Escapes: Celebrate Labor Day in Millbrae


Art and wine festival

It’s the last unofficial weekend of summer. Where will the Bay Area’s biggest Labor Day weekend celebration be? Surprisingly, small but charming downtown Millbrae.

The 44th annual Art & Wine Festival will feature more than a dozen artisan food purveyors, a microbrew tasting tent, an array of fine wine and 250 professional artists showing off their work. With a Mardi Gras-style energy, expect live music around the clock with bands playing on stage and wandering the streets. Plus there will be diverse eats – spring rolls, gyros, samosas and buffalo sausage – an organic and green products showcase, a classic car show, a zip-line, carnival rides and more fun for the kids.

Find the festivities on Broadway between Victoria and Meadow Glen avenues, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Aug. 31. Admission is free, and there’s also a free round-trip shuttle service every 20 minutes from the Millbrae BART station. For more information, visit


Founder’s Day

What: The 13th annual Bridgeport Founder’s Day celebration will take over the entire town. Activities include a walkabout through downtown, a 10K run, a live bluegrass, barbecue and a display of quilts.

When: 6 p.m. Friday until 1 p.m. Sept. 1

Where: Various locations, Bridgeport

Cost: Free

Information:, (800) 845-7922


Astronomical hike

What: Enjoy a guided 1-mile hike up to the top of Mount Diablo. A free astronomy program will begin after the hike, so bring dinner and a flashlight. Reservations are required.

When: 4 p.m. Saturday

Where: Lower Summit Parking Lot, Summit Road, Clayton

Cost: $10 parking per vehicle



Car show

What: The 24th annual classic Car Show ’n Shine features 175 cars as part of Cool Mountain Nights. The festival includes giveaways, food vendors and lively music for a lively downtown street fair.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mount Shasta Boulevard, Mount Shasta

Cost: Free



Wine weekend

What: More than 200 winemakers and growers will team up for Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. A party at Francis Ford Coppola Winery takes place Friday, the main tasting event is Saturday; a wine auction will be held Sunday.

When: 6:30-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 12:30-7 p.m. Aug. 31

Where: Various locations, Geyserville, Healdsburg and Kenwood

Cost: $85-$500



Art open

What: For the North Lake Tahoe Plein Air Open, 30 artists will paint on-location throughout the region – and art lovers can watch them. The paintings will be sold at the Sept. 6-7 Northstar Autumn Food & Wine Festival.

When: Sept. 2-7

Where: Various locations, North Lake Tahoe

Cost: Free


Bee staff