We know you could get a lot done around the house over Labor Day Weekend, but wouldn’t you rather spend your time celebrating the end of summer instead of getting ready for fall? We think yes! That’s why we’ve put together 20 fun activities taking place over the long weekend. You’ve labored hard enough this summer, it’s time to get out there and enjoy yourself.

Bumbershoot 2013

photo: Christopher Nelson/Bumbershoot

1. All weekend long you can listen to awesome music, nosh on fab food, enjoy urban craft vendors and take in art, film and dance at the 45th Annual Bumbershoot Festival. The under 10 set will find tons of fun activities in the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone (pictured above) as well as entertainment galore!

2. The Eighth Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend returns with live music, flying displays, vintage automobiles and military vehicles, plus delish food and a host of interactive opportunities for kids and parents.

3. Don’t miss the action all weekend long at Northwest Trek Wildlife Park as the deer, sheep, elk and moose prepare for breeding season with sparring matches and fierce showdowns.

get out of the rut northwest trek

photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

4. Unleash your inner pirate over the three-day weekend aboard the historic Tall Ships at Carillon Point. Prepare for a high sea adventure as a living history experience wows your lil’ mateys with tall ship handling demos, sea shanty singing and maritime storytelling.

5. Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a scenic train ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Then, stop by Snoqualmie Falls on your return trip to Seattle.

6. Head to Monroe to enjoy the last weekend of The Evergreen State Fair. In addition to carnival games, rides and an awesome rodeo, this old-fashioned fair will feature tons of 4-H exhibits, concerts and yummy fair food (think deep fried candy bars and elephant ears!).

Evergreen State Fair 2012

photo: Kenna Konoske

7. Take your crew to the The 5th Avenue Theatre to see a popular musical based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl.

8. If you haven’t caught an Out to Lunch Summer Concert yet, pack a lunch and take the kiddos downtown to enjoy some great tunes with their PB&J.

9. Maybe getting out of the city sounds like the perfect way to spend this Labor Day Weekend. Pack up the car and head out for one last road trip before school starts back up.

mt rainier brandon family

photo: Rachael Brandon

10. Celebrate the end of summer with an outdoor screening of Grease at Cascade Playground.

11. Check out the 26th Annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival. This sweet festival will feature games and activities for the kids, lots of tasty blackberry treats and fun activities that will really make it feel like summer.

12. 9. Stop by the newest, hippest, LEGO-ist place in town. We promise you won’t be disappointed.

Wunderkind Seattle Train

photo: Allison Rasmussen

13. If you’re looking for a low-key family outing, head over to the Ballard Locks and take in some tunes on the grassy hills while you watch the boats pass through the locks.

14. Take one last trip to Jetty Island before it closes for the season. While you’re there, help clean up the island during the annual Trash Bash, visit with Smokey Bear and watch local Scouts lower the flags during the closing ceremony.

15. Celebrate the end of summer at the Hood Canal Summer’s End Party. This family-friendly extravaganza will feature live music, locally made libations, an artisan showcase, culinary experiences from Hood Canal restaurants and canal-related activities!


photo: Kristina Moy

16. 15. Take your high-flying daredevils to this new expanded park and playground in West Seattle. Superhero capes optional.

17. This is your last weekend, until next summer, to explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Put on your life vests, grab your paddles and join a park ranger for this 3-hour guided tour.

18. Seattle has its share of oddities for your family to explore. Load the kiddies in the car and seek out these silly Seattle sights.

Pike Place Market & Gum Wall

photo: Kristina Moy

19. Lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for the Labor Day Half and Kids Run. In addition to the run, there will be tons of family activities at the post-race celebration.

20. After you finish your back-to-school shopping at Westfield Southcenter, hit Round 1 Bowling & Amusement for tons of family fun.

What is your family planning this Labor Day? Share your plans or Labor Day traditions with us in the Comments below. 

— Kristina Moy

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