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Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

Discover the Top Activities for 2016

Labor Day weekend in San Francisco offers several fun activities and events. This year, the holiday is Friday, September 2 - Monday, September 5.

Highlights this weekend include performances of Beautiful, Beach Blanket Babylon, and Union Square Live. You can also watch the Oakland A's in action, visit one of several museum exhibits, or head across the bay to the Sausalito Arts Festival.

Labor Day Cruise in SF

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Head over to the Orpheum Theater to see Beautiful. This popular production tells the story of Carole King's rise to stardom. You will find four performances over the weekend with one on Friday, two on Saturday, and a final one on Sunday.

Discounted Tickets: Up to 50% off on Labor Day Weekend performances

Other Theater Performances at Up to 50% Off this Weekend

Learn More: Full Theater Calendar for September

San Francisco Fest at AT&T Park

On Sunday, enjoy a music filled day at AT&T Park. The San Francisco Fest features Journey, Santana, Steve Miller Band, and The Dobbie Brothers. The music starts at 3pm.

Tickets: On sale now

More Concerts: Find additional concerts in SF this weekend

Midnight Party Cruise

Head out on the SF Bay on Friday, September 2 for this 21+ party cruise. This party boat features two DJs, a fully stocked cash bar, and plenty of gorgeous views all around the SF Bay. This three hour party boat boards at Pier 40 near AT&T Park starting at 8:45pm with a departure time of 9pm.

Tickets: Find tickets at up to 50% off on Goldstar

San Francisco Comic Con

Comic Con is coming to San Francisco this weekend! This popular event will be held at the Marriott Marquis and offers you the chance to get autographs and photos with your favorite comic book stars. Other activities in the Level Up: Gaming Floor, the Cosplay Model Q&A (with Jessica Nigri, Lisa Lou Who, Heather1337 and Jenifer Ann), and the Comic Con Film Festival. In addition, hundreds of exhibits will be on hand for you to pick up comic books, art, toys, and so much more!

Dates: September 2 - 4

More: Visit the Comic Con site for more details and for ticketing information

Beach Blanket Babylon

Join the comedic cast of Beach Blanket Babylon for one of their many performances this weekend. This long running musical pokes fun at pop culture and will keep you laughing all night long.

All performances are 21+ except their special family friendly performance on Sunday afternoons.

Learn More: Beach Blanket Babylon FAQ & Ticket Info

Union Square Live

All summer long, you can see free live music and dance performances in Union Square with Union Square Live! You will find a performance on Sunday afternoon during Labor Day Weekend from 2pm to 4pm. No tickets required.

Discover the District: Union Square in SF

90-Minute Sailing Tour on the Privateer

Head out on the SF Bay this Labor Day Weekend. On this 90-minute cruise, you will experience the best of the bay. Cruise past top attractions such as Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Sausalito while you enjoy two drinks (white wine, beer, or water) on The Privateer. This cruise runs Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and leaves at 12:30pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Tickets: Find Tickets at Up to 50% Off

More Half-Priced Cruises on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

Here are just a few of the additional event tickets you will find at up to 50% off on Goldstar.

  • Blue & Gold Bay Cruise, leaves several time every day this weekend from Pier 39, Full price $30, Goldstar price $15*

  • 2-Hour Sunset Sail, leaves every night from Pier 39, includes 2 drinks (beer, wine, soda, water) with each ticket, Full price $60, Goldstar price $36*

  • Rocketboat, a high speed adventure on the SF bay, 30-minute ride with twists and turns, runs several times a day all weekend long, Full price $27, Goldstar price $13.50*

*Service fees will apply

Oakland A's Baseball

Close out the summer with some baseball with the Oakland A's. During Labor Day Weekend, the Oakland A's take on the Boston Red Sox on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Head over again on Monday as they battle the Los Angeles Angels on Monday afternoon at 1:05pm.

Tickets: Available now

More: Additional info on the Oakland A's plus this month's full schedule

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Take a look at these options, but before you book, make sure to check out the hotel deals on TripAdvisor.com. They work with hotels to offer some of the best deals around from discounts off your stay to free add-ons. Click here to check out their list of deals for Labor Day Weekend.

