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Salsa Dancing in San Francisco

Looking for places to go salsa dancing in San Francisco? Here's a complete list of salsa events happening in San Francisco compiled by the Salsa By The Bay Team.

For a listing of more events in the Bay Area, see our Salsa Events Calendar.


Cafe Cocomo

Event Type: Lessons, Live Music, Social Dancing
Date: Every Thursday & Saturday
Time: Lessons 8pm, Social Dancing 9:30pm - 2am
Cost: $12 Thursdays, $15 Saturdays
Description: Cafe Cocomo is a popular spot in San Francisco featuring a huge dance floor, live bands, full bar, and salsa lessons taught by Jake Jacobs.
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Cesars Latin Palace

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday & Saturday Night
Time: 8:00pm
Cost: $10.00
Description: Dancing to live music by Cesar's Latin Allstars Band (a 10-piece Latin Orchestra) at Cesar's Latin Palace in San Francisco. Band followed by music from DJ Lionel Chartrand playing the hottest salsa, merrengue, boleros, and cumbias. Enjoy dancing on a 5000 square foot dance floor. Plenty of free parking.
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Cigar Bar

Event Type: Music & Dancing
Date: Friday, Saturday
Time: 9-1AM
Cost: $7
Description: Salsa night at The Cigar Bar & Grill, a unique San Francisco restaurant & bar located in historic Jackson Square, featuring salsa dancing every Friday and Saturday night. Live salsa music every night, and free before 9:30pm.
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Cuban Salsa Lessons in SF

Event Type: Cuban Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Monday and Wednesday
Time: 6:30pm - 8pm
Cost: $12
Description: Cuban salsa lessons taught at the Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco every Monday and Wednesday by Ramon Ramos Alayo. In his class, Ramon teaches basic Cuban footwork, style, and musicality as well as complex turn patterns. No partner necessary, wear comfortable clothes.
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El Vacilón

Event Type: Salsa Dancing, Live Music
Date: One a month
Time: 5pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $10
Description: Salsa dancing to live music at the Oasis Cafe on Treasure Island, featuring $6 margaritas and barbecue chicken and ribs. Plenty of free parking. Generally held once a month.
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El Valenciano

Event Type: Lessons,Social Dancing
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 9pm Lesson, Dancing until 2 AM
Cost: $12
Description: El Valenciano Latin Wednesdays is a weekly salsa social hosted by the Mambo Romero Dance Company in San Francisco, featuring salsa lessons On2 and dancing until 2 in the morning.
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Hot Bachata Nights

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Lessons, Dance Party
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 5:30pm - Doors Open
6pm - 9pm - Salsa, bachata, or kizomba lessons every hour
9pm - 2:00am - Dance party
Cost: $10 party, $5/per class
Description: Salsa and bachata lessons every Sunday night at club A3 Atmosphere in San Francisco. 3 rooms of dancing with salsa, bachata, and kizomba music. Full bar and free street parking. One of the best places to go dancing in San Francisco on a Sunday night.
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Impala Lounge Sundays

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson, Social Dancing
Date: Every Sunday
Time: Beginner Lesson: 6:00 - 7:00 (Bachata Upstairs, Salsa Downstairs)
Intermediate Lesson: 7:00
8:00pm-2:00am Dance Party (Bachata, Salsa, Merengue, etc.)
Cost: $10 Just party
$15 Party and one lesson
$20 Party and both lessons
Description: Salsa and Bachata lessons and dancing at the Impala Lounge in SF. 2 floors, Bachata upstairs and Salsa downstairs. Gourmet Dinner service throughout the night and exotic drink specials every week.
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La Tropi-Cal

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: The last Friday of the month
Time: 10pm - 2am
Cost: $10
Description: La Tropi-Cal is the original Timba spot in San Francisco, held every last Friday of the month at Il Pirata. Music played at the social includes Timba, classic Timba, Cuban salsa, and salsa with a splash of Reggaeton, Cubaton, and Dancehall. Music by resident DJs Walt Digz and Dark Rum.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 1 Wednesdays

Event Type: Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons On 1
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 7-8pm - Beginning Partnering, 8:15-9:15pm - Intermediate Partnering
Cost: $13 One Class, $19 Both Classes (discount cards available)
Description: Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught "On 1" with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, the directors of the Latin Symbolics. Beginner lessons at 7pm, intermediate at 8:15pm.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 2

Event Type: Salsa Dance Lessons On 2
Date: Every Monday
Time: 8:15pm
Cost: $13
Description: Intermediate/advanced dance lessons "On 2" with Latin Symbolics directors Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman.
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LGBTQ Salsa Class

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Every Monday in March
Time: 8:15pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $17 drop in
Description: 5 week series taking place on all 5 Mondays in March. Queer, trans*, and allies all welcome!!!
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Lil Baobab

