San Francisco events August 2019. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events August 2019

Jewish film festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
(begins July 18)
Bay Area theaters
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival screens dramatic and documentary features, television and web series, experimental and animated features and shorts about Jewish history, culture, and identity.

County fair in San Jose

August 1 - 4, 2019
52 miles south
Visit animals, eat fair food, watch a pig race or a sea lion show, and take a carnival ride at the Santa Clara County Fair at Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Classical music

August 1 - 11, 2019
(begins July 28)
multiple locations
Celebrate Baroque music and culture at the American Bach Soloists Festival, which offers concerts, classes, and lectures at San Francisco Conservatory of Music plus St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.

Sonoma County Fair

August 1 - 11, 2019
54 miles north
Arrive early to avoid crowds at Sonoma County Fair, which has live music, fair food, farm animals, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, and a flower show in Santa Rosa.

Shakespeare in the park

August 1 - Sept. 22, 2019
(begins June 29)
multiple locations
Watch As You Like It by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Locations include Cupertino, Pleasanton, Redwood City, and San Francisco (McLaren Park & the Presidio). Free.

Craft fair

August 2 - 4, 2019
2.3 miles north
Shop from 230 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists at the American Craft Show in San Francisco in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Reggae up north

August 2 - 4, 2019
195 miles north
Billed as America’s longest running reggae festival, Reggae on the River is a joyful music festival with camping on the Eel River near Garberville.

Elton John musical

August 2 - 11, 2019
17.3 miles east
Billy Elliot features inspiring songs by Elton John and high-energy dance that earned it the title “Broadway musical of the decade” from Time Magazine outdoors at Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland.

Ticket deal $11 to $45

Bicycle festival

August 3, 2019
10.9 miles east
Take the ferry to Pedalfest for pedal-powered food, live music on a pedal-powered stage, daredevil stunts, a kids’ bike rodeo, vintage & hand-built bikes, and vendors at Jack London Square in Oakland. Free.

Vegetarian festival

August 3, 2019
54.4 miles north
Sonoma County VegFest features delicious food, knowledgeable speakers, drinks, vendors, cooking demonstrations, and free samples in Santa Rosa.

Asian fair

August 3 - 4, 2019
1.1 miles NW
Nihonmachi Street Fair features Asian artisans, performers, and food, plus a muscle-car show and a children’s area in Japantown. Free.

Festival in Fremont

August 3 - 4, 2019
36.6 miles SE
Fremont Festival of the Arts is a huge art, food, wine, and music festival with a kids’ area and carnival rides, centered at Walnut Avenue & Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont. Free.

Renaissance fair

August 3 - 4, 2019
48.6 miles south
San Jose Renaissance Faire has 800 performers in Shakespeare-era costumes, knights jousting on horseback, 50 artisan vendors, food booths, and three stages of entertainment at Discovery Meadow.

Strawberry festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
87.7 miles south
Watsonville Strawberry Festival includes a carnival, arts & crafts, entertainment, food, a beer garden, and strawberry treats. Free.

Jerry Garcia day

August 4, 2019
5 miles south
Arrive early or buy a reserved seat for Jerry Day when the Excelsior District celebrates its native son Jerry Garcia (a founder of the band Grateful Dead) with music at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Free.

Outer space festival

August 4, 2019
25.7 miles north
Meet astronauts, see lunar module and lunar rover replicas, view a real space suit, and explore airplane and rocket exhibits at the Novato Space Festival at The Space Station Museum. Free.

Forest run in Woodside

August 4, 2019
33.3 miles south
Run on park trails and dirt roads in the Santa Cruz Mountains on Crystal Springs Trail Run, which has a kids’ run plus distances from 5 to 30 miles. No dogs.

Hispanic day at Great America

August 4, 2019
43.2 miles south
Fiesta Hispana promises “multiple stages of live music, delicious Latin food, and theme park fun while being immersed in a celebration of Latin culture” at Great America in Santa Clara. Final concert at 4 p.m.

Free concerts

August 4, 11, 18, 2019
(Sundays from June 16)
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free.

Union Square entertainment

August 4 - Sept. 29, 2019
(begins May 12)
1.1 miles NE
Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances that include jazz, blues, folk, Latin, tango, rock, swing, and even Hawaiian. Free.

Concerts in the park

August 4 - Oct. 6, 2019
(begins April 28)
3 miles west
Golden Gate Park Band plays a variety of music (classical, marches, opera, swing, and show tunes) at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park. Most concerts are on Sunday. Free.

