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San Francisco Events in August 2021: Discover Top Activities this Year

San Francisco events in August 2020 include festivals, concerts, and theater. You will also find some great sporting events, free museum admission days, and comedy.

Picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in August in San Francisco.

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SF Giants Baseball

SF Giants

Dates: TBD

Location: Oracle Park in the SoMa District 

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 thirteen home games. They play host to the San Diego Padres, Oakland Athletics, and Philadelphia Phillies.

All home games are at Oracle Park in the SoMa District.

>> Discover the full SF Giants August schedule of home games

Additional Bay Area Baseball in August

You can also head across the bay to catch a game with the Oakland A's. This month, they play 12 home games. Teams visiting this month include the New York Yankees, the San Francisco Giants, and the Houston Astros.

The Oakland Coliseum, where the A's play, is an easy BART ride from SF. It takes about 20 minutes by train to the stadium and the station in Oakland is less than a 5 minute walk away from the game.

>> More details about attending an Oakland A's game

Outside Lands Music Festival

Outside Lands

Dates: 8/6 - 8/8

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.

This year's line-up includes Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, and Twenty One Pilots. Other top artists performing include The Lumineers, Flume, blink-182, Kygo, and Anderson.Paak & The Free Nationals. It's one of the most anticipated music festivals every Summer.

>> Click here for more details on the festival

Theater Performances in August

TBD for 2021. 

American Craft Show SF

American Craft Council

Dates: TBD

Location: Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center

Admission: $10.50 per person per day

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. It runs from 10am to 6pm on Friday and Saturday. The hours for Sunday are 11am to 5pm.

>> Learn more about upcoming American Craft Shows

Cruises from Fisherman's Wharf

Cruises in SF

Dates: Daily

You will love the variety of cruises offered from Fisherman's Wharf. They include some popular day cruises such as the 60-Minute Bay Cruise Adventure, the Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise, and the Escape from the Rock. Thrill seekers also love the high-speed Rocketboat ride that runs throughout the Summer and Fall months.

We also have a number of fun evening cruises. The include more casual options such as the Red & White California Sunset Cruise or the Sunset Catamaran Sailing Cruise. There are also some fun Happy Hour Cruises a few nights a week as well as higher end Dinner Cruises.

More than a dozen cruises leave from the shores of Fisherman's Wharf each day. Here are just a few of the most popular picks.

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Date: TBD

Admission: Free

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. 

>> Uncover details for this year's event

>> Additional free things to do this month in SF

Additional Festivals & Street Fairs in SF this August

Presidio Kite Festival (TBD): One of the best family-friendly events this month in SF is the Presidio Kite Festival. This one-day free event includes a build-your-own-kite workshop (kites free while supplies last), kite flying lessons, Taiko drumming, and more. All events are at the Main Parade Ground between noon and 5pm. This is always one of my favorite San Francisco events in June. 

Aloha Poly Fest (TBD): This year's annual Aloha Polyfest takes place along the Marina Green West in SF's Marina District. This free event is a great place to learn more about Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian cultures through music, food, and other activities. You can also visit the Marketplace for unique and rare items for sale. The kids zone offers face painting and several hands on activities. It runs from 11am to 5pm.

Pistahan Parade and Festival (TBD): Free admission. Experience the beauty of Filipino art, dance, music, and food at the 26th 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. Go to the Pistahan website to find out more

Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party (TBD): 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. Find out more on the official website 

Origami Festival (TBD): 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. Discover more details about the festival

Best Half-Priced Tickets for San Francisco Events in August

Check out the best half-priced tickets for San Francisco events in August. You will find them on Goldstar, where most tickets are up to 50% off the full retail price.

60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $34, Goldstar price $17*

California Twilight Cruise: 2-hour evening cruise on the SF Bay, includes light appetizers and one drink per ticket, Full price $80, Goldstar $55*

North Beach Food Tour: 3-hour walking tour, offers a variety of samples in this Italian district, Full price $69, Goldstar $48*

Chinatown Food Tour: Sample traditional dishes in the popular Chinatown district as you learn about its history, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am, Full price $75, Goldstar $49*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Free Museum Days

SF Asian Art Museum

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!

