+ Experience True American Ballet with the San Francisco Ballet
As America’s first and oldest professional ballet company, the San Francisco Ballet is a must-see for anyone looking to truly experience the American style of ballet. It is among the world’s leading dance companies and one of the three largest American ballet companies, and is the company responsible for premiering ballet staples like Swan Lake & Nutcracker to American audiences.
The company presents more than 100 memorable performances annually, from new works by today’s most prominent choreographers to new interpretations of classic full-length productions. Led by world-famous Helgi Tomasson, the company consists of a diverse international repertoire that is always presented with finesse and elegance.
The company is currently based in the beautiful 3,146-seat War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. With its elegant lines, vaulted ceiling, marble foyer, and sweeping balconies, the opera house complements and completes the breathtaking experience that is the San Francisco Ballet.
+ San Francisco Symphony
Get classical with The San Francisco Symphony. Now entering it's one hundredth year, The San Francisco Symphony sets the highest possible standard for excellence in musical performance in the Bay Area.
+ 75 Years of Excellence at SFMOMA
The SFMOMA is one of the most inventive museums of modern and contemporary art. Celebrating its 75th anniversary with a brand new rooftop garden, it has something for every taste: traditional paintings and sculptures to new-age mixed media. The brilliant collection features contemporary greats such as Henri Matisse, Alfred Stieglitz, Marcel Duchamp, and of course, the infamous Jackson Pollock.
For art enthusiasts or simply anyone who recognizes and welcomes greatness born in our time, SFMOMA offers not only traveling exhibitions of modern artists, but also artist lectures, curator talks, film screenings, workshops and more.
Complete with an architectural model of Eliot Noye's Westinghouse 1964 New York World's Fair Pavilion, as seen in the Men in Black movie, and Andy Warhol's Red Liz, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is an excellent and eye-opening museum.
+ ODC Takes the Artistry of Dance to Another Level
If the images of elegant ballerinas or hip-hop DWTS contestants come to mind when you think of dance performances, ODC Dance Company will blow your mind. Since the beginning, it has pushed the envelope of avant-garde dance, meaning the choreography, music, and narratives are completely out of the box and original.
But it's not all creativity without meaning here, ODC has a commitment to maintaining interesting story lines (something not all avant-garde performances do) and outstanding technique. The company has been widely recognized for its fusion of modern techniques and ballet, as well as star-studded collaborations with actors like Robin Williams and visual artists like Eleanor Coppola.
ODC Dance Company proves that West Coast dance is as innovative and technically accomplished as any traditional East Coast company.
+ Bay Area Discovery Museum
Everyone's talking about the museum on the west coast that makes all other children's museums green with envy. Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Bay Area Discovery Museum is the only museum in a National Park and its creative exhibits are admired by other museums nationwide. Whether it's sculpting a model of the Golden Gate Bridge (that's right above!), examining live sea creatures in a recreated natural habitat, or watching a puppet show, the hands-on museum nurtures future generations of creative thinkers and innovators.
There are tons of exhibits at the Bay Area Discovery Museum year-round for children to discover and get creative in their own way.