The Best Things To Do In San Francisco – August 2017

It's wonderful to be in San Francisco during the summer, and August is no exception. The weather is fantastic and there's plenty to celebrate, including Eat Drink SF and a host of cultural festivals — Pistahan, the largest Filipino Americans gathering in the US, and the Nihonmachi Street Fair in Japantown.

To these fun cultural events add a host of baseballs games at AT&T Park with the Giants facing the Athletics, the Diamondbacks, and the Cubs, and you've got an exciting month in San Francisco. Of course, August is a great month to take a day trip to Napa & Sonoma to see the vines in all their pre-harvest glory.

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Most Popular Activities

Things to Do in San Francisco August 2017

Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

Classic San Francisco Bike Tour

Although it has a few hills you might have heard about, SF is a compact city and, so, easy to explore on bicycle. Enjoy the day pedalling through the parkland of the Presidio, through Golden Gate Park, and even across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Vista Helicopter Tour

SF Vista Helicopter Tour

The 37-mile flight in a Bell Jet helicopter takes you over and around the landmarks of the city — the Ferry Building, the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and, hey, is that Alcatraz? You really haven't lived until you've zigzagged right over the San Francisco Bay. Start your tour with a shuttle pickup at either Union Square or Fisherman's Wharf.

SF Bay Sailing Cruise

Bay Sailing Cruise

Board the Adventure Cat catamaran at the Embarcadero then sail away on a cruise and coast past the city skyline. Enjoy the 360-degree views from inside the cabin, protected from the sea breeze, or take a seat outside on the canvas trampoline for an open-air experience.

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Top Entertainment & Sports

Things to Do in San Francisco August 2017

SF Giants Baseball

SF Giants Baseball

Take yourself out to the ballgame to catch the August action at AT&T Park with the Giants facing the Oakland Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, the Chicago Cubs, the Phillies, the Brewers, and the Cardinals. Yes, there'll be peanuts and CrackerJacks.
• AT&T Park
• August 2 to 31

Don't Forget to Get the San Francisco CityPASS

San Francisco CityPASS

This popular city pass is our first choice for San Francisco. Millions have been sold — with 99% of users recommending it. Those kind of figures give us confidence.

The CityPASS gives you free access to five favorite activities, including a 7-day cable car and bus pass. You also get into the California Academy of Sciences, Aquarium of the Bay, the amazing Exploratorium, plus a cruise of the bay that sails beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.

You save money, about 44%, but the best part for us is that you get to skip the ticket lines, saving your valuable vacation time for something more fun!

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The Best of Arts & Culture

Things to Do in San Francisco August 2017

At The Museums in August

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Contemporary Jewish Museum
  • Roz Chast's Cartoon Memoirs
    Ends September 3, 2017
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Walt Disney Museum
  • Deja View: The Art of Andreas Deja
    Ends October 4, 2017
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San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
  • Alexander Calderbr> Ends September 10, 2017
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Our Fave Day Trips From San Francisco

Things to Do in San Francisco August 2017

Wine Train + Gourmet Lunch + Wine Tasting + Vineyard Tour

Wine Train + Gourmet Lunch

You start out from San Francisco and are driven to Napa Valley to ride the historic Wine Train. Travel through lush vineyards and quaint villages — St Helena, Oakville, Rutherford, and Yountville — as you dine on a multi-course meal featuring fresh, local ingredients. Then, hop off the train at the winery of your choice for a vineyard tour and tasting session.

Day Trip to Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Set aside a day to discover the natural beauty of Yosemite — San Joaquin Valley, the Sierra Nevadas. Relax among the giant California sequoia trees for a picnic lunch. Hike to the falls, cycle, swim in the river pool,s or visit the Ansel Adams Gallery. Includes pick-up and delivery at your hotel and all entrance fees.

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The Most Delicious Food & Wine Events

Things to Do in San Francisco August 2017

Chinatown Walking Food Tour

Chinatown Walking Food Tour

It will be a culinary day to remember! Spend a fun day in Chinatown sampling Cantonese barbecue-pork filled buns, President Obama's favorite SF dim sum, authentic Szechuan cuisine, savory Peking duck, and a sweet ending with a Chinese flan baked to perfection. This is a fantastic way to get an insider's peek into one of the most popular neighborhoods in SF.

Eat Drink SF

Eat Drink SF

Taste your way through top SF restaurants offering delicious dishes. Sample wine, beer, and cocktails created by top sommelier and mixologists. Attend cooking demos and mingle with local renown tastemakers. Your ticket to the event gives you total access to a quintessential San Francisco experience.
• August 24 to 22, 2017
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Festivals & Happenings

Things to Do in San Francisco August 2017

Outside Lands Music Festival

Outside Lands Music Festival

Held at the iconic Golden Gate Park, it's one of the biggest music festivals in California. We can't way to see who's playing this year. Last year's lineup includes Duran Duran, Lionel Ritchie, Radiohead, and Lana Del Ray. Elton was there the previous year. There's also a food & wine explosion with food trucks from some of the best SF restaurants.
• Golden Gate Park. August 11 to 13, 2017

79th Stern Grove Festival

79th Stern Grove Festival

Hear free concerts every Sunday all summer long in the Sigmund Stern Grove. For audiences of all ages. There are Kids Days, the KidStage, and Artist Talks. That's right, George Clinton appeared last year!
• Stern Grove
• Ends August 27, 2017
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Annual Pistahan Parade & Festival

Annual Pistahan Parade & Festival

Here's where you can experience Filipino art, dance, food & culture. Admission is free! The action takes place at Yerba Buena Gardens.
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Nihonmachi Street Fair

Nihonmachi Street Fair

Nihonmachi is a celebration of Asian-Pacific American culture. This popular weekend event attracts crowds of more than 30,000 people. Dance, sing, and eat your way through Japantown.
• August 6 & 7
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