From REAF’s Gala To The Pebble Beach Concours, Here Are 8 Things To Do In August


Photo Credit: San Francisco Symphony

Wondering what we will be up to over the next month? Here is what’s on our August agenda.

Hip-hop artist, activist, and actor Common will perform with the San Francisco Symphony for one night only. On August 1, Common will sing a selection of works from his latest release, Black America Again, as well as hits from Like Water for Chocolate, Be, and Selma.

This Saturday, August 4 Glide is hosting its 9th annual Legacy Gala at August Hall. At the event, Alicia Garza (co-founder of Black Lives Matter) and Lateefah Simon (civil rights and racial justice advocate) will be honored. Along with a hosted bar and hors-d’oeuvres from some of the city’s top restaurants, guests will enjoy dancing and musical performances by DJ KingMost and the Glide Ensemble.

Last year's Outside Lands festival
Last year’s Outside Lands festival

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With an insane lineup of music, food, and drink, Outside Lands takes over Golden Gate Park for the 11th year in a row August 10-12. Headliners include The Weeknd, Florence + The Machine, and Janet Jackson. Expect delicious eats like Rich Table’s famed porcini doughnuts with raclette and specialty cocktails from the city’s top mixologists as well as plenty of craft beer and artisanal wine.

The Richmond/Ermet Aid Foundation (REAF) is throwing its annual concert and gala—Help is On the Way—on Sunday, August 19 at the Herbst Theater & Green Room. The musical extravaganza includes performances by Loretta Devine, Donna McKecknie, Leslie Jordan, Paula West, and many more. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and is preceded by a gala reception at 6 p.m.

1963 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson Special at the Concours
1963 Agajanian Willard Battery Watson Special at the Concours

Photo Credit: Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The motoring universe will descend on the Monterey Peninsula for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion for one week in August—the 21-26. There are a plethora of automotive events culminating in the annual car show that takes place on the famed 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

Cochon555 has teamed up with the Napa Valley Wine Train and Charles Krug Winery for an exclusive event in honor of Heritage Fire Napa. On Sunday, August 26, foodies are invited to partake in an afternoon and evening rail tour of the Valley on the wine train. Hop on the train and indulge in cheese, charcuterie, and cocktails while listening to a live New Orleans-style band. The train will transport guests to Charles Krug for Cochon555 Heritage Fire, a massive barbecue where local chefs cook everything from lamb to vegetables over an open fire. After the event, train goers hop back on the new open-air car and return to Yountville.

Oysters on the half shell
Oysters on the half shell

Photo Credit: Waterbar

On Sunday, August 26, from noon to 3 p.m., Waterbar is hosting its 10th annual OysterFest. The event takes place outside in Waterbar’s bay-front patio. Last year, over 5,000 oysters were consumed and this year promises to be just as delicious. Seafood-centric restaurants like Farallon, Leo’s, and Dobbs Ferry, will be serving small bites alongside Waterbar’s team. Proceeds from OysterFest benefit The San Francisco Surfrider Foundation, an organization that protects the world’s beaches.

Learn how to cook a modern Jewish feast at The Civic Kitchen’s New Year event on August 30. Chef Marlene Sorosky Grey will teach guests the techniques for making an authentic Rosh Hashanah dinner including chicken matzah ball soup, potato kugel, and crowned apple cake. The interactive class includes wine, and you’ll get to enjoy the food after it’s been prepared.