San Francisco Labor Day Weekend 2018 – 10+ Fun Things to Do in September

From live music to festivals and bike rides to cruises, celebrate the unofficial last few days of summer in San Francisco.

If you’re looking for San Francisco Labor Day Weekend 2018 ideas, check out some of these local activities and fun things do in San Francisco in September, including…

  • Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise
  • Full Day Wine Country Tour
  • Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
  • Union Square Live
  • And more!

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Union Square Live

September 2, 2018@ 2:00-4:00pm
Union Square

                                                                                                               Image Credit: Union Square Live

Tango in the Square with Claudio Ortega and the Bay Area Argentine Tango Associaton.

Members of the ensemble hail from Russia, Switzerland, Canada and the US; making this a diverse but also traditional Argentine Tango.

You’ll be cutting a rug in no time!

Getting In: Admission to Union Square Live is free.

Shakespeare in the Park

September 1 – 23, 2018 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day Monday at 2:00pm
Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn

Take in a free performance of the classic summer romance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, in the lovely Presidio. Put on by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, these performances are a summer favorite with locals.

Shows start at 2:00 pm; arrive early to secure a spot on the lawn.

Getting In: Admission to Shakespeare in the Park is free.

Sausalito Art Festival

September 1 – 3, 2018
Sausalito Waterfront

A sample of artwork on display at the festival. Image credit: David Fenton (artist).

A sample of artwork on display at the festival. Image credit: David Fenton (artist).

If you’re a fan of art, food, and/or music, this is the place for you. A massive festival that takes place every summer just a short trip across the bay, the Sausalito Art Festival is a celebration of all things creative.

This three-day event showcases music from more than 10 different bands, tons of children’s events, and features a plethora of visual arts on display.

Getting In: Admission to the Sausalito Art Festival is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go San Francisco Card. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the event website.

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

September 2, 2018
Yerba Buena Gardens

Oakland based MC, Karega Bailey is the spirit behind Sol Development, a charismatic crew that delivers politically resonating verses over the flow of jazz, soul and hip-hop.

Sol Development aims to create an uplifting soundtrack to the movement of justice, freedom and hope.

Getting In: Admission to the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival is free.

Architecture and The City

Throughout September

Sponsored by AIA San Francisco, the largest architectural festival in the country hosts a number of great events on Labor Day Weekend.

Enjoy professional architecture tours, film screenings, lectures, exhibitions, and much more.

For its 15th installment, “Future City” is the theme of this year’s festival.

Getting In: Select Architecture and The City events are free; for those events that do require tickets, please visit the event website.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival

September 1 – 2, 2018
Broadway Avenue, Millbrae, CA

One of the biggest street festivals in the area this weekend, the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival is perfect for adults. This year they’re celebrating their 48th year with tons of great events, exhibits, performances, and more.

This Mardi Gras-style celebration is an exciting mix of food, wine, art, and music – don’t miss out!

Getting In: Admission to the Millbrae Art & Wine Festival is free, although you do need to pay for select tastings.

Go for a Bike Ride

Bike-Over-the-Golden-Gate-BridgeSan Francisco’s pleasant summer weather is just perfect for a relaxing bike ride. Pedal along the waterfront, or get a workout going up those infamous hills.

If you aren’t from the area and don’t have your own bike, it couldn’t be easier to rent one right from Fisherman’s Wharf!

Getting In: All-Day San Francisco Bike Rentals by Blazing Saddles are included on the Go San Francisco Card.

Relax Aboard a Cruise

golden gate bay cruiseEnjoy the cool bay breezes aboard a relaxing cruise through the Golden Gate Bay and beyond.

Choose from a wide variety of cruises – included some specially-themed summer ones – and take the whole family along.

One of our favorites is the iconic Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise.

Getting In: Bridge 2 Bridge Cruise tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.

Indulge in a Wine Country Tour

SFO Wine Country TourYou can’t travel to San Francisco without paying a visit to their famed wine country. Hop aboard a bus pop down to Napa Valley and Sonoma and unleash your inner sommelier.

Several wine tours even include transportation from main hubs like Fisherman’s Wharf. Bonus, you can enjoy as many wine samples as you’d like!

Getting In: Weekday Napa and Sonoma Wine Country Tour tickets are an option on the Go San Francisco Card – Build Your Own.

Visit a Theme Park

Six-Flags-Discovery-Kingdom-4There are few things as quintessential summer as amusement parks or theme parks.

There’s something perfect about the roller coasters and Ferris wheels in the summer, especially on a warm afternoon.

Take the kids to California’s Great America for the afternoon of their lives, or to a place like Six Flags Discovery Kingdom to enjoy both thrill rides and educational fun.

Getting In: California’s Great America tickets  and Six Flags Discovery Kingdom tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.

See some Marine Life

At the Aquarium of the Bay, you’ll find seven different habitats that represent the ecosystems of the bay area.

A favorite of many visitors is the crystal-clear tunnels filled with 20,000 species of sea creatures.

Getting In: Aquarium of the Bay tickets are included on the Go San Francisco Card.

Remember to Save on Attraction Admission

There you go – plenty of fun ideas for things to do in San Francisco in September to help you plan your Labor Day weekend itinerary.

Remember, some of these great attraction options are included on the Go San Francisco Card, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.

Please note, the Labor Day weekend events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go San Francisco Card.

We hope you consider visiting some of these attractions to help round out your summer vacation in style.

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