San Francisco Festivals and Events in August
All dates and locations are subject to change and should be confirmed with sponsors before making travel plans.
The Embarcadero to the Great Hwy., 415-231-3130
Since 1912, tens of thousands of people have gathered in San Francisco to see the world's largest footrace unfold as more than 70,000 costume-clad runners and walkers make their way from San Francisco Bay, a few blocks from the Embarcadero, to the Great Highway where the breakers crash onto the Pacific Coast’s Ocean Beach. These are the best areas to stay for Bay to Breakers.
American Craft Council San Francisco Show
Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion, 612-206-3100
This is the largest juried craft event west of the Rockies, featuring more than 225 of the nation's top contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor artists.
Nihonmachi Street Fair
Japantown and Japan Center, 415-771-9861
A celebration of the Asian and Pacific communities in the Bay Area, with an emphasis on the nonprofit organizations that provide vital services. Live musical and cultural performances, Asian artisans, food, information tables, exhibits, Children's World and Doggie World.
Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, 40 John F. Shelley Dr.
The Excelsior District celebrates native son and Grateful Dead leader Jerry Garcia with an outdoor concert and family fun.
Concord Jazz Festival
Concord Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Rd.
This annual event in Concord celebrates all things Jazz. Prior to the concert, attendees can sample wine and beer on the Pavilion's concourse.
San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival
Golden Gate Park
This huge event in Golden Gate Park has upped the ante on music festivals going green and “leveraged San Francisco’s food, wine, technology and activism cultures, “according to Rolling Stone, “for a one-of-a-kind world-class experience.”
Chinatown Music Festival
Waverly Place, 415-986-1822
The free music and alleyway festival brings together San Francisco residents and visitors alike for an afternoon of eclectic and inclusive performances by traditional and contemporary artists as well as art.
Noe Valley Wine Walk
24th Street from Diamond Street to Church and Castro streets
Merchants offer wine samples, finger foods and special treats; attendees who wish to sample purchase tasting wristband prior to event and receive wine glass and map with all tasting locations.
Eat Drink SF
Fort Mason Center, 415-781-5348
Chefs, wine and spirits are celebrated in this interactive urban food and wine festival featuring local talent and regional ingredients in a series of tastings, classes, dinners and events.
Glide Bridge to Bridge Run
Golden Gate Bridge to Bay Bridge, 415-995-6868
Participants run from the Bay Bridge to the Golden Gate in this seaside 12K and 7K race.
AfroSolo Arts Festival
Various venues, 415-771-AFRO (2376)
The 24th annual event features celebrity and emerging African American artists in various performances such as a jazz concert, visual art exhibit, solo performances, a youth performance extravaganza and more.