San Francisco Festivals and Events in August | San Francisco Travel
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Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park

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Festivals and Events in August

August is the end of Summer for some, but not in San Francisco. It's the beginning. Here's what you should do.

Bark at the Park

The Presidio - Main Parade Lawn

Get ready for the most pawsome event of the year! Bark at the Park promises an unforgettable experience that combines canine charm, tail-wagging excitement, and a whole lot of fun. This family-friendly event takes place on August 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a dog show, food trucks, beer gardens, pet vendors, and much more as The Presidio is transformed into a canine wonderland that will make tails wag and hearts soar.

Downtown First Thursdays

Second Street (between Market and Howard streets)

DFT is a free monthly street party hosted in Downtown San Francisco, taking place every first Thursday of the month from 5 to 10 p.m. Get ready for disco in the streets, DJs, live music, drag, martial arts, fashion, street performances, and many other surprises! The fun takes place on Second Street (between Market and Howard) and along neighboring alleyways ready for you to explore. The event will also feature two 21+ outdoor bars on Minna and Natoma.

Nihonmachi Street Fair


The Nihonmachi Street Fair is a celebration of the Asian and Pacific communities in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on the nonprofit organizations that provide vital services. Live musical and cultural performances, Asian artisans, food, information tables, exhibits, Children's World and Doggie World are all a part of the festivities.

Jerry Day

The Excelsior

Jerry Day is a civic and cultural event celebrating one of the greatest rock guitarists of all time and San Francisco native son – Jerry Garcia, founding member of the Grateful Dead. This event captures the true spirit of Jerry Garcia as we celebrate his legacy, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, and recognize his childhood roots in the Excelsior District of San Francisco.

Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Golden Gate Park

Outside Lands in Golden Gate Park has upped the ante on music festivals going green and “leveraged San Francisco’s food, wine, technology and activism cultures, “according to Rolling Stone, “for a one-of-a-kind world-class experience.” 

Chinatown Music Festival


The free music and alleyway festival brings together San Francisco residents and visitors alike for an afternoon of eclectic and inclusive performances by traditional and contemporary artists and art. 

San Francisco Fringe Festival

Various Locations

This annual theater festival is a marathon of 40-plus shows with low price tickets and a wide variety of alternative, classical, comedy, cabaret and new theater open to all performers on a non-curated basis. 

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