19 Things to Do in the Bay Area This Labor Day Weekend

|August 22, 2017

Labor Day unofficially marks the end of the summer, but that doesn’t mean it’s a solemn occasion. In fact, in the Bay Area, there’s so much to do over the long weekend you won’t be able to do it all! But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.

Because Labor Day aligns with the first weekend of the month we have plenty of First Friday celebrations as well as annual festivals, one-time events and closing nights of some of our favorite summer series. Check out our favorites — from wine country down to South Bay — and let us know which festival, concert or party you’ll be attending over the weekend!

San Francisco Bay Area Labor Day Events

Friday: SF Comic Con, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Capitola Begonia Festival, Oakland First Fridays, Music on the Square, South First Fridays, Japan Film Festival, Architecture and the City

Saturday: SF Comic Con, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Capitola Begonia Festival, Japan Film Festival, Architecture and the City, Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, Shakespeare in the Park, Kings Mountain Art Fair, Sausalito Art Festival, Belmont Greek Festival, Los Gatos Park Dance, Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Sunday: Family Fun Day at Asian Art Museum, San Jose Mini Maker Faire, Sonido Clash Music Fest, SF Comic Con, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Capitola Begonia Festival, Japan Film Festival, Architecture and the City, Millbrae Art & Wine Festival, Scottish Highland Gathering & Games, Shakespeare in the Park, Kings Mountain Art Fair, Sausalito Art Festival, Belmont Greek Festival

Monday: Capitola Begonia Festival, Japan Film Festival, Architecture and the City, Shakespeare in the Park, Kings Mountain Art Fair, Sausalito Art Festival, Belmont Greek Festival

San Francisco Comic Con | SF

Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3

San Francisco Comic Con 2017 Labor Day Weekend in SF

Image courtesy of San Francisco Comic Con

The famous San Francisco Comic Con is back this Labor Day weekend. Celebrity guests this year include Cary Elwes from The Princess Bride, Sean Astin from Lord of the Rings, Jeremy Shada of Adventure Time and more than ten others. See all the other celebrity, artist and cosplay guests here and purchase your tickets!

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend | Rohnert Park

Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend features Winemaker Dinners on Friday, Taste of Sonoma on Saturday and Winemaker BBQs on Sunday — with so much in between! Hosted in the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, you’ll get the chance to taste and to celebrate the region’s finest wine and food. Buy your general admission tickets or a Visa Signature Preferred Ticket.

Capitola Begonia Festival | Capitola

Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4

Along the shores of Soquel Cove, The Capitola Begonia Festival returns this Labor Day weekend for its 65th and final festival. A celebration of the once booming Capitola Begonias, the highlight of the event is the Nautical Parade of Begonia covered floating barges. The free, fun and family-friendly festival is hosting entertainment all weekend right in Capitola Village!

Oakland First Fridays | Oakland  

Friday, September 1, 7 – 11 p.m.

The Oakland First Fridays Festival celebrates every month with music, art, local vendors and lively entertainment. In August, the theme was Hot Wheels — packed with bikes, classic cars and skateboards. Follow the event on Facebook for updates on the September event and don’t miss the First Friday Art Walk with Oakland Art Murmur which happens at the same time!

Music on the Square | Redwood City  

Friday, September 1, 6 – 8 p.m.  

Music on the Square is one of Redwood City’s favorite series throughout the summer and on September 1st, it’s closing night! Don’t miss the musical stylings of Pride and Joy, one of the most popular bands on the Bay Area music scene. This concert will be filled with soulful pop music that will have your whole family dancing until the sun goes down.

South First Fridays | San Jose

Friday, September 1, 7 – 11 p.m.

Down in South Bay, they’re celebrating with South First Fridays in San Jose’s SoFA District. Complete with a self-guided art walk and a hyperlocal urban fair, you’ll be able to shop more than 40 vendors and artists while live music plays on South First Street.

Japan Film Festival | SF

Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 10

The Japan Film Festival kicks off during the long weekend and ends with the last day of J-POP Summit. The full schedule includes nearly 20 showings inside New People Cinema. Nine of these films are being shown over Labor Day weekend so get your tickets online and celebrate Japanese culture this September!