>> Find the full calendar of free museum days this month 

Hotel Deals for August

Don't pay full price for your stay in SF, click the links below to check out the best deals available! It's a great way to save as you are enjoying all of these fun San Francisco events in August.

Booking: Find great deals all around San Francisco for your upcoming stay!

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SF Mime Troupe

SF Mime Troupe

Date: Online only in 2020

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, Treasure Island is about corruption on the building of the new Treasure Island. It's based on the classic story and follows an honest civic servant and a nasty developer. When the civic servant finds out about the illegal methods the developer is using, a battle ensues.

>> Read more about the SF Mime Troupe and their upcoming schedule of shows

Live Music Concerts

Concerts in SF Bay Area

Dates: No concerts 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 perform at venues such as The Fillmore, the Warfield, and the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Top shows around the SF Bay Area are at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Oracle Arena in Oakland, and the SAP Center in San Jose. 

>> See the full concert schedule for dates, tickets, and more

Stern Grove Festival

Stern Grove

Dates: TBD

Admission: Free

Enjoy the last few live music performances in beautiful Stern Grove each Sunday this month until August 18. 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.

>> See the Stern Grove schedule and plan your outing today

Additional Live Music Concert Series this August

Union Square Live: 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. Get the Union Square Festival details and schedule.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival: 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. Find out more about this year's Yerba Buena Gardens Festival.

49ers Preseason Football

Football games in SF

Dates: TBD

Location: Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara

NFL fans, this is the month you have been waiting for, when football is back in force in the Bay Area! 

They play two pre-season games in August and we'll update you once they release their schedule for this year. 

>> More details about seeing a 49ers game

Exhibits at SF Museums

Legion of Honor

Dates: TBD, 2019 List, waiting to see what the museums will have for special exhibits for 2021

This August, you will find a variety of interesting traveling exhibits at our top museums such as the Asian Art Museum, the Legion of Honor and the SF Museum of Modern Arts. Here are just a few of the top options this month.

Asian Art Museum (2019): The Bold Brush of Au Ho-nien (5/31 - 8/18)

de Young Fine Arts Museum (2019): Matt Mullican: Between Sign and Subject (3/9 - 1/26)

Legion of Honor (2019): The Early Celebrity of Peter Paul Rubens (4/6 - 9/8)

SF MOMA (2019): Andy Warhol, From A to B and Back Again (5/19 - 9/2)

>> Make your museum visit plans for this month

Nightlife at the California Academy of Sciences

Dates: TBD

Enjoy the California Academy of Sciences with other 21+ nature and science lovers at their weekly Nightlife event. Each week, they feature an evening event with cocktails and fun activities.

The event is every Thursday night in August from 6pm to 10pm. Each week is also a new theme, so you can learn more about a certain topic that relates to science or the museum.

Previous topics include Golden State Nightlife, Smoked Nightlife, Beer Garden Nightlife, and Big Picture Nightlife. It's a great way to learn more about the nocturnal life at the museum.

>> Find tickets for August Nightlife events

>> Learn more about the California Academy of Sciences

Eat Drink SF

Eat Drink SF

Date: TBD

Head on over to the Midway in the Dogpatch District, 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.

This annual celebration of food, wines and spirits features dishes from more than 35 chefs throughout the Bay Area. You will find Grand Tasting Events for the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The thing I love most about this event is that everything (except merchandise) is included with your ticket. This allows you to sample and sip as much as you want during the Grand Tasting Event.

>> Find more top SF food festivals

Comedy in SF

Comedy in SF

Dates: TBD

San Francisco events in August include a variety of laugh-out-loud performances, including stand up 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.

>> Check out the full calendar and links to special shows 

Jerry Day

Jerry Day

Date: TBD

Location: McLaren Park at 45 John F. Shelley Drive

Jerry Garcia was born in San Francisco and lived most of his childhood in the Excelsior District. Started in 2002, Jerry Day is a day to celebrate this talented artist that brought so much music and love to the world.

The events for Jerry Day are held in McLaren Park (45 John F. Shelley Drive) near the Excelsior District. The event includes talented artists that will bring you the best of Jerry's music. You will also be able to buy plenty of food and drinks from local vendors.

