San Francisco events August 2018. Things to do in San Francisco.

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San Francisco events August 2018

Jewish film festival

August 1 - 5, 2018
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.

Union Square entertainment

August 1 - Sept. 26, 2018
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.

County fair in San Jose

August 2 - 5, 2018
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.

Sonoma County Fair

August 2 - 12, 2018
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 2 - Sept. 23, 2018
multiple locations
Watch A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare in a park outdoors. Locations include Cupertino, Pleasanton, Redwood City, and San Francisco (McLaren Park & the Presidio). Free.

Scrapbook Expo

August 3 - 4, 2018
42.4 miles south
Scrapbookers will find classes, vendors, and crop parties at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo at Santa Clara Convention Center.

Craft fair

August 3 - 5, 2018
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 3 - 5, 2018
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.

Classical music

August 3 - 12, 2018
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.

Cannabis event

August 4, 2018
3 miles west
Although the theme is marijuana, none is allowed at The 420 Games, which has a 4.2-mile walk/run, beer garden, music, comedy, speakers, and exhibitors at Spreckels Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park to “promote the healthy and responsible use of cannabis.”

India day in the South Bay

August 4, 2018
(11 a.m. to 11 p.m.)
52 miles south
Swades features Indian food, culture,, vendors, athletic competitions, DJ dancing, and children’s activities at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds.

Asian fair

August 4 - 5, 2018
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 4 - 5, 2018
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 4 - 5, 2018
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 4 - 5, 2018
87.7 miles south
Watsonville Strawberry Festival includes a carnival, arts & crafts, entertainment, food, a beer garden, and strawberry treats. Free.

Free films

August 4 - Sept. 22, 2018
(dusk on Saturdays)
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.
  • Aug. 4 - “Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert” at Delores Park
  • Aug. 25 - “Lady Bird” at Washington Square Park

Jerry Garcia day

August 5, 2018
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 5, 2018
(10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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 5, 2018
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.

Free concerts

August 5, 12, 19, 2018
(2 p.m.)
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free.

Concerts in the park

August 5 - Oct. 7, 2018
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. Free.

Concerts at the vineyard

August 8 - Sept. 26, 2018
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.
  • Aug. 8 - Hunter Hayes
  • Aug. 16 - Phillip Phillips & Gavin DeGraw

Food walk in Walnut Creek

August 9, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
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.

Dinner in the dark

August 9 - 10, 2018
1.5 miles SE
Your sense of taste and community is heightened when you eat a vegetarian meal with wine in complete darkness at The Blind Cafe, led by blind ambassadors, with music by Rosh & the Blind Cafe Orchestra, $95.

Music festival

August 10 - 12, 2018
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 10 - 12, 2018
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, and then join an evening club crawl.

South Asian comedy festival

August 10 - 19, 2018
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.

Neighborhood garage sale

August 11, 2018
(9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)
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 11, 2018
19.3 miles east
Run on park trails and dirt roads in the Oakland Hills on the Cinderella Trail Run, with options from 5 to 30 miles plus a kids’ run at Joaquin Miller Park. No dogs.

Philippines weekend

August 11 - 12, 2018
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.

Hawaiian festival

August 11 - 12, 2018
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 11 - 12, 2018
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.

Apple fair

August 11 - 12, 2018
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.

Art festival in Los Gatos

August 11 - 12, 2018
(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
57 miles south
Fiesta de Artes features 220 artists, food trucks, wine, beer, live music, and a children’s area. No dogs. Free.

Hispanic day at Great America

August 12, 2018
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.

Festival of the Sea

August 18, 2018
2.1 miles north
Hear traditional sea music, watch demonstrations, and do kids’ crafts at Festival of the Sea at Hyde Street Pier. Free.

Polynesian festival

August 18, 2018
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 18, 2018
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.

Golden Gate Bridge Swim

August 18, 2018
5.5 miles NW
Watch swimmers dive in at Ft. Point Beach and cross the bay in the 3K Golden Gate Bridge Swim. Free.

Vegetarian festival

August 18, 2018
54.4 miles north
Sonoma County VegFest features delicious food, knowledgeable speakers, drinks, vendors, cooking demonstrations, and free samples in Santa Rosa.

Blues music festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
0.8 miles north
Polk Street Blues Festival promises blues on two stages, arts and crafts, food vendors, and seating areas on Polk Street (from California to Post). Free.

Wine tasting

August 18 - 19, 2018
(Friday preview)
0.8 miles NE
Cabfest is a walk-around tasting of Cabernet Sauvignon, with 100 wineries, chefs, and guest speakers at Westfield San Francisco Centre for age 21+.

Zucchini festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
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 18 - 19, 2018
46.5 miles north
Fans of the squeezebox will be in heaven at the Cotati Accordion Festival at Laplaza Park. No dogs.

Performing arts of India

August 22 - 26, 2018
1.3 miles south
Enjoy 30 performances of Indian classical music and dance during Drive East at ​Joe Goode Performance Group.

Food festival

August 24 - 26, 2018
2.3 miles north
Eat Drink SF is a food, wine, and spirits festival with tasting events featuring 160 chefs, local restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries at Fort Mason Center.

Car show

August 24 - 26, 2018
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.

Toy & comics convention

August 24 - 26, 2018
42.4 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 Santa Clara Convention Center.

Film festival

August 24 - Sept. 1, 2018
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.

Sidewalk art + chocolate tasting

August 25, 2018
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 25 - 26, 2018
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 25 - 26, 2018
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 25 - 26, 2018
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 25 - 26, 2018
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.

Santa Cruz festival

August 25 - 26, 2018
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.

Paper-folding festival

August 26, 2018
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 26, 2018
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.