50 FREE Things To Do In With Kids This August

Looking for something fun to do this August? Here are 50 more great ideas of FREE events, festivals, crafts, music, movies, and more. 

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  1. Nostalgia Days Cruise + Car Show in Novato (8/3-4).
  2. Nautical activities at Maritime Day in Sausalito (8/4).
  3. The “melting pot” of street fairs, Nihonmachi Street Fair (8/4-5).
  4. Every Thursday, let's Go Salsa@Jessie!
  5. Learn to Lindy every Sunday at Golden Gate Park.
  6. Music and entertainment in Yerba Buena Gardens.
  7. The Fremont Festival Of The Arts, the Largest Free Street Festival West Of The Mississippi.
  8. Discover The Joy of Generosity at the Children’s Program at Green Gulch (8/5).
  9. Pop over to the North Bay Mobile Drive-In, meets every other Saturday in Novato.
  10. Celebrate Jerry Day outdoor concert and family fun (8/5).
  11. Meet legendary astronauts at the Novato Space Festival (8/5).
  12. Pistahan, celebrating Filipino and Filipino-American culture (8/11-12).
  13. Inaugural summer dual race series at Stafford Lake Bike Park.
  14. Take a Guided Art Hike of the large collection of Andy Goldsworthy in the Presidio (8/11).
  15. Count the shooting stars of the Perseides Meteor Shower (8/12-13) .
  16. Discover hidden gems at the San Francisco Public Library Walking Tours.
  17. Under the Bridge: Marine Mammals of SF Bay at the Marine Science Sunday (8/12 & 26), Marine Mammal Center.
  18. Enjoy San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Festival of the Sea.
  19. Watch a jellybean hatch.
  20. Get to know the Presidio during this two hour, in-depth experience on the Presidio Experience Tour (8/16).
  21. Learn how the universe has evolved to its current state at the Mt. Tam Star Party (8/18).
  22. Stand watch at the Fort Point Living History Day (8/18).
  23. Sunday Streets debuts a new Mystery Route (8/19).
  24. Picnic on the Plaza every Friday evening in San Anselmo.
  25. Catch up to three innings of San Francisco Giants baseball for free.
  26. Snag Your Cabana at the Presidio Twilight.
  27. Lord, what fools these mortals be! if you miss Midsummer Night's Dream.
  28. Did I ever call for thee to pay thy part? Why, no because it's a free performance of Henry IV Part I in Mill Valley (Sat & Sun starting 8/18).
  29. Are you sure/That we are awake? It seems to me/That yet we sleep, we dream, A Midsummer Night's Dream with the SF Shakespeare Festival.
  30. Outdoor summer movies, whose bring the popcorn?
  31. St Steven’s Day celebration of Hungarian culture on 8/19 & Ukranian cultural celebration on 8/26 at Golden Gate Park Band, Spreckles Temple of Music in Golden Gate Park every Sunday.
  32. Were't not for laughing, I should pity him, King Henry IV, Part 1 (8/18-9/9).
  33. Origami-Palooza & The Great Paper Airplane Contest.
  34. Arias in the Afternoon in Sausalito (8/19).
  35. Channel your inner tourist and take a spin around 49 Mile Drive.
  36. Bring a magnet and cup to collect Black Sand on Ocean Beach.
  37. Explore the Outdoor Exploratorium at Fort Mason.
  38. Learn the basics of orienteering with a ranger at Stafford Lake Park.
  39. Hidden at low tide is the Steep Ravine Hot Springs.
  40. Get a panoramic view at the top of the Hamon Observation Tower, De Young Museum.
  41. Bark at the seals and enjoy street performers daily at Pier 39.
  42. Golden Gate Park Every Sunday Roller Disco Party.
  43. What's for dinner tonight at a local farmers market.
  44. Free walking tours with Greenbelt Alliance and San Francisco City Guides.
  45. Creative Family Fun at the Presidio Officers Club every Saturday.
  46. Grill a three-course meal at Paradise Beach Park's BBQ’s (8/23).
  47. Simply great local music!
  48. Watch the fish frenzy at the Bay Model, Sausalito.
  49. Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach.
  50. Local libraries gear up with more fabulous musical performances, puppet shows, book clubs, movies, workshops, and more.