Event Type: Salsa Club Dancing
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: Salsa Party starts at 10:30pm
Cost: $5
Description: A night of salsa music and dancing at Little Baobab, an intimate bistro and club, around the corner on 19th Street between Mission & Capp Streets
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New Years Eve Salsa Bash with Pete Escovedo

Event Type: New Years Eve Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Tuesday, December 31st 2013
Time: 9:00pm
Cost: $95-$125
Description: The SFJAZZ Center hosts its first-ever New Year's Eve party with legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and his spectacular Latin Jazz Orchestra rearing a brood of acclaimed musicians including superstar Sheila E. Join us for a pulse-pounding night of salsa celebration with complimentary champagne, party favors and balloon drop at midnight!
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ODC Salsa

Event Type: Salsa Dance Lessons
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7:30pm-8:15pm - Beginner, 8:15pm-9:15pm - Intermediate, 9:15pm-10:15pm - Advanced
Cost: $14 for one class ($1 cash discount)
Description: New York style mambo classes by Gabriel Romero, taught at the esteemed Oberlin Dance Collective School of Rhythm and Motion in San Francisco.
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Pacific Mambo Orchestra Grammy Gala

Event Type: Salsa Lesson, Live Music, Salsa Party
Date: Saturday, March 22nd 2014
Time: 7:00pm - 2:00am
Cost: $15
Description: A special gala performance by Pacific Mambo Orchestra, officially celebrating their Grammy win at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco! Happy hour from 7-9pm featuring $2 beers, cocktails, and tapas. Beginning dance lessons by Jake Jacobs from 8-9pm. Then live salsa music by Pacific Mambo Orchestra at 10pm. Special dance performances by Couture Dance Alliance, Salsamania, Rica Salsa, and many more.
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Pick School Salsa Lessons

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 7pm-7:45pm - Beginner, 7:45pm-8:30pm - Intermediate
Cost: $16 drop-in
Description: Salsa dancing lessons at the Pick School of Ballroom Dancing in San Francisco. Cost is $16 for drop-ins, with discounts available if you purchase multiple weeks at once. First class is free, see the Pick School website for more details.
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Roccapulco

Event Type: Lessons, Live Music, Social Dancing
Date: Every Saturday
Time: Lessons at 8, Dancing until 2 AM
Cost: $10
Description: Salsa Dancing every Saturday night at Club Roccapulco in the heart of San Francisco, featuring a large dance floor, two floors, and a full bar.
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Salsa Rendezvous

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Dance Social
Date: Every 4th Saturday of the month
Time: 9pm-10pm Salsa Workshop, 10pm-1:30am - Social Dancing
Cost: $10 for Social, $15 - Workshop + Social
Description: A monthly salsa social at the Dance Loft in San Francisco organized by Tianne Frias. Lessons from 9-10:30pm with Tianne and Vimal, followed by dancing until 1:30 in the morning to the music of DJ Hong.
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Salsa Rueda Class

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Class
Date: Every Monday and Wednesday
Time: 8pm - 9:30pm
Cost: $12
Description: Salsa Rueda (aka Rueda de Casino) lessons at the Dance Mission Theater in SF taught by veteran instructor Ramon Ramos Alayo. Salsa Rueda is a dance where couples dance in a circle, and was developed in Havana, Cuba. Everyone dances together in a circle, dancing simultaneously to the caller's commands. Experience with Cuban salsa dancing required.
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Salsa Rueda ODC

Event Type: Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Rueda Lessons
Date: Fridays
Time: 7:15pm-8:15pm Beginner, 8:15pm-9:15pm Intermediate
Cost: $13 a class
Description: Beginning and intermediate Miami-style Salsa and Havana-style Casino moves taught every Thursday at the ODC Dance Commons by veteran Rueda-instructor Ryan Mead.
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Salsa Tuesday

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 8pm - Doors Open, 8:30pm - 9:30pm - Salsa Lesson, 9:30pm - 2am - Dancing
Cost: $12
Description: Salsa dancing every Tuesday night at the historic Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco. Doors open at 8pm, followed by On2 salsa lessons from 9:30pm. Live salsa music by Montuno Swing and the hottest salsa dura, mambo, and bachata tracks by DJ Eldelclave and DJ Good Sho. Every 3rd Tuesday is WEPA Tuesdays. Formerly known as "Descarga SF".
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Salsa With Tianne

Event Type: Beginner & Intermediate Salsa Lessons
Date: Every Monday
Time: 7pm - 8pm Level 1, 8pm - 9pm Level 1.5, 9pm-10pm Level 3 On2
Cost: $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 classes, $80 for 8 classes
Description: Salsa classes taught by 3-time World Salsa Championships finalist Tianne Frias and Ricardo Tellez at the Metronome in San Francisco. The class starts with a Level 1 beginner class at 7pm, followed by a Level 1.5 class at 8pm, and a Level 3 On2 class at 9pm. No experience necessary for the beginner lesson, discounts available when purchasing as a package.
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SalsaCrazy Mondays

