Perseids Meteor Party
Every year in August, the night skies rain down a shower of meteors known as the Perseids. The best place to enjoy the full show is somewhere away from the light pollution of cities, someplace like Coyote Lake/Harvey Bear Ranch County Park outside of Gilroy. Bring blankets and snuggle up for the late-night event, with a park ranger on duty to answer your questions. Friday/early Saturday, 8/15, 1-4am.
SF Street Food Festival
San Franciscans love food trucks about as much as they love food, so a festival that celebrates foods bought and eaten on the street is a big Of Course. Over 100 food vendors will be on hand at Pier 70 in the Dogpatch, as well as a craft beer garden and live music from a host of local bands. Saturday and Sunday, 8/15-16, 11am-6pm.
Ft Point Living History Day
Built just prior to the Civil War, and the only fort on the west coast, Ft. Point’s historic heyday as California’s first line of defense comes alive during its Civil War Living History Day. Live reenactors will go through infantry and artillery demonstrations, while the medicine, music and dance of San Francisco of the mid-1800s will be on display. Saturday, 8/15, 10am-5pm.
Umoja, or ‘unity’ in Swahili, is the theme for this all-day celebration of African art and culture in Oakland’s Lowell Park, featuring an inter-African soccer tournament with players from around the Bay Area. Enjoy African cuisine from a host of vendors, and a musical lineup that includes Jah’Mila and master Senegalese drummer Samba Guisse. Saturday, 8/15, 10am-7pm.
Chinatown Music Festival
Come for the dumplings at Good Mong Kok Bakery, stay for the music. Now in its fifth year, the Chinatown Music Fest features traditional and contemporary pop, jazz, classical and R&B, along with a bit of Mongolian dance. The lineup includes local Chinatown band Jest Jammin’ with roots harking back to the ‘60s. Saturday, 8/15, 11am-5pm, Portsmouth Square.