Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum 701 Mission St, San Francisco

An Out of This World Adventure!

Join Clara and Fritz as they launch into intergalactic mischief aboard the Sugar Plum Falcon!  

You’ll waltz through the solar system, visit an alien-filled cantina on the outskirts of space, sneak aboard an evil ship, and help save the galaxy by recovering the legendary Dilithium Nutcracker!

Enjoy and dance along to favorite themes from Star WarsStar Trek, and, of course, The Nutcracker, performed live by the 75-piece San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band, the Official Band of San Francisco!

Part comedy musical, part dance-it-yourself ballet, and part symphonic concert, Nutcrackers in Space features all of the holiday fun that you’ve come to expect from the Dance-Along Nutcracker. 


Compared to ticket prices for other Nutcracker performances in town, the Dance-Along Nutcracker is surprisingly affordable. Student and senior discounts are also available.  Premium tickets guarantee seating in the first four rows!

Performers & Cast

San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band

The San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band (SFLGFB) was founded in 1978 by Jon Sims at the height of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade. As the first openly gay music organization in the world, SFLGFB has inspired the formation of lesbian and gay bands, choruses, and performing troupes world-wide. Named the “Official Band of San Francisco” in 2018, SFLGFB has promoted visibility and built understanding between gay and non-gay communities through public musical performances for over 40 years. Each year, SFLGFB presents its award-winning Community Concert services, its beloved fun-filled holiday production, the Dance-Along Nutcracker, and performs at numerous parades and civic events throughout the Bay Area. The Artistic Director of the SFLGFB’s Concert Band is Pete Nowlen.

Click here to find out more about the SFLGFB.

What is the Dance-Along Nutcracker?

Inspired foolishness, tomfoolery on a grand and witty scale!

C.W. NeviusSan Francisco Chronicle

One of the city’s most delightfully idiosyncratic events.

Wall Street Journal

I’m gonna tell my friends that I went to the Nutcracker and it’s not embarrassing at all to wear a tutu as a boy!

Dance-Along Nutcracker Attendee7-years old

Oh my God – it’s the best thing in the world! It’s the best holiday event there is!

Dance-Along Nutcracker Attendee since 1998

Beautifully unexpected and witty!

Dance-Along Nutcracker Attendee

Thank you for an amazing afternoon and a new family tradition

Dance-Along Nutcracker® Attendee

The Dance-Along Nutcracker is a holiday experience unlike anything else! Each year, the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band blends Tchaikovsky’s classic Nutcracker Suite with an entertaining theme. The result: a fun-filled musical production brimming with wit, artistry and ingenuity. The talented cast sings and dances their way through a parody version of the Nutcracker. And when the “Dance-Along” sign flashes, the audience is invited to tug on their tutus and sashay along with the cast. Even audience members who don’t want to dance have a blast!

What to Expect

What to Expect

For Families


It’s the perfect first live music concert, especially for those kids who might not be able to sit still through a traditional performance.

For Adults


It’s the best way to feel like a kid again, as you tug on a tutu and twirl to the Waltz of the Flowers, or just people-watch!

For Adults


It’s the best way to feel like a kid again, as you tug on a tutu and twirl to the Waltz of the Flowers, or just people-watch!

For Everyone


It’s a fun and uniquely San Francisco way to ring in the holiday season with friends and family!


This zany San Francisco holiday tradition started in 1985 as a fundraiser to support the LGBTQ+ community and has evolved into the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s signature event!

Concocted in the spirit of the “Sing-It Yourself Messiah” by Wayne Fleisher, director of the SF Tap Troupe, and first directed by the Band’s conductor, Jay Kast, the Dance-Along Nutcracker has been featured in national media, including NPR’s All Things Considered, The Wall Street Journal, Good Morning America, The Today Show, and many more!

The Dance-Along Nutcracker truly exemplifies the mission of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band: to promote LGBTQ+ visibility and build bridges among communities through public performance.

Below, you’ll find a photo gallery showcasing Dance-Along Nutcracker program covers spanning all the way back to the first show in 1985! You can find full PDF programs on the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band’s Program Archive page.