Frequently Asked Questions

What is DoTheBay?

Simply put, It’s the best place to find out 'What to Do in The Bay Area'. We list more events than any source in the Bay. Find out about thousands of music, art, theater, film, food/drink and special events event happening around town including great happy hours, exclusive parties, and secret shows. DoTheBay is a great way to rally your crew, recommend events you like to others, and enter to win ticketsWe also curate a Top Picks Newsletter featuring the most popular events and giveaways happening each week. Lastly, make sure to check out the DoStuff app for the easiest way to explore DoTheBay and all of the other 20+ DoStuff cities across North America! 

How are events ranked?

Event rankings are based on the number of people who have added an event to their calendar, RSVP'd, or entered to win tickets. Events are also recommended by our local Tastemakers and Influencers from some of the Bay Area's best blogs, record labels, DJs, musicians, critics, and artists. Event rankings are updated in real time, so you can not only see every event based on their organic popularity, but also influence it! 

Where do the event listings come from?

The events on DoTheBay come from all over the Internet including venue and artist websites, Facebook, Spotify, Google, etc. Not only do we collect events, but we also welcome users to add their own events. Simply put, we scour the internet every single day looking for the very best events coming to the Bay, so you don't have to.

Can I add an event? 

Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to add an event. We receive a ton of submissions every single day, so please be patient while we do our best to respond to each user individually. 

Can I show my friends my recommendations?

Once you register, you'll have a profile page that shows all the events that you’ve added to your personal calendar. You can even share your custom calendar URL with your friends. Make your calendar your own by including a picture, links, and blurb about yourself.

Can I view events by type of event?

Yes! You can filter events by any number of categories like Music, Food/Drink, Comedy, The Arts, LGBTQ and more. To make your life even easier, we keep a list of our Top Picks where you can easily see all of the most popular upcoming events. 

Can I view all events for a band or venue?

Yes again! Just click on the band or venue name to see a page of all upcoming shows, music, video, photos, and more.

What is a Tastemaker?

Tastemakers are what we call all of those people that make up the back bone of everything there is to do in this city. They are the local media, the bloggers, the DJ’s, the artists, and promoters that have made it their lives to get us off our couches and out on the town. They’re so good at it in fact, that we decided to highlight their recommendations on DoTheBay for you to follow. Tastemaker-recommended events are prominently featured across our event listings.

So what about these guest list spots and ticket giveaways? Do people really win?

YES! We give away tickets every single day. Check out all of our current giveaways and enter to win some tickets! All winners receive a +1, unless otherwise noted. When you enter to win tickets, you will receive a notification email with a referral code that you can share with your friends to gain bonus entries! We notify all of our winners via email 2 - 3 days before each event. We also offer exclusive giveaways in our Top Picks Newsletter, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so make sure to follow us across all of our channels. 

Want to partner with us on an event, or just let us know how we're doing?

Hit us up at [email protected] and let's make some magic! 

Can I advertise my event? 

Please email: [email protected] for more info on our advertising rates and promotional opportunities. Additional advertising info can also be found here

See you out there!