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 fantastic activities taking place over the long weekend. You’ve labored hard enough this summer, it’s time you read on and make plans to get out and enjoy yourself.
photo: Christopher Nelson
1. All weekend long you can listen to awesome music, nosh on delish food, enjoy urban craft vendors and take in art, film and dance at the 47th 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 10th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend returns with flying displays, vintage automobiles and military vehicles, plus live music, yummy 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.
photo: Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
4. Unleash your inner pirate over the three-day weekend aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge. Prepare for a high sea adventure with the Emerald City Pirates and enjoy sea shanty singing, pirate storytelling, treasure hunting, cannon water blasting and more!
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 scrumptious fair food (think deep fried candy bars and elephant ears!).
photo: The Evergreen State Fair
7. If you haven’t caught an Out to Lunch Summer Concert yet, pack a lunch and take your kid crew 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 once again kicking off a whole week early this year, so you and your crew can “Do the Puyallup” over Labor Day Weekend. Yee-haw!
photo: Kristina Moy
10. Lace up your tennies and join other Seattle families for the Labor Day Half, 4-Mile Run/Walk and Kids Run. In addition to the run/walk, there will be tons of family activities at the post-race celebration.
11. Check out the 28th Annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival. This sweet festival will feature games and activities for kids, a fly-in and car show for parents and lots of tasty blackberry treats for everyone, plus fun activities that will really make it feel like summer’s never gonna end.
12. Join the folks at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for their end-of-summer celebration. This fun event will be jam-packed with cool activities (literally!) and the chance to get up close with the animals and talk with zoo keepers.
photo: Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
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. Concerts will take place on Saturday and Monday over the three-day weekend.
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. Head to San Juan Island for the first-ever Lakedale Resort Music Festival. Take in the music on the property’s lodge deck overlooking beautiful Neva Lake and enjoy food service provided by food trucks from the amazing Mobile Mavens.
photo: Kristina Moy
16. Check out Extraordinary Playscapes—an exhibit examining the art, history, science and importance of play that tells the story behind some of the most incredible play spaces in the world. Psst… it’s only here until Sept. 2, so see it before it’s gone.
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 three-hour guided tour.
18. Celebrate the last days of summer break with a ginormous scoop of ice cream, gelato or froyo at our favorite spots around the city.
19. If you haven’t been to a Mariners game this summer, take your crew to Safeco Field to enjoy a game along with this season’s tastiest treats. Psst… Sun., Sept. 3 is “Salute to Kids Day” and all little M’s fans will receive an official Mariners backpack, just in time for school.
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