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Thursday, August 30, 2012

What to Do This Labor Day

Posted By on Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 6:30 AM

  • Tim Wagner

This Labor Day, we'd like to give you some alternatives to getting drunk in the backyard again (not judging, just sayin').

Dig some tunes

A Labor Day tradition, Doin It In the Park, is a music fest and BBQ thrown by the Triple Threat DJs, Mr. E, and Sake One in Golden Gate Park that must not be missed. You've worked hard all year (if you were lucky enough to find employment) so today is the day to kick back and enjoy some tunes. You've earned it. Choice quote from our 2008 review: "Better Than: Going to Hippie Hill and listening to the drummer circle again."

Have a laugh

The Tony Award-winning SF Mime Troupe will be putting on a free outdoor theater performance at Dolores Park on Monday (as well as Sept. 1 and 2). Entertaining San Francisco with its political satire and comedy since 1962, the group has always focused on performing for the working class -- shows are always free. Spend the national worker's holiday watching theater that mocks today's higher ups and politicians

Enjoy some lit for your labor

If you're into a little literary stimulation with your Labor Day celebration, local lit curator Quiet Lightning is holding its second show on the lawn of the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. Quiet Lightning is a submission-based, literary mixtape performed live each month. This time, enjoy art, live music, a beer garden, and a free potluck followed by readings for a $5 suggested donation.

We have a weiner! - JOE ESKENAZI
  • Joe Eskenazi
  • We have a weiner!

Enjoy some wieners

Americans don't need a holiday to love wieners, but we sure do amp it up when the occasion presents itself! This time you can happily invite your friends to something called "Wiener Nationals" -- wiener dog races in the park! Pet My Wiener (heh heh) is hosting an afternoon of Dachshunds taking over the tracks at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley in between horse races. You can enter your own lil doggie into the race here. Admission is $6 and kids get in for free!

Drop some knowledge

Take it from the backyard to the bar at Gestalt Haus's newish weekly Monday Night Trivia event featuring sausages, beer, and trivia topics that go beyond T.V. shows and Presidents. Questions include locals knowledge about anything from Bay Area bands to the Giants. You might be asked some holiday-history questions, but the real highlight of Trivia night? The "Physical Challenge" round -- translation -- who's willing to embarrass themselves the most to be showered with bonus points?

For more events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF and like us on Facebook.

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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