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August 27, 2019

Things To Do For Labor Day Weekend In San Francisco

Shakespeare in the Park, a mime troupe, and Sausalito’s world-famous Art Festival are among the top picks for Labor Day weekend in and around San Francisco. For more ideas, check out our Events pages.

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In San Francisco


Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2019

San Francisco Giants vs. San Diego Padres
Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza
Cheer on your three-time World Series Champion San Francisco Giants as they take on the San Diego Padres in a three-game series. Weekend promotions include Italian Heritage Night on Aug. 30; "Peanuts" Day on Aug. 31, where the first 20,000 fans can receive a free collector's edition Charlie Brown beanie; or a Buster Posey item on Sept. 1, in honor of Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day.

Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 2019

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival
Yerba Buena Gardens, Fourth and Mission streets
Kick off Labor Day weekend with the whole family to watch Caterpillar Puppets at the Children's Garden. This high-energy ensemble will get your children on their feet and singing along to these interactive performances. The fun starts at 11:00 a.m. and repeats at 12:15 p.m. On Sept. 1, American Bon Dancing will be taking over the Esplanade at Yerba Buena Gardens at 1:00 p.m., bringing a traditional Japanese dances that celebrates departed ancestors.

Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park
Parade Grounds, The Presidio
Shakespeare in the Park will present performances of "As You Like It" on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at the main parade grounds of the Presidio of San Francisco. All performances are free and begin at 2:00 p.m.

Sept. 1, 2019

Civic Center Commons Block Party
Civic Center Plaza, Grove and Larkin streets
Free family-friendly games, delicious street food, DIY crafts, and music are among the many types of entertainment for all to enjoy at the Civic Center Commons Block Party. Bring the entire family out to play from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Union Square Live Festival
Union Square Park, Geary and Powell streets
Swing and tango to live music on the square all Sunday afternoon. There will even be free dance lessons with the Bay Area Argentine Tango Association for those who want to sharpen their tango dance moves. This festival takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. and is free to the public.

Sept. 1-2, 2019

60th Annual San Francisco Mime Troupe
Various Locations
Dubbed “America’s Theater of Political Comedy,” the San Francisco Mime Troupe has used a blend of satire and original music to debunk the so-called “official story” since 1959. This year’s production, "Treasure Island", is a musical tale of corporate corsairs and big buck buccaneers on the Bay. Some of their final shows of the season are this weekend: Aug. 31 at Peacock Meadow in Golden Gate Park and Sept. 1 and 2 in Dolores Park. All performances are at 1:30 p.m.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2019

16th Annual Architecture and the City Festival
One of the nation’s largest architectural festivals of its kind, the annual Architecture and the City festival features walking tours, films, exhibitions, lectures and more that address varying aspects of the design and planning process. This year’s theme, “We the City", explores how cultural diversity and connectivity inspire the architectural environment around us.

Golden Gate Park Band
Music Concourse, Golden Gate Park
Sunday and Monday's special Labor Day concerts are a tribute to the American worker. Visit their website to stay up-to-date with more exciting details.

Through Sept. 2, 2019

"Museums for All" Summer of Free Museums
Various Locations
Don’t let summer end before taking advantage of San Francisco's "Museums for All" Summer of Free Museums. Labor Day Weekend is the final weekend for free summer admission to more than 15 local museums and cultural institutions for all San Francisco residents who receive public benefits. Participating museums include: the Asian Art Museum, the Cartoon Art Museum, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, the de Young Museum, the Legion of HonorSFMOMA, and many more. Additional information and a full list of participating museums can be found here.

Beyond San Francisco

Aug. 30 - Sept. 2, 2019

Annual Sausalito Art Festival
More than 270 award-winning artists from around the country and 30,000 patrons flock to the waterfront village of Sausalito on Labor Day weekend each year for the annual Sausalito Art Festival. One of the oldest, most prestigious and most anticipated open-air art events in the U.S., the Sausalito Art Festival has set the standard for quality, variety, innovation and scope of artistry for more than 60 years. The event has also attracted a huge following for its celebrated entertainment lineup, special exhibitions, and cornucopia of food, beer and wine. The Blue & Gold Fleet offers ferry service to Sausalito; there will be a free shuttle from the dock to the festival. Golden Gate Transit also offers bus and ferry service. For more information about traveling to Sausalito by ferry, click here.


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