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

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 46th Annual Bumbershoot Festival. The under 12 set will find tons of fun activities in the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone (pictured above) as well as entertainment galore!

2. The Ninth 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 fall. Discover the sounds and behaviors of these animals as they prepare for the cooler temps and enjoy hands-on activities that celebrate the final days of summer.

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 steam 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 4-H exhibits, concerts and yummy fair food (think deep fried candy bars and elephant ears!).

Evergreen State Fair

photo: Kenna Konoske

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. The Washington State Fair is kicking off a whole week early this year, so you and your crew can “Do the Puyallup” over Labor Day Weekend. Yee-haw!

washington state fair

photo: Kristina Moy

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

11. Check out the 27th 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. Explore the traditional and pop culture of Japan at Japan Fair 2016. Previously known as the annual Aki Matsuri, this free, two-day event will feature a Marketplace with cultural arts, food and merchandise from Japan, as well as live performances including Taiko Drumming and fashion contest.

Explore the Traditional and Pop Culture of Japan at Japan Fair 2016! Previously known as the annual 'Aki Matsuri', this free, 2-day event features a Marketplace with cultural arts, food, and merchandise from Japan, as well as live performances all day including Taiko Drumming and a Cosplay Fashion Contest! Come dressed as your favorite anime or video game character to enter! Let’s celebrate Japan!

photo: Japan Fair 

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. Grab your comfy chairs, blankets and movie snacks and catch one last outdoor movie under the starry Seattle skies.

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 a 3-hour guided tour.

18. Celebrate the last days of summer break with a ginormous ice cream sundae from West Seattle’s new ice cream parlor: Shelby’s Bistro & Ice Creamery!


photo: Helen Walker Green

19. If you haven’t been to a Mariners game this summer, take your crew to the First Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness event at Safeco Field. In addition to an exciting M’s game, enjoy tasty treats and activities at the pre-game event and help raise awareness about childhood cancer.

20. Go on a family watershed tour. Then, take a dip in Rattlesnake Lake. Psst… don’t forget to bring your floaties.

rattlesnake lake

photo: Kristina Moy

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

— Kristina Moy

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