Thankful for the Return of Live Performances

The curtain is up and we can’t help but celebrate the return of live performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area! Whether you are visiting from out of town or live nearby, there are plenty of live productions to explore. See  a curated list of the best theatre and shows, arts and culture, and live performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area.

Every Thanksgiving, families gather together to give thanks for all they have. There are so many things to be grateful for this year. It’s been a while since we’ve seen live performances, and we are thankful for them to come back.

We are thankful for live performances because they give us the opportunity to see our favorite artists in person. With safety measures in place, we can enjoy quality live performances in various genres again. This includes everything from opera to dance to theatrical productions. Live performances have the power to convey a feeling that cannot be replicated by watching a video. A rock concert can make a person feel as if they are a part of the story. A show can invoke a sense of community and give a person a feeling of unity with the performers. 

Live performances are special because they provide a shared experience. They are a chance to bring people together.

Enjoy the best and brightest musical and theatrical talents and shows in San Francisco and the surrounding areas:

November 2, 2021


My Fair Lady at Orpheum Theatre San Francisco in San Francisco. The timeless story and romantic musical will run till November 28, 2021.

November 12, 2021


Wintertime at Roda Theatre – Berkeley Repertory Theatre in Berkeley.  This captivating theatrical play will be on stage till November 19, 2021.

November 21, 2021


Così Fan Tutte at War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. This opera in two acts by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be on stage till December 3, 2021.

November 23, 2021


Hairspray (Touring) at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San José. The musical and show for the whole family will run till November 28.

November 26, 2021


A Christmas Carol at Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco. The Charles Dickens classic will be on stage till December 26.

December 1, 2021


It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play at Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto. The one-of-a-kind production with a cast of over 20 actors, a live orchestra, and an original script welcomes you on Lucie’s Stern Theatre stage till December, 26.

December 3, 2021


Rent at Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. The show, based on the award-winning musical, will be on stage till December 12.

December 4, 2021

Contemporary Dance

Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth at Memorial Auditorium in Stanford, CA.

December 5, 2021

Contemporary Dance

More Forever at Cal Performances in Berkeley, CA.


Selected Shorts at Bing Concert Hall in Stanford, CA

December 7, 2021


TS Madison After Dark Live at Bimbo’s 365 Club in San Francisco, CA

December 14, 2021


Million Dollaz Worth Of Game Live Show presented by Boost Mobile at Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA

December 17, 2021

Contemporary Dance

Mark Morris Dance Group at Cal Performances in Berkeley. The unique fusion of the classical dance tradition with contemporary dance will be on stage till December 19.


Holiday Gaiety at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco – a celebration of the season with its joy, love, and cheer – all set to music.

December 20, 2021


Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live at Warfield in San Francisco. A mashup of live theater, old-school video games, and hilarious comedians, it’s a fun show to see.

December 30, 2021

Contemporary Circus

A Magical Cirque Christmas at San Jose Center for the Performing Arts in San José. This is a family contemporary circus show that features a host of circus skills, including juggling, acrobatics, contortion, and aerial arts. You’ll be dazzled by a cast of international performers as they present a heartwarming tale of a little girl who tries to find a way to keep a magical cirque show going in a small town.

Where to go, what to do and how to do it!

San Francisco and the Bay area offer a myriad of live performances to experience. From symphony to opera to theatre, there are many ways to enjoy the arts. Whether you are looking for a show to take the kids to, a show for a date night, or a show to enjoy in solitude, Encore Spotlight provides a curated list of live performances in San Francisco and the Bay Area for every occasion.

Theatrical plays, shows, productions, contemporary dance and circus shows are just some of the ways in which The Bay Area’s cultural scene is showing its creativity and vitality. It can transport you to a different place and time, and can make you feel like you are a part of something bigger. There is nothing like experiencing a live performance and feeling the emotions and energy of the performers.

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