Visiting San Francisco is already a fun time. There is so much to do in the city that your family can spend an entire week there and still have more than enough to do. Spend some time in San Francisco for Labor Day before you return to the school grind with the family, and enjoy the final week of summer before that chilly breeze blows in.
Here are a few of our favorite things to do during Labor Day weekend in the city by the bay.
Go to a Concert
San Francisco is filled with numerous music venues, and Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to catch one of your favorite artists performing. Enjoy one of the below shows the weekend of Labor Day:
- Alicia Keys at The Masonic on September 2 and 3.
- Keith Urban at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on Saturday, September 3.
- Duran Duran at Chase Center on Sunday, September 4.
- Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin at the Shoreline Amphitheatre on September 5.
Watch a Baseball Game
The San Francisco Giants, three-time world series winners, will be home during Labor Day weekend and will face off against the Philadelphia Phillies. The three-game series will be a game to watch since the two are fighting for a wild card spot in the playoffs. The series starts on Friday, September 2 at 7:15 p.m. at Oracle Park, with games also happening on Saturday and Sunday. You can find tickets on the Giant’s website with a seat map and bring a jacket since night games get chilly.
See a Broadway Play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will perform at the Curran Theatre this Labor Day weekend. The award-winning musical will take place all weekend long and follows the story of Harry Potter and his oldest son, who is facing similar issues that Harry faced while attending Hogwarts. Performances will happen on Friday, two on Saturday, and two on Sunday.
Enjoy A Sailing Tour
If you want to have fun for a short time, take a 90-minute sailing tour. The tour will show you the best of the bay as you travel past attractions like Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Sausalito. Drinks will be available on board, and the cruise runs from Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, leaving at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.
September is the beginning of whale migration season through the bay area, and it’s your time to view this fantastic wonder. Blue and humpback whales come through the area as they migrate, and you might also get to see dolphins, seals, and great white sharks. The tour is 2.5 hours long and perfect for those who love being out to sea. Remember to bring a jacket with a hood if it gets chilly.
Asian Art Museum
You can get free admission to the Asian Art Museum during Labor Day weekend. You will get access to the museum’s permanent collection, but make sure to get tickets online before they sell out for the day.
Free Walking Tour
The San Francisco Public Library will offer free walking tours throughout the city on Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3. The below locations are where you can meet to start your free tour through the city:
- Saturday, September 2, at Mission Murals at 11 a.m.
- Saturday, September 2 at the Japanese Tea at 1 p.m.
- Saturday, September 2 at 2 p.m. in Japantown
- Sunday, September 3 11 a.m. at the Golden Gate Bridge
- Sunday, September 3 1 p.m. in the Haight Ashbury District
- Monday, September 4 at 10 a.m. in Chinatown
- Monday, September 4 at 11 a.m. at Bawdy and Naughty
The Conservatory of Flowers
The Conservatory of Flowers is usually closed on Mondays, but this Labor Day weekend, they will be open for the holiday. Visit and see the beautiful collection of colorful flowers and plants throughout the conservatory. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Exploratorium is the perfect destination for the entire family. The museum is usually closed Monday but will be open for the holiday. Your kids can experience the wonders of science and fun while there. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can grab your tickets online from their website.
Off the Grid Food Party
Foodies will love this night market and food truck party filling their bellies with joy. The largest street food festival will have over 25 food trucks in Fort Mason. This includes live bands, a full bar, and a wine garden. This is the perfect spot to end your incredible time in the city with great food and music.
These are a few fantastic events you can attend while spending time in San Francisco during Labor Day weekend. There are a variety of other museums, tours, and foodie destinations your family can head to while in the Bay Area, so make a great weekend out of it.