Labor Day is also know as summer’s last hurrah. But not to worry, the three day weekend offers up optimal opportunity to squeeze in plenty of fun. This weekend the list of festivals goes on and on, from Shakespeare to Polynesian and even a Grizzly Bear celebration (bears not included) and way more. However you choose to say goodbye to summer just remember it will be back before you can say aloha.


Photo Courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center

San Francisco

Say Aloha, City Style
You may not be able take a family trip to Hawaii this weekend, but you’ll feel like you are on the Big Island when you attend the San Francisco Aloha Poly Fest. Your family will enjoy live entertainment, a kids corner, Hawaiian style foods, hula dancing, contests and much more. Sat. Event details.

A Winter’s Tale Unfolds in San Francisco
Join the SFShakes festival for this year’s classic A Winter’s Tale. Spread your blanket and pack some cookies for the evening of free, professional theater! Everyone is guaranteed to have a good time, and if you don’t believe us, here’s a quote from the man himself: “Shall we thither, and with our company piece the Rejoicing?!” Sat.-Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Hop Here on First Fridays
Want to cuddle with some cute bunnies? On the first Friday of each month children’s toy and clothing store Ruby’s Garden hosts a super-duper cuddly get together. That’s because Ruby, the 13-year-old girl for whom the store is named after, brings in her own gaggle of bunnies for a warm and fuzzy visit. Get ready to oh and ah. Light snacks and refreshments are served. Fri. Event details.

Get Starry-Eyed at Chabot
The Chabot boasts three powerful telescopes allowing 180 degree access to the sky above. Two planetarium shows are included with each general admission to the center. Daytime viewing on the observatory deck happens on Saturdays and Sundays with volunteers available to point out the sun, moon or Venus. On Friday and Saturday evenings after the sky goes dark, visitors have complimentary admission to the observatory deck to access the telescopes. Fri.-Sat. Event details.


Get Stoked for Sundays on the Farm
It’s Sunday and you can play for or you can go play on the farm. Kids can taste a root, meet a pig and learn how the wool from a sheep can be transformed into a sweater. Venture out and you can take part in a tour of the farm and an education garden. Admission fees help feed the farm animals. The morning tour takes places from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and an afternoon tour from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sun. Event details.

Take a Trip to the Big Easy in Millbrae
Spend the weekend at Millbrae’s 46th Annual Art & Wine Festival. Downtown is transformed into the “Big Easy” with Mardi Gras-style. Live music, over 250 professional artists and crafters, a cavalcade of delicious eats, and lots of fun for the kiddos. They’ll oooh and aaah over the classic car show, squeal with delight riding a zipline, get amped by all the carnival-style rides, and goof off in Playland. There is a free, round-trip shuttle service from the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station running every 20 minutes between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  so the grown-ups can enjoy the “wine” or beer part of the fest too! Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Make a Wand at King’s Mountain Faire
This art show offers something special for the kiddos: an old-fashioned children’s area where they can do spin art, make wands, bows and arrows, caterpillars, and glitter art. Plus balloon shapes and face-painting, in a beautiful wooded setting. Park along Skyline and take the free trolley to the main entrance! Sat.-Mon. Event details.

South Bay

The San Jose Giant Battle the Visalia Rawhide
Hey batter, batter. Spring means baseball season and San Jose Giants Games aren’t only a less expensive alternative to those guys up north but you can do some scouting of your own and predict who may get called up to the big leagues next. Residents can often pick-up free tickets from local businesses. Check out the schedule for special events, from post-game fireworks shows to a chance for the kids to run the bases and more. First pitch ranges from as early as 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fri.-Mon. Event details.

Head over the Hill for a Grizzly Bear Festival
Get your game face on because it’s time to celebrate the Grizzly Bear Festival at Rancho del Oso Nature and History Center in Dacenport. This epic day of crafts, activities and face painting includes an awesome all-ages lecture by museum curator Lisa Robinson (at 2pm). Kids will learn all about this symbolic bear and pay tribute to the ferocious animal that once rule the state. Sat. Event details.

Lil’ Makers Gonna Make
Come hang out at the 2nd Annual San Jose Mini Maker Faire at History Park. San Jose Mini Maker Faire is a History San José organized event that is part of the global Maker Faire network created by MAKE Magazine. More than 70 all-ages makers (ange from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers) will showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. Sun. Event details.


This Sausalito Festival Will Rock
Come to Sausalito for one of the best art festivals in the country! Tons of live music (think blue grass and Led Zeppelin tribute bands) on multiple stages, delicious food and a kid’s area is filled with fun entertainment including family fave Tim Cain, face painting, puppets, arts, crafts, and more! You can upgrade your ticket to include kayaking with Sea Trek, too. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Party on the Streets in Bolinas
The Bolinas Community Center is hosting a Labor Day Street Party with two stages of music including gypsy jazz; a Kid’s Plaza full of activities; a white elephant silent auction; BBQ, salads, veggie burgers and tamales galore (not to mention Bo Berry Cobbler with Strauss Ice Cream); plus lots more. Mon. Event details.

–Chantal Lamers

What’s your last hurrah of the summer? Share it with us in the comments below!