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10 Best Things To Do In SF In August

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Grace Cathedral, best things to do in SF in August #3

August is a great month to be in San Francisco. It’s usually warm (sometimes even hot) and the weather’s just a tiny bit more reliable, so here in the Bay Area you just have to make the most of that to get OUT! There are always a lot of events going on in SF, and more than enough activities to keep most people entertained, but what we try to do here is break it all down into a bite sized list with a decent range of possibilities.

So, in pursuit of helping YOU make the most of your valuable time, here are the 10 best things to do in SF in August. Enjoy!

Events & Activities in San Francisco This Month

1. SUNDOWN CINEMA: BARBIE (AUGUST 2)

Head over to the Ferry Building for a free screening of this instant 2023 classic (how Margot Robbie didn’t even get an Oscar nom for this one I’ll never know). It was definitely the better half of Barbenheimer (who wants to see a 3 hour movie about the guy that designed the atom bomb? Boooring!). The Ferry Building is also a great venue for screenings such as this one.

More information here.

2. NOTORIOUS SF: GHOST & CRIME TOUR (EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT)

San Francisco has a fascinating criminal history, that goes all the way back to the Gold Rush era, when Vigilance Committee’s took over the “policing” of the city (which is where the term ‘vigilante’ originates). There were several red light districts in the neighborhood during the nineteenth and early twentieth century, opium dens were tucked into the basements of many alleys in Chinatown, and sailors had to be wary, lest they woke up on a strange ship, having been shanghaied in the infamous Barbary Coast (which is where that term was invented too). And we haven’t even mentioned the Fatty Arbuckle scandal yet…

Join us on Union Square as we go on a cold-case true crime investigation into San Francisco’s dark past – and get cocktails in a couple of historic bars. Every Saturday night, at 6pm, tickets are $50pp.

More information here.

Notorious SF: Ghost & Crime tour

3. YOGA ON THE LABYRINTH (EVERY TUESDAY AND SATURDAY)

Join this weekly yoga class surrounded by the awe-inspiring architecture of Grace Cathedral. Set to live music from world-renowned musicians, this weekly yoga and meditation practice looks and feels like the amazing diversity of San Francisco itself. 

Grace Cathedral

Could there be a more awe-inspiring, and oddly appropriate place to practice yoga, than the venerable Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill? Not just one of the best things to do in SF in August, but any month, really.

More information here.

4. FREE MUSEUM DAYS (DATES THROUGH AUGUST)

For several days of the month (and for some special people on every day of the month) many SF museums are free. We have great museums – you should make the most of one of these opportunities.

Exploratorium: free admission for EBT cardholders and San Francisco Medi-Cal or CalFresh recipients. Also free for California public school teachers.

SF Botanical Gardens: free admission second Tuesday of every month.

Japanese Tea Gardens: free Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9-10 am.

De Young Museum: free first Tuesday of every month, also free every Saturday for Bay Area residents.

SFMOMA: free first Thursday of the month for Bay Area residents.

Legion of Honor: free Saturday’s for Bay Area residents and free Tuesday’s for all.

Cable Car Museum: free everyday and one of the most interesting museums in San Francisco.

5. OUTSIDE LANDS (AUGUST 9-11)

Outside Lands is back in its usual timeslot this year and really rocking. The line-up for this three-day festival starts with The Killers and includes.Grace Jones, Idris Elba, Uncle Waffles and Post Malone.

The event (which has been running since 2008) is sharing the love between several locations around the city, including Dolores Park and SOMA. Last year there was a designated marijuana-enjoyment zone, called – you guessed it – grasslands, but no word on whether that’s back. Maybe they forgot? Either way, this is definitely one of the best things to do in SF in August.

More information here.

6. NIHONMACHI STREET FAIR (AUGUST 3-4)

What makes this street fair a uniquely San Francisco event is the broader cultural context participants can experience in addition to traditional Asian-Pacific influences. The Nihonmachi Street Fair organizers have a long history of including local entertainment that have spanned genres from Taiko to hip-hop to salsa, rock, and jazz. The street fair takes place in and around Japantown, near the Civic Center.

More information here.

7. STERN GROVE FESTIVAL (DATES THROUGH AUGUST)

The Stern Grove is celebrating its 87th season of free Sunday concerts this summer. However, although it is free you do need to reserve tickets (and they reserve out fast, so don’t wait). The line-up this year includes Alex G, Lucinda Williams, Herbie Hancock and Chaka Khan. To make the most of it, pack a picnic and bottle of wine (alcohol is permitted) AND layer up, because the weather in Outer Sunset (and SF in general) can be fickle.

More information here.

Oracle Park

8. BATTLE OF THE BAY (AUGUST 17 AND 18)

Experience the legendary rivalry between the Bay Area’s two Major League Baseball teams duke it out at their respective stadiums. Whether you’re more of a green-and-gold or black-and-orange type of person, grab a hat and head to one of these beautiful ballparks to get a real Bay Area experience.

More information here.

9. ENJOY SOME LIVE COMEDY (AUGUST 8 AND 11)

We could all do with a good giggle right now, in fact many experts say that there’s nothing better for easing tension than a good belly laugh. Cobb’s, a legendary North Beach comedy club, has a series of shows coming up in August. The neighborhood makes a great place to have fun after the show too.

More information here.

10. SAN FRANCISCO FERRY BUILDING (ALL MONTH)

The Ferry Building is one of the city’s most iconic buildings, serving as a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. It’s a center for events, pop-ups, a farmers’ market, and countless excellent merchants who sell their wares daily in the building’s many stalls.

During the course of the month there are a ton of events going on:

  • Summer Sunday’s, with family-friendly activities
  • Live Music on the Plaza every Thursday
  • Wellness Wednesday yoga: 11 am-12 pm
  • Tours of the historic building every Tuesday and Thursday
  • An art exhibition, on public display, called Urban Tides.

More information here.

If you have any feedback on 10 Best Things to Do in SF in August please email us or reach out on social media, we’d love to hear from you.

– By Damien Blackshaw (Twitter)

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