Concerts at the vineyard

August 6 - Sept. 11, 2019
(begins July 12)
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Food walk in Walnut Creek

August 8, 2019
24.2 miles NE
A ticket to Gourmet Gallop gets you 15 tastes in shops and restaurants within a walkable seven-block area of downtown Walnut Creek.

Music festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
4.4 miles west
Outside Lands features an amazing lineup of 70 music artists and great food at Golden Gate Park.

Jazz festival in San Jose

August 9 - 11, 2019
48.4 miles south
See 120 shows on 11 stages around Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, including jazz, blues, R&B, funk, Latin, New Orleans, and zydeco.

Neighborhood garage sale

August 10, 2019
3.2 miles south
Shop at 100 participating residents on the map for Hillwide Garage Sale in Bernal Heights. Free.

Forest run in Oakland

August 10, 2019
18 miles east
Run on park trails and dirt roads in the Oakland Hills on the Redwood Trail Run, with options from 5 to 30 miles plus a kids’ run at Chabot Space & Science Center. No dogs.

Pole-dancing competition

August 10 - 11, 2019
14.6 miles south
Watch the best pole dancers in America compete at the U.S. National Pole Championships at Canada College Theater in Redwood City.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 10 - 11, 2019
18.4 miles south
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Coyote Point Recreation Area in San Mateo. Parents can race for free.

Hawaiian festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
21.2 miles south
Enjoy Hawaiian food, music, dance, workshops, and vendors at Aloha Festival at San Mateo County Event Center. Admission is free but not parking.

Japanese festival

August 10 - 11, 2019
28.3 miles NE
Enjoy Japanese dancing, drumming, martial arts, calligraphy, flower arranging, games, and authentic food during Summer Festival at the Diablo Japanese American Club in Concord. Free.

Performing arts of India

August 15 - 18, 2019
1.3 miles south
Enjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at ​Joe Goode Performance Group.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

August 16, 2019
(6:30 to 11 p.m.)
2.5 miles west
A ticket to Botanicals and Brews Beer Garden includes one craft beer. Hear live music (7 to 10 p.m.), visit the Conservatory of Flowers (timed entry), and hang out in the Palm Terrace beer garden (until 11 p.m.) for age 21+. Monthly May to November.

Comic Con in San Jose

August 16 - 18, 2019
48.3 miles south
Combining pop culture and technology, Silicon Valley Comic Con features comics, video games, celebrities, cosplay, music, and entertainment at San Jose Convention Center.

Polynesian festival

August 17, 2019
2.5 miles north
Celebrate the Pacific Islands at Aloha Poly Fest, with entertainment, craft booths, cultural demonstrations, food vendors, and a kids’ zone at Marina Green. Free.

Fort Point event

August 17, 2019
5.5 miles NW
Tour the West’s largest Civil War fort, watch actors recreate the life of a Civil War soldier, visit medical and household exhibits, watch a cannon drill, and learn why California mattered to the Union cause on Fort Point Living History Day in January & August. Free.

Zucchini festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
26 miles SE
Hayward Zucchini Festival offers live music, arts & crafts, a kids’ town, and zucchini foods (bread, fries, cakes, and cookies) at Southland Mall.

Accordion festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
46.5 miles north
Fans of the squeezebox will be in heaven at the Cotati Accordion Festival at Laplaza Park. No dogs.

Apple fair

August 17 - 18, 2019
56.6 miles north
Gravenstein Apple Fair is an old-fashioned festival with two stages of live music, arts & crafts vendors, a children’s corner, heirloom apples, artisan cheese, local food, wine, cider, and beer at a Sebastopol park.

People in the street

August 18, 2019
San Francisco neighborhoods
Walk, bike, or roller skate on a city street when most cars are banned for Sunday Streets, which are held about once a month from March to October.

Toy & comics convention

August 23 - 25, 2019
21.4 miles south
Celebrate pop culture at ToyXpo, which features vendors of collectible action figures, comic-related apparel, and toys, plus seminars and celebrity guests at San Mateo County Event Center.

Ticket deal $10

Car show

August 23 - 25, 2019
36.2 miles SE
See 3,000 American hot rods, customs, muscle cars, classics, and trucks at the Goodguys West Coast Nationals, which includes 200 vendors and a swap meet at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Film festival

August 23 - 31, 2019
multiple locations
California Independent Film Festival “celebrates diversity, human rights, and freedom of expression through an array of dramatic and comedic feature films, shorts, and moving documentaries” in San Francisco, Moraga, and Orinda.

