San Francisco's Art & Music Scene – Fall 2021
San Francisco is more than the beautiful City by the Bay. It's a place where art, music, and expressionism are woven into its cultural fabric. From breathtaking art museums to music festivals and street fairs, San Francisco buzzes with music and art for the soul.
Get out and discover San Francisco's artistic side this season. Enjoy extraordinary world art at the de Young Museum and Museum of Modern Art. See a blockbuster concert at the Chase Center. Enjoy a night with the San Francisco Opera and catch the city's best bands and singers at the Filmore and Feinstein's.
As the fall season hits San Francisco, the city's exuberant music and art scene comes to life. Here's how you can get into the SF groove.
Live Music In San Francisco
San Francisco offers a fun mix of live music and concert venues where you can catch big name stars and up-and-coming artists. Enjoy the city's hottest live music at the Chase Center, Warfield, the Independent, and famed Fillmore. This September, you can see Celine Dion and Michael Bublé at the Chase Center, the city's major indoor arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood.
SF Symphony and the SF Opera
The SF Symphony and Opera open their seasons this September with unique shows this month. See the Princess Bride-Film (9/22 & 23) and the Apollo 13-Film (9/24 & 25) with the incredible music of the live SF Symphony orchestra at Davies Symphony Hall.
The second largest company in North America, the SF Opera offers world-class performances, from dramas to comedies, at the War Memorial Opera House in the Civic Center District. You can enjoy the classics all fall and winter season, from September through early December.
Feinstein's at Hotel Nikko
In the heart of Union Square, Feinstein's at the Nikko is San Francisco's classic nightclub. This sophisticated live music destination features local, regional, and national entertainers and singers, including Tony and Grammy Award-winning artists, jazz and R&B greats, Broadway stars, and the Bay Area's favorite vocalists. You can even catch American Songbook master Michael Feinstein at the club.
Located off the lobby of the beautiful Hotel Nikko on Mason Street, Feinstein's presents world-class talent on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
Our Favorite Art Museums
Museum of Modern Art
Experience one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is the Bay Area's thriving cultural center with a collection of painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, design, and media arts. Over seven gallery floors in the SoMA district, SFMOMA shares the art of our times to open minds and inspire a better world through exhilarating exhibitions. First Thursdays are free for Bay Area residents.
De Young Museum
Located in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, the de Young Museum presents more than 25,000 works of fine art from around the world. Explore art exhibits that showcase American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, and works from the Americas, the Pacific and Africa. Art lovers will fall in love with their changing photography exhibits. The first Tuesday of every month is free.
SF Asian Art Museum
Located in the heart of San Francisco, the Asian Art Museum displays the world's finest collection of Asian art spanning 6,000 years. Marvel at more than 18,000 awe-inspiring artworks, from ancient jades to contemporary video installations. This interesting SF museum brings the diverse cultures of Asian to life through exciting art experiences and special exhibitions. The first Sunday of every month is free.
Festivals and Events
Free Shakespeare in the Park
Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park's productions of Pericles and the Prince of Tyre. Enjoy free shows by SF Shakes on the lawn in the Presidio and at the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park. You can enjoy free shows on Saturdays and Sundays in September and Labor Day Monday.
Folsom Street Fair
The annual Folsom Street Fair returns on September 26th showcasing the city's leather and kink scene. Called "MEGAHOOD2021, the fair features stages with live music and DJs playing everything from electronic and indie to alternative, as well as erotic performances and a dance area. The event takes place on historic Folsom Street, from 8th to 13th streets, in the South of Market district of San Francisco.
Hotel Nikko's Art of Asian Hospitality
At Hotel Nikko San Francisco, hospitality is an art. Creating an urban oasis, steps from Union Square, our Asian-inspired hotel surrounds guests in modern luxury and a Zen vibe. Hotel Nikko offers luxurious, pet friendly rooms and suites, steps from the Theater District and the city's legendary music and entertainment venues.
Swing by Feinstein's at the Nikko, our cabaret-style nightclub with live music performances Thursday – Saturday nights. The hotel also features Restaurant ANZU, the perfect place for sushi before the show, a glass enclosed pool, a health club, and a rooftop deck.
Soak up the sounds and sights of San Francisco with Hotel Nikko's latest specials and packages. Blending West Coast luxe with Eastern charm, Nikko offers a refreshing boutique hotel experience, from the music to its artful aesthetic.