Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

Discover the Top Activities for 2020

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Labor Day weekend in San Francisco offers several fun activities. This year, the holiday is Friday, September 4 - Monday, September 7. Events, concerts, and other large gathers are on hold until 2021.

Here are 10 fun things to do this holiday weekend in San Francisco 2020.

Labor Day Cruise in SF

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1. San Francisco Zoo: The San Francisco is open this Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco. They are running at 50% capacity so make sure to book your tickets in advance for your visit. Book tickets here. Visit my SF Zoo page to learn more about visiting.

2. Cruises on the SF Bay: Some of the cruise companies around San Francisco are running tours. They are often with fewer passengers and tighter cleaning requirements. Here are just a few that plan to be open this weekend.

3. Pier 39: Another fun thing to do is to head over to Pier 39. You can watch the sea lions play around on the platforms, do a little shopping, or grab a bite to eat outdoors. Visit their site for what's open now.

4. Japanese Tea Garden: This Golden Gate Park gem is also open all weekend. They are running at a limited capacity so book your tickets in advance. More about what you'll see in the Japanese Tea Garden.

5. Alcatraz: The Rock is also open this weekend. They are offering outdoor only tours, which means you do not get a chance to visit the jailhouse and follow the audio tour. However, you can get a sense of what it was like on the island by reading the outdoor signs, downloading one of their history apps, or checking out their free Discovery guide. More about visiting the island this weekend.

6. GoCar Rental: You can also rent a GoCar and cruise around the city. These fun yellow cars are perfect for two people. They will show you where to go, so you see SF's top spots. More about booking your car here.

7. Botanical Gardens: The Botanical Gardens offer a wonderful outdoor experience. They are open to visitors and you will see a ton of plants and flowers from around the world in this 55-acre garden. More here.

8. Alamo Square Painted Ladies: The famous Painted Ladies of Alamo Square are also open this weekend. You can see these beauties from Alamo Square Park just across the street. It's a fun, outdoor activity for the entire family. Visiting tips here.

9. Ferry Building: The Ferry Building is open all weekend long. You can do a little shopping or enjoy a meal outdoors. Here are some of the best things to do here.

10. Golden Gate Bridge: Our crowning jewel is also open to visitors. Both the walkways and a few outdoor exhibits are open. You can walk all the way across or just to the south tower. Find out more here.

2019 Events & Activities

Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco is usually full of additional fun events and activities, below you will find what happened in 2019. It will also show you what it's typically like on this holiday weekend.

Highlights this weekend include performances of Beach Blanket Babylon, and Union Square Live. You can also watch both the SF Giants & the Oakland A's in action, visit one of several museum exhibits, or head across the bay to the Sausalito Arts Festival. Also, make sure to check out the free walking tours offered every day this weekend.

SF Giants Baseball

The San Francisco Giants are in town this Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco. They take on the San Diego Padres on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Catch a game at Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) and cheer the SF Giants on to victory.

>> Find additional details about the SF Giants and tips to attend a game

Hamilton at the Orpehum Theater

Head over to the Orpheum Theater this holiday weekend to see Hamilton. This award-winning musical is on stage Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It's the full story of one of our most interesting founding father's Alexander Hamilton. It's one of your last chances to see it on stage.

>> Find additional shows this weekend in SF

Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour

The best way to get around this Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco is on the Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour. You can hop on and off at any of their designated stops including Lombard Street, Fisherman's Wharf, and Union Square. Other popular stops include the Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the Painted Ladies of Alamo Square.

You can select from the 24-, 48-, or 72-hour tour. It's the best way to easily get around quickly to see all SF has to offer.

Tickets: Visit the Big Bus Tours site for details

California Academy of Sciences

The California Academy of Sciences is open 365 days a year, so this Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco is a chance to visit this amazing museum. It's really four museums in one. Top exhibits include the Steinhart Aquarium, the Four-Story Osher Rainforest, the Morrison Planetarium, and the Kimball Natural History Museum. Pick up your tickets in advance in order to skip the ticket line when you arrive.

Tickets: Find advanced tickets so you can skip the line when you arrive

>> Learn more about visit SF's top museum

Pier Pressure Labor Day Weekend Cruise

This special Pier Pressure Labor Day Weekend Cruise is one you will not want to miss! Hop aboard the San Francisco Spirit with three decks, three bars, three dance areas and plenty of room to catch the views from around the SF Bay. This party boat will also feature two local DJs so you can dance the night away.

