BEST LABOR DAY EVENTS IN
SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA--2015
If you’re not away at Burning Man, you might want to attend one of these local festivals. Note that BART is not operating to San Francisco this weekend.
Sausalito Art Festival Sunday and Monday. No pets. This juried show features accomplished artists from around the country along with live music and a beer garden.
In Marinship Park
“The Birds” celebration In Bodega Bay. Sunday. In the setting for Alfred Hitchock’s 1961 movie, events include tours of the Potter School (now a private home) and autograph signings with star Tippi Hedren at the Tides Wharf Restaurant.
Scottish Highland Gathering & Games In Pleasanton. Sunday. The world’s largest Celtic festival has been going strong since 1866! Entertainment includes Irish step dancing, sheep dog trials, Clydesdale horses, birds of prey demos, whisky tasting, and six stages.
Alameda County Fairgrounds
image courtesy of venue
Ardenwood Historic Farm /14th Annual Historic Rail Fair. In Fremont. Sunday and Monday. The rail fair includes antique steam locomotives, an 1890 steam porter engine, train rides, and hand car rides, plus displays of garden and model railroads, rail yard equipment, and more. There will also be food for sale, live music, and a hobo game for children.
34600 Ardenwood Blvd., by Dumbarton Bridge approach
image courtesy of venue
Kings Mountain Art Fair In Woodside. Sunday and Monday. Free. No pets. Artists display their wares in the redwoods. Also, the Cook Shack serves up breakfast and lunch, kids get a special area, and you can meet firefighters.
13889 Skyline Blvd.
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival Sunday. Free. No pets. This 45th annual festival has more than 200 artists, 20 food vendors, live entertainment, and a kids’ area. This year Mardi Gras is the theme.
San Francisco Zine Fest County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park. Sunday. Free. Want to start your own zine (defined by Merriam-Webster as a “magazine; especially : a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject”)? Or just interested in seeing what’s out there? Two rooms at this 14th annual event will be filled with more than 200 exhibitors of zines, comics, and related items, plus panels and workshops are scheduled.
COMING UP IN San Francisco
Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival Sept. 12 & 13. Everything chocolate is celebrated with more than 30 booths, cooking demos, live music, and an ice cream sundae-eating contest.
Autumn Moon Festival In Chinatown Sept. 19 & 20. Free. This 25th annual event features cultural exhibits, children’s activities, and a parade.
A NEARBY ESCAPE
I’m just back from a very quiet overnight in Philo at The Madrones --a home converted into a retreat from reality. Located halfway between the Bay Area and Mendocino, it offers free wine tasting at four tasting rooms on property. Also. Balo Winery is right across the street, and Indian Creek City Park is next door with a trail to the river and camping. Aquarelle makes for a pleasant dinner spot back a few miles in Boonville.