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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.


Bachatalicious

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 7pm - Salsa Lesson
8pm - Bachata Lesson
9pm-12am - Social Dancing
Cost: $10 Cover ($5 after 9pm), Ladies Free Before 8pm
Description: A bachata and salsa dancing social held at PlayaSF (formerly The Parlor SF) on Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. Salsa lessons at 7pm, bachata lessons at 8pm, and dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Ladies free before 8pm.
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Beginners Salsa On2 Lessons

Event Type: Beginning & Intermediate Salsa Lessons On 2
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 8pm - Beginners
9pm - Intermediate
Cost: $14 one class or $20 for both classes
Description: Beginner and intermediate salsa lessons On2 taught every Tuesday night by Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, at the Symbolic Dance & Fitness Studio in San Francisco. Beginner lessons at 8pm, intermediate at 9pm.
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Bissap Baobab

Event Type: Salsa/Timba Dancing
Date: Every Wednesday
Time: 10:30pm - 1:45am
Cost: $5
Description: A Wednesday night Timba salsa party at Bissap Baobab in San Francisco. $5 cover, and dancing until 1:45am.
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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 - 8:00pm
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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Deja Vu Salsa Fridays

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 1st & 3rd Friday
Time: 8pm-9pm - Salsa Lesson
9pm - 1:30am - Dancing
Cost: $15 before 11pm, $12 after 11pm
Description: Salsa lessons and dancing every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month at the Metronome Dance Collective in San Francisco. Salsa lessons by Ricardo Tellez and Tianne Frias at 8pm, followed by dancing until the wee hours of the morning. Free safe parking available for attendees. Event includes free snacks, free water, and dance performances.
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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, bachata, and kizomba 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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Hot Bachata Nights Halloween Party

Event Type: Salsa, Bachata, & Kizomba Lesson, Halloween Dance Party
Date: Sunday, October 26th 2014
Time: 5:30pm - Doors Open
6:00pm - Beginner Bachata Lesson
7:00pm - Int/advanced Bachata
7:00pm - Beginner Sals
8:00pm - Intermediate/Advanced Salsa
8:00pm - Kizomba workshop
9pm-2:00am - Dancing
Cost: $20 for classes & party, $10 for party only
Description: A Halloween dance party hosted by Hot Bachata Nights, featuring salsa, bachata, and kizomba lessons, 3 rooms of dancing, dance performances, and a Halloween costume contest with some cool prizes.
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Hot Zouk Tuesdays, San Francisco

Event Type: Kizomba Dancing Lesson, Kizomba Social
Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 8:15pm-9:15pm Level I
9:15pm-10:15pm Level II
10:15pm-12:00am - Social
Cost: $12 - 1 class + social, $17 - 2 classes + social, $6 - social only
Description: Zouk Lambada lessons taught every Tuesday night at City Dance Studios in San Francisco. Two levels of zoul lessons from 8:15pm-10:15pm by Nicolas & Susan, followed by dancing until midnight.
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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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Kizomba Class at City Dance Annex, San Francisco

Event Type: Beginner & Improver Kizomba Lessons
Date: Every Monday
Time: 8-9pm - Improvers
9-10pm - Beginners
Cost: $12 per class
Description: Kizomba lessons every Monday night taught by Yair & Chalianna at the Dance Annex in San Francisco. Improver lessons are from 8-9pm, and beginner lessons is from 9-10pm, and each class costs $12. Classes cover kizomba musicality, connection, feeling, and steps.
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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: 7:30pm - 8:30pm - Beginners
8:30pm - 9:30pm - Intermediate
Cost: $14 one class or $20 both classes
Description: Beginner and Intermediate level salsa lessons taught "On 1" with Ava Apple & Rodolfo Guzman, the directors of the Latin Symbolics. Beginner lessons at 7:30pm, intermediate at 8:30pm.
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Latin Symbolics Salsa On 2

Event Type: Int/Adv Salsa Lessons On2
Date: Every Monday
Time: 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Cost: $14
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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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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On2 Salsa Classes w/ Luis Aguilar

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Thursdays
Time: Thursdays 9-11pm
Cost: $20
Description: On2 salsa lessons taught every Thursday by 2-time World Champion Luis Aguilar at DSG Dance Studios in San Francisco. The focus of the class is on building strong social dancing technique, covering both footwork and partnerwork. Classes are aimed at a beginner/intermediate level. Dancers should come in comfortable workout clothes and dance shoes. No street shoes allowed, no exceptions. Free street parking available nearby.
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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 Salsa Saturdays