This is one of the free San Francisco events in August. Gates open at 11am and the music starts at 11:30am.

Bridge to Bridge Run & Expo

Bridge to Bridge

Date: TBD

The annual Bridge to Bridge race runs between two of our iconic bridges from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate Bridge. This race is one of the most beautiful runs in America.

This is one of the San Francisco events in August that features both a 5k and a 12k run. Both groups will start on the Embarcadero near the SF Bay Bridge. You will run along the waterfront toward the Golden Gate Bridge. The 5k group will stop at the Marina Green and the 12k group will run almost all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and finish in the Marina Green also.

The After Party is another fun perk for this event. Celebrate your run along with family and friends on the Marina Green. The event features live music, beer, and food. Register for this event today!

Additional SF Bay Area Events

Santa Clara County Fair

Dates: TBD

The Santa Clara County Fair is one of the more popular SF Bay Area events in August. It features jugglers, magicians, clowns, animal races and so much more. There are even seals that perform for your enjoyment!

You will find a variety of food with lots of country flavor. Entertainment includes local favorites. The Santa Clara County Fair runs from August 1st to the 4th. 

Fremont Festival of the Arts

Dates: Saturday, 8/3 & Sunday, 8/4

This annual arts & crafts festival features more than 500 different vendors. In addition to handmade crafts, you will also find plenty of food trucks, beer, wine, and even margaritas.

This fair is great for the entire family since there are street performers and face painters. There are also two stages with continuous live music all day long. You will also find a whole section just for the kids with rides, games and shows.

The event is on August 4th and 5th, from 10 am to 6 pm in downtown Fremont. It is free admission for all.

Napa Town & Country Fair 

Dates: Wednesday, 8/7 - Sunday, 8/11

Wheels and Squeals is the motto of this year's Napa Town & Country Fair. It's a great place to find the best meat, fruits, vegetables, and wines from local growers and producers.

In addition, you will find find plenty of fun activities for the entire family. Musical artists in the past have included the famous Wynonna & The Big Noise, Tony Orlando, and Metalachi. The fair runs from noon to 10 pm Wednesday to Saturday and noon to 9 pm on Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $13 and children under 5 are free.

>> Full calendar of events this month in Napa

San Jose Jazz: Summer Fest

Dates: TBD

All you really need to know is that there are 10 stages of music including Jazz, Blues, Salsa, R&B, and more at the annual San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. Known as one of the best jazz festivals in the USA, this is the place to tap your toes and dance til you can't dance anymore.

If you want to refresh yourself after all the dancing and moving, you have your choice of many food, wine, and beer options throughout the festival grounds. You can also enjoy some music themed screenings as you sit down and relax. 

There are four levels of tickets, so make sure to check out the link and find which ones are right for you.

Silicon Valley Comic Con

Dates: TBD

This August in the South Bay, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak presents the premier event in technology and pop culture: The Silicon Valley Comic Con. This convention brings together celebrities, comics, independent artists, cosplay, video games, music, apps, and even more electronics. 

The event will take place at the San Jose Convention Center. You can get tickets for individual days or all three. 

Hayward Zucchini Festival

Dates: TBD

With 4 stages of live music, this is way more than a zucchini festival! Bring the entire family and enjoy crafts and art booths, live music, and a special kid's town area with games and activities.

The festival runs from 10 am to 8 pm each day and you can try all kinds of special zucchini based foods like zucchini fries, zucchini bread, zucchini pasta, and zucchini cookies and cakes. There are also contests such as longest zucchini, weirdest shaped zucchini, and more. 

General admission tickets are $10, with seniors (65+), Juniors (5 - 12) and handicapped at $5. Kids under five are free with an adult.

Scotts Valley Art, Wine & Beer Festival

Dates: TBD

Not only a art, wine and beer festival, this is also a great car show too. The festival has a competition with over 120 different artists bringing their best from around the world. Located at the stunning Skypark, with redwoods all around, this is one of the SF Bay Area events in August that has something for the whole family ranging from food, art, music, drinks and anything else you can imagine.

