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Top events for Labor Day

Where to go and what to do over the long weekend

It's Labor Day Weekend, and you know what that means: three whole days to sleep in, hang out and go enjoy the sunshine with friends and family. Read on for our top picks of ways to spend your time off, and don't forget to raise a toast to all workers: This holiday is held in their honor!

Kings Mountain Art Fair

Browse the arts in a lush redwood forest setting at the Kings Mountain Art Fair, held Saturday, Sept. 5 through Monday, Sept. 7. The event features work by 135 juried artists and includes a children's area with crafts and games. Proceeds benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and the local elementary school. The event takes place at the Kings Mountain Community Center and Firehouse, 13889 Skyline Blvd. (Highway 35), Woodside. Admission is free. Parking can be difficult, but there are shuttles. For more details and a full schedule, go to or call 650-851-2710.

Pride & Joy in Redwood City

Bay Area favorites Pride & Joy round out another popular season of Music on the Square in Redwood City with a high-energy show this Friday evening, Sept. 4, from 6-8 p.m. Come enjoy their covers of timeless pop and soul classics, and dance your way into the holiday weekend. The free concert takes place at Redwood City's Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway. For more information, go to or call 650-780-7000.

Off the Grid at the Computer History Museum

Tired of slaving over a hot stove? Slave no more! Mountain View's Computer History Museum is partnering with gourmet mobile food market Off the Grid to bring food trucks and special programming to the museum each Friday night through Oct. 30. This Friday, Sept. 4, head to 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. between 5 and 9 p.m. for a taste of international tacos and burritos from 3-3-3, authentic Mexican food from Los Tolucas, Vietnamese favorites from O Mi Ninja, ice cream sandwiches from Cookies N Cream and more. For more info, go to

Jazz at the Rosewood

Looking to spice up Labor Day Weekend with a romantic date, or treat yourself to an evening in a beautiful lodge setting? Look no further than the Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, 2825 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, where jazz band Times4 will be playing in the Madera Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 7-11 p.m. The show is free. For more information, go to or call 650-561-1500.

Salsa dancing at Alberto's

Those who like to get in on the action can hit the dance floor this Friday, Sept. 4 during Alberto's hot salsa night. Resident DJ Saynomore provides the beats all night with salsa to merengue tunes. Don't know how to salsa? No problem. Pantea provides beginner and intermediate lessons at 8 and 9 p.m. respectively before social dancing kicks off at 10 p.m. Alberto's Nightclub is located at 736 W. Dana St. in Mountain View. For more, go to or call 650-968-3007.

Singer-songwriter Megan Keely

For a mellow Friday night, catch the folk-inspired acoustic finger picking and contemporary-pop blends of singer-songwriter Megan Keely at the Woodside Arts & Culture Committee's First Friday event on Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. The free concert takes place at Woodside Town Hall, 2955 Woodside Road. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, go to or call 650-851-6790.

Concert on the Plaza with the LyraTones

Kick off the holiday weekend in downtown Mountain View at the final Concert on the Plaza of the year, featuring a performance by 17-piece ballroom and swing dance orchestra band the LyraTones, food trucks and a pop-up park for kids. The free event takes place on Friday evening, Sept. 4, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Civic Center Plaza, 500 Castro St. For more information, go to or call 650-903-6331.

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