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Note: After 45 years, Beach Blanket Babylon has come to an end. Instead of pointing a successor, the current producer decided it a wrap on New Year's Eve 2019. I hope you had the chance to see this wonderful performance during one of your SF stays.
Beach Blanket Babylon San Francisco is a long running, funny musical that pokes fun at pop culture. I love going and watching the outrageous performers sing about current events and people in the news. Each song gets quite a few laughs from the audience.
If you are looking for something a little different, then I'd highly recommend going to the show one of the nights you are here. I just love the fun atmosphere, the costumes (specifically the crazy hats!) and the overall performance!
The best seats usually sell out a few weeks in advance, so buy your tickets once you know your arrival dates. There is one show every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. There are two shows every Saturday and Sunday.
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What is it?
It's a musical comedy featuring Snow White and pokes fun at current pop culture. The performance follows her journey to find her Prince Charming. Along the way, she meets a number of pop culture icons -- anyone from the current president to local San Francisco celebrities. The cast wears outrageous costumes and huge hats. It's continually updated to stay up on what is going on today. It's light hearted and a truly unique experience.
What is its history?
Steve Silver started the show here in 1974. Since its rave reviews at opening, Beach Blanket Babylon San Francisco is almost always sold out. Although most performances are in SF, there have gone on the road to both London and Las Vegas -- where they also performed in sold out theaters!
How did it get its name?
It's not publicized how Silver came up with the name. He was very creative with outrageous ideas, so a fun, funky name fit his character.
Where do I get tickets? How far in advance should I purchase them?
The best place to get tickets is online as they typically sell out early. During the busier summer months, I recommend looking for tickets at least three or four weeks in advance, since they sell out quickly. Sometimes you will get lucky and find them on shorter notice, but this is not always the case.
Discounted Beach Blanket Babylon Tickets: At times, you might even be able to pick some up at a discount. Check out the Beach Blanket Babylon Ticket page on Goldstar Events to find a list of dates with discount tickets available.
The name of the theater for Beach Blanket Babylon San Francisco is Club Fugazi. It is in the North Beach San Francisco neighborhood at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard (Green Street), San Francisco CA 94133.
How much are tickets?
How does the seating work?
How long before the show should I arrive to get in line?
Can anyone under 21 attend the performances? Are the shows kid-friendly?
Alcohol is not served at the matinees on Sunday afternoons, so those under 21 are allowed to attend. They also clean them up slightly, so you don't have to worry about profanity or comments that are inappropriate for children during these performances. All other performances only admit those 21 and older.
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Street parking is really tough in this neighborhood, so I recommend heading straight to a garage. Most of the parking closest to the theater is valet parking. You can find three valet lots right on Green Street and two on Powell Street. All are just a few blocks from the theater.
What bus should I take?
Where should I eat before? What Italian restaurants are close to the theater?
There are a lot of great options near the theater. Here are some restaurant recommendations in North Beach.
Do you sell food and drinks at the theater?
Yes, both food and drinks are available at the theater. You can buy beer, wine or soft drinks (on Sunday, they only serve soft drinks). They also sell snacks such as candy and pretzels. If you want a full meal, check out the restaurants recommendations mentioned above.
How far is it from Union Square?
By bus, Beach Blanket Babylon San Francisco is about 20 minutes from Union Square. By taxi, it will only take you about 10 minutes.
How far is it from Pier 39?
If you are taking the bus, it should only take you about 15 minutes from Pier 39. If you are driving or taking a taxi, it should only take you about 5 to 10 minutes.
What should I wear?
What should I do in North Beach after the show?
There are several great bars near the theater. Check out this list of bars in North Beach for some recommendations.