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Sausalito Art Festival Information For Visitors

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The huge Sausalito Art Festival is held over Labor Day weekend in the tiny town of Sausalito, California. This San Francisco satellite community is located at the far end of the famous Golden Gate Bridge, across the Bay from the busy Fisherman’s Wharf districts along the San Francisco waterfront. Sausalito is a scenic hillside community that is heavily used by California artists and performers who want time away from crowds.

Come visit the huge Sausalito Art Festival in sunny California.

When visitors plan trips into San Francisco or the Silicon Valley sections of California, the Sausalito Art Festival is a fun event to attend in September, over Labor Day weekend. This section of California offers unique high-quality shopping opportunities, fine foods and many types of colorful sights that can help your vacation plans or holiday outings to become very memorable moments. The Sausalito Art Festival is a large local attraction.

Location, Transportation & Parking:

Visitors often have a very good time while traveling to the Art Festival in Sausalito. To reach Sausalito from San Francisco, it is necessary to travel over the Golden Gate Bridge or to arrive by boat. The Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7-miles long; people drive, ride public transportation options, pedal rented bicycles and walk across this bridge. It is possible to rent bicycles at the start of the bridge, and to return this transportation on the other side.

There are public ferryboat services that run on schedules between San Francisco and the City of Sausalito. In recent years, visitors in the area equate this relaxing water ride to the mini-cruises that are offered in other parts of the country. For an inexpensive price, it is possible to ride a boat that docks near the center of activities in Sausalito. Passengers can board with packages, bicycles and small pets that are secured inside of a traveling crate.

In the San Francisco and Sausalito areas, bicycle riding is a very popular form of travel. When visitors choose to rent bicycles for the day, there are valet bicycle parking services available at the Sausalito Art Festival. The town of Sausalito is about two-miles square and the Art Festival weekend includes the formal show areas, sidewalk displays and the special events that are scheduled at many of the local galleries and art sales boutiques.

The Art Festival Possibilities:

The Sausalito Art Festival on Labor Day weekend is more than a simple showing of art. Starting in December each year, applications are taken for the available show spaces and many special artists are invited to show their creations at this high-quality show. Further, since the town of Sausalito includes multiple art galleries, art studios and art-oriented stores, the whole town becomes involved in providing entertainments for this large event.

Visitors can expect to see upper-quality art offerings in a wide variety of mediums at the show, sidewalk displays along the pathways of the shopping districts and multiple booths that sell special foods, beverages and souvenir items. During the three-day festival, there is live entertainment that includes popular bands, stage acts and presentations from the local opera theater, dance companies and theater groups. Visitors enjoy Sausalito events.

Sausalito is home to a nice Children’s Discovery Museum, a working Bay Model science attraction and multiple sources for tours. The famous Heath Ceramics Company offers tours of their ceramics factory, Spaulding Wooden Boats offers tours of their watercraft building facility and there are walking tours through the historic Sausalito houseboat districts. Sausalito has multiple parks, interesting boutique stores and overnight options.

Plan Ahead For Labor Day in Sausalito:

Throughout the three-day Labor Day weekend, there are ferryboat water-taxis and public transportation options running on regular schedules between San Francisco and Sausalito; however, many visitors to Sausalito enjoy staying at local accommodations while they are exploring the Sausalito Art Festival. The Sausalito Art Festival offers a large variety of exciting things for visitors to experience; two or three day trips to Sausalito are ideal.

Sausalito Art Show guests and visitors are competing for a limited number of lodging opportunities within the small City of Sausalito; it pays to reserve overnight rooms well in advance for this Labor Day weekend event. Sausalito offers resort-quality hotels, boutique hotels, historic lodging houses, private owner vacation rentals and overnight rooms on houseboats. All lodging options in town are nearby to the big Art Festival.

Volunteer For An Alternative Art Festival Adventure:

Sausalito is a small community with a population estimated at 7,500 permanent residents. When the town expands to include over 50,000 visitors for the Labor Day weekend Art Festival, many volunteers are needed to help with a variety of Art Festival duties. It is possible for out-of-town guests to volunteer to work a shift for the Art Festival organizers while they are visiting Sausalito to enjoy the festivities and the bayside sunny climate.

Up to 1,000 volunteers are used each year to run drink booths, work with crowd control concerns and to keep litter at a minimum. When visitors are new to the Sausalito area, the volunteer programs allow individuals to have instant friends and associates who are also donating a few hours of their time to the Art Festival. Volunteers wear desirable t-shirts and receive an identification worker wristband; there are many fun benefits for workers.

The Sausalito Art Festival entry-point for volunteer workers is at the Sausalito Bay Model facility along the waterfront. This location does not require workers to stand in the long lines at the public entrance event gates. Volunteers become an integrated part of the Festival as they interact with the crowds and artists while performing their assigned chores or duties. There is room for people of all ages to become Art Festival volunteers.

Sausalito Art Festival volunteers attend a party at the end of the Art Festival weekend. This volunteer party is arranged by the event organizers as a thank you to the people who donated their time for the event. When out-of-town visitors choose to take part in the volunteer programs, they can attend this gala celebration and meet new friends from Sausalito. Many volunteers return year-after-year as a part of the Sausalito Art Festival.

Plan Your Sausalito Art Festival Trip, Today!

The Sausalito Art Festival is among the largest open-air art shows on the planet. Visitors can choose to explore the town of Sausalito during the festival or plan excursions to the nearby Muir Woods or Alcatraz Island attractions. Sausalito offers waterfront activities, picnic areas and interesting activities for children. All local travel agents and California trip planners are aware of friendly Sausalito vacation or holiday options.

For current information about the Labor Day Sausalito Art Festival in California, contact their events office at: (415) 332-3555 during normal business hours. Artists, performers and volunteers can also use this number to receive up-to-date application information.

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