Labor Day means a couple things: recognizing those working men and women out there, and celebrating the end of summer. So let’s take a break before the busy fall season kicks in! The San Francisco Bay Area offers many opportunities to get outside and have fun – the choices are as diverse as the Bay Area itself!

 

Head to Sausalito

The prestigious Sausalito Arts Festival is expected to draw about 30,000 people to admire the works of more than 270 award-winning artists representing the latest innovative styles. Ride the Blue & Gold Fleet to avoid the parking headaches, while soaking up the spectacular views.

When: September 1-3

Where: Marinship Park

 

Enjoy some bike racing

San Francisco’s long love affair with the bicycle takes a European-style turn when two-wheel racing takes over downtown streets as part of II Giro di San Francisco. This annual bike race has been going on since 1975, and has competitors cruising the streets of San Francisco! Fun for bikers, fun for spectators (which one will you be?).

When: September 3, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Levi Strauss Plaza (Battery St. and Union St.)

 

It’s time for some theater

Shakespeare in the Park is bringing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to The Presidio’s Civil War Parade Ground. Bring a blanket and picnic and enjoy this classic, unforgettable outdoor performance!

When: September 1-3

Where: Civil War Parade Ground, Main Post

 

Get your country on

Live music. BBQ. Rhinestone-studded shirts. It’s all on display at the 16th annual Cowgirl Palooza Labor Day Party.

When: September 3

Where: 3158 Mission St., from 3 to 8 p.m. Cover is $10.

 

Enjoy natural beauty and the arts

What could be better than a free concert in a picturesque garden? The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival offers more than 100 free outdoor dance, music and theater performances over its six-month run, and Manila Dance Fever will headline Labor Day weekend. This band recalls the Manila Sound movement of the late 1970s with a mix of performers from the era’s most popular bands, including Jessica Casas from Something Special. Bring your dancing shoes!

When: Activities run through October. Full schedule here.

Where: Yerba Buena Gardens on Mission Street between 3rd and 4th streets

 

San Francisco Giants vs. New York Mets

The San Francisco Giants may regret recently releasing pitcher Chris Heston, who had a no-hitter against the Mets three years ago, when they face their cross-country rivals on September 2!

When: September 2, at 1:05 p.m.

Where: ATT&T Park

 

Volunteerism

Help the homeless enjoy a special meal for the holiday at St. Anthony’s. Connect with the people of the Tenderloin and share moments of compassion over the holiday weekend!

When: Up to you!

Where: St. Anthony’s (121 Golden Gate Avenue)

Contact: Reach out to volunteer@stanthonysf.org