Event Type: Lessons, Live Music, Social Dancing
Date: Every Saturday
Time: Lessons at 8, Dancing until 2 AM
Cost: $10 before 10pm
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. They also offer live salsa music every Thursday night. Upcoming concerts: July 12th - Live salsa music with Avance
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Roccapulco Salsa Thursdays

Event Type: Live Salsa Music
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 9:00pm - 2:00am
Cost: $10 before 10pm
Description: Live salsa music and dancing every Thursday night at Roccapulco in San Francisco. Different salsa bands are featured every week. Cover is just $10 before 10pm, and you can also get discounted cover by e-mailing roccapulco@yahoo.com. July schedule: July 10th - N'Rumba July 17th - Julio Bravo July 24th - Mazacote July 31st - Somos El Son Roccapulco also has salsa dancing every Saturday night to DJs and live music.
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Salsa Festival on The Fillmore

Event Type: Salsa Lessons, Live Music, Salsa Festival
Date: Friday, July 11th - Saturday July 12th 2014
Time: 7:30pm - 2am
Cost: See ticket website
Description: A two night music & dance event in the Fillmore district of San Francisco. Held at multiple venues on Fillmore Street including Yoshis, The Fillmore Center Plaza, Sheba Lounge, Westbay Conference Center, the Lushlife Gallery and Brunos. Starts with a free outdoor concert and dancing under the stars to two of the best Bay Area salsa bands (Andy Callao on Friday and N'Rumba on Saturday). The party then moves to the West Bay Conference Center and Yoshi's for even more live salsa music by Pacho Orquesta Evolucion, Mazacote, Grupo Bakkan, and Avance.
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Salsa in Union Square

Event Type: Live Music, Outdoor Salsa Dancing
Date: Every 3rd Wednesday
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Cost: Free!
Description: The annual "Salsa in the Square" event, featuring free live music and dancing on Union Square in San Francisco. The event is held every 3rd Wednesday of the month during the summer months from 6pm-8pm. Here is the schedule for 2014: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - The Latin Jazz Youth Ensemble Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - Jesus Diaz y su QBA Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Avance Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Vission Latina
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Salsa Rueda Class

Event Type: Salsa Rueda Class
Date: Every Monday and Wednesday
Time: 8:00pm - 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 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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Salsamania Twilight Halloween Social

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson
Date: Sunday, October 26th 2014
Time: 7:30pm - Doors Open
8:15pm - Salsa Lessons
9:30pm - Salsamania Dance Production
11:30pm - Costume Contest
Cost: $15
Description: A "Twilight" themed Halloween salsa social organized by Salsamania Dance Company. The theme of the evening is "Vampires vs Werewolves", so pick your side! Salsa lessons at 8:15pm followed by a night of dancing and fun. Special dance showcase by Salsamania at 9:30pm followed by a Halloween costume contest.
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SF Mambo Socials

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every 2nd Sunday of the month
Time: 5:00pm to 9:00pm
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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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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Yerba Buena @ Verdi Club

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Lesson, Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Thursday
Time: 8:00pm - Happy hour
8:30pm - Beginner friendly salsa dance lesson
10:15pm - Dancing to Bay Area and visiting DJs
1am - Doors close
Cost: $12
Description: A weekly salsa event by the founders of the Yerba Buena Social Club. Designed for the after-work crowd, Yerba Buena @ Verdi Club is held every Thursday night at the Verdi Club in the Mission district in SF. Ultimate sprung hardwood floors. Beginner friendly salsa lesson with Felipe Martinez. Free parking available and well lit, both on the street and if needed in the parking lot of the Safeway at 16th St and Bryant a block away and open 24 hours. Lineup for October 23rd: Edgardo Cambon & LaTiDo + EldelaClaveSF Performance by Salsamania
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Yerba Buena Social Club

Event Type: Social Dancing, Dance Performances, Live Music
Date: First and Third Saturday of the month
Time: 8pm - Doors Open, 8:30pn - Dance Lesson, 9:30pm-3am - Social Dancing, 11:30pm - Dance Performances
Cost: $15
Description: A monthly salsa social at Space 550 in San Francisco held on the first Saturday of the month. Beginner friendly salsa lessons and special performances by local and professional dancers included. This month at Yerba Buena Social Club: October 18th: The theme is DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. Live music by N'Rumba + DJ Willie Martinez Separate Bachata room hosted by DJ MigZ
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