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
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.

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
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.

Family party in Oakland

August 2, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
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.

Craft fair

August 2 - 4, 2019
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.

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.

Classical music

August 2 - 11, 2019
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.

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.

India day in the South Bay

August 3, 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.

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.

Oyster day

August 3 - 4, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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

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.

Street fair 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 2 p.m.)
5.2 miles SW
Arrive early to hear concerts at Stern Grove Festival at Sigmund Stern Recreation Grove. Free unless you reserve a table.

Union Square entertainment

August 4 - Sept. 29, 2019
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
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.

Concerts at the vineyard

August 6 - Oct. 13, 2019
48.2 miles SE
Concerts at Wente Vineyards feature world-class entertainers at an outdoor amphitheater in Livermore.

Food crawl in Walnut Creek

August 8, 2019
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+).

Music festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
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 9 - 11, 2019
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 10, 2019
3.2 miles south
Shop at 100 participating residents shown on the map of 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 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.

Art & wine in San Rafael

August 10, 2019
18.3 miles north
The free San Rafael Art & Wine Festival features live music, arts & crafts, and food trucks on the grounds of Falkirk Cultural Center. You can buy beer and wine by the glass, or buy a tasting ticket.

Beer in the park

August 10, 2019
(11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
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.

Philippines weekend

August 10 - 11, 2019
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.

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

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 from June 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. You can bring blankets, low-back chairs, sun umbrellas, and picnics. Free.

Fort Point event

August 17, 2019
(10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
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.

Free films

August 23, 2019
(6 p.m.)
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.
  • Aug. 23 - Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse (Union Square)

Car show

August 23 - 25, 2019
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.

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.”
  • Aug. 23 to 29 - Orinda
  • Aug. 30 to 31 - San Francisco

Neighborhood festival

August 24, 2019
(12 to 5 p.m.)
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

Food festival

August 24, 2019
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+.

Chalk art + chocolate tasting

August 24, 2019
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.

Festival in Oakland’s Chinatown

August 24 - 25, 2019
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 24 - 25, 2019
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.

San Jose pride events

August 24 - 25, 2019
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 24 - 25, 2019
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 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.

Santa Cruz festival

August 24 - 25, 2019
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.

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. Free.

Bridge to Bridge Run

August 25, 2019
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.

Monster trucks

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
48 miles south
Big trucks with big wheels create big excitement at Monster Jam at SAP Center in San Jose.

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 anime and pop culture at San Jose Convention Center.

Taste of Sonoma

August 31, 2019
47 miles north
Rub shoulders with winegrowers, winemakers, and chefs at Taste of Sonoma during wine talks and tastings at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park.

Taco festival

August 31, 2019
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.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
14.5 miles south
Billed as “The Last Blast of Summer,” Millbrae Art & Wine Festival has 250 professional artists and craft makers, fine food & beverages, kids’ activities, “classically cool cars,” and lots of live music on Broadway (from Meadow Glen Ave. to Victoria Ave.). No pets. Free.

Scottish festival

August 31 - Sept. 1, 2019
36.2 miles SE
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games offers a grandstand show, athletic games, sheepdog trials, Scottish dance, food, music, historical demonstrations, and whiskey at Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. No pets.

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, wine, music, dancing, a mythology play, and a kids’ area at the Belmont Greek Festival at the Greek Orthodox Church in Belmont. Children age 12 and younger are free. No pets.

Art in the redwoods

August 31 - Sept. 2, 2019
32 miles south
Set in the forest above Woodside, Kings Mountain Art Fair features 135 juried artists, food vendors, and a children’s area at 13889 Skyline Boulevard. Park along the road and walk to a free shuttle stop. No pets. Free.

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