The arts continue to thrive this summer with festivals, performances and more. Make the most of August with laughs, arts and even a little politics.

August 4: A Taste of Things To Come

Spoke Art Gallery

This appropriately named group art show will feature a buffet of new artwork from a selection of emerging visual artists with the intention of showing the personality and taste of the gallery. Check out these artists altogether before they each have their own showing later this year.

More info

August 5-6: 5 Funny Females Festival

The Purple Onion

Are there really still people who think women can’t be funny? If so, point them in the direction of this two-night event packed with five different funny women for two shows each night. So, it’s more like 20 funny women from major cities with major networks like Comedy Central, NBC and Showtime on their resumes.

More Info

August 6: The Fragile Art of Existence

The Shooting Gallery

If you’ve ever seen Skinner’s work, you’ll understand how difficult it is to describe the sometimes-mythic, usually psychedelically-charged art by the self-taught visual artist. If you haven’t seen his work, now’s your chance to get your mind blown. His solo show will feature 10 mixed-media works that he’s painted from “the most vulnerable and uncertain places.”

More Info

August 12-14: The American Craft Council Show

Fort Mason Center

This craft spectacular is the largest juried indoor craft show on the West Coast and is set to feature more than 200 top contemporary artists. Along with the awesome jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor, there will also be handmade crafts for under $100, green crafts with recycled or found materials and a demo stage with local experts.

More Info

August 21: San Francisco Mime Troupe’s 2012 – The Musical

Yerba Buena Gardens

As part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival’s multi-month outdoor arts celebration, the SF Mime Troupe will perform their annual new musical 2012 which addresses contemporary American. The world-renowned ensemble promises “laughter, tragedy, snappy dialogue and live music.”

More info

August 23: Mayoral Arts Forum

YBCA Novellus Theater

For this event art and politics collide in a forum built to educate political candidates and the community about the significant role arts play in the Bay Area. Mayoral candidates of San Francisco will share their arts platforms, plans for the city’s economy and other topics.

More Info

August 28: Color Fair

Exploratorium

As if the Exploratorium is not cool enough (in that learning type of way) on a regular day, for the Color Fair they will be offering even more hands-on science activities and local artisans. The fair will take place outside in the fresh air outside of the museum and feature live demonstrations ranging from how to dye fabric to chemistry experiments. This event is free and open to the public.

More Info

 

 

August 5-6: 5 Funny Females

The Purple Onion

Are there really still people who think women can’t be funny? If so, point them in the direction of this two-night event packed with five different funny women for two shows each night. So, it’s more like twenty funny women from major cities with major networks like Comedy Central, NBC and Showtime on their resumes.