Free Shakespeare in the Park

This holiday weekend you will find three performances of The Winter's Tale. All three shows are free thanks to the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. The shows start at 2pm each day (with a short intro at 1:30pm) and are on the Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground Lawn. Make sure to arrive early to grab a great seat on the lawn.

Dates: Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of Labor Day Weekend at 2pm

Whale Watching on the Pacific

September is a great time to go whale watching near the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. This time of year, both the blue and humpback whales migrate through the area. You might also get the chance to see dolphins, seals and great white sharks. This 2.5-hour journey is a great choice for those that love to be out on the open water.

Tickets: Pick up your tickets in advance today

Learn More: Additional details on what it's like to go whale watching near SF

Emperor's Treasures at the Asian Art Museum

Head to the Asian Art Museum this weekend to check out their current exhibit, Emperor's Treasures. Step inside this interesting exhibit to see Chinese Art from the National Palace Museum of Taipei.

Learn More: Tips to visit the Asian Art Museum

Full Calendar: All museum exhibits on display this weekend

Visit Napa or Sonoma

Labor Day Weekend is one of the best times to visit the Northern California wine regions. During this time, both the leaves and the grapes turn colors and the landscape is gorgeous. You can also sip and sample some of the top reds and whites on the market today. These full day tours leave around 8am and return in the early evening, so you can still head out in the city that night.

Learn More: Wine tours

Other Tours at Up to 50% Off this Weekend

  • Waterfront Segway Tour, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf at 9am and 4pm daily during Labor Day, includes 45 minute training session before the tour starts, Full price $75, Goldstar price $37.50*

  • Chinatown Food Walking Tour, 10am on both Saturday and Sunday, 5 tastings at local, family owned Chinese restaurants and bakeries, Full price $60, Goldstar price $39*

  • Paddle Canoe Rafting on the Russian River, leaves from Healdsburg, CA on Friday and Monday at 9:30am, Full price $10 to $60, Goldstar price $5 to $30*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Sausalito Art Festival

Just across the bay, you will find one of the best arts festivals in the area. The Sausalito Art Festival is a local favorite and includes fine wine, gourmet food and premium beers. You will also find hundreds of pieces of art on display as well as live music all weekend long. On Saturday and Sunday, head over between 9am and 6pm. On Labor Day Monday, the festival is from 9am to 5pm.

Learn More: 2016 Sausalito Art Festival

Free Walking Tours

This weekend, and every weekend, the SF Public Library offers free walking tours throughout the city. On Saturday, you can walk the Mission Murals at 11am, learn more about the Japanese Tea Garden at 1pm or visit Japantown at 2pm. On Sunday, you can walk on the Golden Gate Bridge at 11am or head to the eclectic Haight Ashbury District for their tour at 1pm. Monday is also full of fun tours including the Chinatown walk at 10am and the Bawdy and Naughty journey at 11am.

Learn More: Visit the SF Public Library site for more details

Learn More: Additional Guided Walking Tours in SF

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

On Saturday, September 3, head to the Yerba Buena Gardens for a free, live musical performance. Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers perform from 1pm to 2:30pm. Smith and her band plays mostly jazz and R&B music.

Date: Saturday, September 3 at 1pm

More Info: Find additional details about this year's Yerba Buena Festival

SF with Kids

Are you traveling to San Francisco with your entire family? If so, you will find plenty of fun things to do with them this weekend. Options range from visiting the SF Zoo to experiencing all of the kid friendly options on Pier 39.

Info: Click here for a list of 25 fun things to do with kids in SF

Don't Drive, Use Lyft!

If you plan to visit SF this weekend and don't want to worry about driving, I recommend downloading the Lyft app. Lyft will take you anywhere you want in SF at anytime of the day for a fraction of what it will cost for you to drive and park. Plus, it's so easy. Simply add in your location and the location you want to go to and Lyft will do the rest! Click the link below for more details.

More: Use Code LYFTAFF50 for $5 off up to 10 rides

Free Things to Do in SF

One of the best things about San Francisco is that there are so many free things to do. They include several attractions such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Lombard Street, and the Palace of Fine Arts. In addition, you can visit some of SF's museums at no cost. The list below provides you more details on these and other free SF activities, events, attractions, and more!

Info: Find free SF things to do


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