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What's Reopened in the Bay Area? Your Updated Guide to Movies, Art, Music and More

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Reopened museums, theaters, music venues, sports events and other events are possible through less-restrictive tiers, vaccinations and state and county COVID protocols.  (Eugene Chernetcov)

With vaccinations rolling along and Bay Area counties moving out of restrictive tiers, we’re seeing more and more reopenings of movie theaters, museums, attractions and even live music.

Below is a regularly updated list of what we know is open. Check back for updates to guide your weekend planning, and as always, adhere to your county’s mandates and guidance for COVID-19.

Note: Hours and policies may be different than what you were used to pre-pandemic. Some venues may require proof of vaccine. It’s advisable to follow the links to each venue’s website for more details.

UPDATE: As of June 15, we will no longer be adding to this list. With California’s COVID restrictions mostly lifted, it is now more newsworthy if something is closed than if it’s reopened. Even live music and theatre are starting to trickle back. Congratulations to us all for making it through the long, lonely arts dry spell.—Ed.

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Museums and Art Centers

Open Now
Asian Art Museum
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek
Berkeley Art Center
Cantor Arts Center and the Anderson Collection, Stanford University
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Chinese Culture Center
de Young Museum
California Academy of Sciences
California Historical Society
Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco
Contemporary Jewish Museum
di Rosa
ICA San Jose
Legion of Honor
McEvoy Foundation for the Arts (reservation required)
New Museum Los Gatos
Palo Alto Art Center
Museum of Craft and Design
Richmond Museum of History & Culture
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

Opening Soon
Oakland Museum of California – opening June 18
Exploratorium – opening July 1

Live Music

Most live music is currently outdoors; we’re noticing a general return to large indoor concerts starting in August–September.

Open Now
The Back Room in Berkeley – Outdoor live music
Blue Note Napa – Concerts being held outdoors starting in May at Charles Krug Winery
The Chapel – Outdoor shows with dinner
Feinstein’s at the Nikko
Hopmonk Tavern – Outdoor music in Sebastopol, Sonoma and Novato
Mr. Tipple’s Jazz Studio – Live jazz Thursday-Saturday
San Francisco Symphony
Twin Oaks Roadhouse – Outdoor music in Penngrove
UC Theatre – Outdoor music every Friday and Saturday night

Coming Soon

Stern Grove Festival – returning June 20 for summer 2021; lineup announced soon
Porter Robinson’s Second Sky Festival – returning Sept. 18 and 19 in Berkeley
Oakland Symphony – Opening Oct. 15
Opera San Jose – Returns Sept. 30
Outside Lands – returning Halloween weekend; tickets sold out
Oxbow Riverstage, Downtown Napa – Shows resume Aug. 14
Frost Amphitheater – live performances resume July 1
Yoshi’s – club is reopening for live music starting July 9

Movie Theaters

Open Now
San Francisco
AMC Kabuki 8 in Japantown, San Francisco
AMC Metreon 16, San Francisco
Balboa Theater
Century San Francisco Centre 9
Century 20 Daly City
Embarcadero Center Cinema in San Francisco
Fort Mason Flix in San Francisco

East Bay
AMC Bay Street 16, Emeryville
Century at Hayward
Century 16 Bayfair Mall
Century Southland Mall in Hayward
Century 25 Union Landing in Union City
Grand Lake Theater
Livermore 13 Cinema
West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord
Veranda Luxe Cinema in Concord

South Bay/Penninsula
AMC NewPark 12, Newark
AMC Mercado 20, San Jose
AMC Dine-In Sunnyvale 12, Sunnyvale
AMC Saratoga 14, San Jose
AMC Eastridge 15, San Jose
Century 12 San Mateo
Redwood Downtown 20 in Redwood City
Century at Tanforan in San Bruno
West Wind Capitol Drive-In in San Jose

North Bay
Boulevard 14 Cinemas in Petaluma
Roxy Stadium 14 in Santa Rosa
Sebastiani Theatre in Sonoma
Summerfield Cinemas in Santa Rosa
Century Rowland Plaza in Novato
Century Northgate in San Rafael
Century 14 Vallejo
Century Napa Valley
Reading Cinemas Rohnert Park
Regal Jack London
Regal UA Berkeley
Regal Stonestown
Rialto Cinemas Elmwood
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol

Live Theatre

Golden Gate Theatre – in-person performances resume Oct. 13 with Jesus Christ Superstar
Orpheum Theatre – in-person performances resume Nov. 3 with My Fair Lady
San Francisco Playhouse – in-person performances resume June 8 with Hold These Truths


Available Now
Golden State Warriors – Single-game tickets available now; negative test result or proof of vaccination required for entry
Oakland A’s – Regular single-game tickets on sale now
Oakland Roots – Home games start in June, tickets sold in membership groups
San Francisco Giants – Regular single-game tickets on sale now (proof of vaccination or negative test result no longer required for entry)

Coming Soon
Santa Cruz Warriors – Single-game ticket info coming soon


Open Now
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
Children’s Fairyland in Oakland
Gilroy Gardens
Great America in Santa Clara
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo in San Jose
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Oakland Zoo
Queer First Fridays
San Francisco Public Library – Main Branch, Chinatown Branch, Mission Bay Branch
San Francisco Zoo
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo
SkyStar Wheel in Golden Gate Park
SMUIN Ballet – Outdoor performances start May 14
Stagecoach Greens – Outdoor mini golf
Subpar – Indoor mini golf
The Tech Interactive
Urban Putt – Indoor mini golf and dining

Coming Soon
San Francisco Public Library – Ortega, Richmond, Visitacion Valley (June 21); Excelsior (June 22)
Comedy Day in Golden Gate Park – Scheduled for Sept. 12
Oakland Ballet – Opening Oct. 29
San Mateo County Fair – Returning June 5-13

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