Main in reindeer antler headband plays in a brass holiday band in the Academy Piazza
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Enjoy jolly live performances by local musicians, magicians, and cultural groups as part of our annual ’Tis the Season for Science festival. All performances are free with Academy admission and take place in the Piazza at 12 pm and 2 pm on the dates listed below.

Saturday, December 3: Drumming Magic

Drumming Magic leads a drum performance with youngsters

Feel the beat with Mika Scott’s Drumming Magic—an interactive musical experience for the whole family.

Also performing on December 24, 28, and 29

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Sunday, December 17: Cal VSA Lion Dance

Cal VSA Lion Dance dancers in costume on stage

The lion dance is an important tradition in Vietnamese and Chinese culture. Let UC-Berkeley's student-run Cal VSA Lion Dance team bring good luck and prosperity to you this season!

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Sunday, December 18: The Sewer Band

Group photo of Marin Sewer Band

Members of the Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District Non-Marching Band—or Sewer Band, for short—all have one thing in common: Their homes are all connected to the same Marin County sewer district! Join them for good, clean, big band fun.

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Monday, December 19: Magician Kyle Foster

Black and white headshot of magician Kyle Foster

Kyle Foster is a magician, performing artist, and educator. He produces fun and engaging performances for audiences of all ages.

Also performing on December 30

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Tuesday, December 20: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu - Keiki Hula

Hula performer Kumu Hula Julie Mau holding an instrument

Shake your hips with Kumu Hula Julie Mau as you dive into hula and Hawaiian culture.

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Wednesday, December 21: Manuia Polynesian Revue

Blurred colorful holiday lights

Manuia Polynesian Revue will take audiences on a journey through the Polynesian islands via song, dance, and the beat of the drums.

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Thursday, December 22: Alliana and Melissa’s Holiday Cheer 2022

Performers Alliana and Melissa in front of a fireplace

Young Bay Area artists Alliana and Melissa bring a festive musical variety show to the Piazza stage that is sure to get audiences in the holiday spirit.

Also performing on December 31 and January 7

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Friday, December 23: The Tap Dancing Penguins

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Tap dancers from Alameda's Dance/10 Performing Arts Center will keep you on your toes as they perform a fantastically festive version of "Happy Feet."

Also performing on December 26 and 27

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Saturday, December 24: Drumming Magic

Drumming Magic leads a drum performance with youngsters

Feel the beat with Mika Scott’s Drumming Magic—an interactive musical experience for the whole family.

Also performing on December 28 and 29

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Monday, December 26 & Tuesday, December 27: The Tap Dancing Penguins

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Tap dancers from Alameda's Dance/10 Performing Arts Center will keep you on your toes as they perform a fantastically festive version of "Happy Feet."

Also performing on December 23

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Wednesday, December 28 & Thursday, December 29: Drumming Magic

Drumming Magic leads a drum performance with youngsters

Feel the beat with Mika Scott’s Drumming Magic—an interactive musical experience for the whole family.

Also performing on December 3 and 24

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Friday, December 30: Magician Kyle Foster

Performer Kyle Foster black and white headshot

Kyle Foster is a magician, performing artist, and educator. He produces fun and engaging performances for audiences of all ages.

Also performing on December 19

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Saturday, December 31: Alliana and Melissa’s Holiday Cheer 2022

Performers Alliana and Melissa in front of a fireplace

Young Bay Area artists Alliana and Melissa bring a festive musical variety show to the Piazza stage that is sure to get audiences in the holiday spirit.

Also performing on December 22 and January 7

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Sunday, January 1, 2023: Ukelele Friends Ohana

Ukelele Friends Ohana logo

Hang loose with a Hawaiian-themed musical performance by Ukelele Friends Ohana.

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Monday-Wednesday, January 2-4: Perry Yan

Magician Perry Yan holds a giant arc over his head

One of the top kids' magicians in the Bay Area, Perry Yan performs astonishing feats of magic, comedy, and storytelling.

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Thursday, January 5: Snook

Snook band photograph

Snook is a garage indie rock outfit formed in Santa Cruz, created by Sam Goldsmith, Cole Baron, and Kenton Kiser, and supported by Elias Macilino on drums.

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Friday, January 6: San Francisco High School of the Arts

Costumed dancers from SF High School of the Arts

Discover an exciting and cultural showcase of dance and music brought to you by the performing arts classes at HSArts, located near Golden Gate Park.

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Saturday, January 7: Alliana and Melissa’s Holiday Cheer 2022

Performers Alliana and Melissa in front of a fireplace

Young Bay Area artists Alliana and Melissa bring a festive musical variety show to the Piazza stage that is sure to get audiences in the holiday spirit.

Also performing on December 22 and December 31

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Sunday, January 8: Mouthscape, San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Black and white group photo of Mouthscape

Mouthscape is a vocal ensemble that champions new choral works, particularly those by composers within the San Francisco Conservatory of Music community.

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