Despite San Francisco’s notorious “Indian summer,” it is officially fall — and that means it is that time of the year when the best events regarding theater, art, dance, and all things cultural emerge. Candy corn and cider aside, we compiled a list of the perfect events to get into the Autumn mood!

Taylor Mac’s A 24-Decade History of Popular Music

When: Sept. 15-24
Where: The Curran: 445 Geary Street
How Much: $49-$285
Tickets: Purchase Here
Bonus: Save 20% on Mezzanine seats for chapters 1 & 2 with promo code UPOUT!

This epic performance art concert decodes the social history of the United States—all 240 years and counting—through popular songs ranging from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to disco. Taylor’s show is a dazzling, community-building experience that reflects the vast mosaic of the American imagination.

Presented in 4 six-hour chapters, this is unlike any performance you’ve ever seen; it’s not just watched, it’s experienced. As a member of the audience, you’re part of the show, helping bring the stories to life. You never know exactly what’s going to happen next, so you should be ready for anything. Leave your expectations at the door and prepare to be transported to see the world in a whole new way.

Use promo code UPOUT to save 20% on Mezzanine seats for chapters 1 and 2.

SHN: An American in Paris

When: Sept. 12-Oct. 8
Where: SHN Orpheum Theatre
How Much: $45-$214
Tickets: Purchase Here

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is the new Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war.

Acclaimed director/choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season!

The New York Times raves, “AN AMERICAN IN PARIS is a triumph! Pure joy!” and the Wall Street Journal declares, “Once you’ve seen it, you’ll find it hard to settle for less ever again.” Don’t miss this stunning Broadway hit when it arrives in San Francisco on its first national tour!

Ross Valley Players present Cabaret

When: Sept. 21 – Oct. 22
Where: Ross Valley Players: 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. in Ross, Calif.
How Much: $10-$27
Tickets: Purchase Here

Ross Valley Players presents CABARET from September 21 to October 22, (extended one week due to popularity). Performances are Thursdays (7:30pm), Fridays (8:00pm), Saturdays (8:00pm,) & Sundays (2:00pm).

Cabaret is a ground-breaking musical that remains one of the sexiest, and most shocking in the cannon theater history more than fifty years after its debut. For mature audiences only!

Set in 1931 during the Nazi era, the play revolves around young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and his relationship with Kit Kat Klub chanteuse Sally Bowles. The chilling, groundbreaking musical remains one of the sexiest, and most shocking, in theatre history. Featuring a live orchestra and filled with some of the most memorable songs in theatre history. Directed by Mountain Play veteran James Dunn.
Cabaret is based upon the semi-autobiographical collection The Berlin Stories (1945) written by Christopher Isherwood and the play I Am a Camera by John Van Druten. The 1966 musical, risqué at the time, has enjoyed a successful film adaptation and several revivals.
Now in its 88th year, Ross Valley Players, a non-profit arts organization, is the oldest longest continually operating community theater on the West Coast. Barn Theatre is located at 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Ross, CA 94957. Tickets: $16 to $32. To order tickets, call 415-456- 9555, ext. 1 or visit

World Premiere: This Bitter Earth

When: Sept. 22-Oct. 22
Where: New Conservatory Theatre Center: 25 Van Ness Avenue
How Much: $20-$50
Tickets: Purchase Here

World Premiere of “This Bitter Earth” at New Conservatory Theatre Center

By Harrison David Rivers
A protest brings Jesse, a black man, together with his white lover, Neil, a Black Lives Matter activist. But now, as Neil immerses himself in the struggle, Jesse must confront his own political apathy or risk his rights and their love. This gripping new play asks what is the real cost of standing on the sidelines.

“A refreshing, authentic voice” –

In partnership with Museum of the African Diaspora.

Smuin Contemporary American Ballet’s Dance Series 01

When: Sept. 29 – Oct. 7
Where: Palace of Fine Arts
How Much: $32-$79
Tickets: Purchase Here

Dance Series 01 kicks off with Michael Smuin’s joyful tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes, Fly Me to the Moon. This blend of ballet and popular dance is the embodiment of the smooth and stylish melodies that have inspired generations, including Sinatra’s renditions of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “The Lady is a Tramp.” Performed against the twinkling backdrop of a glowing night sky, the ballet highlights all the warm and witty favorites, culminating in a full chorus, high-kicking “New York, New York.”

42nd Street Moon presents AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ The Fats Waller Musical

When: Oct. 11-Oct. 29
Where: Gateway Theatre: 215 Jackson Street
How Much: $25-$76
Tickets: Purchase Here
Bonus: Save 20 percent when you use code UPOUT20

The rollicking, joyous music of Fats Waller will have you singing and dancing in the aisles during our season opener! Equal parts pianist, singer, songwriter and comedian, Fats Waller was one of the seminal figures of 20th century jazz and Tin Pan Alley, with such standards as “Honeysuckle Rose,” “Keepin’ Out of Mischief Now,” and “I’ve Got a Feeling I’m Falling” to his name. Five top-notch performers will give you an evening of non-stop, high-energy singing and dancing while celebrating one of America’s greatest artists!

Tickets range from $25 – $76 and can be purchased at or by calling (415) 255-8207.

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World Premier of The Eva Trilogy

When: Oct. 19-Nov. 12
Where: Magic Theatre Fort Mason Center: 2 Marina Boulevard, Building D
How Much: $35-$80
Tickets: Purchase Here

Barbara Hammond’s The Eva Trilogy is a lyrical Irish epic spanning thirty years over the course of three plays: Eden, Enter The Roar and No Coast Road. All three plays will be performed, in succession, during each performance. Each play stands alone as a complete work, but together they comprise a trilogy that tells one comprehensive story.

Julia McNeal (Fred’s Diner, A Lie of the Mind) stars as “Eva.” The Company features Caleb Cabrera as “Tom,” Justin Gillman as “Father O’Leary,” Rod Gnapp as “Eamon,” Amy Nowak as “Roisin,” Lisa Anne Porter as “Teresa,” and Megan Trout as “Nymph.”

RAW Artists San Francisco Presents Savor

When: Oct. 11
Where: 1015 Folsom Street
How Much: $22 – $30
Tickets: Purchase Here

RAW Artists San Francisco showcases indie talent in visual art, film, fashion design, music, performance art, hair and makeup artistry, and photography. Featuring 50+ local artists with music by Emilio Cortez with hosts Cash Monet & Mama Celeste.
“Art is not just about the visual. It is an experience that excites all of the senses. This is something that
RAW: Natural Born Artists embraces with enthusiasm.”
Sixty Inches from Center, Chicago
“A groundbreaking local arts movement.”

Cirque Exotique du Monde

When: Sept. 15-Oct. 8
Where: Dragon Theatre: 2120 Broadway in Redwood City
How Much: $27-$35
Tickets: Purchase Here

Inspired by Germany’s Circus Sarrasani, we enter the big-top of a world-renowned circus in 1936 Berlin. When a peculiar anthropologist visits Cirque Exotique du Monde seeking oddities for his own collection, the equilibrium of this patchwork family of misfits is shaken. But when the circus catches the eye of Frau Goebbels, all is at stake. Illusions must be maintained, secrets kept and personal sacrifices made. The show must go on because lives depend upon it. World premiere.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live!

When: Oct. 5-Oct. 31
Where: SF Oasis
How Much: $25-$250
Tickets: Purchase Here


In every generation, there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer…

D’Arcy Drollinger presents the drag send up of the beloved Sci-fi television series – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Live! – Based on the popular 90’s supernatural series known for it’s groundbreaking themes and smart quips.

The Farm

When: Oct. 15-Nov. 11
Where: Live Oak Theater: 1301 Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley
How Much: $20-$25
Tickets: Purchase Here

TheatreFIRST breaks down its doors with THE FARM, a song-poem-beat-opera adaption of George Orwell’s ANIMAL FARM. Originally commissioned and performed at Shotgun Players, TheatreFIRST redevelops this classic cautionary tale of animal uprising to address our own experiences of oppression and maybe most importantly, the oppressor inside us all.

SF Symphony: Halloween with Young Frankenstein

When: October 29
Where: SF Symphony
How Much: $29-$60
Tickets: Purchase Here

Come to Davies Symphony Hall for a spooky evening of musical chills and comical thrills this Halloween! Watch Mel Brooks’ hilarious cult classic Young Frankenstein on the big screen*, paired with chart-topping piano duo Anderson & Roe performing haunting music and silent film accompaniment with spine-tingling twenty-fingered dexterity—so good it’s scary.

BAM: 42nd Street

When: Nov. 11-Dec. 9
Where: Alcazar Theatre: 650 Geary Street, San Francisco
How Much: TBD
Tickets: Purchase Here

Bay Area Musicals is pleased to open our third season with one of Broadways’ greatest hits; 42nd Street. The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star. With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by Bay Area Favorite Daren A.C. Carollo and Artistic Director, Matthew McCoy, re-staging Gower Champion’s original TONY-winning choreography.

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