Top San Francisco events in August 2018 include the Outside Lands Music Festival, Eat Drink SF, and several theater productions. You can also enjoy some free walking tours, a trip up to wine country for the day, and SF Giants baseball.
August is one of the busiest times of the year in San Francisco. You will love it as the days are warm and the evenings are cool. It's the perfect place to escape the dreaded summer heat.
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Les Miserables is returning to the Orpheum Theater stage this month. It's one of the top San Francisco events in August and one of the world's most popular musicals. It tells the story of how strong the human spirit is when faced with broken dreams, love, passion, and sacrifice.
Tickets: All performances on sale now
Check out the handmade crafts at this three-day event brought to you by the American Craft Council with over 225 top artisans in jewelry, furniture, clothing, and home decor. No matter what your taste—vintage, cutting-edge, elegant, or full of colors—you're sure to find something you'll love.
Date: 8/4 & 8/5
The Nihonmachi Street Fair is held in SF's Japantown district each year. It's one of the weekend-long San Francisco events in August that celebrates Asian Pacific American cultures. During this event, you can sample traditional food, listen to live entertainment, and enjoy activities with your kids.
Dates: TBD for 2018, 2017 Details Below
One of the best San Francisco events in August is enjoying outdoor movies after dark in open public spaces. This August, there are two screenings. You can watch "Footloose" at Dolores Park on August 5 and then "La La Land" at Washington Square Park on August 26. Picnics on the lawn are encouraged, but leave your chairs at home so everyone around you can see.
Outside Lands is one of the largest San Francisco events in August. This three-day music festival features more than 70 well-known artists on multiple stages, as well as local food, wine, and beer vendors. Each year it's held in Golden Gate Park near the Polo Field.
The 2018 lineup has not yet been announced, but last year we enjoyed concerts by Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Lionel Richie, Lana del Rey, and so many more.
Dates: Several games in August
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Baseball season is in full swing and SF Giants games are some of the most popular San Francisco events in August. This month, they play the Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Pittsburg Pirates.
All home games are at AT&T Park in the SoMa District.
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Dates: Several in August
Save money while you explore some of SF's top museums. This month, you can step inside the Asian Art Museum at no cost to check out their permanent collection. You can also head over to the Conservatory of Flowers to admire their colorful plants or head to the de Young for a look at their contemporary art pieces on display. These are just some of the San Francisco events in August you do not want to miss!
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Dates: 8/11 & 8/12
Experience the beauty of Filipino art, dance, music, and food at the 24th edition of this two-day festival, known to be the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is free.
Enjoy a ton of savings on your trip to San Francisco with this handy discount pocket book! With your CityPASS, you'll gain free admission to either the SF Museum of Modern Art or the Exploratorium, the Aquarium of the Bay, and the California Academy of Sciences.
In addition, take a free cruise on the SF Bay and ride the cable cars and buses for free. The pass is also full of other shopping discounts!
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Date: TBD for 2018
One of those unique San Francisco treats, the SF Mime Troupe is a community-based theater group that performs an original, socially and politically relevant show each summer, for free, in many different locations to reach as many people as possible.
This year's piece, Walls, digs into the controversies around immigration, both legal and illegal
Dates: Several in August
In addition to the three-day Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, you'll find several great concerts this time of year at SF's top venues, including at the Warfield and the Independent.
Top performers this year include Erasure, Jack White and David Byrne. Top shows around the SF Bay Area include Hall & Oats + Train in Oakland and Rod Stewart with Cyndi Lauper at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View.
Dates: 8/18 & 8/19
The Polk Street Blues Festival is back! This event features live blues music on two stages, gourmet food booths, bistro-style seating areas, arts and crafts exhibitors, and kids activities. It's fun for the whole family.
Date: TBD for 2018
New Belgium Brewing, maker of Fat Tire, is bringing its beer-and-biking sensation to San Francisco this month. This event attracts thousands of costumed riders. This year's concert is Vintage Trouble.
The event also includes circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians and so much more. Don't miss out on the fun!
Dates: Every Sunday from 6/17 to 8/19
Enjoy the last few live music performances in beautiful Stern Grove each Sunday this month until August 19. All shows start at 2pm. These San Francisco events in August are free, so make sure to arrive early for the best spots in the park.
