Labor Day weekend isn’t the official end of summer, but for many of us, the holiday weekend marks the end of carefree beach days and backyard BBQs and the impending fall season. Labor Day was established to recognize the labor movement and the contributions of laborers to the United States. With the challenges and long hours nurses and allied health professionals have faced over the past two years, this weekend is a great opportunity to take a well-earned break and relax at home or hit the road for some fun.
From concerts to ball games, to festivals, to fireworks, check out these fun events and activities near you on Labor Day weekend.
The Bremerton Blackberry Festival − Imagine 25,000 people walking the Bremerton boardwalk along the Sinclair Inlet celebrating “all things” blackberry. That’s the Bremerton Blackberry Festival, just a quick 1-hour drive or a short ferry ride across the bay from Seattle. The 32nd annual festival features 80 vendors, 15 blackberry-themed foods, live music and entertainment, a beer garden, and more. Performers include Hair Nation, Kim, and Brian, the 2022 WA Blues Society’s “Best New Act,” and Two Story Zori. Enjoy the city’s longest-running festival, which raises money for the Bremerton Rotary Foundation.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 11 am-8 pm
Sunday, Sept. 4, 11 am – 7 pm
Monday, Sept. 5, 11 am – 6 pm
Dodger Ball − A heatwave is forecasted to hit Southern California just in time for Labor Day Weekend, but don’t let the high temperatures keep you from having fun. Take in America’s favorite pastime at Dodger Stadium as Los Angeles takes on the San Diego Padres in a three-game series over the weekend. There will be fireworks at Friday and Saturday’s games. Then, it’s LA and the San Francisco Giants, in one of sport’s greatest rivalries, starting a three-game series on Monday night.
Friday, Sept. 2, 7:10 pm
Saturday, Sept. 3, 6:10 pm
Sunday, Sept. 4, 4:08 pm
Monday, Sept. 5, 7:10 pm
Fiesta de Santa Fe − Celebrate 306 years of community and spirit in Santa Fe. This year, the open-air crafts market takes place over Labor Day Weekend. Dreamcatchers, pottery, jewelry, and clothing; find a one-of-a-kind gift for that friend looking after your apartment while you’re on assignment. When you’re done shopping, stay for the mariachi extravaganza!
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5, 9 am – 5 pm
Labor Day Lift Off − Seventy balloons will take flight at the 46th annual Labor Day Lift Off in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Concessions open at 5:30 am, the opening ceremony starts at 6:30 am, and lift-off is at 7 am. Attendees will also be treated to a performance by the Wings of Blue Air Force Skydiving Team.
Saturday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 5, 6:30 am
Bat Watching − Austin is known for its quirkiness, so why not embrace an out-of-the-ordinary Labor Day Weekend? The beginning of September is prime bat-watching season in the capital city. Head to the Congress Avenue Bridge by foot or boat and be ready to see Austin’s unofficial mascot in all of its glory−the Mexican free-tailed bats. The largest bat population in North America takes off every night at dusk providing mother nature’s own fireworks show.
Friday, Sept. 2 – Monday, Sept. 5, 7:30 pm
75th Annual Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration − More than 300 coon dogs are buried at the Key Underwood Coon dog Memorial Cemetery, the only one of its kind in Cherokee, Alabama. Each Labor Day, these “faithful friends” are remembered, and their graves are decorated, while tall tales are swapped in the “Liars Contest,” and attendees enjoy bluegrass music and hickory-smoked barbecue.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 10 am – 4 pm
Buford Corn Maze −Labor Day Weekend kicks off the start of the Buford Corn Maze in Burford, Georgia, recognized by Country Living magazine as one of the top corn mazes in the U.S. Hay rides, a haunted forest, and the barnyard grill make this a great outdoor venue to unwind from a stressful shift or enjoy an outing with a date.
Friday, Sept. 2, 6 pm – 10 pm
Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4, 10 am – 10 pm
Monday, Sept. 5, 10 am – 7 pm
Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks − Join hundreds of thousands of spectators on the banks of the Ohio River in Cincinnati at one of the biggest fireworks shows in the country. Riverfest kicks things off with music, food, entertainment, and more at Sawyer Point Park and Yeatman’s Cove starting at noon. Then, the sky lights up later that night with the Western & Southern WEBN Fireworks.
Sunday, Sept. 4, 12 pm, fireworks at 9 pm
The Detroit Jazz Festival − Celebrate the city’s rich history of jazz at the world’s largest free jazz festival Labor Day Weekend. The Soul Rebels, Viljay Lyer Trio, The Lighthouse Project, the Emmet Cohen Trio, and more take the stage for four days of great jazz and late-night jam sessions.
Friday, Sept. 2, 6 pm − 10:15 pm
Saturday, Sept. 3, 2 pm – 8:45 pm
Sunday, Sept. 4, 12 pm – 9 pm
Monday, Sept. 5, 11 am – 6 pm
Annapolis Labor Day Regatta − Sailors will be hoping for favorable winds at the 9th annual Annapolis Labor Day Regatta. The event attracts 90 – 100 entries that feature a fixed-mark distance race and windward-leeward races on the Chesapeake Bay. There are plenty of bars and restaurants to check out as the sailors compete.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 9 ma – 4 pm
U.S. Tennis Open − The NYC sporting event of the Labor Day Weekend, this year’s U.S. Open, will be the final appearance of Serena Williams, winner of more Grand Slam titles, 23, than any other women’s tennis player. Catch the Men’s and Women’s Round of 3 and Round of 16 at Billy Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York.
Friday, Sept. 2 – Monday, Sept. 5, 11 am – until
Made in America Music Festival − Healthcare professionals working in the City of Brotherly Love can head to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a massive concert featuring Bad Bunny, the biggest artist on the planet, Tyler the Creator, and many more.
Sept. 3 and 4 (check for show times)
Philly Fireworks − If you’re looking for actual fireworks, instead of the ones on a stage, head down to the Delaware River. The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and anywhere along the southern stretch of the river from Dock Street to South Street provide great views of a pyrotechnics extravaganza lighting up Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Saturday, Sept. 3, 8:30 pm
Boston Institute of Contemporary Art − For something more low-key, check out the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, better known as ICA Boston. Located on the Boston Harbor with breathtaking views, the ICA strives to exhibit significant, thought-provoking, and sometimes controversial and provocative contemporary art from emerging and established artists. The museum offers free admission on Labor Day.
Monday, Sept. 5, 10 am – 5 pm
National Cinema Day
No matter where you are this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 3 is National Cinema Day. The Cinema Foundation is partnering with major movie chains such as AMC and Regal as well as local theaters to offer $3 movie tickets all day. Visit the National Cinema Day website for a full list of participating theaters.