An up-to-date guide of how you can spend a day trip or a 3-day weekend
Are you looking for ideas of things to do this Labor Day weekend that are affordable, fun, clean and safe? Look no further. With restaurants, wineries, breweries and events having fully reopened in the Tri-Valley, we’re looking forward to a fun and safe Labor Day Weekend. Our hotels are offering special discounts and we even have savings on other area businesses. There are so many things to do. Come for a day trip but you will probably want to stay for a 3-day weekend so you can get it all in.
Welcome to the Tri-Valley, where you can save, spend, live and love like a local. We’re glad you’re here. Read below for a list of Labor Day ideas, activities and fun things to do throughout the Tri-Valley. Check out our Tri-Value Pass that offers discounts on more than a 125 area businesses.
Restaurants in the Tri-Valley are open at full capacity for indoor and outdoor dining. Social distancing is required as are masks indoors.
Working closely with local ranchers and farmers, Range Life in Livermore serves elevated California cuisine serving only fresh, seasonal ingredients. This local hot spot was named one of the Bay Area's top steak restaurants and top outdoor dining experiences by the SF Chronicle in 2021.
Happy hour is officially back at Sabio on Main, which means $1 Oysters and $2 off all drinks and Sabio Sangria Monday-Friday from 4pm-5pm. Stop in early before a 3 or 5 course dinner to take advantage of these great deals.
The Press Cafe has recently renovated their Pleasanton location, providing more space and additional seating while staying true to its chic and casual coffeehouse vibes. Visit their Livermore location or their newly renovated space for unique beverages, creative bites, and delicious paninis.
Da Boccery has officially opened in their new Livermore location, featuring a full kitchen and bar, bocce ball, axe throwing, shuffle board, foot pool and more! Stay tuned for more information.
Channel your inner lumberjack at Limitless Axes & Ales. This local axe throwing venue features a large selection of craft beer and a bar menu of salads, pizzas, and appetizers. If you've never tried axe throwing before, now's your chance!
View our list of local restaurants.
The Livermore Valley Wine Country is made up of more than 55 wineries sprinkled across the rolling hills of the Livermore Valley. Wineries are open at full capacity for indoor and outdoor tastings, events, and experiences. Be sure and bring your mask.
When visiting the Livermore Valley Wine Country, you're sure to see the iconic Livermore Wine Trolley passing through the vineyards. Pick from a variety of public tours or private charters for safe and easy transportation throughout our Wine Country.
While most Livermore Valley wineries are within walking distance and driving distance, renting an electric bike or booking a tour with Pedego Livermore is an exciting way to tour our Wine Country without having to break a sweat. Choose from food & wine pairings, bike rides with guided hikes, and more.
McGrail Vineyards features delicious wines with an amazing view of the Livermore Valley. Several live performances are slated to take place on their spacious lawn this summer. Visit their website for upcoming events.
Life is a Cabernet will be an interactive evening of Bingo & The Bard, Award-Winning Wine, Scenes and Songs outdoors on the grounds of Darcie Kent Vineyards. The Audience Seating area will allow for social distancing in compliance with Alameda County regulations.
What better way to end a workout than with a bit of wine? If you're looking to get active but love a good glass of vino, book a Hiking Through the Vineyards tour at Murietta's Well. Enjoy amazing views of the Livermore Valley while learning about their small lot approach to winegrowing. Available at 10am every third Saturday and Sunday of the month.
Nearly all of our wineries are open in the Tri-Valley! View our list of Livermore Valley Wineries.
Breweries and gastropubs are open at full capacity for indoor and outdoor service. Sign up for the Tri-Valley Beer Trail mobile passport for exclusive deals at 19 participating breweries. Visit 10 stops and win some premium beer swag, or visit every stop on the Trail to win a 64 oz. growler!
Pour your own flight or pint at Hops & Sessions, Livermore's only self-pouring taproom. Don't miss out on their brew pub fare like their Sessions Burger made with gruyere, blue cheese, arugula, caramelized onion, tomato, and house aioli.
Pennyweight Craft Brewing has a unique indoor space and a spacious patio that's hosts live performances and fun, beer-centric events. Put in an order from their in-house "food truck", and don't miss out on their house made chips with beer cheese!
Homegrown Hops Brewing is located in the heart of Livermore Valley Wine Country, and features a growing hopfield, bocce ball courts, picnic tables, cornhole, and a sprawling lawn to hang out on.
View participating breweries on the Tri-Valley Beer Trail.
Summers are always a happening place in the Tri-Valley, featuring live concerts, performances, and festivals throughout the warmer months. Check out a few small-scale events happening this summer:
Beginning June 17th until August 5th, Emerald Glen Park's Amphitheater will transform into a lively concert venue every Thursday night. Certain measures will be in place to ensure compliance with State and Local Health Guidance and patron safety. Check out their concert line up.
Each weekend starting April 30th until September 6th, road closures in Downtown Pleasanton will make way for pedestrians and expanded outdoor dining. Weekends on Main start Fridays at 3pm until Sundays at 9pm, providing an especially charming stroll down Pleasanton's Main Street.
View upcoming events in the Tri-Valley.
The Tri-Valley boasts several regional outdoor recreation spaces, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and is home to Mount Diablo State Park’s south entrance. Don’t miss out on these unique outdoor experiences in our region.
