Concerts in San Francisco Details
The San Francisco area encompasses Western California’s three major cities: San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. With that many big cities relatively close to each other, you’ll have plenty of options if you’re looking for some live music.
The original Fillmore is a San Francisco staple. The “San Francisco Sound” blossomed at the Fillmore throughout the 1960s, as artists like the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jefferson Airplane played famous shows at the venue. Over time, the Fillmore became known for psychedelic shows (including a multimedia show from Andy Warhol) and played a major role in the growth of San Francisco’s counterculture. The modern-day Fillmore holds concerts on most days of the week and fits just under 2000 people. Some of the artists who have performed there recently or will perform at the Fillmore in the near future include Spiritualized, Hoodie Allen, Ok Go, and Ron Pope.
Across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay bridge is the Oracle Arena, home to the NBA’s powerhouse Golden State Warriors. The arena has been in operation since 1966 and was extensively renovated in the 1990s to fit more than 19,000 fans. The Oracle Arena was the Grateful Dead’s favorite venue: they played 66 concerts there, more than they played at any other location. The Warriors will move to the still-under-construction Chase Center for the 2019-2020 NBA season, and the new arena figures to be a major player in the local concert scene as well. Until then, though, Oracle Arena will host a number of high-profile artists, including Guns N’ Roses, Fall Out Boy, Arcade Fire, Pink, and Jay-Z.
About an hour south in San Jose is the SAP Center, home to the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. SAP Center was built in 1993 and hosts concerts throughout the year when the Sharks and their minor league affiliate, the Barracuda, aren’t in town. Ariana Grande and Twenty One Pilots have played at SAP Center in 2017.
What’s the best place to see a concert in San Francisco?
The area has many options, so you may want to consider what’s closest to you. Do you want drive to San Jose if you’re in Oakland? The Fillmore is good bet if you’re in the city proper.
What concerts are in the San Francisco Area over the weekend?
To see what concerts are playing in San Fran over the weekend, you can scroll up and look through our “Events this Weekend” section.
The Fillmore doesn't have its own parking lot, but there’s public parking nearby. If you want to avoid having to park at all, you can take public transportation to the venue: the 22 Fillmore MUNI bus to and from the 38 Geary bus operate 24 hours a day.
How much will I pay to see a concert in San Francisco?
San Francisco is one of the top concert destinations in the country, with a wide variety of venues and performances. Fans of all types are able to find a price point they’re comfortable with. For a look at ticket prices for upcoming concerts, scroll to the top of the page and see events today, this weekend, and this week.
What concert should I see while I’m in San Francisco?
You’ll have many options no matter what part of the area you’re in. Explore the listings above to see what concerts will be in the San Francisco area tonight, this weekend, and further in the future.