Summer is almost over, and there are so many fun opportunities to get out there and make the most of every day before school starts for the fall. Check out these 42 kid friendly events in San Francisco for August 2017.
Celebrate summer evenings in the park at Presidio Twilight! Back for its fourth season, the gathering features delicious international food and drink from a large selection of local vendors, lantern-lit cabanas, shared fire pits, live music, and views of the sun setting over San Francisco Bay. Grab your blanket, bundle up, and enjoy San Francisco Bay views, yoga at dusk, and a great community vibe.
August 6: Amadou & Miriam and theIbibio Sound Machine; For the past forty-odd years, Amadou & Mariam have managed to joyfully combine their love story with a musical career while becoming ambassadors for Malian music, and African music, all around the world.; August 13: War & Malo: Musical melting pot WAR became a permanent part of America’s musical landscape as one of the first successful bands to fuse rock, jazz, Latin, and R&B, creating hits such as “Low Rider,” “Spill The Wine,” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”; August 20:Brazilian Girls & Moon Hooch: Hailing from New York City, GRAMMY-nominated group Brazilian Girls are a dance floor-friendly and eclectic blend of electronic dance music reflecting styles as diverse as reggae, jazz, bossa nova, reggae, and lounge. Explosive horn and percussion trio Moon Hooch first gained a following busking in the New York city subway, but have since moved on to much larger stages with their modern-day jazz fusion. August 27: Mavis Staples: With a career spanning 60-plus years, powerhouse vocalist Mavis Staples cross easily between gospel, soul, folk, pop and hip hop.
Get outside and pick your own peaches, nectarines and tomatoes this month on Saturdays and Sundays. Buckets, boxes and bags will be provided.
Featuring the favorite engines and destinations from Thomas & Friends, the STEM-focused exhibit seeks to engage children, ages 2 through 7 years, and families in foundational skills that foster STEM literacy through playful learning experiences. The exhibit incorporates foundational STEM practices that encourage thinking mathematically, making comparisons, experimenting to solve problems using a variety of methods and tools, thinking creatively and reflecting on actions and results.
Every Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., from April through October, there’s something new under the sun and stars downtown at San Francisco’s historic Union Square Park. Rock & Roll, classical and jazz music. Swing and salsa dancing. Circus performer. Outdoor cinema. And much more. July: Circus performances, music, and more.
Now one of the most performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza! Tony winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Lucky Stiff, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island and Ragtime) have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie, and a little boy with a big imagination–Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.
Learn about the soldiers’ lives, the Fort’s unique architecture, the defenses of the Golden Gate and lots more.
Joe Leon’s eccentric menagerie of puppets draw audience members of all ages into familiar stories that take unexpected turns. Repeats at 12:15pm.
More than 230 top contemporary jewelry, furniture, clothing and home décor artists will sell their handmade crafts.
Families with children of all ages can enjoy nature crafts, garden care, outdoor games and exploration in the children’s garden at the SF Botanical Graden. Every Saturday 1-4pm through Oct.
Get far out and go below this Summer of Love at Aquarium of the Bay, located on PIER 39, along San Francisco’s iconic waterfront. Share your love of the ocean between August 5th and 12th at the Aquarium where you will learn about bay creatures and how to better protect the ocean. Whether participating in environmental awareness efforts or building initiatives such as Conservation Impact Programs, the Aquarium and bay.org have a broad impact on conservation challenges facing the global environment. Aquarium activities are free with general admission. Sea Lion Center activities are free for all PIER 39 visitors.
August 5/6: August 7 is National Lighthouse Day. Get prepared for the fun event by making your own lighthouse with us. Then take your lighthouse over to Point Bonita in the Marin Headlands and check out their lighthouse! August 12/13: The western pond turtles are thriving at Mountain Lake. Come celebrate these wonderful creatures by making your own mosaic of them. August 19/20: Do you know the length of the Golden Gate Bridge? Come learn the answer and other fun bridge facts as you design your very own San Francisco bridge. August 26/27: The Presidio is full of exciting and interesting animals. Come to the Presidio Officers’ Club to create your own egg-citing critter and learn about all the different animals that call the Presidio home.
Join a Presidio Park Ranger and Presidio Trust guide on this gentle 4-mile bike ride. Roll through the history and nature of the Presidio at a family-friendly pace that’s fun for all! Rent a bike from Sports Basement or bring your own.
Check out Kevin Bacon as a hot high school student in this 1984 classic. Bring a blanket or low chair to sit on.
Check out aspects of Asian-Pacific American life expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, community outreach and children’s activities. 11am-6pm.
Get your kids riding on two wheels with free, safe, and friendly instruction from the Presidio Community Y. Bikes and equipment are provided. All ages are welcome; no reservations required. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Trust.
Outside Lands is one of the largest San Francisco events in August. This three-day music festival features more than 70 well-known artists on multiple stages, as well as local food, wine, and beer vendors. Each year it’s held in Golden Gate Park near the Polo Field.
This prince among clowns has honed a singular blend of physical comedy and hambone body percussion. Repeats at 12:15pm.
Attention teenagers! Finish off the summer with #TeenScienceNight at the California Academy of Sciences! For the fourth year in a row, youth (13-18) are invited to the world’s largest teen-only museum event. Come enjoy music, food, and dancing while exploring science with over 1,500 other teens! Watch science come to life on August 11th from 6:30-9:00pm at #TeenScienceNight.
Super hero action, thrills and drama will soar, smash and burst into arenas across the country starting this summer with the debut of the all-new action-packed adventure Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes. The iconic Marvel Super Heroes Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax, in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. The newest production from Feld Entertainment, the world’s leading producer of live touring family entertainment, will make its world premiere in Los Angeles on July 7, 2017.
