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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this Labor Day weekend

Kings Mountain Art Fair
This is easily the best setting for an art fair in the Bay Area, with artists displaying their wares amid the towering redwoods just off Skyline Blvd in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The paintings and sculptures are a step up from the usual sailboats and sunsets you usually find at these events. And it’s for a good cause: food and drink purchases help support the local volunteer fire rescue team. Saturday – Monday, 9/5-7, 10am-5pm, 13889 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA

Bacon Festival of America
Wax up that mustache, hop on that banana-seat fixie and pedal on over to Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose for a celebration of all things bacon. The list of food trucks and dessert trucks is long and impressive, with craft beer, live music and pro wrestling also on tap. Saturday, 9/5, 12-7pm.

Shakespeare in the Park
The Presidio in summer (before the fog rolls in) is pretty special. Add in free Shakespeare and you have an ideal Labor Day weekend. Bring a blanket and picnic to the main parade ground as SF Shakes performs the classic tragi-romance Romeo and Juliet. Saturday – Monday, 9/5-7, 2pm.

Point Reyes Sand Sculpture Contest
In case you needed an excuse to venture out to Point Reyes this holiday weekend. Build a sandy masterpiece or simply appreciate the fruits of other’s sand sculpting abilities, while enjoying the sun and surf at Drake’s Beach. Saturday, 9/5, 9am-3:30pm.

Brazilian Day Street Party
Brazilians know how to party, and dance, and sing. Which is why you won’t want to miss the Brazilian Independence Day celebration, with a full slate of live music, samba dancing, capoeira and food. Sunday, 9/6, 9am-7pm, Casa de Cultura, Berkeley.

Top 5 Things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

SubZero Festival / South First Fridays Art Walk
The monthly art walk in downtown San Jose keeps growing, and now includes roughly 20 participating galleries, shops and bars, as well as a host of street performers. But in June’s version of the walk, the scene explodes with inclusion of the annual SubZero music & art fest. Three stages feature 15 bands on both Friday and Saturday nights (6-11pm), and don’t forget the craft beer garden and food trucks. Friday, 6/5-6, 7pm-10pm, South First St between San Carlos St. and Reed St.

Design Week SF
While professional designers and creative types will benefit from the many workshops and lectures, any lover of design will enjoy the gallery tours and talks as part of the annual Bay Area-wide design event. There’s also a writing hackathon on Saturday called Drinking Tea in the Shower. Now through next week, 6/5-12, day and evening events.

Compagnia TPO
Way better than Cirque du Soleil, BLEU! from theater, dance and multimedia Italian troupe Compagnia TPO allows young audience members to participate in the production, chasing ‘fish’ along a ‘shoreline’ of projections and light of a Mediterranean port. Friday and Saturday, 6/5-6, various times for five shows, Bing Concert Hall, Stanford.

Bay Area Book Festival
This Berkeley-wide event includes a street fair with 150 exhibitors with blocks according to theme, a storytelling stage for kids at the Civic Center Park, and public art installations. Oh, and 300 authors from the Bay Area and beyond will be taking part in panels and presentations. Saturday and Sunday, 6/6-7, all day.

San Leandro Cherry Festival
Remember when the Anglo-Siamese Treaty was signed? Of course you don’t, because the year was 1909 and you were busy enjoying the inaugural Cherry Festival in San Leandro. Now 106 years later the fest is still going strong, which now features a beer garden, kids zone, live entertainment with En Vogue, and a parade. Saturday, 6/6, 11am-6pm, downtown San Leandro.