San Francisco Events in August 2014

Outside Lands Music Festival, Giants Baseball and Other Top Things to Do in SF

August is the heart of the busy travel season. It's a fun month, since it's usually sunny during the day with the beautiful fog rolling in at night to cover the city. This makes it cool and comfortable all month long.

Top San Francisco events in August 2014 include the Outside Lands Music Festival, the Noe Valley Wine Walk and several SF Giants baseball games.

The 49ers kick off their pre-season play. You will also find a few fun festivals including the SF Street Food Festival, Union Square Live and the Stern Grove Music Festival.

Half-Priced Tickets in August

Each month, you will find dozens of discounted tickets on They include admission to theater performances, annual events and some SF attractions. You will also find tickets for popular San Francisco tours.

Here are the top tickets offered by Goldstar this month at up to half-off.

Standard Golden Gate Bay Cruise

  • Sixty minute cruise around the SF Bay
  • A must do for any first time visitors
  • Enjoy top SF sights including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito
  • Offers audio narration with headphones in 12 languages
  • Leaves several times a day from Pier 43 1/2 in Fisherman's Wharf
  • Full Price: $28.00 | Goldstar Price: $14.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today!!

Electric Bike Ride Over the Golden Gate Bridge

  • Cruise over the Golden Gate Bridge on an electric bike
  • See waterfront views from the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Choose between pedaling, using the electric motor, or both
  • Ride over the bridge to the cute town of Sausalito
  • Runs every morning at 10am
  • Full Price: $86.00 | Goldstar Price: $42.50*
  • Buy your tickets online today!

*A small additional fee may apply

Outside Lands Music Festival

The Outside Lands Music Festival is one of the top festivals in SF every year. This three-day event features dozens of live music performances all day long. This year's event is August 8 - 10. Top performers this year include The Killers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Kanye West. Click the link below for the full line up for all three days.

Dates: August 8 - 10

Learn More: Outside Lands Festival Details

Tickets: Find One-Day and Three-Day Tickets Today!

Giants Baseball

The SF Giants regular season continues with 12 home games this month. In August 2014, they play host to teams such as the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and the Colorado Rockies. Get your tickets early to secure your seat a look at this year's action.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: Full August 2014 Giants Baseball Home Game Schedule

Motown: The Musical

Tap your toes to the sounds of Motown the Musical. This true story is about Motown's founder Berry Gordy. Discover how this featherweight boxer turned into a music legend. All shows are at the Orpheum Theater.

Dates: August 15 - September 28

Learn More: Full SF Theater Calendar for August

Buy Tickets: Motown Tickets on Sale Now

Noe Valley wine Walk

Join other local wine lovers at this summer's Noe Valley Wine Walk. This evening event is on Thursday, August 21 from 4pm to 8pm. For four hours, you can sample wines, savor finger foods, and enjoy other special treats along 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga. Tickets are $25 per person and you can buy them in person at the parking lot at 3865 24th Street (between Sanchez and Vicksburg).

Date: August 21

Learn More: All Wine Festivals in SF this Year

Nightlife at the Academy of Sciences

Every Thursday night, the California Academy of Sciences offers those over 21 the chance to visit this museum at night. Every Thursday, they select a different theme so you can learn more about topics such as "How Earthquake Occur" or "The Science Behind Fireworks". From 6pm to 10pm, you can walk through the museum, enjoy a few cocktails and learn more about that night's specific topic. It's a great way to see the museum in a different light.

Since these events are very popular, I recommend buying your tickets in advance. This allows you to walk right in instead of waiting in line to buy your ticket once you arrive!

Dates: Every Thursday at 6pm

Buy Tickets: Academy of Sciences NightLife Event Tickets

Great SF Accommodations

Do you still need to find that perfect hotel for your visit? Click the links below for several recommendations based on budget, location and amenities.

One of the best ways to save on your hotel rooms in SF is by checking out the great deals on Save money on your hotel room rate or even find a place that offers free parking. It's the first place I look before booking my hotels.

Click here to check out this month's top hotel deals.

Union Square Live

This free event features several activities throughout the month of August. All performances are in the heart of the city in Union Square. Performances are typically on Wednesday and Sunday throughout the summer.

Dates: Most Wednesday and Sundays

Learn More: Union Square Live Calendar

Stern Grove Music Series

Join other local music lovers every Sunday afternoon at 2pm at Stern Grove for their summer concert series. Every year, they offer several free performances from the end of June through the middle of August. Click the link below for details on this year's performances.

