10 Things Not to Miss in SF This August

Posted by Kelsey Abkin

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Summer may be drawing to a close but San Francisco won’t let that slow it down. This August is jam-packed with events to keep you in the summer mindset right up until the very end. From the coveted Outside Lands to the more hush hush Craft Spirits Carnival, here are 10 things you don’t want to miss this August.

Want to check out any of the following events? Just ask your Scout and they can take care of the details:

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1. Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Kicking off August is none other than the coveted Outside Lands Music Festival. Think Coachella with more clothes and that mellow San Francisco vibe. This year, the Aug. 7 to 9 festival features more food and drink options than ever. Oh yeah, and there’s some crazy popular headliners like Elton John, the Black Keys and Mumford & Sons. The concert is sold out but our Scouts are happy to rummage Craigslist for you.

2. Eat, Drink, SF

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The mingling of innovative hipsters and food connoisseurs has made San Francisco into an epicenter for food. Eat, Drink, SF is San Francisco’s time to show this off. This food, wine, and spirits festival is four days (Aug. 20-23) of satisfying food comas and ideal tipsiness. Events range from master chef battles over the perfect taco to a classy Sunday Brunch at Foreign Cinema. Ask your Scout for tickets and you’ll walk away with a new appreciation of food.

 3. SF Craft Spirits Carnival

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This carnival, held on Aug. 15th and 16th, can claim the title of the “largest tasting room for hand-crafted spirits.” If this isn’t convincing you to check it out, maybe this will: the carnival features Polynesian dancers, incredible acrobats, and live music. Plus, the ticket includes unlimited tastings. Unlimited. Assuming you’re convinced, we’ll set you up with a ticket.

4. Festival of the Chariots

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“Rathra Yatra” or as San Francisco calls it, “The Festival of the Chariots” is an Indian celebration in which three deities are moved on exquisitely crafted chariots. At the SF version, held on August 23rd in Golden Gate Park, attendees will also experience ancient indian dances, exhibits, live music and a free vegetarian meal. This unique event is one you don’t want to miss.

5. Stern Grove Festival

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Stern Grove Festival is a series of free concerts in SF’s Sigmund Stern Grove amphitheater. This August’s lineup hits it out of the park (pun intended) with artists such as Morris Day & The Time and Talib Kweli. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. My recommendation: grab a bottle of wine and a blanket, make a pit stop at nearby Cocola for sandwiches to go, and enjoy a picnic at the park concert. Arrive early as it can get crowed. See the full lineup here.

6. San Francisco Street Food Festival

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Only in San Francisco do two food centered events make it on the top 10 list. Think of this as Eat, Drink, SF’s more casual little sibling. SF’s Street Food Festival takes place on August 15th and 16th and features the latest and the greatest in local cuisine. Enjoy everything from creme brûlée to curry as you stroll down Pier 70 to the sound of live music. A Scout will happily set you and your stomach up with a ticket here.

7. Design Night: Colorific

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Hosted by Autodesk, this event is everything to love about technology. This month’s theme is “Colorific”, meaning you just might learn the answer to your long-wondered question of whether that dress was blue or gold. On August 6th, prepare to ooh and aah at the crazy tech world, make your own ‘marbled’ paper, and arguably most importantly, enjoy an open bar, food and dessert. Sit back, relax, and let a Scout snatch you a ticket.

8. The 420 Games

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Yes, it’s exactly what you think it is. The 420 Games is a series of runs, bike rides, and other fun, athletic activities aimed at erasing the association of laziness with smoking weed. Smokers and nonsmokers alike can enjoy the 4.20 mile (clever, I know) run, Lagunitas beer tasting, and live music reggae concert all to the backdrop of Golden Gate Park. Interested? We’ll sign you up here.

9.Noe Valley Wine Walk

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What’s the perfect way to spend a Thursday evening? How about spending it in Noe Valley with a glass of wine and a map of wine tasting locations in hand? This year’s 5th annual Noe Valley Wine Walk, held on August 20th, allows you to experience the flavors of Noe Valley at over 15 wineries all for the affordable price of $20. We’ll help you spend your Thursday right by getting you a ticket.

10.The Giant Race

sanfranola_giantsmarathon13_tt001Show some SF pride while getting a great workout in at this year’s Giant Race. Depending on your athletic ability (and commitment to the Giants), you can choose to run the 5k, 10k, or half marathon. The race starts at 7am on Aug. 23rd. Save your energy and let a Scout register you. Don’t worry, even if you don’t win you’ll still get to take home Hunter Pence’s bobble head. Your wee ones can also participate in the kids race on the 22nd.

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