Things to Do in San Francisco This August
The temperatures may be on the cool side in August, but we make up for it with some very hot things to do, including foodie favorites and Outside Lands.
Be Grateful for Jerry
San Francisco’s Excelsior District honors one of their own, Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead, with several events in August. The annual Jerry Day concert begins at 11:00 a.m. on Aug. 5, 2018, in Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. It will be preceded by the dedication of a plaque honoring Garcia at 10 a.m. near his childhood home at Amazon Ave. and Mission St. Performers include Melvin Seals and JGB, Stu Allen & Mars Hotel, and Gary Gates Band. Order a picnic basket from their online vendor, The Dark Horse Inn, and don’t forget to top off the day with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. On Aug. 9, 2018, the San Francisco Giants will host Jerry Garcia Tribute Day at AT&T Park. Special event ticket packages will include a collector's edition Jerry Garcia/Giants theme t-shirt.
Get Crafty at the Fort Mason Center
The American Craft Show returns to San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Aug. 3-5, 2018. As the largest juried fine craft show on the West Coast, the three-day show will showcase more than 250 of the top contemporary craft artists from across the country all under one roof. Craft collectors and design enthusiasts will also have a chance to engage in three special showcases: "Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft", "Style Slam", and "Let’s Make".
Third Annual World Dog Surfing Championships
Hang ten with man's best friend at the Third Annual World Dog Surfing Championships, where your four-legged friend can compete for the "Golden Surfie Award." Happening in Pacifica, just outside of San Francisco, you'll be able to enroll your pup in a number of activities, including the surf competition, dog beach fashion contest, and much more! The fun takes place on Aug. 4, 2018.
The Presidio's Luminous Lighthouses
Celebrate National Lighthouse Day on Aug. 4 by making your own lighthouse, while learning about the importance of lighthouses in the Bay Area. Every Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., there will be different activities and craft themes for creative family fun at the Presidio Officer's Club.
The 45th Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair
Head to America’s oldest Japantown for the annual Nihonmachi Street Fair, Aug. 4-5, 2018. Highlights include “The Art & Soul of J-town,” which showcases Asian artists. The "Food Fest" will feature Asian eats, from teri burgers to okonomiyaki (a Japanese savory pancake). The Doggie World parade on Aug. 5 will feature DIY doggie crafts and a doggie photobooth.
Music in the Streets
Listen up! There are two street music events this month you’ll want to remember. The ninth annual Chinatown Music Festival will celebrate the alleyways of Chinatown in the festival's new location on historic Waverly Place on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free afternoon music festival will bring together San Francisco residents and visitors alike, and will feature an eclectic and inclusive mix of traditional and contemporary performances. Through Aug. 19, 2018, Stern Grove will host its 81st annual music festival, with appearances from popular musicians like The Revolution and Big Blu Soul Revue.
Free Admission Days at San Francisco Museums
Whether you're an art buff or not, you're in for a real treat during the first week of August! On Tuesday, Aug. 7, the following San Francisco museums are offering admission at no cost: The Conservatory of Flowers, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, The de Young Museum, The Legion of Honor, The Museum of Craft & Design, and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The Asian Art Museum also offers free admission on Sunday, Aug. 5.
Working Dogs Exhibit at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa
This exhibition celebrates working dogs, as portrayed in Schulz's famous Peanuts comic strip. Schulz's depiction of these four-legged heroes can be seen through Snoopy and his many personas. Discover the true meaning behind "a man's best friend," beginning Aug. 9.
Outside Lands Festival Returns to Golden Gate Park, Aug. 10-12, 2018
The lineup notwithstanding, even if you didn’t listen to a note of music, you’d have a great time at Outside Lands. The folks behind this annual three-day concert have put just as much thought into food and beverage offerings as they have into the headliners—which include, among others, The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, and Janet Jackson. Fans will have access to more than 80 restaurants, 40-plus Northern California wineries and nearly 30 breweries. GastroMagic, a stage dedicated to culinary and performance art, and The Barbary, a variety tent devoted to top names in comedy, podcasts, music and improv, are both returning. Public transit is always your best option to get around San Francisco. There will be a pre-paid three-day motorcoach shuttle service from Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (near Civic Center BART station) for those who prefer to transfer from and/or park in the Civic Center neighborhood. Find a hotel near Outside Lands Festival.
Shows To See
SHN brings Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in concert to Davies Symphony Hall, Aug. 10-12, 2018. This concert will feature a live symphony orchestra performing every note from the movie's memorable score. See a modern classic unfold when Les Miserables takes the stage at the SHN Orpheum Theatre, Aug. 8-26, 2018.
S’more, S’more. We Want More, More!
