Enjoy these SF Bay Area events in August 2018. Top picks include theater shows, festivals, and sporting events in San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, and more.
Highlights this month include the Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, Silicon Valley Pride, and the Palo Alto Festival of the Arts.
Read on for some great ideas and what to do in the Bay Area this month.
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Dates: 8/2 - 8/5
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 2rd to the 5th.
Dates: 8/4 & 8/5
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.
Dates: Several in August
Head over to AT&T Park to catch the SF Giants in action against teams such as the Houston Astros, Pittsburg Pirates and Texas Rangers. They have more than a dozen games this month as one of the best stadiums in baseball.
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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 include the famous Wynonna & The Big Noise, Tony Orlando, and Metalachi. The fair runs from noon to 10 pm each day.
Dates: 8/10 - 8/12
One of the biggest SF Bay Area events in August every year is Outside Lands Music & Food Festival. Located in the gorgeous Golden Gate Park, this festival draws some of the big bands in the world to play here each year. There are over 70 bands that will perform during the festival.
If you need to grab a bite to eat, you are in luck. Outside Lands has over 50 restaurants and 10 food trucks at your service. Need a drink? There is both a Wine Lands and Beer Lands that carry multitudes of the best producers from around the area. Lastly, there is an Outsider Art area to check out some new and interesting art during the shows. The Festival opens at noon each day and ends at 10 pm.
Dates: 8/10 - 8/12
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.
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Dates: 8/18 & 8/19
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.
You will find dozens of performances this month all around the bay. Top SF Bay Area events in August at local theaters include Les Miserables at the Orpheum in San Francisco and Avenue Q at the Coastal Rep in Half Moon Bay, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Woodminster Amphitheater in Oakland.
Dates: 8/18 & 8/19
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 officially sanction MLE is right here now! What is the MLE you ask? Major League Eating contest which lasts 8 minutes but contestants have been able to eat more than 100 tacos during that time!
As with many festivals, there is also food, music, art and other events for you to enjoy. Something that this festival has, that others don't, is a mechanical bull and Lucha Libre - Mexican Wrestling (masks and crazy costumes too!).
There is also live music from bands such as Super Diamond (Neil Diamond cover band), Back to Black Band (Amy Winehouse cover band), and La Misa Negra. This year, you can also experience their silent disco where you wear headphones, listen to the music everyone else is listening to, and dance around as you enjoy it. Try it, you might like it!
It's one of the largest SF Bay Area events in August held at Saint James Park in San Jose.
Live concerts are another one of the fun SF Bay Area events in August. You will find shows both indoor and out at top venues such as the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, and the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View. You can see international stars as well as popular local artists.
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 incase you want a sit down meal. Make sure to dress your best and enjoy the wonderful Concours d'Elegance in Pebble Beach.
Rodney Strong is known, first and foremost, as a world class winery that produces high quality wines every year. They also have some of the best musicians come to their winery each year to perform and entertain visitors. You will see top talent and be able to watch them from the green with your favorite wine, and snacks, so you can enjoy the whole show without interruption.
The headliner for the month of August is trumpeter extraordinaire Chris Botti. Every view from the green is excellent but being that this is an outdoor event, make sure to plan accordingly. Low back chairs are allowed, but tables, umbrellas and tall chairs are not.
The Oakland A's baseball team are also in action this August in the SF Bay Area. You will find more than a dozen games on their schedule this month at the Oakland Coliseum. It's another one of the SF Bay Area events in August that your entire family will enjoy.
Dates: 8/25 & 8/26
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 awhile.
Don't miss out on one of the largest SF Bay Area events in August.
Everyone knows about Facebook, but not many people know about the Facebook County Fair! This event has music, cooking demos, food trucks, a farmer's market, and free admission for all. If you are a car lover, there are some gorgeous ones on display too.
If you want to experience a bit more, there are also carnival rides, a petting zoo, and carnival games. Those with a sense of humor will appreciate that the address for the fair is at 1 Hacker Way.
Dates: 8/25 - 8/26
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 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.
Dates: 8/25 & 8/26
One of the most colorful SF Bay Area events in August is Silicon Valley Pride. The party starts at 6 pm, on Saturday night, with the always hilarious "Heroes vs Villians" Party at Cesar Chavez Park. 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.
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 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.
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.
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