San Francisco Trolley Dances


“San Francisco Trolley Dances is an event that remains the cultural heart and truth of San Francisco.”

Dates for the 15th Anniversary Festival:

Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st, 2018.

Cost to attend?

All performances are free to attend. However, we call it SF Trolley Dances for a reason! In order to travel from the first half of performance sites to the next, SFMTA/MUNI has graciously partnered with us as our transportation between sites. If you want to take MUNI with us, you will have to pay for the MUNI Fare: adults $2.75; $1.35 for seniors and youth; free for children 4 and under.

How do I find my way to the performance sites?

Each day offers six tours for up to 80 people. We encourage you to arrive early to our SFTD Welcome Station to sign up and receive wristbands for your preferred tour as our event is highly popular! Wristbands ensure that you will be reserved the best sightlines at each performance site, and that you will be given priority when boarding MUNI as we travel to the second half of the festival.

We also welcome anyone that joins us along the route! We will provide walking and biking maps at our Welcome Station and online.

When do I need to show up?

We start giving out wristbands at 10:00 a.m. and all slots are first-come, first-serve. If you want to ensure your space on a tour, please show up early—we often sell out of all wristbands in advance. Showing up a few minutes before a tour starts will likely mean you will not get on that tour. We suggest showing up early, getting your wristbands, and then enjoying the sights and sounds of the neighborhood. Tours start promptly at 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm & 2:45pm.

Tickets for Riding MUNI?

We will have Transfer-Tickets for sale at our SFTD Welcome Station (all proceeds go back to MUNI). You may use your own pass/tickets as well. You may be asked to present your Transfer-Ticket at any point while riding MUNI.

Bike/Walking Maps?

We will be publishing bike and walking maps closer to the date of the festival! You can drop by any of the performances on your own.

How many wristbands are available per tour?

80 wrist bands are available per tour.

How many tours are there?

6 on Saturday and 6 on Sunday. Tours start promptly at 11am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2pm & 2:45pm.

Hey, isn’t this a public event in public spaces? Why can’t I get on a tour?

You are welcome to join along as you like. However, we reserve the best sightlines for our wristbanded patrons. Spaces are limited. Only a limited number of people are allowed on the MUNI train. We encourage you to arrive early if possible to secure a spot in your preferred tour.

What do I bring?

Comfortable walking shoes, a bottle of water, a snack, sun protection or rain gear as conditions suggest.

How long is the whole tour?

About 2 hours if you come to all the sites with the tour. Please also consider that public transportation construction may affect the event’s run time.

What if I need mobility assistance?

We have extra volunteers on hand for the 11:00 am tour for both Saturday and Sunday festival days. Please contact or before the event and say that you need assistance and we will be glad to accommodate your needs.

What do I do after the show is over?

Explore the neighborhood! SF Trolley Dances is a celebration of the rich and diverse neighborhoods of San Francisco. There are also volunteers at the last performance site to direct people back to the starting location if you need assistance.

Who puts this on?

Epiphany Dance Theater’s Artistic Director Kim Epifano founded SF Trolley Dances in 2004 and has produced the festival annually ever since, with the help and support of SFTMA, all of our community partners, fans and volunteers.

Volunteer Opportunities?

Epiphany can always use the help of volunteers! SF Trolley Dances relies on public support to make this free event be as successful as possible. Please email or call 415-647-1443 and we can help you find a volunteer opportunity that works for you!

Can I make a donation?

Donations are always welcome and helps Epiphany maintain this admission free festival. Click here to make a donation.