San Francisco’s iconic concert venue has been pushing the envelope of indie music for more than half a century. If you’re heading to a show at The Fillmore, check out these things to do nearby in SF before the concert.
At The Fillmore, the walls talk in reverbs. The historic San Francisco music auditorium came into its own in the ‘60s, when it was one of the hotspots of the city’s counterculture movement. Its stage has been a temporary home for bands like the Grateful Dead (who’ve played there over 50 times), The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, and Aretha Franklin.
The venue hasn’t calmed down since its Summer of Love heyday, and nowadays it’s known for showcasing huge acts from the U.S. and abroad in the spheres of rock, indie, and country music.
Head there in October and you’ll catch the upbeat strumming of Conor Oberst with Jim James (10/1), the moody folk of Ani DiFranco (10/8), and the fresh punk rock of The Julie Ruin (10/11). Or check out The Fillmore concert calendar for other awesome shows. Though these artists will certainly bring a lot of energy of their own to the venue, the energy that surrounds The Fillmore is incredible, and Fillmore Street—where the building sits—is as lively as ever (though these days, you’ll probably find more techies than hippies).
Things To Do On Fillmore Street Near The Fillmore
Fillmore Street is one of the best shopping, eating, and drinking streets in San Francisco, which makes it easy to pad your night out with more fun ahead of the main event. Whether you’re looking for something with a subtle country twang like Conor or a folksy spin like Ani, there’s plenty to do before the show.
Hit the Fillmore Street pavement in the afternoon and browse the boutiques between California and Geary. Make sure to pop into Scotch & Soda (between California and Pine), a modern clothing shop that loves adding Western twists to its pieces.
When you’re ready for some sustenance, walk nine minutes down Fillmore towards Eddy Street and snag a table at 1300 on Fillmore, a traditional Southern restaurant that serves family-style dinners and bar bites like cornmeal fried oysters.
From there, backtrack up the main drag for a couple minutes until you reach Sheba Piano Lounge. Colorful, psychedelic cocktails hark back to Fillmore’s counterculture days, and live jazz will warm your ears up for the music to come.
Enjoy your time on Fillmore Street, and if you are new to the area other awesome sights to see nearby The Fillmore include: The Painted Ladies, Alamo Square Park, and Japantown. Now it’s time to head to your final destination: The Fillmore.
Take Fillmore Street towards Geary, the walk will take you a few minutes or less. Get to the venue early and check out the vintage posters lining the walls of the mezzanine level, all of them commissioned for shows that have happened in the storied building.
Then, make your way to the main stage and settle in for some rockin’ live tunes.