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San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band presents Dance-Along Nutcracker® 2023: The Nutmare Before Christmas!


Doug Litwin, Director of Marketing
San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

3pm and 7pm PST, Saturday, December 16, 2023
11am and 3pm PST, Sunday, December 17, 2023

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – Forum
701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Tickets & More Information:

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Each year, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB) — the Official Band of San Francisco — blends Tchaikovsky’s classic The Nutcracker ballet with a new entertaining theme and storyline. The result is a fun-filled original musical production brimming with wit, artistry, and ingenuity. When the “Dance Along!” sign flashes, the audience is invited to get out of their seats and sashay around the theater. Even audience members who don’t want to dance have a blast! Part comedy musical, part dance-it-yourself ballet, and part symphonic concert, the Dance-Along Nutcracker features the holiday fun and tradition you’ve come to expect from this San Francisco favorite.

This year, the Dance-Along Nutcracker takes a spooky turn as the spirit of Halloween continues into December! Clara and Fritz have only ever known Christmas Town, but one Christmas Eve, when their Uncle visits from Halloween Town, they decide to sneak away and investigate Halloween Town for themselves. Join them to meet several spooky denizens and of course learn some important life lessons along the way!

From Artistic Director Pete Nowlen, “This is my 10th year directing the show and I’m excited to take the Dance-Along Nutcracker somewhere it hasn’t been before. Over the decades, we’ve taken the Nutcracker family of Clara, Fritz, and others to all kinds of places: Hawaii, the wild west, outer space, under the sea, and over the rainbow to Oz. But, for the first time, we’re merging two holidays into one. We will mash together the fun, spooky spirit of Halloween – a holiday taken VERY seriously in San Francisco – with the pure family joy of the winter holidays. Audiences are sure to love it!”

Tickets start at $27 for children and $45 for adults. Premium seating and individual sponsor packages are also available. Visit

This is a fun, interactive theater experience for families with children of all ages!

Artistic Director, Pete Nowlen. Cast Director, Allen Sawyer. Choreographer: Marilynn Fowler.

Starring Alix Feinsod, Ryan Vásquez, Evan Kaminsky, Toni Lynn Guidry, Zelda Koznofski, and Cameron Eng.

View a PDF of the Press Release →


The Dance-Along Nutcracker is a holiday favorite that has been performed annually since 1985. It is produced and presented live by the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the first openly LGBTQ+ music organization in the world and the Official Band of the City of San Francisco. Contact information: 584 Castro Street, PMB 841, San Francisco, CA 94114; 415-255-1355; The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band is sponsored in part by grants from Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund and Horizons Foundation. Sponsored by San Francisco Bay Times and Betty’s List.

What the critics say about this band:

“The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom band absolutely sparkled.” – San Francisco Bay Times

“What makes the band special is it’s a community band with an extraordinary extra-musical mission.” – Frontiers Magazine

“The band was superb.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“(The Band produces) one of this city’s most delightfully idiosyncratic events.” – Wall Street Journal