Nothing says Labor Day weekend like beer and music outside at Lagunitas Brewing Company—don't miss Tune-Yards and Digable Planets at #LiveAtLagunitas, kicking off Monday.
After trying all the pours at Healdsburg's endless wineries, head to new farm-to-table restaurant The Matheson. Enjoy wood-fired pizzas and cocktails around a fire pit on the roof, or make a reservation for a five- or eight-course prix fixe meal (or a la carte offerings) in the dining room. There's also an intimate sushi counter; restaurant 5:30pm to 9:30pm (reservations recommended) and rooftop 5pm to 10pm, Thursday through Monday. // The Matheson, 106 Matheson St. (Healdsburg), thematheson.com
Hang on to summer vibes at Lagunitas Brewing Company's #LiveAtLagunitas. Performances in the outdoor mini-amphitheater will include hip hop group Digable Planets, Tune-Yards, The Soul Rebels, and Mdou Moctar with TALsounds. Eat and drink your way through food trucks and brews. Proceeds benefit the National Independent Venue Association; doors at 4:20pm on Monday. // Lagunitas Brewing Co., 1280 North McDowell (Petaluma), tickets ($10) on lagunitas.com
Chill out at Market Daze, a cannabis marketplace featuring licensed brands including Sublime, Harborside, Smoakland Delivery, and Korova. You'll find products for every sort of cannabis lover, music, and munchies; Monday from 11am to 7pm. // Frank Ogawa Plaza (Oakland), tickets ($10) on eventbrite.com
Don your best hat for El Rio's 18th annual Cowgirl Palooza. Dance to tunes by three country bands: Moonshine Maybelline, The Muddy Roses, and Crying Time; doors at 3pm, show 4pm to 8pm Monday. // El Rio, 3158 Mission St. (Bernal Heights), details ($20) on elriosf.com
Learn about feminist practices in contemporary art at BAMPFA's New Time: Art and Feminisms in the 21st Century. Inspired by a poem by the Bay Area's Leslie Scalapino, the exhibit displays more than 150 works by 77 artists and collectives to address the multifaceted nature of feminism; through January 30. // BAMPFA, 2155 Center St. (Berkeley), bampfa.org
Watch artists work their magic during the Sonoma Plein Air Festival. Artists will head to picturesque locations in Sonoma, Marin, and SF to paint to works to sell at the Sonoma Plaza's Farmer's Market on Tuesday. On Saturday, the plaza will host live demos, music, art activities, and an art sale; 5pm to 7pm Tuesday and 10am to 4pm Saturday. // Sonoma Plaza, 453 1st St. East (Sonoma), sonomapleinair.com
Pitch a tent at Dumbarton Quarry Campground. The new family-friendly Fremont campground has 63 sites, showers, picnic spots, and a store. If you feel like getting some steps in, head to the Coyote Hills Regional Park trails. // Dumbarton Quarry Campground, Quarry Road (Fremont), reservations ($45 and up) on ebparks.org
Get outside and give back along the beautiful coastline of Half Moon Bay. Enjoy picturesque beach views at REI's Dirt, Sweat & Beers—a 5K/10K run and DIY cleanup series. The Half Moon Bay State Beach course is open now until October 30. // Register at reidirtsweatandbeersevent5.splashthat.com.
