Labor Day weekend in San Francisco offers several fun activities and events. This year, the holiday is Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7.
Highlights this weekend include performances of Phantom of the Opera, Beach Blanket Babylon, and Union Square Live. You can also see Billy Joel in concert, visit one of several museum exhibits, or head across the bay to the Sausalito Arts Festival.
Head over to the Orpheum Theater to see Phantom of the Opera. This popular production features new scenery, staging, and special effects. You will find four performances over the weekend with one on Friday, two on Saturday, and a final one on Sunday.
Learn More: Full Theater Calendar for September
Enjoy a few hours on the SF Bay this Labor Day. This popular annual two-hour Labor Day Beer Lunch Cruise includes a buffet full of American favorites. Savor the fried chicken, baby back ribs and the macaroni and potato salad. Included with your ticket is free flowing Champagne, premium beer, and other non-alcoholic drinks. You will also have plenty of time to admire the SF attractions during the ride.
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
One of the biggest concerts this weekend is Billy Joel at AT&T Park. Listen to this award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer perform some of his greatest hits including Piano Man, Just the Way You Are, Only the Good Die Young, and many others. The show starts at 8pm.
Learn More: Discover More Live Music this Weekend in SF
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
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
Close out the summer with some baseball with the Oakland A's. During Labor Day Weekend, the Oakland A's take on the Seattle Mariners on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Head over again on Monday as they battle the Houston Astros on Monday afternoon at 1:05pm.
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Celebrate Labor Day early on this Saturday night party cruise. This upscale party cruise features two DJs, three fully stocked cash bars, and the amazing views of the SF Bay. Enjoy your favorite music as you ride past top SF attractions including the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and the Bay Bridge. The cruise leaves from Pier 40 (near AT&T Park) at 9:30pm and returns around 12:30pm.
Date: Saturday, September 5
This holiday weekend you will find three performances of Romeo and Juliet. 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
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.
Head to the Conservatory of Flowers this weekend to check out their current exhibit, Stranded! Tropical Island Survival. Step inside this fun exhibit to learn more about how you can survive being stranded on an island by using all the plants around you. Learn everything from which plants are the best for food and water to the types of plants you should use to build a shelter.
Learn More: Tips to Visit the Conservatory of Flowers
Full Calendar: All Museum Exhibits on Display this Weekend
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
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: 2015 Sausalito Art Festival
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: Additional Guided Walking Tours in SF
On Sunday, September 6, head to the Yerba Buena Gardens for a free, live musical performance. The Asian American Orchestra 1945: A Year of Infamy plays from 1pm to 2:30pm. This performance commemorates the 70th Anniversary of the atomic devastation at Hiroshima and Nagaski.
Date: Sunday, September 6 at 1pm
Head over to the Cow Palace to catch one of several performances of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus this Labor Day Weekend. The show you will see this year in San Francisco is called Circus XTREME. The performance includes fun acts with both acrobats and animals. It's a fun event for the entire family.
Dates: September 3 - 7