20 Activities for a Fun-Filled Labor Day Weekend

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! Whether your family is looking for one last hurrah or something that will leave you refreshed and relaxed, we’ve put together 20 fun activities taking place over the three-day weekend. You’ve labored hard enough this summer, it’s time to get out there and enjoy yourself.

Bumbershoot 2013

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 44th Annual Bumbershoot Festival. Kids will find tons of fun activities in the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone (pictured above) which is great for the under 10 set.

2. Catch one of the last Friday Cruises around Lake Union before they’re gone until next summer. BYOL (lunch) and take in the sights and sounds of Lake Union during this 60-minute cruise.

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.

4. Head to Monroe to enjoy the last weekend of The Evergreen State Fair. In addition to fun carnival games and 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

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

6. Friday is Big Truck Day at Farrel-McWhirter Park. Put on your hard had and get up-close and personal with big trucks, tractors, construction equipment, and other unique vehicles and enjoy a tractor-pulled wagon rides and truck-themed treasures.

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

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

9. Take the fam to Cook Farms to experience the first-ever Emerald City Music Festival. In addition to live blues and roots music, enjoy food trucks, a beer and wine garden, and lots of family fun.

10. 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

11. Celebrate the end of summer with an outdoor screening of Frozen and lots of family fun at Stewart Heights Park.

12. Check out the 25th 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.

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, go on a nature walk, take in a puppet show and watch local Scouts lower the flags during the closing ceremony.

15. On Friday, watch as the Seattle Mariners light up the sky with their final fireworks show of the season set to Seattle music through the ages (think Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Macklemore and everything in between).

16. 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 farmers along with canal-related activities!

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

18. Take the family to the Museum of Flight to learn about helicopters at a special weekend workshop.

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. September 1, 2014 marks the 100-year anniversary of the extinction of the Passenger pigeon, once the most populous bird in North America. Commemorate the anniversary with a special day of family activities at the Burke Museum.

Fold the Flock- Burke Museum

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

–Kristina Moy

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Photo credit: Bumbershoot/Christopher Nelson, Seattle Mariners/Ben VanHouten, Rachel Brandon, Kenna Konoske & Lost Bird Project