This 3-hour cruise leaves at 5pm and returns at 8pm. Boarding will begin at 4pm, so make sure to arrive early to get the party started!

90-Minute Sailing Tour on the SF Bay

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. Refreshments are available for purchase on board. This cruise runs Saturday, Sunday, and Monday and leaves at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm.

Tickets: Find tickets for all days on GetYourGuide

More Fun Cruises for Labor Day Weekend

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Take a look at these options, but before you book, make sure to check out the hotel deals on 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 As You Like It. 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

Half-Priced Tickets for Labor Day Weekend

Here are a few deals that are running for this weekend. Many of these are offering tickets at up to 50% off.

  • 60-Minute Bay Cruise: Cruises around the bay, leaves from Fisherman's Wharf, several cruises a day, Full price $34, Goldstar price $17*

  • California Twilight Cruise: 2-hour evening cruise on the SF Bay, includes light appetizers and one drink per ticket, Full price $80, Goldstar $55*

  • North Beach Food Tour: 3-hour walking tour, offers a variety of samples in this Italian district, Full price $69, Goldstar $48*

  • Chinatown Food Tour: Sample traditional dishes in the popular Chinatown district as you learn about its history, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am, Full price $75, Goldstar $49*

*Small service fee at checkout.

Cal Bears Football

On Saturday, August 31, the Cal Bears take on UC Davis at home in Berkeley. The game is at Memorial Stadium on the UC Berkeley campus. The easiest and fastest way to Berkeley is on BART, which drops you off about a 15 minute walk from the stadium.

>> More details about attending a game and this year's home schedule

Outdoor Concerts at the Saratoga Winery

One of the best places for a concert this holiday weekend is south of San Francisco at the Saratoga winery. This weekend, you can catch three shows. The first is Los Tigres Del Norte at 7:30pm on Friday night. The second is Lost 80's Live on Saturday at 6:30pm. The weekend wraps up with a show by Josh Groban Sunday night at 7:30pm.

You will also find several other smaller shows all around the bay area this weekend.

>> Find additional shows in SF and the Bay Area this weekend

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

>> Additional details on what it's like to go whale watching near SF

Free Admission at the Asian Art Museum

Head to the Asian Art Museum this Sunday for free admission day. Sponsored by Target, this free admission day gives you access to the permanent collection. Make sure to arrive early as admission is given on a first come, first served basis.

>> Tips to visit the Asian Art Museum

>> 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.

>> Read more about all of the great wine tours to Napa & Sonoma

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 10am and 7pm. On Labor Day Monday, the festival is from 10am to 5pm.

>> 2019 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.

>> Visit the SF CityGuide site for more details

>> Additional Guided Walking Tours in SF

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

On Saturday, August 31, head to the Yerba Buena Gardens for a free, live musical performance. American Bon Dancing will perform from 1pm to 3pm. Several artists will perform a traditional Japanese dance called the Bon-Odori. They will also perform more recent dances and music that were created in the US.

Date: Saturday, August 31 at 1pm

>> Find additional details about this year's Yerba Buena Festival

More Attractions Open Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

You will find that many of our attractions closed on Monday. However, many of them open their doors and invite everyone in during Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco. All are open their regular schedules on Saturday and Sunday. Below are a few more details on what you can expect to be open on the Monday holiday.

Alcatraz: Open on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco with tickets going on sale 90 days in advance. Make sure to pick them up early as tickets sell out quickly for this busy holiday. Learn more about visiting Alcatraz.

Aquarium of the Bay: The Aquarium of the Bay is open all weekend long. They will follow their regular schedule for the summer which is from 9am to 8pm. Find out more about visiting.

Conservatory of Flowers: The Conservatory of Flowers is usually closed on Monday, but they are open for the Labor Day holiday. Head over and see their amazing collection of colorful flowers and plants from 10am to 6:30pm. More about this attraction.

Exploratorium: The Exploratorium is also usually closed on Mondays, but they will open their doors from 10am to 5pm this Labor Day Monday in San Francisco. See pictures and learn more about visiting.

SF Museum of Modern Art: The SF Museum of Modern Art is also open all weekend long including on Monday. They are open from 10am to 5pm. Find out more about visiting.

>> Find a list of special exhibits at each museum this weekend

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. Other highlights include cruising around the bay, tinkering with the hands-on exhibits at the Exploratorium, and visiting the California Academy of Sciences.

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

Free Things to Do on Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

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!

>> Find free SF things to do

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