Dates: Sunday Afternoons at 2pm Through August 24

Learn More: Stern Grove Concert Schedule

Free Walking Tour of Chinatown

Three times a week the SF public library offers a free walking tour of the dynamic Chinatown district. They are on Monday at 10am, Monday at 1:30pm and Saturday at 10am. This two and a half hour tour takes you through the back alleys and the history of this mysterious district. No reservations required. Simply show up a few minutes before the start time inside Portsmouth Square Park near the parking garage elevators.

Dates: Every Monday and Saturday

Learn More: Other Fun Guided Walking Tours in Chinatown

Learn More: More Free Walking Tours Given by the Public Library

Day Tour to Napa or Sonoma

August is the perfect time to head north for the day and sample some of the yummy local wines. This time of year, the grapes are starting to ripen and the vineyards are gorgeous. Both are just an hour north of the city, so you can easily get their on your own or take a guided tour. The great thing about a guided tour is that you don't have to worry about driving back to the city after a long day of wine tasting!

Dates: Daily, All Month Long

Learn More: The Best Day Tours to Napa and/or Sonoma

SF Sunday Streets

In August, SF Sunday Streets is on Sunday the 24th in the Mission District. During this event, several streets close to cars so that outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy some time walking, running and biking. The event also includes other activities such as live music, free health screenings and more.

Date: August 24

Learn More: Sunday Streets Details

Labor Day Weekend

The last three days of the month coincide with the Labor Day weekend. This year, you can expect fun activities including special Labor Day weekend cruises, the Sausalito Art & Wine Festival and other events such as Union Square Live.

Dates: August 30 - September 1

Learn More: Labor Day Weekend 2014

SF 49ers Preseason Games

The San Francisco 49ers host their first preseason home game on August 17. They take on the Denver Broncos at their new stadium in Santa Clara. They also face off against the San Diego Chargers at home on August 24.

Learn More: Full 2014 Season & Ticketing Info

Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair at the Walt Disney Museum

Head over to the Presidio all month long to see Magic, Color, Flair: The World of Mary Blair. She was one of the most talented designers and art directors for Disney. Step inside her creative mind as you explore her ability to help design masterpieces such as Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Dates: All Month Long

Learn More: Full SF Museum Exhibit Calendar for August

Learn More: Tips to Visit the Walt Disney Museum

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Head over to Japantown August 2 and 3 for the 41st Annual Nihonmachi Street Fair. This two-day event features live music, Asian Pacific inspired performances and a kids area with crafts and games. You can also view art from the Asian Pacific community and sample both traditional and locally produced treats.

Dates: August 2 & 3

Learn More: This Year's Details

Learn More: All Festivals and Street Fairs this Month in SF

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Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

See local and internationally recognized performers at this year's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival. This annual event runs all summer long with several performances each week from May to September.

Dates: Several Dates Throughout the Month

Learn More: This Month's Events & Festival Details for 2014

Pistahan Parade & Festival

This year's Pistahan Parade and Festival is at SF's Yerba Buena Gardens in the downtown area. This event celebrates the Filipino American culture. During this two-day event, you entertainment, education and inspiration in seven pavilions all around the gardens. You can also enjoy Filipino art, music and food. Admission is free.

Dates: August 9 & 10

Film Night in the Park

In August, you can catch two free films as part of Film Night in the Park. The first is on Saturday, August 2 at Dolores Park. You can also see a free flick on Saturday, August 23 at Union Square. Make sure to bring along a blanket, towel or low chair to sit on during the movie.

Dates: August 2 & 23

Learn More: This Year's Film Night in the Park Films

SF Street Food Festival

One of SF's most popular food festivals is the annual Street Food Festival. This year, the event takes place in the Mission District. During this one-day event, you will find a variety of cuisines from more than 80 vendors.

Date: August 16

SF Mime Troupe Performances

Check out this year's funny performances by the SF Mime Troupe. This year's show is called Ripple Effect and hits on several irritating trends happening in San Francisco and the Bay Area. It's a fun way to spend the afternoon in the park!

Dates: August 16, 17, 18 & 30

Learn More: Full Schedule & Performance Details

Ringling Brothers Circus

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus rolls into San Francisco at the end of August. This year's show is Legends. It includes a full evening of family friendly entertainment, acts that will take your breath away, and unbelievable shows of strength. It is a night you and your family will never forget.

Dates: August 28 - September 1

Orchids in the Park

This summer's Orchids in the Park event is at the San Francisco County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. This annual event features hundreds of orchids on sale. The 2014 event is on August 2 and 3 from 10am to 5pm both days.

Dates: August 2 & 3

Free Museum Days in August 2014

You can save a little money by visiting SF museums on their free admission days. Each month, many of SF's top museums offer one free day to the public. This allows you to see their permanent collection and there is often a small fee for any traveling exhibits.

Learn More: Free Museum Days for August 2014

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