Over the last 64 years, the Sausalito Art Festival has welcomed thousands of fine artists and hundreds of chart-topping musicians to the waterfront setting of Marinship Park. This year is no different, as Labor Day weekend's biggest party boasts over 200 artists and wall-to-wall musical entertainment on two stages.
Saturday, Sept. 3, kicks off the festival with Blues Hall of Famer Charlie Musselwhite setting the pace with his blazing blues harmonica. Following him is gospel group the Blind Boys of Alabama, still featuring founding member Jimmy Carter and Clarence Fountain, friends since the 1930s. Psycho-swing band the Squirrel Nut Zippers (pictured) and Marin neo-soul outfit Monophonics round out the day.
Sunday, Sept. 4, is all about the ever-popular tribute band, as Super Diamond (Neil Diamond), Zepparella (Led Zeppelin), Unauthorized Rolling Stones and Stayin' Alive (Bee Gees) play classic rock, pop and disco hits.
On Monday, Sept. 5, the festival hosts blues and rock legends Edgar Winter, Todd Rundgren and the Zombies on the main stage. Throughout the weekend, local musicians and bands like One Grass Two Grass, Deborah Winters Group and the Dixie Giants also appear and show off the North Bay's own pool of talent.
The Sausalito Art Festival happens Sept. 3–5 at Marinship Park, Sausalito. Saturday–Sunday, 10am to 7pm; Monday, 10am to 5pm. $20 and up; kids under 12 are free. sausalitoartfestival.org./p>