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What to Do in August

8/1: Santa Cruz Boardwalk Friday concert series thru August 29 (Santa Cruz), beachboardwalk.com (free)

8/2: Music in the Vineyards, August 1–24 (Napa), musicinthevineyards.org

8/3: Sausalito farmers’ market, Dunphy Park, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. (Sausalito)[free]

8/4: Head south for comedy and music alfresco at the Mountain Winery concert series (Saratoga), mountainwinery.com

8/5: Treasures from National Gallery of Art at the de Young, June 7–August 12 (S.F.), deyoung.famsf.org

8/6: Be a docent at Audubon Canyon Ranch's Martin Griffin Preserve, 10 a.m–2 p.m. (Stinson Beach), egret.org (free)

8/7: Danny Click rocks the Marin Art and Garden Center summer concert series, 5–7 p.m. (Ross), margc.org

8/8: Outside Lands, August 8–10 (S.F.), sfoutsidelands.com

8/9: San Rafael Art and Wine Festival (San Rafael), sresproductions.com (free)

8/10: Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest, 2–8 p.m., August 9–10 (Lake Tahoe), squaw.com

8/12: Take a dip at Coppola Winery's family-friendly pool thru September 28 (Geyserville) , francisfordcoppolawinery.com

8/14: West Marin Wine and Cheese Tour, Wednesday–Saturday 10:30–3:30 (West Marin), foodandfarmtours.com

8/15: Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Park, thru September 6 (Glen Ellen), transcendencetheatre.org

8/16: Exploratorium Market Days open-air festival (S.F.), exploratorium.edu (free)

8/17: The Marin Shakespeare Company presents Romeo and Juliet and An Ideal Husband (San Rafael), marinshakespeare.org

8/18: See Motown the Musical at the Orpheum Theatre August 15– September 28 (S.F.), shnsf.com

8/20: Open mic night at Hopmonk Tavern every Wednesday, sign up at 7 p.m. (Novato), hopmonk.com

8/22: Kids free at GoPro Grand Prix, 6 a.m.–10 p.m., August 22–24, (Sonoma), racesonoma.com

8/23: Blues, Brews and BBQ, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. (Napa), donapa.com

8/26: Visit new Marin Museum of Bicycling — lectures, movies, events (Fairfax), mmbhof.org

8/27: Movie night at Marin Country Mart, every Wednesday 5:30– 7:30 p.m. (Larkspur) marincountrymart.com (free)

8/29: Cowgirl Creamery cheese class and tasting, 11:30 a.m. every Friday (Stinson Beach), cowgirlcreamery.com

8/30: Astronomy night: “The Big Bang in Context” (Mill Valley), friendsofmttam.org

8/31: Sausalito Art Festival, August 30–September 1 (Sausalito), sausalitoartfestival.org

Outdoor Music Festivals

With so many great alfresco concerts around, here are tips for guaranteed fun all summer long.


  • Arrive early for best viewing.
  • Bring blankets or low chairs — it’s a long time to stand.
  • Check if food and beverages are sold on site; if not, check for restrictions and be sure to bring water and other food/drink items you may want.
  • Bring sunscreen, and pack a jacket for evening temperature drops


BOTTLE ROCK, NAPA May 30–June 1, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., ticket required, bottlerocknapavalley.com

JAZZ AND BLUES BY THE BAY, SAUSALITO May 30– August 22 , 6:30–8 p.m., free, jazzandbluesbythebay.com

STERN GROVE, SAN FRANCISCO June 22–August 24, 2–4:30 p.m. or 5:30 p.m., free, sterngrove.org

OUTSIDE LANDS, SAN FRANCISCO August 8–10, 11 a.m.–10 p.m., ticket required, outsidelands.com

Farmers' Markets

DOWNTOWN SAN RAFAEL FARMERS’ MARKET (San Rafael) April–Sept., Thurs. 6–9 p.m., downtown San Rafael, Fourth Street between Lincoln Avenue and B Street

MARIN CIVIC CENTER FARMERS’ MARKET (San Rafael) Year round, Thurs. and Sun. 8 a.m.–1 p.m., N. San Pedro Road and Highway 101, Civic Center parking lot

MARIN COUNTRY MART FARMERS’ MARKET (Larkspur) Year round, Sat. 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Larkspur Landing Circle

POINT REYES FARMERS’ MARKET (Point Reyes Station) June–Nov., Sat. 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Toby’s Feed Barn, Point Reyes Station, 11250 Highway 1

ROSS VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET (Ross) June–Oct., Thurs. 3–7 p.m., Marin Art and Garden Center, 30 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard

TAM VALLEY FARMERS’ MARKET (Mill Valley) May–Oct., Tues. 3–7 p.m., Tamalpais Community Center, 203 Marin Avenue. For a complete list of all markets, go to marinmagazine/markets.

Sausalito Art Festival

WHEN Labor Day Weekend, August 30–September 1, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. (5 p.m. Monday)

WHERE Sausalito waterfront, 2400 Bridgeway, Sausalito

WHAT Work by more than 270 artists including paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and more. Gourmet food, wine and beer available (not included in ticket price).

WHO Various musical acts on three stages

COST General admission $25, seniors $15, kids 6–12 $5, kids 0–5 free

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