Architecture and the City | SF

Friday, September 1 – Saturday, September 30

Architecture in the City is a month long celebration of the local architecture community. The event features behind the scenes, walking and home tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more that highlight various aspects of the design, planning and building process. Take advantage of the long weekend to explore San Francisco and the designs that make it breathtaking.

Los Gatos Park Dance | Los Gatos

Saturday, September 2, 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

The 2017 Los Gatos Music in the Park series celebrates closing night in Oak Meadow Park on Saturday with the Los Gatos Park Dance. The Houserockers will be filling the park with their famed mix of rock and soul. Bring the whole family to dance the night away with more than 6700 people in the Bay Area community.

YBG Festival: Kugelplex | SF

Saturday, September 2, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Yerba Buena Gardens San Francisco Labor Day Events 2017

Photo courtesy of Yerba Buena Gardens Festival and John Spice

On Saturday, join Yerba Buena Gardens Festival for another one of their free, outdoor summer concerts. This time, Kugelplex will be playing with special guest Linda Tillery bringing rock ‘n’ roll energy for an old-world soul party.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival | Millbrae

Saturday, September 2 – Sunday, September 3

Down in the Peninsula, Millbrae celebrates every year with a sun-splashed, Mardi Gras-style party packed with regional wines, local foods and creative arts. Tagged as the “Last Blast of Summer,” this year marks the 47th festival and, trust us, you don’t want to miss it! Get more details on the local vendors, tastings and kid-friendly activities on the website.

Scottish Highland Gathering & Games | Pleasanton

Saturday, September 2 – Sunday, September 3

In its 152nd year, the Scottish Highland Gathering features a Friday night concert, the Grandstand Concert, sheep dog trials, the Kilted Mile, living history demonstrations and much, much more. It’s too late now to get tickets online, but you can still get your tickets on the day of — whether you want to attend Saturday, Sunday or both days!

Free Shakespeare in the Park | SF

Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4

Free Shakespeare in the Park San Francisco Labor Day Events 2017

Photo courtesy of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and Jay Yamada

The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Free Shakespeare in the Park productions travel to five different venues July through October. In the 35th year, the troupe is taking their production of Hamlet around the Bay Area. Don’t miss the show in San Francisco’s Presidio during Labor Day weekend and check out the full schedule to find out when and where you can see it again!

Kings Mountain Art Fair | Woodside

Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4  

Started in 1963, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is a free annual event, held every Labor Day weekend in Woodside. Nestled amongst the redwoods, you’ll find various displays and exhibits put together by juried artists. Don’t miss the world’s largest cookies as well as Kiddie Hollow, breakfast, lunch and other food and beverages throughout the days.

Sausalito Art Festival | Sausalito

Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4

Fine art, music, food and wine come together over Labor Day weekend for one of the most prestigious art festivals in the country: The Sausalito Art Festival. Celebrating its 65th year in 2017, you definitely don’t want to miss the live entertainment, the exhibiting artists, the food, the wine and the pre-festival, Friday evening gala.

Belmont Greek Festival | Belmont

Saturday, September 2 – Monday, September 4

The Belmont Greek Festival is a celebration of authentic culture — including meals, desserts, dancing, beer, mythology, books, displays and more. The whole family can get free admission between noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Monday, but for all other times, you can use this $1 off coupon!

Sonido Clash Music Fest | San Jose

Sunday, September 3, 3 – 10 p.m.

For the second year, Sonido Clash Music Fest is a festival of Mexican culture. This event for all ages features three stages of live music as well as poetry, live art, Cumbia dance lessons, food, workshops, a vendor market and more! You can get your presale tickets online or buy tickets at the door on Sunday.

San Jose Mini Maker Faire | San Jose

Sunday, September 3, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

San Jose Labor Day Events Mini Maker Fair for Kids

Photo courtesy of San Jose Mini Maker Faire and John Paulson Photography

This great show and tell fair is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they do. From engineers to artists and scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to show off, educate and learn. Get your presale tickets and get ready for a kid-friendly event you’ll want to attend every year!

Asian Art Museum: Family Fun Day | SF

Sunday, September 3, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum hosts free admission days every first Sunday of the month courtesy of Target. On Labor Day weekend, they’re merging Target First Free Sunday with Family Fun Day for a full day of gallery activities, creative art projects, immersive storytelling and more. Get the full details on the website.

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