We all love the arts. But between work and personal responsibilities, it can be hard to keep up with San Francisco’s bustling art scene — or even know what’s happening in your neighborhood! Luckily, we’re in the loop. More than a few fantastic events are on the horizon for 2020; check out the list below to see what should be on your calendar!
San Francisco Movement Arts Festival
January 24th, 2020
1100 California St, San Francisco, CA 94108
The San Francisco Movement Arts Festival isn’t an event to overlook. This creative festival draws on the collective talent of dancers, actors, and visual artists from across the Bay Area to weave a complex series of performances into one unified whole. The event recasts Grace Cathedral as an unusual and highly engaging stage. Dancers will utilize nearly every part of the building — from the central church floors to chapels to stairways and hallways. The program will not follow a traditional schedule, either; instead, all performances will happen simultaneously. Viewers are encouraged to explore the space, stopping at their leisure to enjoy one dance or another.
The box office for the event opens at 5 PM on the day of the performance, although attendees are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance online. The cathedral will officially open, and performances start at 6 PM. Performances will continue without interruption until the event runners give their ending announcements at 8:15 PM. At 8:20 PM, dancers will hold the festival’s final performance at the cathedral’s Commanding Labyrinth. After the dance comes to a close at 8:30 PM, visitors can participate in a meet and greet with the dancers on the main floor.
It’s an unforgettable experience — and not one to miss!
Art Market San Francisco
April 23 – April 26, hours varied
Fort Mason Center — Festival Pavilion
2 Marina Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94123
If you love art, you need to check out the Art Market in San Francisco. For a full decade, the Art Market has served as the Bay Area’s foremost art fair. It hosted over 28,000 visitors in 2019 and forged several significant partnerships with prominent art organizations in the city. This year, it will feature work from over eighty contemporary and modern galleries worldwide.
Interested? The Art Market’s limited VIP Preview will take place on Thursday, April 23, from 6 PM to 10 PM. The event will open to the general public on Friday, April 24, and run from 11 AM to 7 PM. The Market will also welcome visitors on Saturday, April 25, from 11 AM to 7 PM, and on Sunday, April 26, from 12 PM to 6 PM.
Keep an eye out; tickets will go on sale in January of 2020.
Hamilton at Orpheum Theatre
Performances through January 2020
1192 Market at Hyde Street
Who doesn’t want to experience Hamilton firsthand? Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning, record-shattering, generation-defining production will be moving on from sold-out stays in Chicago, New York, and London to land in San Francisco. Performances at the Orpheum will take place through the end of January 2020. Claim your tickets now — this show is sure to sell out!
12th Annual San Francisco Salsa Festival
April 23 – April 25
Park Central Hotel San Francisco
50 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
If salsa is your passion, this is the festival for you. The San Francisco Salsa Festival offers workshops and performances by internationally-applauded dancers and live bands, as well as mixes from some of the Bay Area’s most-loved DJs. The event also hosts the qualifying competition for the World Latin Dance Cup. For its organizers, the festival is about celebrating life as it is about dancing salsa. As program runners John Narvaez and Elizabeth Rojas write:
“Over the past 22 years, we have traveled the globe, everywhere from Mexico to China, Korea, Japan, Canada, England, and Italy. We’ve had the opportunity to live abroad, teach workshops and shows, and experience an incredible life in the world salsa community […] The social dancing, workshops, and shows have brought so much fun and joy to people. Nothing could have been possible without this beautiful dance we call salsa. Its presence attracts people and ties them firmly together.”
Don’t miss this chance to dance and celebrate. Tickets are on sale now and start at $100.
So, what are you waiting for? Take out your calendar and start planning your exploration into San Francisco’s art community! You won’t be sorry that you did.