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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.


“For the Love of Dance and Music” Launch Party

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Friday, July 25th 2014
Time: 9:00pm - 1:00am
Cost: $5 Online, $10 at the Door
Description: Launch party for the "For The Love of Dance and Music" Kickstarter project at the Neck of the Woods (formerly The Rockit Room) in San Francisco. This is a special one-time Friday night event featuring salsa and bachata music by DJ 360, performances by The Latin Symbolics, and live music by The Geroge Lacson Project.
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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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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 salsa bands, full bar, and salsa lessons taught by Jake Jacobs.
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Cesars Latin Palace

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Saturday Night
Time: 8:00pm - 2:00am
Cost: $15-$20
Description: Dancing to live music on Saturday nights 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. Saturday, July 19th is a special celebration of Colombian & Peruvian Independence Day, with special performance by Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad. For Friday nights, see Tumbao Fridays (also held at the same location).
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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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El Vacilón

Event Type: Salsa Dancing, Live Music
Date: One a month
Time: 5:00pm - 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 Havana Salsa Sundays at Caña SF

Event Type: Salsa Dancing Social
Date: Every Sunday
Time: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Cost: Free
Description: Music, brunch, and cocktails served at Caña San Francisco every Sunday. Brunch served from 11am-3pm, with dancing kicking off from 4pm-10pm. Kitchen open until 8pm. Playing the hottest salsa, merengue, bachata, and Latin Beats by DJ Mauricio & DJ Ronny Romero. Free beginning salsa class by Big Rob Herrera from 4-4:45. Live music schedule as follows: June 29 - Julio Bravo July 6 - Borinquen July 13 - Pepe y su Orquesta July 20 - Orq de la Isla
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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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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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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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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 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: 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 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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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

Event Type: Outdoor Salsa Festival
Date: Friday, August 8 - Sunday, August 10, 2014
Time: All Day
Cost: See event website
Description: The San Jose Jazz Summer Fest (formerly known as the “San Jose Jazz Festival”) is the largest outdoor music festival in San Jose. Held every year in downtown San Jose by the Plaza de Cesar Chavez, the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest is a massive music event that spans multiple city blocks, and features musicians from around the world playing a wide variety of genres including Jazz, Swing, Blues, and Salsa. The salsa dancing takes place at the Salsa Stage, and is one of the largest outdoor salsa dancing events of the year. The music spans the gamut of salsa genres from Latin Jazz to Salsa Dura and Cuban Salsa. This year’s lineup of salsa musicians include: Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Jimmy Bosch Sextet, Futuro Picante, Edgardo Cambon y su Conjunto LaTiDo, Avance, Conjunto Chappottin y sus Estrellas, Orquesta Con Sabor, Pasion Havanera, Orquesta Borinquen, Jesus Diaz y su QBA and Johnny Polanco y su Conjunto Amistad.
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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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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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Tumbao Fridays

Event Type: Salsa & Bachata Lesson, Dance Social, Live Music
Date: Every Friday
Time: 8:00pm - TGIF Happy hour & Beginner friendly Bachata lesson
8:45pm - Beginner friendly Salsa lesson
9.30pm - Dancing to Live Band and DJs
2:00am - Doors close

4th Fridays of the month start at 9pm
Cost: $12, Ladies free before 10 pm
Description: "Tumbao" is a salsa & bachata dance party held at Cesar's Latin Palace, a high ceilinged warehouse-style location with a fabulous hardwood dance floor in San Francisco's Dogpatch neighborhood. The even features beginner friendly salsa and bachata lessons followed by dancing all night to live salsa music and DJs. The venue is close to 280 and 101 exits with oodles of free parking.
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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 salsa band every week.
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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
9:30pm - Dancing to Bay Area and visiting DJs
1am - Doors close
Cost: $12
Description: A new 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 and a BarChata room! Salsa lessons by Jesus Cruz & Kristen Nowakowski and music by DJ Hong as well as special guest DJs. Parking is exceptional 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.
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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 Cesar's Latin Palace in San Francisco held on the first Saturday of the month. Beginner friendly dance lessons by Jesus Cruz and Kristen Nowakowski and special performances by local and professional dancers included. August's theme is "HIPSTERS", so be sure to bring your beard and skinny jeans! Live salsa music by Clave Del Blanco and DJ Hong. Plenty of free parking nearby.
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