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See Andrew St. James & Friends perform at The Chapel. The first Fast Times! party since before the pandemic will celebrate Andrew St. James' new album and include music by Zelma Stone, French Cassettes, and James Wavey; Thursday at 8pm (doors at 7pm). // The Chapel, 777 Valencia St. (Mission), tickets on thechapelsf.com
Stay home for Smuin's virtual fall season, Limitless, which kicks off this week with Stabat Mater, an artistic response to 9/11 events, and continues all month long. // Tickets ($39 for all four shows, $12 for individual) on smuinballet.org
Pick up some free recycled water. To combat water waste, Marin residents can get up to 300 gallons of water suitable for outdoor surface washing and gardening; pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10am to 2pm. // Armory Drive near Civic Center (San Rafael), marinwater.org
Take a mini-vacation at the new Traveler at 25 Lusk. The proverbial cocktail world tour is kicking off with drinks by inspired Mexico along with bites like local fish tacos and beef shank gorditas; Tuesday through Saturday. // Traveler, 25 Lusk St. (SoMa), reservations on 25lusk.com
Dine at Turntable, Lord Stanley's new concept showcasing chefs from around the world. First up: Micaela Najmanovich of Argentina's Anafe, serving such offerings as scallop crudo and arroz al horno with sweetbreads and grilled greens; reservations open on Tuesday. // Lord Stanley, 2065 Polk St. ($125 per person), exploretock.com
Consider the all too relevant complexities of confinement—with a little humor—at Thinking, Staring & Smoking, a collection of portraits by L.A. artist Robert Pokorny. In addition to his own point of view, you might recognize some subtle nods to painters like Pablo Picasso and David Park, through September 18. // Johansson Projects, 2300 Telegraph Ave. (Oakland), johanssonprojects.com
Get cozy for the return of a beloved Bay Area tradition, the 13th annual Opera at the Ballpark. Order a hot dog and garlic fries forThe Homecoming performance with soprano Rachel Willis-Sørensen and mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, simulcast live on the massive videoboard from the War Memorial Opera House stage; Friday at 7pm (doors at 5:30pm). // Oracle Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (Mission Bay), sfopera.com
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Get tickets to Crowded Fire's The Displaced. The horror play explores the impacts of gentrification through a couple's move into a Chicago apartment where they discover the pain of past tenants; shows 8pm Friday and Saturday, through October 2nd. // Crowded Fire Theater, 1695 18th St. (Potrero Hill), tickets (pay-what-you-can) on crowdedfire.org
Get your live music fix all day long at Mount Tam music festival, Sound Summit. This year, you can catch musicians like Father John Misty, Lukas Nelson, and Cha Wa performing at the outdoor Mountain Theater, complete with picturesque Bay views as a backdrop, Saturday at 11am. // Mountain Theater, Easy Grade Trail (Mill Valley), lineup and tickets ($115 for GA) on soundsummit.net
Jazz up your weekend with a Sofar Sounds show. Sign up for the event at a secret location in the Mission and get ready to see two or three sets by artists across musical genres—or perhaps even dancers or comedians. BYOB; Saturday at 8pm. // Mission, tickets on sofarsounds.com
Master the art of rum drinking at the California Rum Festival. Taste your way through endless premium rums and attend seminars with industry experts; 2pm to 7pm Saturday. // The Hibernia Bank Building, 1 Jones St. (Civic Center), details and tickets ($80 for GA tasting session) on californiarumfestival.com
Munch on some tortas at My Friend Fernando's pop-up. Save room for conchas courtesy of Astranada Bakery; Sunday from 2pm to 5pm. // Sister Restaurant, 3308 Grand Ave. (Oakland), details on instagram.com
Get outside for Free Shakespeare in the Park. The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is kicking off its 39th season on the lawn at Redwood City's Sequoia High School before moving on to Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in SF's Mclaren Park next week and Cupertino's Memorial Park Amphitheater in October; Saturday and Sunday at 4pm. // Sequoia High School lawn, 1201 Brewster (Redwood City), details (free) on sfshakes.org
Catch a concert of songs from the Academy Award–winning movie Sideways. Opt to attend a pre-reception with Buena Vista wine and Boisset Collection bites; Saturday and Sunday at 7pm. // Buena Vista Winery, 18000 Old Winery Rd. (Sonoma), tickets (prices vary) on buenavistawinery.com
Celebrate all things weird and wonderful at the 22nd annual How Weird Street Faire. In addition to multiple stages of dance-party-worthy electronic music, meander about Green Alley's cannabis vendors or Art Alley's creative works, and shop oddities and plenty of food at the marketplace. Dress up—and wear your wildest face mask too; Sunday from noon to 8pm. // Howard and 2nd St. (SoMa), details on howweird.org
Celebrations are in order for the 31st annual Autumn Moon Festival. Stop by Chinatown for music and martial arts performances, lion dancing, arts and crafts booths, and delicious food vendors; Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 5pm. // Grant Ave.between California St. and Broadway St. (Chinatown), moonfestival.org