Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

Discover the Top Activities for 2014

Labor Day weekend in San Francisco offers several fun activities and events. This year, the holiday is Friday, August 29 - Monday, September 1, 2014.

Highlights this weekend include Free Shakespeare in the Park, SF Giants Baseball and Union Square Live. You can also catch a performance of Beach Blanket Babylon, see the Matisse exhibit at the Legion of Honor or head across the bay to the Sausalito Arts Festival.

Half Priced Tickets

The best place to look for discounts before booking your tours or buying event tickets is on Goldstar. This retailer offers tickets at up to 50% off the full retail price. You will find tickets for bay cruises, theater performance, and other great events all year long. Here are just a few of the best tickets available for Labor Day Weekend.

2-Hour Champagne & Mimosa Cruise

  • Two-hour SF Bay Cruise on both Saturday and Sunday morning at 10am
  • See SF's waterfront sights such as the Fort Mason Center, the Palace of Fine Arts, Alcatraz Island, Fort Point National Historic Site and Sausalito
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge (twice!)
  • Raise your glasses at 11am (under the Golden Gate Bridge) for a toast with your fellow boat mates
  • Full Price: $60.00 | Goldstar Price: $36.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today!

Guided Segway Tour of Fisherman's Wharf & the Waterfront

  • Three-hour tour of SF's gorgeous waterfront and other top districts
  • Includes 45-minute training session on the Segway, so you are comfortable with it before you start (it looks hard, but believe me it's fun!)
  • Cruise around Fisherman's Wharf and North Beach
  • Get views of Alcatraz Island and the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Full Price: $70.00 | Goldstar Price: $35.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today!

Standard SF Bay Cruise with the Red & White Fleet

  • Standard 60-minute cruise around the SF Bay
  • Ride past the northern shoreline of SF and see Fort Mason, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point National Historic Site
  • Cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge for amazing photos of this gorgeous structure
  • Return under the Golden Gate Bridge a second time and then cruise past Sausalito, Angel Island, and Alcatraz Island
  • Listen to the audio commentary in one of twelve languages on your own private headset
  • Full Price: $28.00 | Goldstar Price: $14.00*
  • Buy your tickets online today!

*Additional fees may apply

Labor Day Beer Lunch Cruise

Hop aboard Hornblower Yachts on Monday for a Labor Day Beer Lunch Cruise. This two hour lunch cruise features a buffet of American classics such as macaroni & cheese, potato salads, baby back ribs, cornbread, and more. You can also enjoy free flowing drinks of Champagne, premium beers, craft beers, and a number of non-alcoholic drinks. During your cruise, you also get the chance to see top SF attractions such as Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and more.

Date: Monday, September 1

Buy Tickets: Find Tickets for Up to Half-Off on Goldstar Today!

Free Shakespeare in the Park

Head over to the Presidio on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco to catch Shakespeare in the Park. This year's free show is The Taming of the Shrew. This year's performances are on Saturday, Sunday and Monday afternoons at 2pm on the Main Post Parade Ground Lawn (between Graham Street & Keyes Avenue). No reservations required.

Learn More: Other Top Attractions in the Presidio

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

SF Giants Baseball Games

Enjoy some baseball at AT&T Park with the Giants. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Click on the link below for the full 2014 Giants home game schedule and tips to attend a game!

Learn More: SF Giants 2014 Home Schedule

Union Square Live

All summer long, you can see free live music and dance performances in Union Square with Union Square Live! The 2014 schedule is not yet available. However, they always feature one performance on Sunday afternoon during Labor Day Weekend from 2pm to 4pm. No tickets required.

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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 6-hour journey is a great choice for those that love to be out on the open water.

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Learn More: Additional Details on What It's Like to Go Whale Watching near SF

Mime Troupe Performances

Head over to Dolores Park for the closing performances of Ripple Effect by the SF Mime Troupe. These are not the silent types, they sing, dance, and offer funny, free performances all around SF and the Bay Area.

Learn More: Details for this Year's Closing Performances

Matisse from the SFMOMA at the Legion of Honor

Head to the Legion of Honor this weekend for one of the last chances to see the Matisse exhibit from the SF MOMA. The SF MOMA is closed through the spring of 2016 for renovations and this is the last chance to see this exhibit until it reopens in their new space. This exhibit is on display at the Legion of Honor through September 7, 2014.

Learn More: Tips to Visit the Legion of Honor

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

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: 2014 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

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