5 Things To Do Outside in San Francisco

Even though San Francisco’s climate in summer can be…well, “brisk” might be the most charitable word—it’s no coincidence that every visitors center at every major tourist attraction in town sells winter-weight fleeces all year round—the city’s parks still host a wide range of outdoor musical and theatrical events this month. Don’t forget to pack a hoodie.

August 5-7: Music is just the beginning at Outside Lands, in Golden Gate Park: in its ninth year, the festival is almost as well known for what you can eat (Azalina’s Malaysian peanut tofu braised nachos! 4505’s Best Damn Cheeseburgers! Little Skillet’s fried chicken and waffles!) and drink (Ridge Vineyard! Scribe Winery! Bear Republic!) as for who you’ll hear (LCD Sound System! Radiohead! Lana Del Rey!).

Outside_Lands_2015_04714_JORGPHOTOPhoto Courtesy of Andrew Jorgenson and Above Featured Photo Courtesy of Misha Vladimirskiy

August 6: Also that weekend, the AfroSolo Festival takes over Yerba Buena Gardens for an afternoon of jazz with pianist Tammy L. Hall and singer Linda Kay Ricketts.

August 7, 14, 21: The free Stern Grove Festival Sunday afternoon concert series will be bringing (in order) the O’Jays, the music of William Onyeabor, and the New Pornographers to town.

SternGroveFestival6_photo by Scott WallPhoto Courtesy of Scott Wall

August 13 and 14: Notice to the mime-phobic: The San Francisco Mime Troupe does not, in fact, involve suspenders, striped shirts, or white facial paint. Catch their current work of political satire, Schooled, this weekend at Glen Park or Washington Square Park. We swear—there’s not an invisible box in sight.


August 14: Honoring the late, great Jerry Garcia, the 14th annual Jerry Day concert and community fundraiser takes place in McLaren Park, not far from where the musician grew up. Dress code: tie-dye.

Screen Shot 2016-07-29 at 12.38.38 PMPhoto Courtesy of Bob Minkin

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