Best Things to Do in the South Bay this August

Looking for the coolest things to do to soak up the last of the summer months? We’ve got you covered. Even once the celebrations wane, there is still plenty to do. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in the South Bay including museums, cultural events, food tours, athletic events, hikes and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in the South Bay, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay

Temperatures in the South Bay average 60s to 70s during this month.

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World Dog Surfing Championships

August 3

Hang out on the beach and watch incredible dogs catch some waves at the World Dog Surfing Championships at Pacifica’s Linda Mar Beach. Activities during this event will include the surf competition, a dog beach fashion contest, dog adoptions, partner tents with additional activities and more. Contestants can also help support and fundraise for various dog charities.

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FoodieLand Night Market San Jose

August 16–18

Do you consider yourself a foodie? Come out to the Bay Area’s favorite night market — FoodieLand! Hosted at the Santa Clara Fairgrounds, this event will take you through some of the most exciting eats in the area. Try your first tornado potato, giant grilled oyster, or if you’re down to splurge, spend $30 on the baby-bottle lemonade, and other Instagram-worthy treats.

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Italian Family Festa

August 3–4

This San Jose street festival showcasing Italian culture has something for the whole family. Kids can get creative and paint Venetian masks, teens will love the grape stomping competition, and adults can enjoy the relaxing wine tasting garden. There’s also plenty of food on offer, from classic Italian dishes to more modern takes on traditional flavors. 

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San Jose Jazz Summer Fest

August 9–11

Get your groove on at this year’s San Jose Jazz Summer Fest. This celebration of culture will feature artists playing jazz, blues, salsa, Latin, R&B, and global music. Last year’s headliners included Shayna Steele, Patrice Rushen, Grace Kelly and many more, so we’re excited to see who they announce for 2024! Food and drink will also be available. If you love music, you won’t want to pass on this outdoor festival.

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Palo Alto Festival of the Arts

Dates TBD

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce is hosting this explosion of over 250 fine art and contemporary crafts displays, showcasing some of the Bay Area’s most talented artists. There’s also a street painting expo, stage entertainment, and the best food and wine you could ask for. Although there is alcohol, don’t hesitate to bring the whole family and let the little ones explore the Kids’ Art Studio. 

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Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in the South Bay? Our comprehensive list of venues below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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