This festival has something that no other festival has, The Cops 'N Rodders car show. Many vintage cars cruise from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk, up to the Skypark, and park where everyone can check them out. They are then awarded for different categories at the end of the event. These beauties are not to be missed!

The festival starts at 10 am on both Saturday and Sunday, and ends at 6 pm on Saturday, and 5 pm on Sunday.

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Date: TBD

The preeminent car show in the USA is in August again this year. Started in 1950, this show has been home to many of the most exotic, and expensive, cars for over 70 years running. Not only will you see the most beautiful cars, in perfect condition, but you can also watch as bidding starts and buyers do their best to win the car of their dreams.

If you are looking for a bite to eat, or something to drink, this is the perfect location as many of the top restaurants are in attendance. There are also many restaurants nearby in case you want a sit down meal. Make sure to dress your best and enjoy the wonderful Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach.

There are numerous levels of tickets available to so make to pick the ones that are right for you.

>> Additional things to do in the Monterey area this month

Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Dates: TBD

The gorgeous University Avenue becomes a fine art street fair with over 300 different vendors showing, and selling, their crafts to all. This is one of the best SF Bay Area events in August and always is a great way to spend a few days in the later part of the month.

This two day event usually draws around 175,000 people and includes both food and wine booths for you to enjoy. There are also musicians and other entertainers in case you want to take a break and just relax for a while.

Don't miss out on one of the largest SF Bay Area events in August. It starts at 10 am and ends at 6 pm each day and is about 40 miles south of San Francisco.

Facebook Summer Jam: Island Vibes

Date: TBD

Everyone knows about Facebook, but not many people know about their community festivals! This month's Facebook Summer Jam features island music, culture, food trucks, and free admission for all. It's all about Island Vibes and Reggae Beats. 

The event runs from 1pm to 6pm and both admission and parking are free. Those with a sense of humor will appreciate that the address for the fair is at 1 Hacker Way. The event starts at 1 pm and ends at 6 pm.

Tequila & Taco Music Festival

Dates: TBD

This is the place to be for lovers of tequila, tacos, music, arts and crafts and so much more! Santa Cruz is known as one of the most beautiful locations in the bay area and this festival just makes it better. 

Not only are there top shelf tequilas for you to sample (on Saturday only), but you can also get delicious margaritas and local brews too. 

There is also live music is you want to get down and dance a bit. There are different passes available so make sure to plan ahead. Buy the right one for you so you don't miss out on anything this festival has to offer. It opens at 11:30 am and ends at 6 pm both days.

Silicon Valley Pride

Dates: TBD

One of the most colorful SF Bay Area events in August is Silicon Valley Pride. The party starts at 4 pm, on Saturday night, with the always hilarious "Heroes vs Villains" Party at Cesar Chavez Park. The Saturday night festival starts at 4 pm and ends at 11 pm.

The Pride Parade is at 10 am starting at Market Street in San Jose and the festival runs from noon to 6 pm.

There is loads of live entertainment, food, drinks, dancing, and everything else you can imagine to show pride in Silicon Valley during these two days.

Oakland Chinatown Streetfest

Dates: TBD

Just across the bay from San Francisco is the exciting city of Oakland. The Chinatown festival is a huge draw every year and is always one of the largest SF Bay Area events in August in Oakland. It starts at 10 am, each day, and ends at 5:30 pm. This free festival has over 200 vendors, selling everything from your favorite foods to clothes to toys.

The festival has two different stages offering live music and shows all day long. There is a cultural village so you can learn more about the history of the Chinese culture and influence on the USA.

Chocolate & Chalk Art Fair

Date: TBD

Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto is home to this fair which is a treat for your eyes and for your taste buds. Starting at 10 am and ending at 5 pm, you can get your fill of delicious chocolate treats, the chance to enjoy live music, get your face painted and, of course, learn how to do street chalk art. There is even a contest where you can win cash and prizes for the best chalk art.

This is a great event for kids of all ages since there are bouncy castles, and balloon twisters for the youngsters. It's also one of the great SF Bay Area events in August for adults as there are several beer and wine booths. Free admission for all. 

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