Out & About, Shows and Events: August

San Rafael Pacifics


San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Game

Even though fans and players participate in a water balloon “fight” on the field after every Sunday’s game, August brings its share of special events to Albert Park, the home of the San Rafael Pacifics baseball team. Stop in for Ladies Night on August 2, Asian Heritage Night on August 9 or the Dancing with the Pacifics event on August 10. The regular season wraps on August 26.

Albert Park (San Rafael). 415.485.6755




Crimes of the Heart

Thru August 11

The Pulitzer Prize–winning play by Beth Henley depicts the quirky MaGrath sisters’ return in 1974 to their home in Hazelhurst, Mississippi, and all its tragicomic angst.

Ross Valley Players (Ross)



Treasure Island

Thru Sept 8

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gets a decidedly S.F. twist and plenty of double entendres from the San Francisco Mime Troupe. In this rendition, an old sea dog of a developer drops into the city planning office seeking to plunder the city’s riches.

Dolores Park (SF)



Monty Python’s Spamalot

Aug 1-25

Celebrating its 30th anniversary season in the open air, Marin Shakespeare lovingly skewers everything Camelot in this musical production with spoofy lyrics, an irreverent search for a shrub, and loads of men in tights, naturally.

Forest Meadows Amphitheatre (San Rafael)

415.499.4488, http://marinshakespeare.org


Into the Woods

Aug 8–17

Stephen Sondheim’s musical is filled with witches, giants, magic beans and storybook characters. A.C.T.

Strand Theater (SF)

415.834.3200, http://act-sf.org


A Star Is Born

Aug 9–10

A cast of Broadway and cabaret’s top talents — Kelli Rabke, Carole J. Bufford, Scott Coulter and John Boswell — revives iconic musical moments from the 1954, 1976 and 2018 film versions.

Feinstein’s at the Nikko (SF)

866-663-1063, feinsteinssf.com


Those Dancin’ Feet

Aug 9–25

Be dazzled by a dance montage in Transcendence Theatre Company’s continuing 2019 Broadway Under the Stars season, then get up and dance yourself.

Jack London State Historic Park (Glen Ellen)

877.424.1414, bestnightever.org


The Play That Goes Wrong

Aug 13–18

In the hilarious Tony-winning Broadway comedy, the Cornley University Drama Society attempts to perform a 1920s murder mystery, but the accident-prone actors struggle to their final curtain call.

Golden Gate Theatre (SF)

888.746.1799, shnsf.com




ODC Dance Summer Sampler

Aug 2–3

The San Francisco dance company performs new and favorite works including Way with Words, Waving Not Drowning, and Unintended Consequences, the latter with music by Laurie Anderson.

ODC Theater (SF)

415.863.9834, odc.dance


Marin Dance Theatre’s Summerfest

Aug 3

Participants perform pieces they have worked on during Marin Dance Theatre’s summer intensive.

Marin Center (San Rafael)

415.473.6400, marincenter.org




Great American Sh*t Show

Aug 18

An evening of laughing and thinking with Brian Copeland and Charlie Varon as they explore life in the age of Trump.

Marin Center (San Rafael)

415.473.6800, marincenter.org




Grateful Dead Meet-up at the Movies

Aug 1

Deadheads around the world unite to watch footage of the jam band’s performances, this one from the previously unreleased complete June 17, 1991, concert at Giants Stadium in New Jersey.

Rafael Film Center (San Rafael)

415.454.1222, rafaelfilm.cafilm.org


Rush: Cinema Strangiato

Aug 21

Billed as the “first annual exercise in fan indulgence,” this global fan event features R40LIVE, filmed during the band’s 40th anniversary tour stop in Toronto in 2015.

Rafael Film Center (San Rafael).

415.454.1222, rafaelfilm.cafilm.org


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Aug 24

Indiana Jones is back, this time with John Williams’ score performed live by the Santa Rosa Symphony.

Green Music Center (Rohnert Park)

707.664.4246, gmc.sonoma.edu


Looking for more things to do this month? Check out our guide to Museums, Walks and Talks, or Music.

Chrisitina Mueller

Christina Mueller is a long-time Bay Area food writer. She hails from the East Coast and has spent way too much time in South America and Europe. She discovered her talent as a wordsmith in college and her love of all things epicurean in grad school. She has written for Condé Nast Contract Publishing, Sunset, and the Marin Independent Journal, among others. She volunteers with California State Parks and at her childrens’ schools, and supports the Marin Audubon Society, PEN America, and Planned Parenthood. When she is not drinking wine by a fire, she is known to spend time with her extended family.