Food festival

August 24, 2019
3.5 miles SE
Eat Drink SF is a food, wine, and spirits festival with tasting events featuring 160 chefs, local restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries at the Midway.

Sidewalk art + chocolate tasting

August 24, 2019
14.5 miles NE
Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival offers chocolate samples for sale, sidewalk chalk for sale (or bring your own), and live music (jazz, bluegrass, violin), at Shattuck Avenue & Vine Street in Berkeley. Free entry.

Festival in Oakland’s Chinatown

August 24 - 25, 2019
12 miles east
Taste Asian food, shop for Asian art & crafts, hear live music (pop, rock, R&B, soul), watch ethnic acts (Chinese lion dance, Burmese dance, Hawaiian dance, etc.), and visit the children’s area at Oakland Chinatown Streetfest. Free.

Art festival in Palo Alto

August 24 - 25, 2019
32.4 miles south
Join 150,000 people shopping from 300 artists at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, which includes chalk art, musicians, a kids’ art studio, gourmet food, wine, and beer on tree-lined University Avenue. Free.

Italian festival in San Jose

August 24 - 25, 2019
51 miles south
The Italian American Heritage Foundation promises you “a weekend of fun, music, food, cultural activities, and more” at Italian Family Festa in History San Jose park. No pets. Free admission.

Festival in Bodega

August 24 - 25, 2019
62.5 miles north
Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival features seafood dishes, beer & wine tasting, fine art and crafts, three stages of entertainment, and kids’ activities in Sonoma County. No pet dogs.

Free parks on Veterans Day

August 25, 2019
U.S. National Parks
Entry is free at Muir Woods National Monument and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park on Free Entrance Days in the National Parks. Expect more people and less parking than usual.

Paper-folding festival

August 25, 2019
1 mile NW
Origami-Palooza celebrates the ancient Japanese art of folding paper, with an exhibit of amazing origami, instructors showing new folds for all ages, a table where you can fold paper cranes for the World Tree of Hope in City Hall, and prizes by age for the best paper airplanes and origami at Japan Center.

Bridge to Bridge Run

August 25, 2019
1.7 miles NE
The 5K or 12K Bridge to Bridge Run follows a scenic waterfront route from Justin Herman Plaza to an after party with food and music at Marina Green.

Anime convention

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
48.6 miles south
Crunchyroll Expo has exhibits, screenings, panels, and special guests from the world of Japanese animation and pop culture at San Jose Convention Center.

Taste of Sonoma

August 1, 2019
47 miles north
Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers, and chefs at Taste of Sonoma during tastings and seminars at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
14.5 miles south
Billed as “The Last Blast of Summer,” Millbrae Art & Wine Festival features 250 professional artists and craft makers, fine food & beverages, kids’ activities, “classically cool cars,” and plenty of live music. Free.

Scottish festival

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games offers athletic games, a grandstand show, sheepdog trials, Scottish dance, food, music, historical demonstrations, and whiskey at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton.

Art festival in Sausalito

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
9.1 miles NW via ferry
You’ll have to pay to enter the classy Sausalito Art Festival, which features 260 juried artists, 2 music stages, wine tasting, and food vendors at Marinship Park in Sausalito. No outside beverages or pets.

Belmont Greek Festival

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
23.9 miles south
Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, a mythology play, and a kids’ area at the Belmont Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont. Free before 2 p.m. on Saturday & Monday, and children 12 and younger.

Art in the redwoods

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
32 miles south
Not the Bay Area’s biggest art fair, but perhaps its most beloved, Kings Mountain Art Fair features 140 juried artists, food vendors, and a children’s area in the forest at 13889 Skyline Boulevard. Park along the road and walk to a free shuttle stop. No pets. Free.

Free films

August 2019
multiple locations
Film Night in the Park presents hit films “on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings.” You are encouraged to bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.

South Asian comedy festival

August 2019
1.1 miles NE
Comics from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Pakistan, the U.K., Canada, and the U.S. poke fun at American culture (and their own) at Desi Comedy Fest at Marine’s Memorial Theater.

Festival of the Sea

August 2019
2.1 miles north
Hear traditional sea music, watch demonstrations, and do kids’ crafts at Festival of the Sea at Hyde Street Pier. Free.

India day in the South Bay

August 2019
52 miles south
Swades features Indian food, culture, vendors, athletic competitions, DJ dancing, and children’s activities at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Free.

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