the Bay Area

Opera: The SF Opera is another popular performing arts option. They have two seasons each year, one during the fall months and the other during the summer from June to July. They produce many classic operas, including Madame Butterfly, La Boheme, and Carmen. Click here for this season's SF Opera shows.

Ballet: The SF Ballet was the first company to perform the Nutcracker in the US, and they continue to delight audiences during their annual performances of this Christmas classic. They also offer a full season of shows from January to May. Click here for details on seeing this year's Nutcracker performances or one of their regular season shows.

Symphony: The SF Symphony performs throughout the year. Each month, they offer around a dozen shows. You will find classical performances, as well as nights when they play scores from a specific movie. Some of their other shows feature well known singers and conductors. Click here for a full schedule of SF Symphony shows this year

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