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What's On This Month In San Francisco
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What's On This Month In San Francisco

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Updated: 14 October 2016
This August, explore San Francisco through the best events the city has to offer, like music festivals and summer celebrations, along with art, music, literature, film, fashion, and food events. Read on to browse our top picks for this month and mark your calendars with your favorites. Click through for details.

Monday August 1st – Sunday August 7th

FESTIVAL | Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Sun May 1st – Sun Oct 30th

The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival will commence Sunday, May 1st, and continue through the end of October at the Yerba Buena Gardens.

MUSIC | Stern Grove Festival

Sun June 19th – Sun August 21st

The Stern Grove Festival celebrates the season of free Sunday concerts featuring renowned music and dance groups set in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the heart of San Francisco.

THEATER | San Francisco Shakespeare Festival

Sat July 2nd – Sun Oct 2nd

Celebrate Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary at this year’s San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

FILM | San Francisco Jewish Film Festival

Thurs July 21st – Sun Aug 7th

The 36th annual San Francisco Jewish Film Festival will take place this summer, showcasing films from American and international filmmakers about the diversity and vitality of Jewish culture.

ART | Free Museum Day

Tues August 2nd

On the first Tuesday of every month, enjoy free admission to some of the most prominent and popular museums around the city.

ART | North Beach First Fridays Art Crawl

Fri August 5th

Take a stroll down the lively and historic Columbus Ave on the First Friday of every month to get a peek into some of the best art and entertainment North Beach has to offer.

FOOD & ART | Oakland’s Art Murmur & First Friday

Fri August 5th

On the first Friday of every month, Uptown Oakland lights up with activity for Oakland’s popular First Friday and Art Murmur events, offering wares from local vendors and a gallery crawl around the city.

MUSIC | Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Fri August 5th — Sun August 7th

San Francisco’s favorite music festival, Outside Lands, returns to Golden Gate Park the weekend of August 5th to 7th. Come out for a full weekend of music, art, food, beer, and wine.

FESTIVAL | Nihonmachi Street Fair

Sat August 6th — Sun August 7th

The Nihonmachi Street Fair will bring together performances, art, music, food, and traditions, to celebrate many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life.

Monday August 8th – Sunday August 14th

FILM | The Found Footage Festival

Sat August 13th

The Found Footage Festival is coming to the Castro Theater for one night only, screening footage foraged from garage sales, thrift stores, warehouses, and dumpsters.

FESTIVAL | Pistahan Parade & Festival

Sat August 13th – Sun August 14th

The Pistahan Parade and Festival is the largest celebration of Filipino American culture in the US, bringing over 80,000 people to downtown San Francisco’s Civic Center.

MUSIC | Jerry Day

Sun August 14th

Come to McLaren Park for a day full of live music, celebrating the legacy of one of San Francisco’s most beloved cultural icons, the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia.

Monday August 15th – Sunday August 21st

FOOD | Noe Valley Wine Walk

Thurs August 18th

Come out to the Noe Valley Wine Walk on the 18th from 4 to 8PM for a day full of wine tasting on 24th Street between Diamond and Chattanooga.

FUN | Pokémon World Championships

Fri August 19th — Sun August 21st

Pokemon players from around the world will come together at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on the weekend of August 19th to 21st for the Pokemon World Championships.

FOOD | SF Street Food Festival

Sat August 20th — Sun August 21st

The San Francisco Street Food Festival is coming to Pier 70 for a weekend filled with art, music, and lots of food.

Monday August 22nd – Sunday August 28th

FOOD | Eat Drink SF

Thurs August 25th — Sun August 28th

On the last weekend of the month, the Folsom Street Foundry will host Eat Drink SF, San Francisco’s premier food, wine, and spirits festival.

NATURE | Free National Park Days

Thurs August 25th — Sun August 28th

Enjoy free admission to all national parks around the Bay Area this weekend in honor of the National Park Service’s birthday.