Mount Diablo State Park has several scenic vista points, but the view from the summit observation deck features panoramic views of the entire Bay Area. On clear days, visitors can even spot the Golden Gate Bridge! The Mount Diablo Visitor Center has also re-opened and house several informative exhibits about the mountain range's formation, geological characteristics, and wildlife.
Did you know that bald eagles sometimes nest at Del Valle Regional Park? East Bay Regional Park District biologists have spotted active bald eagles nests at the park this year and are hoping to welcome eaglets to the community this spring! As exciting as wildlife spottings are, please be sure to keep your distance for your safety and theirs. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
Lake Del Valle is a great place for water activities, including swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and boating. Rent a paddle boat, kayak, or pontoon from the marina on the east side of the lake. Rentals are first come first serve, so arrive early to reserve a vessel. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
View our list of scenic parks and trails.
Bars are open for indoor and outdoor service at full capacity. Cool down with some of the following libations offered by local restaurants with full bars:
Beer Baron is home to 25 craft beers on tap, an expansive collection of 400-plus bottles of whiskey from around the globe, and beautiful, hand-crafted cocktails. This summer, cool down on hot days with a Frozen Strawberry Infused Rosé, available at their Pleasanton & Livermore locations.
Located in Livermore, Simply Fondue features exquisite fondue dining and over 140 hand-crafted martinis to choose from. Their Summer Martini flight comes with 6 martinis and includes the following flavors: Washington Apple, Chocolate Covered Banana, and Blue Island Breeze.
Locanda Ravello serves up Neapolitan pizza, calzones, and pastas inspired by the Almafi Coast, but they also have an extensive wine and cocktail list. Try their beautifully balanced espresso martini to see what the buzz is all about.
View our list of local bars.
Museums, art galleries, visitor centers, and theaters are open at full capacity with no social distancing requirements. Here are a few great ways to enjoy the Tri-Valley’s rich heritage and culture this summer.
The Blackhawk Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliate with five unique galleries to explore: The Classic Car Collection, The Spirit of the Old West, Into China, Art of Africa, and its newest exhibit, World of Nature, featuring one of the largest, most diverse collections of exotic animals from around the world.
The Bankhead theater is located in the heart of Downtown Livermore and features rotating art exhibits and live performances in a 500-seat theater. With more than 60 events across a wide variety of musical genres, plus dance, theater, comedy, films, family shows and more, there’s something for everyone!
Take a self guided tour of Pleasanton's downtown public art pieces, city cultural sites, and historical buildings by downloading the STQRY app and selecting Pleasanton Public Art. Enjoy the tour from the comfort of your home, or find these colorful signs in Downtown Pleasanton and scan the QR code located near the base of the sign.
The Del Valle Visitor Center is open weekends 10am – 2pm. The visitor center contains exhibits and information about the natural history of Del Valle and surrounding wilderness. Park visitors are encouraged to visit and talk with naturalists and student aides about the park and the lake and to take part in the exciting programs happening all summer long. Parking is $6 per vehicle.
The Shrumen Lumen has been displayed at Burning Man, the Oakland Museum, the Cincinnati Museum, and now it's right here in the Tri-Valley! Located in front of the Danville Community Center and the Village Theatre Art Gallery, visit these brightly colored art pieces every night between 7pm-11pm until September 6th.
View all Arts & Culture offerings.
The Tri-Valley is home to California’s largest premium outlet center, a modern shopping mall, and adorable downtowns with one-of-a-kind boutiques. Retail stores, grocery stores, and shopping malls are open at full capacity. Be sure and bring your mask.
San Francisco Premium Outlets is California's largest luxury outlet mall with over 180 stores including Gucci, Prada, Coach, Kate Spade New York, Tory Burch, Nike, Michael Kors, and more. Visit this open-air shopping mall and mention Visit Tri-Valley at the Guest Services counter for free bag of exclusive goodies!
Happening every third Sunday from May to November, Batch Makers Market is a free open-air market bringing over 30 artists and crafters together in Downtown Livermore.
The quaint downtown streets of Danville, Pleasanton and Livermore are streets lined with restaurants, art galleries, wine bars, and one-of-a-kind boutique shops. For a collection of must-see boutiques in the Tri-Valley, see more info below.
Browse our listing of local shopping centers.
With 40 lodging options to choose from, Tri-Valley hotels are Clean + Safe Certified to ensure a safe and fun escape to the “Sunny Side of the Bay.” Tri-Valley accommodations are open with some modifications. Indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs, steam rooms and saunas are open to visitors, as well as fitness centers at a limited capacity. Local campgrounds are also open for reservations.
Book a stay in the Tri-Valley for the best Summer Savings price around! Use the discount link below or call directly to any of these participating clean and safe hotels, and ask for “The Tri-Valley Summer Savings Offer.” You’ll get their best available deal, good for any stay through Labor Day, 2021.*
*subject to availability
No. There is no requirement to quarantine, however it has been recommended that anyone traveling from outside California self-quarantine for 14 days.
No. There is no requirement for travelers from either within the U.S. or from abroad to have been vaccinated before traveling to any destination in California.
There are no official requirements upon arrival in California, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides a detailed collection of safe travel practices that is worth reviewing.
All residents and visitors will continue to follow California state masking guidelines which requires masks be worn by all individuals ages 2 and up at indoor public spaces regardless of vaccination status. Everyone is strongly encouraged to wear a mask in outdoor crowded settings and in non-public indoor settings, like a private residence, when you are with people you do not live with.