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Festivals abound in and around San Francisco in August. Here are five suggestions to keep you out and about:

Nihonmachi Street Fair August 2 & 3 - The Nihonmachi Street Fair considers itself the original “melting pot” of street fairs, with many aspects of Asian-Pacific American life—and San Francisco’s cultural life—expressed through performance, tradition, art, music, food, and community outreach and service. The formula must work since the organizers estimated that over 30,000 festival attendees last year! The Nihonmachi Street Fair takes place in San Francisco’s Japantown, located in the Western Addition neighborhood of the City. Located on Post Street between Laguna and Fillmore Streets. Learn More

Outside Lands Music Festival August 8 – 10 - The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival takes place in August with dozens of bands and attractions. From singer-songwriters to DJs, jazz acts and cutting edge rock bands, all major music movements are celebrated alongside a host of local musicians, food vendors and visual artists representing San Francisco's vibrant cultural community. Golden Gate Park. Learn More

Pistahan Parade and Festival August 9 & 10 - Experience the best of Filipino art, dance, music and food at the 21st Annual Pistahan Parade and Festival. Billed as the largest celebration of Filipino Americans in the U.S., the two-day event organized by the Filipino American Arts Exposition is expected to draw over 60,000 people each day. Admission is free and fun for the entire family! The Pistahan Parade begins at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 9th from San Francisco's Civic Center and ends at the festival at Yerba Buena Gardens on Fourth and Mission Streets. Learn More

Noe Valley Wine Walk August 21 - The tasting event will be located throughout 24th Street from Diamond to Chattanooga and will include restaurants and merchants offering wine samples, finger foods and special treats. Attendees wishing to participate in the sampling program may purchase on-site tickets for $25 or advance tickets for $20 via the website. The on-site ticket sales location is at the 3865 24th St. parking lot between Sanchez & Vicksburg. Please check back for further information. Participants will receive a wine glass and map with all of the tasting locations. Ticket sales on the day of the event will be "Cash Only." Learn More

SF Street Food Festival August 28 – September 1 - La Cocina will be hosting the SF Street Food Festival in San Francisco’s Mission District with over 80 local vendors to celebrate food entrepreneurs in the Bay. The Festival will take place in the Mission District from 11 a.m. until 7p.m on Folsom St. from 20th to 26th, 21st and 25th from Treat St. to Shotwell St., as well as the Cesar Chavez Elementary School parking lot, Parque de los Ninos Unidos and Jose Coronada Playground. Learn More

To learn more about things to do in Fisherman's Wharf during your stay, visit our calendar of events page on our website for details of some of the more interesting events that are happening in San Francisco this month. Regardless of what you have planned, enjoy visiting our beautiful city.

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Happy Travels ... Michael Hirsch, General Manager



Stow Lake Boathouse
Perched alongside the built-in-1893 lake. The historic, recently renovated boathouse (it was getting a little creaky) contains a café (try the famous pink popcorn!) and serves as the launch spot for Stow Lake's fleet of boats, including the iconic paddleboats so beloved by tourists — and locals who aren't too cool to admit it. If hanging out on the water's not for you, stroll around the lake, dodging rapidly waddling geese and ducks on the paved path. More ambitious hikers can cruise to Strawberry Hill atop Stow Lake's tiny, wooded island. On days when the fog lifts, the view there is well worth the huffing and puffing. 50 Stow Lake Dr. E., Golden Gate Park. 415-386-2531. Learn More


Vibrant neighborhood Mexican kitchens celebrating the traditional cookery of Mexico and utilizing a philosophy of purchasing local, organic and sustainable ingredients. The chicken mole is to die for! Two locations at Broderick at Hayes and at 9th Avenue at Lincoln. Learn More

Kokkari Estiatorio
Greek food is not easy to come by in this town, but at this sweeping, comfortable restaurant, complete with a roaring fireplace where everything from lamb to suckling pig is spit-roasted, you can feast like Zeus. Chef Erik Cosselmon does the expected Greek classics beautifully, but the more adventurous diner can enjoy the likes of goat stew, grilled octopus, whole fish and house-made headcheese. 200 Jackson Street (at Front) 415-981-0983. Learn More


The Palace of Fine Arts
Nestled in San Francisco’s Marina District and less than a mile from the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts transports its visitors to Europe while remaining in San Francisco. The Palace was originally built in 1915 as one of 10 featured in the Panama-Pacific Exhibition. It features a stunning pergola that wraps around a large rotunda situated on a lagoon. The stunning architecture features large columns and Greek figures alluding to Greek culture and ideology. The lagoon is home to local wildlife including a family of majestic swans. 3301 Lyon Street. Learn More


Adventure Cat Sailing Charters
Want to see the San Francisco Bay as the sun sets over the Pacific Ocean? Adventure Cat offers a 1.5-hour Sunset Sail is for those who want a serene, romantic experience—it's the perfect date night! Watch the city slowly light up behind you as the Golden Gate bridge glows in the dwindling sunlight. Relax and sip some California wine in our protected cabin with intimate tables and cushy seating. Included with your ticket are two complimentary beverages (beer, wine or soda) from our bar and light hors d'oeuvres. Pier 39, J Dock (800) 498-4228. Learn More


Motown the Musical
It began as one man's story… became everyone's music… and is now Broadway's musical. MOTOWN THE MUSICAL is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat. Now, experience it live on stage in the record-breaking smash hit MOTOWN THE MUSICAL! At Orpheum Theatre August 15 – September 28. Learn More


Circus Center
Circus Center is one of the foremost circus schools in the western United States. It was founded in 1984 by Wendy Parkman and Judy Finelli as the San Francisco School of Circus Arts. Circus Center now offers an introductory circus class for kids ages 6 – 10. Perfect for beginners, this class introduces our youngest students to a variety of circus activities and acrobatic fundamentals, including trapeze, acrobatics, juggling, tightwire, clowning and more! Thier teachers provide fun and challenging classes to spark the next generation of circus artists. 755 Frederick St. (415) 759-8123. Learn More 

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Ring in the New Year with a spectacular waterfront fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay. This is a free, family event that begins at Midnight. There are many great spots to view the show; however the best public viewing spots are located along the Embarcadero and south of the Ferry Building.

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