A Bay Area Guide To Celebrating Labor Day Weekend

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Wondering what to do for Labor Day? How about a wine tasting extravaganza? Or quiet weekend in Carmel? Below, you’ll find more ideas on how to celebrate the last official weekend of summer.

The rooftop bar at Hotel VIA
The rooftop bar at Hotel VIA

The Giants are home this weekend, so why not catch a baseball game? Before (or after) you head to AT&T Park, be sure to check out the recently opened rooftop bar at the Hotel VIA. The hotel is introducing two new menus on Friday, September 1. Downstairs at Bar VIA, the team is introducing a game day menu. It features elevated takes on ballpark favorites. Think soft pretzel balls with fancy fondue and bacon-wrapped hot dogs with burnt onion soubise and pickled pepper relish. The second menu is being served in the hotel’s rooftop lounge that has great views of the San Francisco skyline. Small plates like jumbo prawn cocktail with housemade kimchi cocktail sauce are now available to enjoy dim sum style.

The Hideaway's outdoor fire pit
The Hideaway’s outdoor fire pit

Want to get out of the city? Head to Carmel-by-the-Sea for a weekend at the PlumpJack Group’s Hideaway. The hotel is a short walk from the beach and charming downtown. On Saturday night, head to the Outdoor Forest Theater for a performance of Peter Pan under the stars. Sunday experience a guided tour through the area’s photography galleries before heading back to the Hideaway for it’s cozy complimentary wine and cheese by the fire pit hour.

A concert in the barrel room at Wente Vineyards
A concert in the barrel room at Wente Vineyards

Out in Livermore, Wente Vineyards is hosting their annual Front Porch Music Festival on Saturday, September 2 from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy wine while taking in the shows at two stages. Musical acts include Wolf Hamlin and the Front Porch Drifters, San Geronimo, Kingsborough, Lisa Marie Johnston, Garage Band Academy, The Mundaze, The Black Pack, James Funk, and Roem Baur. The culinary team will be preparing food for purchase.

A wine seminar at Taste of Sonoma
A wine seminar at Taste of Sonoma

Up in wine country, on Saturday, it’s Taste of Sonoma. 200 local wineries will be pouring their wine and 60 local chefs are serving delicious bites. It’s an all-day grand tasting at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University. There will be wine tasting tours hosted by sommeliers and winemaker panel discussions. Participants include chef Timothy Bodell of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, chef Ariel Nadelberg of The Drawing Board, chef Alec Graham of The County Bench, and chef Travis Day of Thistle Meats.

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