Concerts & Special Events

Besides offering a six-show mainstage season, City Lights Theater also hosts play readings, concerts and other special events. To experience great music from soul to jazz to funk, check out our Lights & Music Concert Series sponsored by Cafe Stritch.

Or get introduced to a fresh work by a local playwright at our “Lights Up!” festival of new plays. The next festival is April 27-29, 2018.

To ask about renting the theater for your own event, email

Here’s what’s coming up next:


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Feb 22-25, 2018: boom, presented by Mini Lights

Mini Lights, our emerging-artists program run by five millennials from the City Lights family, presents the Peter Sinn Nachtrieb play boom from Feb. 22 through Feb. 25. To learn more about the production and project, head over to the Mini Lights website..

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Lights Up! Three Days of New Plays
April 27-29, 2018

A weekend dedicated to some of the best up-and-coming literary talent the Bay Area has to offer! Our second annual Lights Up! festival features: Speaking the Language by Marsha Roberts, Miracle Lake by Susan Jackson, Desperate Hearts by Douglas Rees, Designated Muslim by Bushra Burney, and a program of five-minute plays exploring the nature of privacy in the digital age. Learn more about the festival.

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Who wouldn’t want to party with these guys? Jeffrey Bracco, Jeremy Ryan and Max Tachis at our 2017 fundraiser. Photo by Christine Herrera.

Save the date for this year’s fundraising party!
Sunday, June 2, 2018

Our fundraisers always feature great food, fine libations and lots of entertainment and dancing. Details coming soon…