San Francisco events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend shows, discount tickets, theater, music, free events in San Francisco, California.

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August 2017
August 2017

Enjoy the best San Francisco Bay Area events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from San Francisco City Hall at the Civic Center Plaza.

Free museum day

August 1, 2017

San Francisco

You can visit these museums free on the first Tuesday of every month.

Jewish films

August 1 - 6, 2017 (begins July 20)

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.


August 1 - 31 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Concerts at the vineyard

August 1 - Sept. 19, 2017 (begins July 12)

48.2 miles SE

Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.


August 2 - 3, 2017 (7:15 p.m.)

2 miles east

Watch the San Francisco Giants play the Oakland Athletics in a home game at AT&T Park.

Discount tickets $20 to $40 at Goldstar.

Union Square entertainment

August 2 - 30, 2017 (begins May 21)

1.1 miles NE

Union Square Live is a series of summer concerts and dances, and even a circus act in Union Square. Free.

Reggae up north

August 3 - 6, 2017

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.

Sonoma County Fair

August 3 - 13, 2017

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.

Free entertainment

August 3 - Oct. 29, 2017 (begins May 7)

1.2 miles NE

Hear music concerts and watch dance performances outdoors at the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. Free. Popular programs include:

Craft fair

August 4 - 6, 2017

2.3 miles north

Shop from 225 contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor artists at the American Craft Council San Francisco Show in the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason Center. Age 12 and under free.

Classical music

August 4 - 13, 2017

0.5 miles SW

Celebrate Baroque music and culture at the American Bach Soloists Festival, which offers concerts, classes, and lectures at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Shakespeare in the park

August 4 - Oct. 1, 2017 (begins July 1)

Location varies each month

See Hamlet by William Shakespeare in 2017 at multiple outdoor locations. Free.
  • July 1 - 16: Pleasanton
  • July 22 - Aug. 6: Cupertino
  • Aug. 12 - 27: Redwood City
  • Sept. 2 - Oct. 1: San Francisco

Forest run in Woodside

August 5, 2017

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.

Asian fair

August 5 - 6, 2017

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.

Hawaiian festival

August 5 - 6, 2017

21.2 miles south

Enjoy Hawaiian food, music, dance, and vendors at Aloha Festival at San Mateo County Event Center. Free.

Renaissance fair

August 5 - 6, 2017

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 two stages of entertainment at Discovery Meadow.

Strawberry festival

August 5 - 6, 2017

87.7 miles south

Watsonville Strawberry Festival includes a carnival, arts & crafts, music, food, a beer garden, and strawberry treats. Free.

Jerry Garcia day

August 6, 2017

5 miles south

Arrive early or buy a reserved seat for Jerry Day when the Excelsior District celebrates its native son Jerry Garcia, who was a founder of the band Grateful Dead, with music at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Free.

Space festival

August 6, 2017

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 6 - 27, 2017 (Sundays from June 25)

5.2 miles SW

Arrive early to hear concerts Sundays at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free.

Concerts in the park

August 6 - Oct. 8, 2017 (from April)

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.

Wine walk

August 10, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

1.6 miles north

Visit merchants on Polk Street from Jackson to Post to sample wine and appetizers with your ticket to Polk Street Summer Wine Walk. Repeats in Feb.

Pop band B-52s

August 11, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

49 miles south

The B-52s (Love Shack, Rock Lobster) play some of our favorite 1980s tunes at Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga.

Discount tickets $35 to $60 at Goldstar.

Music festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

4.4 miles west

Outside Lands features an amazing lineup of 100 music artists and great food at Golden Gate Park.

Jazz festival in San Jose

August 11 - 13, 2017

48.4 miles south

See 120 shows on 12 stages around Plaza De Cesar Chavez Park at San Jose Jazz Summerfest, including jazz, blues, R&B, funk, Latin, New Orleans, and zydeco, and then join an evening club crawl.

Beer festival in Santa Cruz

August 11 - 13, 2017

78 miles south

California Beer Festival [sound] has food and beer pairings Friday evening, sampling from 85 craft breweries on Saturday with food vendors, and a family-friendly Sunday Funday, all at a park in Aptos.

Italian festival

August 12, 2017

2 miles NE

Festa Coloniale Italiana features Italian food, wine tasting, music, vendors, and stage performances for all ages on Stockton Street at Union. Free.

Neighborhood garage sale

August 12, 2017

3.2 miles south

Shop at dozens of participating garage sales when Hillwide returns to Bernal Heights. Free.

Forest run in Oakland

August 12, 2017 (8 a.m.)

15.2 miles east

Run on park trails and dirt roads in the Oakland Hills on the Cinderella Trail Run, which has a kids’ run plus distances from 5 to 30 miles. No dogs.