This is a world premiere production of a show based on the award-winning children’s book by Marcus Pfister about the joy of finding friendship through sharing. For ages 3 and up.
Experience the beauty of Filipino art, dance, music, and food at the 23rd edition of this two-day festival, known to be the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S. This event is fun for the whole family, and admission is free.
This festival features live music including a special guest performance by Moreno Fruzzetti, Italian food, a pizza toss by Tony’s pizza, wine tasting and more. It is sponsored by the San Francisco Italian Athletic Club.
Saturday in the Park is back! We kick this concert series off with the 5th Annual Kids Show, which features art, music, magic, science and dance! Join us from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, August 12 Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre (Off of John F. Shelley Drive near Cambridge Street) in McLaren Park for a full day of family fun! For more information, click here or call (415) 413-7501.
Come to the bookmobile for the annual backpack and school supplies giveaway. Children entering kindergarten to 12th grade are invited to attend.
Watch the movie on a 40-foot screen while a live symphony orchestra plays every note of John Williams’ score. 8pm.
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival presents this famed tragedy about a Danish prince who must decide whether to commit murder to avenge the death of his father. Saturdays, 7:30pm. Sundays, 4pm.
Join us for our monthly Inner Sunset Flea Market featuring fabulous finds, family fun and fantastic food just one block away from beautiful Golden Gate Park! 10am-4pm ON Irving Street between 9th-10th Avenues. Come play in the street with us as local residents, merchants and makers share their treasures while children can explore all the fun activities on hand. Food truck and artisans will tantalize your tastebuds…and there is always a few fun surprises to each event! We also invite you to explore all the wonderful businesses in the surroundings through our Merchant Hop which highlights local merchants who are offering in-store events, sales and specials! All are welcome to join in the fun…. more information at www.isflea.com *6/11, 7/9, 8/13, 9/10, 10/15 *Second Sunday’s May-Sept plus Oct 15 **Easy access via N-Judah
On Sunday, August 13, 2017, City Horse will host our 3rd annual community carnival for little children and their families. The carnival will include: trick roping show at 12:30 pm, hula hoop show at 1:30PM, magician, pony and wagon rides, carnival games, animal fair, super slide, face painting and more. The carnival will take place from 10:30 am – 4 pm at Golden Gate Fields located at 1100 Eastshore Highway in Berkeley and adjacent to the Albany Bulb. The carnival is a fundraiser for City Horse, a non-profit project that promotes horsemanship as a means for students to get academic credit and learn life skills. More information about City Horse is available at www.cityhorse.us.
Listen to live music, purchaseFood and beverage and let the kids participate in activities organized by the San Francisco Recreation & Parks department. The Asian Art Museum will stay open late.
A passport to Bollywood for kiddies, Non Stop Bhangra celebrates the beautiful and vibrant spirit of Bhangra, a traditional Punjabi folk music and dance. Repeats at 12:15pm
The popular PBS TV character Daniel Tiger will be on hand until 3pm at “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Grr-ific Exhibit.” Children ages 2-6 are invited to enter the world of this popular PBS television character. Through immersive experiences, visitors collaborate to solve problems, user their imagination to transform their surroundings and play along with Daniel’s singable strategies as they learn life lessons.
This year’s theme is “High Tech on the High Seas: the Evolution of Maritime Culture and Technology.” Learn about engines that made a difference while sampling traditional music from live acts. Family-friendly activities will include knot-tying, rigging, caulking, steam bending and rope-making demonstrations; a small boat launch, kids’ craft stations and more.
For families with children ages 6 and up. The evening includes setting up camp, eating pizza, meeting with a zookeeper, enjoying snacks and getting a nighttime guided tour before going to sleep and then having a continental breakfast the next morning.
Come as a family to enjoy gallery activities, creative art projects and immersive storytelling. Attend a workshop about the symbolism of flowers and different ways to use them in the Balinese tradition.
Walk, bike, stroll bike or skate around this historic neighborhood and enjoy family activities along the way.
The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival offers the delightful Yerba Buena Gardens Children’s Garden Series, interactive performances specially designed for kids and families, on Fridays in the Yerba Buena Children’s Garden at Howard and Fourth Streets.
Grab your blankets and head to PIER 39 for outdoor Movie Nights, held the last Friday of every month through September! Before the show, get a bite to eat at one of PIER 39’s restaurants, or take advantage of special Movie Night discounts at participating businesses. At sundown, settle in for a free screening of a classic San Francisco film. For more information and to see the monthly movie schedule, please visit http://www.pier39.com/home/events/39. Movie Nights are just one part of PIER 39’s 39-week long anniversary celebration! Learn more at pier39.com/39.
This romantic musical comedy received 14 Oscar nominations last year.
All ages welcome to participate. Bring a picnic but leave dogs at home. Registration is at 9am at the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center, 1 Drakes Beach Road, Inverness. Build sand sculptures at Drakes Beach. Judging begins at 12pm. Prizes awarded in different age groups at 3:30pm.
It is amazing what can be created with just a piece of paper and some clever folding action! At the Origami-Palooza and Paper Airplane Contest, people of all ages are invited to come learn from the experts and make their own paper art pieces. This festival, which takes place at the Japan Center Malls in Japantown, will also include an origami competition and prizes for the best entries.
What are you up to this month? Are you going to make it to any of these 42 kid friendly events in San Francisco for August 2017? Any big plans for the last dog days of summer? I am so looking forward to long summer nights, sunsets chalk painting in the driveway and relaxing before school starts. Let me know what your plans are, maybe we will see you out there.
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