Believe it or not, Labor Day Weekend is here. Soak it up—for some of us, this is our last long weekend until Thanksgiving.
For those sticking around town, a Lady Gaga dance party, an art walk in the Inner Richmond, and Leon Bridges await you.
If you’re looking to hit the road, don't miss the Monterey County Fair, Paul Bunyan Days in Fort Bragg, and our guides to Big Sur and Paso Robles. Have a good one!
Vegan devotees and plant-curious eaters alike have a new reason to head to Oakland. Go explore the newly launched Vegan Trail, with an online gastronomic guide to more than 20 restaurants for herbivores around The Town—from family-owned eateries to popups to Michelin-rated. // Details at visitoakland.com
If you prefer your adult beverages with a side of childish behavior,gettickets to the 90-minute Beauty and the Beast pop-up bar experience with drinks, dancing, escape room, and Victorian-style theater; September 22 through December 18. // Trademark Bar, 1123 Folsom St; tickets at explorehidden.com
The long-awaited return of Kendrick Lamar is here. He'll be playing tracks from his fresh double album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, along with opening act Baby Keem (Lamar's talented cousin); Wednesday at 7:30pm. // Oakland Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way (Oakland); tickets at theoaklandarena.com
Puff Puff Laugh at Barbary Coast x HellaFunny’s comedy show pop-up—the only comedy show in San Francisco where you can legally get high during the show; Thursday at 7pm. // Barbary Coast Dispensary, 952 Mission St. (SoMa); tickets at eventbrite.com
Have your bourbon and eat it too. The Garrison Brothers Bourbon Takeover of America is back in the Bay Area with limited-time concoctions in collaboration with SF and Oakland spots including Rye, The Beehive, The Sea Star, Cold Drinks Bar, High Horse, and more. Download their app for a chance to win swag; Thursday, through September 30. // For more info and a full list of participating restaurants, visit bourbontakeover.com.
Thank you to our partners at The Garrison Brothers.
Follow the smell of funnel cakes to the Monterey County Fair. What better way to mark Labor Day than with Alaskan pig racing, pony and carnival rides, live entertainment, and tasty fair foods; Thursday through Monday. // Monterey County Fairgrounds,montereycountyfair.com
Calling all Little Monsters! Live all your Sour Candy dreams at The Chromatica Disco: Lady Gaga dance party. Get down and sing-a-long to the best of Gaga, plus inspired performances, video projections, and more. Costumes encouraged; Friday at 9pm. // DNA Lounge, 375 11th St. (SoMa); tickets at dnalounge.com
Bay Day (which is actually a month-long) kicks off this week. Save the Bay, in partnership with San Francisco Bay Trail, is once again encouraging exploration of the greatest place on earth with challenges and prizes up for grabs. From trail hiking to kite flying, there are activities for everyone; Friday through October 1. // Details at bayday.org
Come together at Oakland’s First Fridays. The blocks-long party features food and art vendors, live music, bar specials, and community; Friday, 5pm to 9pm. // Telegraph Ave. between West Grand and 27th St. (Oakland); details at oaklandfirstfridays.org
Did you know the American craft beer movement started in San Francisco? Of course you did. But did you know you can actually tour the working brewery? Book your Anchor Brewing Company tour and witness how the magic happens at America's first craft brewery. Every drop of Anchor beer is brewed in SF. It's time you take a peek and a taste. One-hour tours are available at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm Thursdays and Fridays; guests must be 21+ to sample the brews. // Get tickets online at anchorbrewing.com.
Thank you to our partners at Anchor Brewing Co.
Take a trip to Fort Bragg's oldest festival: Paul Bunyan Days has been going strong since 1939. The annual festival features arts and crafts, barbecued meats, pies, the Belle of the Redwoods competition, logging contests, old-fashioned dress, a parade, live music, and so much more; Friday through Monday. // Find the full schedule and map at paulbunyandays.com.
Enjoy arts and crafts among the redwoods at the 59th Annual Kings Mountain Art Fair, with120 independent artists, activities for kids, homemade food, and the opportunity to watch craftspeople create their own art including jewelry, furniture, painting and even toys; Saturday to Monday, 10am to 5pm. // Kings Mountain Firehouse and Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd. (Woodside); details at kingsmountainartfair.org
Art Walk SF takes over the Inner Richmond with pop-up galleries, live music, activities for kids, deals, and specials from favorite restaurants and bars; Saturday, 2pm to 7pm. // Clement St. between Arguello & 4th St. (Inner Richmond); details at eventbrite.com
Bypass the traffic up to Napa and head to Paso Robles instead withour guide to the best eats, craft drinks, and wineries. // 7x7.com
Gather your tribe for the Toasted Life Labor Day Weekend Party. There will be DJs spinning all day long and food and drink available to keep you fueled; Saturday, 3pm ’til late. // The Midway, 900 Marin St. (Bayview); tickets at tixr.com
Don't miss the chance to see the fabulous Alicia Keys in her world tour stop at Chase Center, with special guest Pink Sweat$; Saturday at 8pm. // Chase Center (Mission Bay); tickets at chasecenter.com
All aboard for Rail Fair! It'll be trains, trains, and more trains at Ardenwood Historic Farm with rides, displays, live music, and tours. BYO picnic or purchase food and treats at the Farmyard Cafe; Saturday to Monday, 10am to 4pm. // Ardenwood Historic Farm (Fremont), spcrr.org
Do something good for your soul and go see Leon Bridges with Little Dragon at a delightful outdoor venue in Napa; Sunday at 7pm. // Oxbow RiverStage, 1100 West St. (Napa); tickets at ticketmaster.com
If day drinking is your jam, head to Del Mar for a White Claw white party. Break out your best white attire to send off summer and dance all day to DJ beats, plus, free White Claws; Sunday, 2pm to 2am. // Del Mar, 2125 Lombard St. (Marina); RSVP at eventbrite.com
Celebrate Brazilian Independence Day at BrasArte's all-day party featuring the annual lavagem (blessing), live Brazilian music and DJs, food, and drinks; Sunday, 10am to 7pm. // 1901 San Pablo Ave. (Berkeley); details at brasarte.com
Planning to hit the coast this weekend (if you aren't, you should reconsider)? Here are five must-see stops on the road to Big Sur. // 7x7.com