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Dance Party
Date: Every Monday
Time: 7pm-8:30pm - Beginner Lessons, 8:30pm-9:30pm - Intermediate Lessons, 9:30pm-2am - Open Dancing
Cost: $20 for Lessons, $5 Afterwards
Description: SalsaCrazy Mondays features beginner & intermediate salsa dancing lessons followed by Dancing at the Neck of the Woods (formerly the Rockit Room) every Monday night in San Francisco. Discounted monthly passes available on their website.
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SF Mambo Socials

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 2nd Sunday of the month
Time: 5pm to 9pm
Cost: $10
Description: A monthly Mambo/Salsa social for dancers by dancers on every 2nd Sunday of the month, from 5-9 pm at the Symbolic Dance & Fitness studio is San Francisco. Dance lessons from 5-6pm by Vimal Pradeep and guest instructors, music by DJ Willie Martinez & Guest DJ Hong Kwon. Street parking available / walkable from 16th & Mission BART station.
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Sunday Salsa Class

Event Type: Beginner Lesson, Intermediate Lesson
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 5pm - 6pm Beginner, 6pm - 7pm Novice, 8pm - 9pm Intermediate, 8:30pm - 8pm Free Practice
Cost: $15 drop-in, $50 for 4 classes, $80 for 8 classes
Description: Sunday salsa classes with Tianne Frias and Jack Lin at the Metronome. Beginner lesson at 5pm emphasizing connection, musicality, and fun. Novice level at 6pm covers one elemental salsa pattern. Intermediate classes at 7pm emphasizes creativity and connection, focusing on learning a complete repertoire of foundational salsa patterns.
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Taste Fridays

Event Type: Bachata & Salsa Lesson, Dance Party, Live Music
Date: Every Friday
Time: 7:30pm - Doors Open, 8:00pm - Bachata Lesson, 8:45pm - Salsa Lesson, 8:45pm - 2am Dancing
Cost: $15
Description: Taste Fridays is an event held every Friday at Cafe Cocomo in San Francisco, combining gourmet food tasting, salsa & bachata lessons, live music, performances, and dancing until 2 in the morning. Taste aims to be more than just a dance event, but a party for all your senses.
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The Ramp

Event Type: Live Music
Date: Every Saturday
Time: 5pm-8pm *Hours vary according to season*
Cost: $10 after 4 Pm
Description: Live music & outdoor barbecue at a local waterfront spot, located in Mission Bay, one of the sunniest parts of San Francisco. During the cooler months there is a heated tent with dancing every Saturday, weather permitting.
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Vima Salsa Lessons

Event Type: Salsa & Latin Lessons
Date: Thursdays (Latin) & Fridays (Salsa)
Time: Thursday - Latin class, 8pm
Friday - Salsa class, 7pm
Cost: $20 drop-in or $100 a month for unlimited classes
Description: Latin Ballroom and Salsa classes every Thursday & Friday at the Vima Dance Studio in San Francisco. No partner necessary and all ages welcome. $20 per lesson drop-in or $100 a month for unlimited classes.
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WEPA Tuesdays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 8pm - Doors Open, 8:30pm - 9:30pm - Salsa Lesson, 9:30pm - 2am - Dancing
Cost: $12
Description: A salsa dance social held at Cafe Cocomo every 3rd Tuesday of the month, organized by the Couture Dance Alliance. Salsa lessons taught by 2-time salsa World Champion Luis Aguilar, followed by salsa, bachata, kizomba, and chachacha dancing until 2am. A different live band every week.
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Yerba Buena Social Club

Event Type: Social Dancing, Dance Performances, Live Music
Date: First Saturday of the month
Time: 8pm - Doors Open, 8:30pn - Dance Lesson, 9:30pm-2am - Social Dancing, 11:30pm - Dance Performances
Cost: $20
Description: A monthly salsa social at Inner Mission SF (formerly at the Minna Gallery) in San Francisco held on the first Saturday of the month. Surround yourself with artwork, culture and a city atmosphere as you dance your way into the weekend. Beginner friendly dance lessons and special performances by local and professional dancers included. April's event will be on the 12th. Important: this will be a BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) event. Inner Mission SF bartenders will be on hand to help mix your hard liquor into a cocktail of your choice. There is a Safeway within walking distance of the event that is open 24 hours.
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Yoshi’s San Francisco

Event Type: Live Salsa Music, Open Dance Floor
Date: Thursday, March 1st 2012
Time: 8pm - 1am
Cost: 8pm - $20, 10pm - $15
Description: Live salsa music and dancing at Yoshi's restaurant in San Francisco to the sounds of Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loka, one of the most popular salsa bands in LA. Open dance floor, full bar, and plenty of parking.
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