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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.

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Top 5 things to do in the Bay Area this weekend

Outside Lands
The three-day festival has grown into the premier West Coast musical gathering, and this year’s lineup is in keeping with the typically excellent mix of emerging, established and legacy artists. Hot Chip, Ben Harper, The Black Keys, Wilco, St. Vincent, Amon Tobin and Sir Elton John are the acts I have circled. Friday – Sunday, 8/7-9, noon-10pm, Golden Gate Park.

Shakespeare in the Park
Shakespeare season is upon us, and you won’t find a lovelier setting for enjoying Antony and Cleopatra than Sanborn County Park just outside of Saratoga. The Silicon Valley Shakespeare company performs the classic play, as well as the contemporary Shakespeare in Hollywood, every Thursday – Sunday now until Aug. 29. 7pm each night.

Peace Lantern Ceremony
This weekend marks the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima (Aug. 6) and Nagasaki (Aug 9). And to commemorate the event, a Japanese-style peace ceremony will offer peace lantern decorating to be lit and launched into the water at sunset. A message will be read from the mayors of the two cities, along with a musical performance. Saturday, 8/8, 6:30-9pm, Aquatic Park, Berkeley.

Stern Grove Concert
Has it really been 30 years since Purple Rain introduced the world to Morris Day and the Time? The legendary and exquisitely dapper funkmeister brings his party to Stern Grove for a day of (free) musical fun and dancing in the park. Sunday, 8/9, 2pm.

Cabrillo Music Festival
New and contemporary classical music fans have long celebrated the Cabrillo Music fest in Santa Cruz. Featured acts this weekend include percussion virtuoso Colin Currie performing works by Scottish composer James MacMillan on Friday, and San Francisco’s famed Kronos Quartet on Sunday. Friday – Sunday, 8/7-9, 8pm, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.