San Francisco Events in August 2018

Outside Lands, Food Festivals, & Theater

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.

August in SF

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Les Miserables at the Orpheum Theater

Dates: 8/8-8/26

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

American Craft Show SF

Dates: 8/3-8/5

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.

More: Learn more about upcoming American Craft Shows

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Date: 8/4 & 8/5

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.

More: Uncover details for this year's event

More: Additional free things to do this month in SF

Film Night in the Park

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.

More: Get the full movie list and schedule for the summer season

Outside Lands Music Festival

Dates: 8/10-8/12

Tickets: Buy your one-day or three-day pass today!

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.

More: Click here for more details on the festival

SF Giants Baseball

Dates: Several games in August

Tickets: Buy your tickets today

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.

More: Discover the full SF Giants August schedule of home games

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 $32, Goldstar price $16*

  • 2-Hour Sunset Cruise: Leaves daily from Fisherman's Wharf, great views and a light appetizer buffet, Full price $68-$70, Goldstar $40-$44

  • Alive After 5 Happy Hour Cruise: 2-hour cruise with drinks, views, and DJ music, leaves every Thursday at 6pm, Full price $35, Goldstar $18*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Free Museum Days

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!

More: 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!

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

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Pistahan Parade and Festival

Dates: 8/11 & 8/12

Admission: Free

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.

More: Go to the Pistahan website to find out more

Save Money with the SF CityPASS

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!

Tickets: Save big on your trip to SF now!

SF Mime Troupe

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

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

Live Music Concerts

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.

More: See the full concert schedule for dates, tickets, and more

Top SF Concerts for August

Polk Street Blues Festival

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.

More: Details for the 2018 event

Tour de Fat

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!

Stern Grove Festival

Dates: Every Sunday from 6/17 to 8/19

Admission: Free

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.

More: See the Stern Grove schedule and plan your outing today

49ers Preseason Football

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.

More: Check out the full 49ers season schedule

Noise Pop's 20th Street Block Party

Date: 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.

More: Find out more on the official website

Bay Area Brew Festival

Date: TBD

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.

More: Visit their site to buy tickets and learn more about this year's event

Family Winemakers of California Annual Tasting

Date: TBD

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.

Union Square Live

Dates: Several from April - September

Admission: Free

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.

More: Get the Union Square Festival details and schedule

Exhibits at SF Museums

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.

More: Make your museum visit plans for this month

Free Walking Tours from SF City Guides

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.

More: Discover the full calendar for August

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

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.

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

Three-Day Itinerary of SF

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.

More: Read my self-guided three-day itinerary of SF

Eat Drink SF

Date: 8/24-8/26

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.

More: Find more top SF food festivals

420 Games in Golden Gate Park

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.

Tickets: Find discounts for this event on Goldstar

Origami Festival

Date: 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.

More: Discover more details about the festival

Comedy in SF

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.

More: Check out the full calendar and links to special shows

Even More Things To Do in SF in August

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.

More: Get more ideas for your August trip to SF

What to Wear in SF in August

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.

>> More details on what to wear in SF in August

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