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San Francisco events August 2020

Bicycle festival

August 1, 2020
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.

Forest run in Woodside

August 1, 2020
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.

Jewish film festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begin July 16)
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.

Craft fair

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 31)
2.3 miles north
Shop from 250 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists at the American Craft Show in San Francisco in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center.

Street fair in Fremont

August 1 - 2, 2020
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.

County fair in San Jose

August 1 - 2, 2020
(begins July 30)
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.

Strawberry festival

August 1 - 2, 2020
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 2, 2020
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 2, 2020
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.

Music festival

August 7 - 9, 2020
4.4 miles west
Outside Lands features an amazing lineup of 77 music artists, dozens of comedians and magicians, and great food at Golden Gate Park.

Jazz festival in San Jose

August 7 - 9, 2020
48.4 miles south
See 150 shows on 14 stages around Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park at San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, including Americana, blues, funk, gospel, jazz, Latin, New Orleans, R&B, salsa, soul, swing, and zydeco.

Neighborhood garage sale

August 8, 2020
3.2 miles south
Shop at 100 participating residents shown on the map of Hillwide Garage Sale in Bernal Heights. Free.

Japanese festival

August 8 - 9, 2020
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.

Hawaiian festival

August 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Zucchini festival

August 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Apple fair

August 15 - 16, 2020
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.

Car show

August 21 - 23, 2020
36.2 miles SE
See 3,500 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.

Chalk art + chocolate tasting

August 22, 2020
14 miles NE
Chocolate & Chalk Art Festival has food trucks, crafts, circus artists, music (jazz, steel pans, bluegrass), sidewalk chalk for sale (or bring your own), and chocolate by the piece or with a $20 tasting ticket on Shattuck Avenue (from Rose to Vine). Free.

Streetcar festival

August 22 - 23, 2020
2 miles NE
Take rides on historical streetcars, buses, and cable cars on Muni Heritage Weekend, and hear a historical talk (Sat. 5:45 p.m.) at San Francisco Railway Museum. Some events are free.

Festival in Oakland’s Chinatown

August 22 - 23, 2020
12 miles east
Taste Asian food, shop for Asian art & crafts, hear live music, watch dancers, and visit the kids’ zone at Oakland Chinatown Streetfest. Free.

Art festival in Palo Alto

August 22 - 23, 2020
32.4 miles south
Join 150,000 people shopping from 250 artists at the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts, which includes chalk art, musicians, a kids’ art studio, food, wine, and beer on tree-lined University Avenue. Free.

Accordion festival

August 22 - 23, 2020
46.5 miles north
Fans of the squeezebox will be in heaven at the Cotati Accordion Festival at Laplaza Park. No dogs.

Bridge to Bridge Run

August 23, 2020
1.8 miles NE
The 5K or 12K Bridge to Bridge Run (or walk) follows a scenic waterfront route from the Ferry Building to an after party with food and music at Marina Green.

Free parks on Veterans Day

August 25, 2020
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.

San Jose pride events

August 29 - 30, 2020
48.3 miles south
The LGBTQ Silicon Valley Pride includes a night festival on Saturday (4 to 11 p.m.), a morning parade on Sunday (10 a.m.), and a music festival on Sunday (12 to 6 p.m.) at Plaza de César Chávez. Free.

Italian festival in San Jose

August 29 - 30, 2020
51 miles south
The Italian American Heritage Foundation promises music, cultural activities, food, a wine garden, and a grape stomp (3 p.m.) at Italian Family Festa in History San Jose park. No pets. Free admission.

Festival in Bodega

August 29 - 30, 2020
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.

Vegetarian festival

August 30, 2020
54.4 miles north
Sonoma County VegFest features delicious food, knowledgeable speakers, drinks, vendors, cooking demonstrations, and free samples in Santa Rosa.

Classical music

August 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Celebrate Baroque music and culture at the American Bach Soloists Festival, which offers concerts, classes, and lectures at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Film festival

August 2020
(undated)
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.”
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Free films

August 2020
(undated)
multiple locations
Film Night in the Park presents hit films “on a giant outdoor screen in beautiful park settings” in San Francisco. You can bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.

People in the street

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Philippines weekend

August 2020
(undated)
0 miles
Pistahan Parade & Festival starts at the Civic Center with a colorful parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday and ends at Yerba Buena Gardens in a two-day festival with Filipino art, dance, music, and food. Free.

Shakespeare in the park

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Neighborhood festival

August 2020
(undated)
0.6 miles west
Enjoy free BBQ, live and DJ music, cultural performances, and creative activities at the Western Addition Peace Festival on Buchanan Street Mall (from Golden Gate Ave. to McAllister St.). Free

Oyster day

August 2020
(undated)
0.8 miles SE
Buy oysters from food trucks, play games, and hear DJ music on Shuck Yeah National Oyster Day at SoMa StrEat Food Park. In addition to fried and on the half shell, try oyste pizza, tacos, pancakes, and cocktails. Children age 10 and younger are free

Paper-folding festival

August 2020
(undated)
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. Free.

Asian fair

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Union Square entertainment

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Performing arts of India

August 2020
(undated)
1.4 miles north
Enjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at ​Z Below.

Beer party - Golden Gate Park

August 2020
(undated)
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 from June to November.

Polynesian festival

August 2020
(undated)
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. You can bring blankets, low-back chairs, sun umbrellas, and picnics. Free.

Concerts in the park

August 2020
(undated)
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 held Sundays at 1 p.m. Free.

Food festival

August 2020
(undated)
3.5 miles SE
Eat Drink SF is a food, wine, and spirits tasting that includes 70 local restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries at the Midway for age 21+.

Free concerts

August 2020
(undated)
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free unless you reserve a table.

Fort Point event

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Family party in Oakland

August 2020
(undated)
14.7 miles east
Everything is FREE at Party in the Park in Peralta Hacienda Historical Park, including food, DJ & live music, scavenger hunts, pony rides, and circus acts.

Food crawl in Walnut Creek

August 2020
(undated)
24.2 miles NE
A ticket to Gourmet Gallop gets you 18 tastes in shops and restaurants within a walkable seven-block area of downtown Walnut Creek (includes wine if you are age 21+).

Beer in the park

August 2020
(undated)
27 miles south
Buy “quality beers and ciders on tap from local breweries” and meals from food trucks at Pub in the Park, with lawn games and a live band playing bluegrass and Americana in a Redwood City park. Bring a blanket or chairs. Free.

Hispanic day at Great America

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Monster trucks

August 2020
(undated)
48 miles south
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at SAP Center in San Jose.

Concerts at the vineyard

August 2020
(undated)
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Comic Con in San Jose

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Renaissance fair

August 2020
(undated)
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.

India day in the South Bay

August 2020
(undated)
52 miles south
Swades features Indian food, culture, vendors, athletic competitions, DJ dancing, and children’s activities at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds. Free.

Sonoma County Fair

August 2020
(undated)
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.

Santa Cruz festival

August 2020
(undated)
75 miles south
Tequila & Taco Music Festival [sound] has live music, gourmet tacos, and beer, plus tequila sampling on Saturday and margaritas on Sunday at San Lorenzo Park. Children age 12 and younger are free.

Taco festival

August 2020
(undated)
58 miles south
Taco Festival of Innovation by Moveable Feast promises 20 food trucks serving great tacos, beer tasting, craft vendors, Mexican wrestling (Lucha Libre), and live bands at San Jose Flea Market. No pets. Free except parking.

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