Jun 03-19, 2016

Ethnic Dance Festival

The 38th annual festival returns to the Palace of Fine Arts with an eclectic lineup of performances from more than 20 world cultures ranging from the United States to Tajikistan. Each weekend brings a different program from 9-10 Bay Area dance companies. 3301 Lyon St., 415.474.3914, worldartswest.org

Jun 02-16, 2016

SF Documentary Festival

Now in its 15th year, this two-week festival showcases a variety of documentary films at San Francisco’s Roxie, Vogue and Great Star theaters. Several early-confirmed highlights include “Silicon Cowboys,” which explores the PC industry in the 1980s, and “The Summer Help,” which follows the experiences of European students working summer jobs in America. sfindie.com

Jun 12, 2016

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

World champions, Olympic medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries take on San Francisco’s bay, steep hills and rugged terrain. Don’t miss the all-weekend Fitness Festival and Expo, featuring product giveaways, displays, food and a beer garden. Marina Green, escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com

May 10 - Jun 25, 2016

“Red Velvet” at SF Playhouse

Set in London in 1833, “Red Velvet” is the story of Ira Aldridge, the first black man to star on a British stage. Written by Lolita Chakrabarti and directed by Margo Hall, the play follows Aldridge’s rise to fame in the face of adversity. 450 Post St., 415.677.9596, sfplayhouse.org


May 25 - Jun 19, 2016

Cal Shakes presents “Much Ado about Nothing”

One of Shakespeare’s most famous comedies is reimagined through the eyes of Dogberry and his men in this production from director Jackson Gay, named one of the “power players of Off-Broadway” by the New York Times. Bruns Amphitheater, 100 California Shakespeare Theater Way, Orinda, 510.548,9666, calshakes.org

May 19 - Jul 14, 2016

“Close Enough for the Angels,” a Paul Madonna Solo Show at The Dryansky Gallery

Paul Madonna is a local illustrator best known for the comic strip “All Over Coffee,” which features his signature loose-form sketches of San Francisco cityscapes. This solo show features original drawings from his latest book, an illustrated novel inspired by Raymond Chandler and Haruki Murakami. 2120 Union St., 415.932.9302, thedryansky.com

Jun 21 - Jul 17, 2016

“Cabaret” at Golden Gate Theatre

This production of the timeless masterpiece from Roundabout Theatre Company features director Sam Mendes (“Skyfall,” “American Beauty”) and co-director and choreographer Rob Marshall (film adaptations of “Into the Woods” and “Chicago”). 1 Taylor St., 888.746.1799, shnsf.com

Jun 19 - Aug 21, 2016

Stern Grove Festival

This summer-long free concert series has been a San Francisco tradition for 79 years, presenting concerts every Sunday at 2 pm through the end of August. The festival begins with The Big Picnic, a benefit concert starring Janelle Monáe. 2750 19th Ave., sterngrove.org

Jun 02-09, 2016

SF Design Week

Presented in collaboration with WestEdge, SFDW celebrates the region’s unique design talents, impact and innovations with more than 60 studio tours and 75 events throughout the Bay Area. Pier 27, sfdesignweek.org

May 27 - Jun 03, 2016

SF Opera presents “Carmen”

The classic opera returns in a new production from director Calixto Bieito in his U.S. opera debut. Set in post-Franco Spain, this tale of love, lust and murder features an outstanding cast and will be sung in French with English supertitles. The June 23 performance offers a glimpse behind the scenes during intermission. War Memorial Opera House, 301 Van Ness Ave., 415.864.3330, sfopera.com