Honoring the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws and well-being of the United States, Labor Day provides us with a long weekend and an impressive lineup of events in the Bay Area. This year, that lineup includes concerts, wine festivals, cultural celebrations, art events and more.
To start planning your long weekend, peruse our top picks below. Happening in every community of the Bay Area, you can fill every day of the weekend with family-friendly fun!
September 1, 2018 | Green Music Center | Get tickets
Photo courtesy of Deborah Wilson via Sonoma County Vintners
Taste of Sonoma brings together the county’s best chefs, most iconic wineries and most innovative food and drink pairings for a full day of eating and celebration. The event schedule includes the main tasting event, educational seminars and wine talks, as well as VIP experiences like the luxurious Club Reserve and the Visa Signature Lounge. Get all the details and buy your passes here.
September 1, 2018 | Yerba Buena Gardens | Free
Yerba Buena Gardens Festival hosts free, family-friendly events throughout the entire summer every year. On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, the festival is hosting Manila Disco Fever, a concert featuring multiple artists and bands who are sure to get you on your feet to dance! Get complete details for the Manila Disco Fever event here.
September 1, 2018 | The Lawn at SPARK Social SF | Get tickets
Photo courtesy of SPARK Social SF
On the Saturday of Labor Day weekend, SPARK Social SF is hosting the ultimate bottomless rosé picnic. Rosé lovers can raise their pinkies and commemorative rosé all day glasses to the sky while savoring endless tastings of 20+ rosés and house-made rosé sangrias. As an added bonus, you can pair your favorite pink wine with rosé inspired confections and savory eats from more than 10 gourmet food trucks.
September 1 – 2, 2018 | Broadway Avenue | Free
For the 48th year, Millbrae is bringing food, art, wine and fun to Broadway Avenue over Labor Day weekend. Downtown Millbrae’s annual big bash is celebrating 2018 with the culture, spirit and flavor of Mardi Gras, so bring the whole family down for live music, adrenaline-pumping rides, fine art, artisan food, a car show, a microbrew tasting tent and more!
September 1 – 2, 2018 | Alameda County Fairgrounds | Get tickets
In its 153rd year, the Scottish Highland Gathering features a Friday night concert, the Grandstand Concert, sheepdog trials, the Kilted Mile, living history demonstrations and much, much more. You can purchase tickets on-site for general admission, grandstand seating, the whiskey tasting and more on September 1st and 2nd.
September 1 – 3, 2018 | Marinship Park | Get tickets
Photo courtesy of Amy Hart via Sausalito Art Festival
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 66th year in 2018, you definitely don’t want to miss the live entertainment, the exhibiting artists, the food, the wine and the pre-festival, Friday evening gala.
September 1 – 3, 2018 | Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church | Get tickets
The Belmont Greek Festival is a celebration of authentic culture — including meals, desserts, dancing, beer, mythology, books, displays and more. Now in its 48th year, the 2018 event will feature all the fun and revelry we’ve come to love and more!
September 1 – 3, 2018 | Kings Mountain Community Center and Firehouse | Free
Photo courtesy of Kings Mountain Art Fair
Started in 1963, the Kings Mountain Art Fair is a free annual event, held every Labor Day weekend in Woodside. Nestled among the redwoods, you’ll find various displays and exhibits put together by juried artists. You don’t want to miss the world’s largest cookies as well as Kiddie Hollow, breakfast, lunch and other food and beverages throughout the weekend.
September 1 – 3, 2018 | The Presidio | Free
Photo courtesy of Jay Yamada via San Francisco Shakespeare Festival
For the 2018 season, Shakespeare in the Park is bringing A Midsummer Night’s Dream to parks and cities all over the Bay Area. Over Labor Day weekend, the free, family-friendly performance will be set up in The Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn. To see where else they’ll be through September 23rd, click here.
September 1 – 30, 2018 | Various locations | Get tickets
Architecture in the City is a month-long celebration of the local architecture community. The event features behind the scenes exhibitions, walking and home tours, films, 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 featured during opening weekend!
September 1, 2018 | Oak Meadow Park | Free
The 2018 Los Gatos Music in the Park series celebrates closing night in Oak Meadow Park on Saturday with the beloved Los Gatos Park Dance from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 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 6,700 people in the Bay Area community.
September 2, 2018 | Union Square | Free
Union Square Live regularly hosts free, family-friendly concerts in Union Square. On Sunday, they’re bringing dancing and lively music for two hours of Tango in the Square. Hosted by the Bay Area Argentine Tango Association, you can learn tango or simply enjoy the music!
September 2, 2018 | School of Arts and Culture at MHP | Get tickets
For the third year in a row, Sonido Clash Music Fest is a festival of Mexican culture in San Jose. This event for all ages features three stages of live music as well as poetry, live art, dance lessons, food, workshops, a vendor market and more! You can get your presale tickets online or buy tickets at the door on Sunday.
From all of us at McGuire Real Estate, we wish you a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.