Vegetarian festival

August 12. 2017

54.4 miles north

Sonoma County VegFest features delicious food, knowledgeable speakers, drinks, vendors, cooking demonstrations, and free samples in Santa Rosa.

Japanese festival

August 12 - 13, 2017

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 12 - 13, 2017

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 12 - 13, 2017

57 miles south

Fiesta de Artes features 150 artists, food trucks, wine, beer, live music, and a children’s area. Free.

Improv festival

August 16 - 20, 2017

0.7 miles NE

Enjoy live entertainment by dozens of performers at San Francisco Improv Festival at Pianofight.

Wine walk

August 17, 2017 (4 to 8 p.m.)

2.4 miles SW

Get a ticket to taste wine in shops along 24th Street during Noe Valley Wine Walk. Repeats in Dec.

Festival of the Sea

August 19, 2017

2.1 miles north

Hear traditional sea music, watch demonstrations, and do kids’ crafts at the free Festival of the Sea. You also can board historic ships and take part in onboard activities for $10 (free for age 1 to 15) at Hyde Street Pier. This year’s theme is “High Tech on the High Seas: The Evolution of Maritime Culture and Technology.”

Music and beer party

August 19, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

2.3 miles north

Tour de Fat is “a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs” with Fat Tire beer and music by Vintage Trouble at Fort Mason Center for age 21+.

Taste of Petaluma

August 19, 2017

38.8 miles north

Spend an afternoon walking around Petaluma and tasting samples from 40 chefs, food purveyors, wineries, and breweries at the Taste of Petaluma.

Run for frozen yogurt

August 19, 2017

47.9 miles south

That’s right, you get a cup of frozen yogurt with toppings after you run or walk the FroYo 5k/10K at Arena Green East in San Jose.

Oakland festival

August 19 - 20, 2017 (12 to 6 p.m.)

10.4 miles east

Join the crowds at Art + Soul enjoying blues & gospel music, a world dance festival, a poetry slam, a circus stage, art activities, art vendors, a family zone, BBQ, beer, and wine in downtown Oakland. Free.

Zucchini festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

24 miles SE

Hayward Zucchini Festival offers live music, arts & crafts, a kids’ town, and zucchini foods (bread, fries, cakes, and cookies) at Kennedy Park in Hayward.

Accordion festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

46.5 miles north

Fans of the squeezebox will be in heaven at the Cotati Accordion Festival at Laplaza Park. No dogs.

People in the street

August 20, 2017 (Tenderloin)

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.

Food festival

August 24 - 27, 2017

2.3 miles north

Eat Drink SF is a food, wine, and spirits festival that features 200 local restaurants, bars, distilleries, breweries, and wineries, with tastings, classes, demonstrations, and parties at Fort Mason Center.

Free national parks

August 25, 2017

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.

Car show

August 25 - 27, 2017

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.

Festival in Oakland’s Chinatown

August 26 - 27, 2017

12 miles east

Taste Asian food, shop for Asian art & crafts, hear live music (rock, jazz, R&B), watch ethnic acts (Chinese lion dances, Japanese taiko drumming, Tahitian dance), and visit the kids’ area at Oakland Chinatown Streetfest. Free.

Art festival in Palo Alto

August 26 - 27, 2017

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.

Festival in Bodega

August 26 - 27, 2017

62.5 miles north

Bodega Seafood, Art & Wine Festival features seafood dishes, tastes from 35 wineries and 20 breweries, fine art and crafts, four stages of entertainment, and kids’ activities in Sonoma County.

Santa Cruz festival

August 26 - 27, 2017

75 miles south

Tequila & Taco Music Festival has live music, gourmet tacos, and beer, plus tequila sampling on Saturday and margaritas on Sunday at San Lorenzo Park.

Paper-folding festival

August 27, 2017

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.

Philippines weekend

August 2017 (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.

Topless parade

August 2017 (undated)

1.1 miles NE

GoTopless San Francisco is a top-optional parade to support gender equality, beginning in Union Square at Post & Powell. Free.

Bad video festival

August 2017 (undated)

1.6 miles SW

The Found Footage Festival screens hilarious VHS videos rescued from garage sales and dumpsters at the Castro Theatre. Sample videos.

Electronic dance music

August 2017 (undated)

16.8 miles SE

SuperCity is an urban electronic dance festival, featuring Skrillex, DJ Snake, Carnage, Krewella, and more at Oakland Coliseum.

Cajun music in Fremont

August 2017 (undated)

34 miles SE

Cajun-Zydeco Music Festival has live Cajun/Zydeco music, dance lessons, dancing, Southern and Cajun food, vendors, and farm animals at Ardenwood Historic Farm.

San Jose taco festival

August 2017 (undated)

47.7 miles south

Chacho’s Taco Festival features taco trucks, music, entertainment, and a taco-eating contest at St. James Park.
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