Best Arts & Culture in San Francisco

Best Arts & Culture in San Francisco

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San Francisco has a lot to offer, in terms of architecture, design, museums, historical sites, galleries and street art. These are some of the best spots in San Francisco to take in some art and culture. Enjoy!

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    This will inform you and give significant context of San Francisco's history of cable cars. The history of the climate of the time and the societal results of cable car implementation will impress you. And it's free!
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    Make sure to sign up for the YBCA membership - you'll save money immediately and get access to all current and future exhibitions!
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    Pre-order your drink so it's ready by intermission! And if you're taller than most, the balcony might be a smart option, as the seats are staggered nicely. Use the bathrooms downstairs to avoid the masses, and enjoy the free wifi!
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    Started by a Japanese WWII orphan as a restaurant in Berkeley, Yoshi's is now one of San Francisco's best jazz spots. Don't worry, there's still food here - and it's delicious! Come to Yoshi's for some of the best jazz you'll ever witness.
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    The Spoke Art Gallery showcases work by some of the most promising, contemporary, soon-to-be-discovered artists. Visit this gallery for a a sneak peek at the next big thing! And make sure to check out the Wes Anderson tribute while here!
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    18 Reasons doesn't just host events, participate in outreach programs, and run a great café/art gallery/cocktail bar - they host a variety of awesome cooking and kitchen skills classes, too. Take it all in!
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    One of the best concert halls in San Francisco, the Warfield is somewhat of an institution in San Francisco. Well-respected, popular, and hosting some of the most significant acts of our time, you'll love taking in a show here.
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    Get an amazing ballet class with Laura Bernasconi for only $11. It's pretty hard to beat that! Also, free Filipino folk dance workshops on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm! Beautiful live music, authentic cultural garb - simply a great time.
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    The ACT offers $10 tickets for the first ten performances, so make sure to get yours in time. Also, the last Tuesday of each run has a free wine tasting on the third floor. Enjoy!
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    Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero, the $64 million, 35,000 square foot SF Jazz Center is an unparalleled jazz space that both serves as a concert hall and a club. You can bring drinks into the show - the chairs even have drink holders!
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    Order your cocktail before the concert begins, and the bartender will have it ready and waiting for you at intermission. Enjoy the show, the architecture of the building, and make sure to take a moment of reflection on the top floor balcony.
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    The de Young Museum offers Free Friday nights, so take advantage if you can. Take in the Egyptian artifacts and post-impressionist art, and make sure you head to the Hamon Observation Tower before leaving. You'll see a beautiful panorama of the city!
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