Dates: 8/9 & 8/30
NFL fans, this is the month you's been waiting for, when football is back in force in the Bay Area!
On August 9, the San Francisco 49ers open the preseason at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara against the Dallas Cowboys. They return on August 30 to take on the Los Angeles Chargers.
Join the diverse community of SF's colorful Mission District for the fifth annual 20th Street Block Party--a free celebration of summer, music, and great food. Noise Pop, which also co-hosts the Treasure Island Music Festival, is one of the leading independent music promoters in the country, bringing the best emerging bands to stage.
Some of the featured artists from previous years include Miami Horror, Chicano Batman, Hazel English, and Spooky Mansion.
Enjoy a full day of sampling local beers at the Bay Area Brew Festival. This is one of the popular San Francisco events in August that features dozens of beers from all around the world. You can also sample foods from some of the best food trucks around.
This year's event is at Pier 35 from Noon to 4pm or 5pm to 8pm.
San Francisco offers lots of wonderful wine tasting events throughout the year, but this one is truly special. At Pier 27, the new cruise terminal, you will have the opportunity to taste over 500 wines from over 125 award-winning, small, family-owned wineries.
If you like original, locally sourced, and delicious California varietals and blends, you will love this event.
Dates: Several from April - September
This ongoing summer festival continues to offer free outdoor, live performances at Union Square this month, featuring a variety of dance, music, circus, and theater acts.
Take a day to head on over and relax in the square, in the heart of downtown SF.
Dates: All throughout the month
This August, the intriguing exhibit revealing new scientific truths about ancient Egypt, The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine, continues to show at the Legion of Honor (through 8/26). You can also check out other excellent traveling exhibits at SF's best museums, including the de Young Fine Arts Museum, Asian Art Museum, and Museum of Modern Art.
Dates: Every Day in August
Another great way to save on sightseeing in San Francisco is by taking the free walking tours offered by SF City Guides and expert volunteers from the SF Public Library. They offer a list of options every day that include tours of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the Japanese Tea Garden. They also offer in-depth looks at SF's top districts such as North Beach, Chinatown, and Fisherman's Wharf.
Dates: Several from May - October
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is one of the ongoing San Francisco events in August with weekly performances. They last all summer long from May through October.
The live outdoor music, dance, and theater performances bring both well-known and emerging artists to stage, and portray a variety of ethnic and cultural groups.
Date: Any day of the week
Do you have only a short time to explore San Francisco? While it will be difficult to see it all, you can cover quite a bit of ground in just a few days. To simplify your planning process, I've created this three-day itinerary with the best attractions, activities, and must-see stops in SF.
It includes a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge, time to check out Fisherman's Wharf, and tips on when you should visit Alcatraz.
Head on over to the Festival Pavilion at Fort Mason, where the city's best culinary treasures will be laid out before you. Taste amazing food, enjoy unlimited pours of wine and spirits, make your way through the cheese monger cave, watch pro cooking demonstrations, and mingle with other food and drink lovers.
Date: Saturday, 8/11 from 8am to 2pm
Celebrate the legalization of cannibas in California at this year's 420 Games in Golden Gate Park. It's a full day of fun including the chance to sample local beers, listen to live music, and laugh the day away with some great comedians. It kicks off with a 4.2 mile group trip through the park (you can run, walk or bike). Note: No smoking or use of cannibas is permitted on site.
It is amazing what can be created with just a piece of paper and some clever folding action! At the Origami-Palooza and Paper Airplane Contest, people of all ages are invited to come learn from the experts and make their own paper art pieces. This festival, which takes place at the Japan Center Malls in Japantown, will also include an origami competition and prizes for the best entries.
Dates: Several in August
San Francisco events in August include a variety of laugh-out-loud performances, including standup at the comedy clubs, improv shows, and musical comedies like Beach Blanket Babylon.
Click the link below to find out who's performing this month at Cobb's Comedy Club and the Punch Line. Make sure to enjoy one of these San Francisco events in August during your stay.
Beyond attending the wonderful events I've outlined above, there are plenty more things to do when you visit San Francisco in August. Read my guide on the best tours, cruises, family activities, restaurants, and nightlife to check out during this time of year.
Are you looking for a few ideas on what to pack? If so, then visit my San Francisco weather page for August. I take you through what to expect during the day and night. I also provide you with some tips on what to wear during your stay.
Festivals in SF