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If you’re not away at Burning Man, you might want to attend one of these local festivals over Labor Day weekend. 


Free Shakespeare in the Park  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  At The Presidio's Main Post Parade Ground Lawn.  Free.  Arrive early to secure a good spot on the lawn for viewing “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Performances are staged in this park and at other Bay Area locations. 

Free Admission at the Asian Art Museum  Sunday.  Civic Center.  Free.  Sponsored by Target, this free admission day gives you access to the permanent collection.  Plan to arrive early and have a Plan 2, because admission is on a first come, first served basis.

San Francisco Zine Fest  Sunday.  In County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park.  Free.  Want to start your own zine (defined as an often homemade or online publication, usually devoted to a specialized and often unconventional subject)?    Or just interested in seeing what’s out there?  Two rooms at this 17th annual event will be filled with more than 200 exhibitors of zines, comics, and related items, plus panels and workshops are scheduled. 


Sausalito Art Festival  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  In Marinship Park, Sausalito.  Fee.  No pets.  This juried show features accomplished artists from around the country along with live music and a beer garden.

Grape Stomping at Grgich Hills Estate  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (this event actually runs daily through September and most of October).  In Rutherford.  Fee,  The $40 cost includes a t-shirt imprinted with your grape-stained feet, a tasting of three wines, and a souvenir wine glass. 


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Scottish Highland Gathering & Games  Saturday and Sunday.  At Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton.  Fee.  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.

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19th Annual Historic Rail Fair at Ardenwood Historic Farm  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  In Fremont.  Fee.  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.


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Kings Mountain Art Fair  Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  In Woodside.  Free.  No pets.  Artists display their wares under the redwoods.  Also, the Cook Shack serves up breakfast and lunch, kids get a special area, and you can meet firefighters.

Millbrae Art & Wine Festival  Saturday and Sunday.  Along Broadway Ave., Millbrae.  Free.  No pets.  This 48th annual festival has more than 200 artists, 20 food vendors, live entertainment, and a kids’ area.  This year Mardi Gras is the theme.

Some of these events were discussed on air on September 2, 2018, with John Hamilton on his
KGO On the Go radio program

Carole Terwilliger Meyers blogs at Weekend Adventures Update.
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