San Francisco Concerts in May 2023

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: April 19, 2023

San Francisco Concerts in May 2023 include shows at the Chase Center, the Warfield, and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. You can also catch performances at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, the SAP Center in San Jose, and at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.

You also won't want to miss one of the biggest music festivals in the area this month, Bottlerock in Napa. This three-day event features top artists such as Imagine Dragons, Pharrell Williams, Neil Young + The Promise of the Real, Mumford & Sons, Santanta and several others.

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Top San Francisco Concerts in May

Check out the top San Francisco concerts in May 2023.

5/1 & 5/2: Caroline Polachek at the Warfield, find tickets

5/3: Caroline Rose at The Fillmore

5/11: Okean Elzy at the Warfield, find tickets

5/12: Lil Wayne at The Masonic, find tickets

5/12 - 5/14: Fruit Bats at The Chapel

5/16 & 5/20: Death Grips at the Warfield, find tickets

5/27: Ha*Ash at the Masonic, find tickets

5:27: Kali Uchis at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, find tickets

>> More May events in SF

>> May festivals calendar

Additional Shows at Top SF Venues

In addition to the top shows above, you will find dozens of other San Francisco concerts in May at venues around down. Click the links to scroll down to more shows this month in SF.

Top Bay Area Shows in May

You will also find some great shows all around the SF Bay Area. Top picks are in large venues such as the SAP Center in San Jose, the Oracle Arena in Oakland, and the Greek Theater in Berkeley. These are just some of my top picks this month.

5/4: Pixies at the Fox Theater in Oakland, find tickets

5/14: Anuel AA at the SAP Center in San Jose, find tickets

5/16: Suga (Agust D) at the Oakland Arena

5/26: Shania Twain at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, find tickets

5/26 - 5/28: BottleRock Festival in Napa, find tickets

SF Bay Area Concerts in May by City

In addition to these top picks, you will also find other great shows around the Bay Area. Find these at these locations around the Bay.

In addition to the San Francisco concerts in October, you will also find great live music venues all around the SF Bay Area. Here are just a few of the top locations. Click the links for a schedule of top shows in each city.

Tickets for San Francisco Concerts in May

There are a variety of places to find tickets to San Francisco concerts in May. Here are a few I recommend. 

Ticketmaster: They are a good option to buy first run tickets and sell tickets at face value. They have a large inventory. The downside is that they do have a service fee for all purchases. Find tickets for San Francisco concerts in May on Ticketmaster.

TicketNetwork: Another option to find great tickets is TicketNetwork. They offer third party tickets and it's a great place to find seats for sold out shows or more tickets for those close to selling out. Find out more here

San Francisco Concerts in May by Venue

You will find several San Francisco concerts in May at each venue. Find top options below.

Chase Center

Address: Mission Bay Blocks 29-32

Capacity: ~18,000

Public Transit: KT (Mission Rock or UCSF/Mission Bay stops)

Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 

Address: 99 Grove Street near City Hall

Capacity: ~7,000

Public Transit: BART to Civic Center, Muni to Van Ness, Buses 6, 7, 9, 21, 47, 49

>> More about shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium 

Masonic Auditorium at Nob Hill Masonic Center

Address: 1111 California Street

Capacity: 3,165

Public Transit: California Cable Car, Bus #1

>> More about shows at the Masonic in Nob Hill 


Address: 982 Market Street

Capacity: 2,300

Public Transit: BART to Powell Street, Muni to Powell Street, Buses 6, 7, 9, 21

>> Additional details to see a show at the Warfield 


Address: 1805 Geary Boulevard

Capacity: 1,150

Public Transit: Buses 22 & 38

>> Find details to see a show at the Fillmore 

The Independent

Address: 628 Divisadero

Capacity: ~400, standing room only

Public Transit: Buses 5, 21, and 24 

More Places to Listen to Live Music in May

Carnaval Festival: If you love Salsa music, then head over to the Mission District this May for the annual Carnaval Festival. This 2-day street fair offers hours of free music and dancing in the streets. It's the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend every year.

SF Symphony: Another place to find San Francisco concerts in May is with the SF Symphony. They offer almost a dozen shows a month. Their performances range from classics to movie scores. 

SF Jazz Center: Our new jazz center is another place to find great San Francisco concerts in May. They have more than one stage with a performance or two every night of the week.

San Francisco Concerts by Month













Bay Area Concerts by City

Other top cities around the SF Bay also have great concert venues. This month, three cities have some great shows for music lovers.


San Jose


More Fun Events in SF in May

In addition to San Francisco concerts in May, you will also find a variety of other fun events this month. They include festivals, SF Giants baseball, street fairs, and holiday activities. 

Mother's Day: Celebrate Mom this year in San Francisco. On my insider's guide, you will find recommendations for brunch, lunch, or dinner. You will also find special cruises around the SF Bay, fun places to take her on her special day, and a few tips to save. Click here for details.

Memorial Day Weekend: Memorial Day Weekend is a wonderful time to visit San Francisco. The weekend features the large Carnaval festival, a variety of cruises around the bay, and several places to pay your respects on Memorial Day. Click here for information on visiting SF during Memorial Day Weekend.

May Events Calendar: Are you looking for additional fun activities on May in SF? Click here for a look at this month's full calendar of events

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