The SF Symphony is one of the best in the world. With more than a hundred events every year, it's easy to find one that you will enjoy.
The San Francisco Symphony also invites a number of guest performers and conductors. In the past, artists such as Judy Collins and Natalie Cole performed alongside the symphony.
In addition, they also host a number of large events every year. This includes their popular New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball.
Almost all of the events are held at the beautiful Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco's Civic Center neighborhood (shown in the picture above). This gorgeous neighborhood is also just steps from San Francisco's City Hall.
If you love the symphony or are looking for something a little different to do during your stay, then I recommend attending one of their premier events. I always have an amazing time at these performances.
Click on the links below for the full calendar of events for each month:
|2018 SF Symphony Calendar by Month|
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Ticket prices for the SF Symphony range from $20 to more than $400 a ticket. Some performance sell out quickly, while others are sold at a discount to fill the seats.
Goldstar is your best bet to find tickets offered at a discount. Tickets here typically sell for about 50% off the full retail value. This allows you to buy tickets for certain performances starting at around $20 each.
TicketLiquidator is a great place to find the best seats or tickets to sold out performances. Here you will be able to select the best seat and the price point that works for you.
SF Symphony website is where you will find all of your tickets. I always check on Goldstar first for discounts and then head here. If they happen to be sold out, then I'll head to TicketLiquidator.
You will want to park your car in a garage when you attend a performance. Street parking is tough in this neighborhood and there are strict regulations on how long you can keep your car in one spot.
The best parking garage is the Performing Arts Garage at 360 Grover Street. It is only about two blocks away from the Davis Symphony Hall (on Grover between Van Ness and Franklin).
It's a very popular option - but large enough to handle quite a few cars.
Most people associate SF Symphony performances with formal dresses or attire. While they do request this dress code for special performances, you'll find most attendees dressed in semi formal or business casual attire.
If a more formal dress code is desired, you'll find this information when purchasing your tickets. They usually request formal attire for their annual New Year's Eve Masquerade Ball and special opening-night performances to kick off the season.
I also recommend that you check the SF weather for your visit. Since we are surrounded by water, our weather is quite different than the rest of California. Find tips for what to wear based on the weather.
Davies Symphony Hall is just steps from the Hayes Valley neighborhood. Right now, it has some of the best restaurants in the city.
Lately, it seems like there's a new restaurant opening in this neighborhood almost every week. This provides you with a large selection.
Since this neighborhood is quite busy on the night of any performance, I recommend planning ahead and booking a table in advance. Otherwise you might have to wait for an hour or more to get a table.
I also let them know that I'm attending a performance, so they know I need to be done at a certain time. Typically, the wait staff at these restaurants will ask you if you're attending a performance. However if they don't, let them know and they'll do their best to ensure you have plenty of time to get to the show.
If you decide you want to stay the night in this neighborhood, there several two and three-star options. They range from smaller bed-and-breakfasts to medium-sized hotels.
If you don't want to deal with the parking in this neighborhood, there are several public transportation options.
From Union Square:
From Fisherman's Wharf: