San Francisco is a gold mine for the performing arts. Somehow over the years, theater performances have become stereotypically perceived as pretentious or only for the wealthy – which is simply not true. Catching an evening show in San Francisco is truly a magical time. No alcohol required.
Off the Grid is an absolutely free event with gourmet food trucks, live music and lots of fun. It’s incredibly versatile for drinkers and non-drinkers, and ideal for all ages. This festive night market is held all over the city including Fort Mason, Embarcadero, SoMa and more.
Either sit and enjoy the many word artists that participate in readings and slam poetry or jump in and sign up yourself! There are many open mic nights for poetry and other literary readings all over the city. It’s an exciting way to spend a sober night whether or not you do your own reading.
Artistic or not, an evening trying your brush strokes with friends practically guarantees a fantastic time. At Pa’ina Paint Club, all levels are welcome. Plus, it’s held at the Pa’ina Restaurant and Lounge, which means delicious Hawaiian-style tapas for you and drinks for those prefer their art to have a boozy influence.
On Thursday nights, the quizzically entertaining Exploratorium in the Embarcadero stays open late for an adults-only evening of mystery and science. The museum holds a different theme every week for the “After Dark Thursdays.” From an evening exploring the universe to diving into the world of peanuts, After Dark is a night full of fun and enticing enigmas, alcohol completely optional.