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Labor Day Weekend in San Francisco

Dolores Park Dolores Park Photo by Ann Larie Valentine via Flickr

If you want to be able to truly enjoy your three day weekend you get for Labor Day, there is no better place to do so than San Francisco. Many people flock to the city on this extended weekend to enjoy Golden Gate Park and Fisherman's Wharf, but this city has much more than that to offer people. If you're looking to have a great time in San Francisco and you're on a budget, here are some of the best low cost suggestions for you to take advantage of this Labor Day.

The Millbrae Art and Wine Festival

Located on Broadway, you'll find this art and wine festival free and entertaining. Tribute bands that cover everything from Tom Petty to the Rolling Stones are performing throughout the day as you can take a look at the work of local artists. There are micro-breweries on hand at this event as well, plus your obligatory glass of wine, and let's not forget about all the food options for those that love specialty foods! There's even a talent show planned, activities for the kids, and a zip-line available for those who want something unique to do!

The Scottish Highland Gathering and Games

Dedicated to all things Scottish, you'll find everything from a rugby tournament to whiskey samples at this gathering. Come early to make sure you get your Scotch eggs before they're gone, then stick around to get an incredible fish and chips combination you won't find anywhere else in San Francisco. Historical figures from throughout Scottish history roam the grounds throughout the event. You can't have royalty there without a ball, so there's dancing in the evenings as well. You might want to bring your earplugs for the bagpipes band competition! There is a fee of admission to this event.

Enjoy Classic Shakespeare in the Park

Alcatraz IslandOne of the strengths of San Francisco's art scene is their annual Shakespeare in the Park play that is put on for the public. Located on the Main Post Public Lawn down at the National Historic Landmark that is the Presidio, you'll want to get there a little earlier than the 2pm start time so you can get a decent seat. This free event can then be followed up by some time at the beach, enjoying the view of the bay and Alcatraz Island. Don't forget to stop to see the Buffalo Soldiers exhibit, which is open 10-4 all weekend long.

What Are Your Labor Day Plans?

San Francisco is a city that always has something unique to offer, but Labor Day is often one of the best weekends of the year. With several art festivals, the America's Cup competition, and free satirical comedy shows sprinkled throughout the city, you'll be able to find three days worth of events that will leave you exhausted, but satisfied. Make sure to plan your Labor Day weekend in San Francisco so that you can take part in these great events too!

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