Labor Day Amusements in the City by the Bay

Well Labor Day is swiftly upon us.  Originally, Labor Day was conceived as a holiday to honor the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American worker.  The day was marked by speeches from labor leaders, parades showcasing American ingenuity and rallies.

Well, in todays large, urban society, parades have gone the way of the dodo unless they involve mass amounts of alcohol (St. Patrick’s Day) or fabulous rainbow marchers (Gay Pride).  I have no idea how they would showcase the American worker or their products today since so many companies have outsourced jobs and products over seas.  Thus the holiday has devolved to (a) get together with your family & friends, (b) go to a park or someones backyard with a pool and (c) BBQ some type of animal on a crusty grill.

If eating mystery meat hot dogs is not your cup of tea, here are a few things happening around the bay (or not in some cases) that you might want to check out:

SAN JOSE – The long running Tapestry in Arts Festival is cancelled due to economic conditions and will be rolled into their winter event in November.

SAUSALITO – The Sausalito Art Festival, America’s #1 Outdoor Fine Art Festival, launches its 55th annual event over the Labor Day weekend with artists from around the world at Marinship Park on Sausalito’s picturesque waterfront. Participating artists include award winners.  Time: 9 am – 6 pm. Admission: Around $20/general to free/under 6 years. Weekend pass available, prices subject to change. Hotline (415) 331.3757.Location: Marinship Park, Sausalito, CA.

SONOMA – The Sonoma County Showcase consists of a three-day foodie lovefest, Sept. 3–5, features the Taste of Sonoma County (Sept. 4) at MacMurray Ranch, various winery lunches and dinners (Sept. 3–4), and Sonoma Valley Wine Auction (Sept. 5). For details and tickets, go to

LIVERMORE – The 29th Annual Harvest Wine Festival takes place on Sunday and Monday of Labor Day weekend.  This great write-up gives you an overview of the fun to be had: or check out their website: This is an event I would attend if I could.  It sounds like a lot of fun and a wonderful way to ring in the fall (since for the most part summer seems to have passed us by this year).

PLEASANTON – The Scottish Highland Games.  If tons of marching bands, hot Marines, fiddle playing, dance competitions, Celtic bands, whiskey tasting, caber tossing and more kilt wearing than you can shake a stick at float your boat, head out to the Alameda Fair Grounds Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend for the largest gathering of the clans to be had.  Personally if I wasn’t in rehearsals for the upcoming Northern California Renaissance Faire, I would so go for the whiskey.

Have a great three-day weekend everyone and no matter what you do or where you go, please play responsibly.  Only inbred douches drink and drive.

Posted on September 3, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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