Summer is making a dramatic exit, with an extreme heat wave arriving in the Bay Area this Labor Day weekend, Friday-Monday, Sept. 2-5. Some temperatures may be reaching as high as 104 degrees, so staying cool is the No. 1 priority.
Luckily, there are plenty of offerings available in the Bay Area to help you escape the heat. Sweat it out at an outdoor picnic in San Leandro or grab your bathing suit for a pool party in San Francisco. This weekend marks the perfect opportunity to celebrate the unofficial end of summer before we trade in sunglasses for beanies and coats.
Celebrate Labor Day 2022 weekend with these Bay Area arts and entertainment events
As the air conditioning blasts through the air and lights dim, settle into your seats and get ready to laugh at the absurdity of the San Francisco-set “The Room.”
The captivating, though confusing, narrative about a love triangle starring Tommy Wiseau is set to screen at the Balboa Theater on Saturday, which is also National Cinema Day.
For those looking for other film offerings, many of the major movie theater chains and independent movie houses in the Bay Area are set to take part in a special promotion offering $3 tickets for any films in honor of National Cinema Day, including Imax and 3-D showings. For a list of participating local theaters, go to www.nationalcinemaday.org.
11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. $12.50-$15. Balboa Theater, 3630 Balboa St., S.F. www.balboamovies.com
The city won’t be too hot, with highs expected to barely reach 80 degrees, so spending a lazy summer afternoon on the bay may be the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine.
For inexperienced sailors who may not be accustomed to the high winds, one option is a sunset sail aboard the comfortable schooner Freda B departing from Sausalito. The boat will take passengers through all the iconic Bay Area sites, including Angel Island and the Golden Gate Bridge. 
With a professional crew, all you have to do is relax and watch the sun set over the water.
6:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. $99. Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 465, Sausalito.  https://bit.ly/SchoonerFredaBsailSF
For those who want to escape the blazing afternoon sun with air conditioning and lights down low, you can see some live performances while you’re at it. This weekend, the following shows have matinee performances: San Francisco Playhouse’s “Follies,” the James Goldman and Stephen Sondheim musical about Follies performers and paths not taken; TheatreWorks’ “Hershey Felder: Chopin in Paris,” which combines theater and concert; Aurora Theatre Company’s “This Much I Know,” about a psychology lecturer seeking to solve the mystery of his own wife; and BroadwaySF’s “Oklahoma!” — the bold reimagining of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic.
“Follies”: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Through Sept. 10. Two hours, 40 minutes. $15-$100. San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post St., S.F. 415-677-9596. www.sfplayhouse.org
“This Much I Know”: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Sept. 2-3; 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Through Oct. 2. $20-$78. Aurora Theatre Company, 2081 Addison St., Berkeley. 510-843-4822. auroratheatre.org
“Oklahoma!”: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2; 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3; 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Through Sept. 11. Two hours, 50 minutes. $56-$256. Golden Gate Theatre, 1 Taylor St., S.F. 888-746-1799. www.broadwaysf.com
“Hershey Felder: Chopin in Paris”: 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Through Sept. 11. $30-$100, subject to change. Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View. 877-662-8978. www.theatreworks.org
The Phoenix Hotel plans to host a pool party on Sunday, featuring DJs Nasser Baker and Dennis Ferrer. Grab a bathing suit, wear some SPF and get ready to dance to some groovy house music through the heat wave.
12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. $25. The event is for ages 21 and older. Phoenix Hotel, 601 Eddy St., S.F.  https://bit.ly/LaborDayPhoenixHotelSF
It’s not like you need an excuse to take in some culture or get educated, but if it’s been a minute since you last visited one of the Bay Area’s great museums, this weekend might be a perfect time to catch up and cool off.  
The de Young Museum is currently hosting several incredible exhibitions, including the newly arrived “Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs.” The Oakland Museum of California explores ephemera and art related to lesser-known stories from the feminist movement in the Bay Area with its “Hella Feminist” exhibition. The Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive is hosting a retrospective of the works of Fluxus movement co-founder Alison Knowles, spanning her still-active career from the 1960s to the present. And the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has a new exhibition on the iconic Mexican artist Diego Rivera.
If you’re more scientifically inclined, check out the newest exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences, “Hidden Wonders” and “Bugs,” or simply find a comfortable seat in the dark cool lower-level aquarium and marvel at colorful sea creatures.
De Young Museum, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive, S.F. 415-750-3600. deyoung.famsf.org
Oakland Museum of California, 1000 Oak St., Oakland. 510-318-8427. museumca.org
Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive, 2155 Center St., Berkeley. 510-642-0808. bampfa.org
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 151 Third St., S.F. 415-357-4000. www.sfmoma.org
California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, S.F. 415- 379-8000. calacademy.org 
Dotted with picturesque beaches and beautiful coastal greenery, the 17-Mile Drive is a scenic ride through Pebble Beach.
As you drive through, stop at one of the many beaches to soak in the stunning views. Done with the beach? Head to one of the many hiking trails on the route.
Whether you want to sweat it out on a hike, relax on the beach or take photos next to the Lone Cypress, known as the most photographed tree in the world, the 17-Mile Drive boasts a variety of activities and landscapes. Make sure you crank up the air conditioning and drink plenty of water in between stops.

$11.25. Pacific Groove Gate, 2790 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach. www.pebblebeach.com/17-mile-drive
It wouldn’t be a perfect summer weekend without indulging in some ice cream — and the Bay Area has some of the best sweet dessert locations.
Start off your ice cream adventure with the unique flavors of Salt & Straw in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Every month, the Portland-based ice cream company changes its offerings. You may expect classic flavors such as chocolate or vanilla, but at Salt & Straw, the flavors tend toward the absurd. This month features an ode to veggies with taste combinations such as Spinach Cake with Chocolate Tahini Fudge. This weekend, there will be a whole new batch of flavors, too. Don’t look up the menu in advance! Instead, just head out to Hayes Valley and let yourself be surprised with the unusual scoops.
For more one-of-a-kind ice cream, head on over to Uji Time Dessert in the Metreon shopping center in downtown San Francisco. Grab some matcha ice cream in a fish-shaped cone. Or, if you aren’t feeling ice cream, try some classic mochi.
End the tour at the city’s classic Ghirardelli Square. The sundaes are a gooey, transcendent experience. But if that doesn’t sound good, try one of the Ghirardelli Chocolate Company’s equally delicious milkshakes.
Salt & Straw, 586 Hayes St., S.F. www.saltandstraw.com
Uji Time Dessert, 22 Peace Plaza #440, S.F. www.ujitimedessert.com
Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, S.F. www.ghirardelli.com
Finding restaurants that offer delicious vegan food can be a challenge, and it is even harder to find variety. The Bizerkeley Food Fest provides the ideal opportunity to taste all kinds of savory vegan treats in one place. There will be no meat or dairy in sight, which should help make up for the 90-degree weather.
Organized by Erika Hazel from the social media food account @bizerkeleyvegan, the food festival is set to take place in the parking lot right outside the Sports Basement in Berkeley, with vendors featuring all sorts of cuisines from Mexico to the Philippines.
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. $15-$22. Sports Basement, 2727 Milvia St., Berkeley.  https://bit.ly/BizerkeleyFoodFest
Chronicle reporters Aidin Vaziri and Lily Janiak contributed to this story.
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