The Girl Scouts came up with this brilliant treat in 1927, and on Aug. 10, 2018, campers and restaurants around the U.S. will celebrate 91 years of finger-licking goodness for National S’mores Day. You can pick up a kit at Recchiuti Confection or Dandelion Chocolate in the Ferry Building, or put together your own mix at local grocers. Ghirardelli Chocolate has the perfect accompaniment: their Squares, which come in more than a dozen flavors. Get a bag and then head for the fire pits at Ocean Beach to catch the sunset on the Pacific.
Pistahan Celebrates Filipino Culture and Cuisine
San Francisco’s Filipino culture and cuisine will be celebrated with a Saturday parade and a two-day festival in Yerba Buena Gardens, Aug. 11-12, 2018. The parade begins at 11 a.m. in Civic Center and will travel down Market Street to Fourth Street. Colorful floats; a giant human Philippines flag, made up of the next generation of FilAm leaders; high school bands; dancers and dignitaries are part of the lineup. Seven pavilions dedicated to various aspects of Filipino culture will blossom in Yerba Buena Gardens over the weekend.
“Steam Day” at San Francisco Maritime Park
The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park will celebrate West Coast steam technology on Aug. 12, 2018. Come explore the past century of shifting maritime technologies, as well as the cultural and sociological implications of this evolution. Get up close with a steam-powered donkey engine and a 128-year-old Eureka Engine, which has rarely been seen by the public. You won't want to miss seeing these historic pieces of machinery. Admission is free.
2018 U.S. Rowing Masters at Lake Merritt
The 2018 Masters Championships are heading to Lake Merritt, Aug. 16-19. Oakland Rowing Week will also be taking place for the first time. Watch demonstrations, learn to row, and engage in other family-friendly activities. While you're in the East Bay, be sure to check out more summertime adventures that are just a short drive away.
Bay Area Brew Festival Returns to Pier 35, Aug. 18
This sudsy salute includes 70 breweries, hundreds of beers, food trucks, a DJ and much more. Admission includes unlimited beer samplings. Hours are noon-4 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m.
8th Annual Polk Street Blues Festival, Aug. 18-19
Polk Street Blues Festival returns to its original home in the heart of San Francisco this year. This free two-day event will feature street festival fun and the best of the blues on Polk St., between California and Post streets. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, you'll be able to enjoy live music, kids activities, a farmer's market, and much more.
Undiscovered SF: August Night Market at Old Mint
On Aug. 18, 2018, Undiscovered SF, a curated collection of emerging artists and merchants celebrating the rich heritage of the SoMa Pilipinas district, located in the heart of San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood, will debut at a new location, 401 Minna St. Slated for the third Friday of every month, the market has 40-plus vendors, including food purveyors representing the “third wave” of the Bay Area’s Filipino food movement.
Funny Business: Desi Comedy Fest
The largest annual South Asian comedy festival in America, Desi Comedy Fest will showcase 40 comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Sri Lankan descent on Aug. 19, 2018 at Marines Memorial Theatre. The festival also includes comedians from other minority groups and the LGBTQ community. “Raw and hilarious,” the comedians have a wide variety of credits in their resumes, from The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival.
Ed Sheeran's North American Tour Comes to AT&T Park
Ed Sheeran heads to AT&T Park on Aug. 21, 2018 as part of The ÷ Tour. The one-of-a-kind singer, songwriter, and guitarist is best known for his top hits "Shape of You," and "Thinking Out Loud." His third album, “Divide,” topped the Billboard Top 200 for two weeks and was the best-selling album of 2017. Showtime is 7 p.m. Find a hotel near AT&T Park.
Food Fests Coming in August
Noe Valley is one of San Francisco’s most charming neighborhoods. On Aug. 1, 2018, explore the area from 4-8 p.m. as the Noe Valley Wine Walk unfolds. Merchants will be offering wine samples and special treats inside their stores on 24th Street, from Diamond to Church Streets, and on nearby Castro Street. Chefs, wine and spirits are celebrated at Eat Drink SF, Aug. 24-26, 2018, an interactive urban food and wine festival featuring local talent and regional ingredients in a series of tastings, classes, dinners and events at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture.
PIER 39 Outdoor Movie Night
Later in the month, PIER 39 is hosting Outdoor Movie Night. Bring your blankets and get cozy with a screening of School of Rock. Outdoor Movie Night is on Aug. 24, from 8-10 p.m.
Giant Race(rs), On Your Mark!
The ninth annual San Francisco Giant Race half marathon, 10K, 5K, kids race and family relay is coming up on Sept. 9, 2018. The Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K courses tour the scenic San Francisco waterfront. Participants receive a shirt, finisher medal and exclusive runner bobblehead featuring a Giants' player. Kids Race & Family Relay participants receive a medal and bobblehead. All races finish on the field at AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. Registration fees go up after Aug. 28, so be sure to register as soon as possible! Find a hotel for the San Francisco Giant Race.