It’s Labor Day weekend, which marks the unofficial end to summer. If you’ve decided to stick close to home (and avoid the travel frenzy), we have some fun ideas to help you enjoy the last whiff of summer. Consider: a three-day music festival, a community celebration, a concert near the fish ladder, a super-fun pool party, an old fashioned train ride, and a blues themed festival. This week, you can get closer than ever to The Greatest Show on Earth. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (pictured) returns to Seattle with lots of high-flying excitement and mind-blowing acts (just feet away from your seat!). And rain or shine, the Bremerton Blackberry Festival will feature loads of blackberry themed foods (think cobblers, pies, and scones!), family-friendly entertainment, and a super-cool fly-in. Happy Labor Day!


There’s plenty to see, eat, and do at this annual Music and Arts Festival. Enjoy great tunes from all music genres, urban craft vendors, and theatre and dance performances. For the little ones, the Youngershoot Kids Zone will feature lots of hands-on activities, entertainment, and kid-approved programs by The Children’s Museum, STG, Pacific Science Center, EMP, and Radio Disney. Sat.-Mon., 11:00 am – 11:00 pm (Youngershoot 11:00 am – 6:00 pm). Seattle. $29 to $45 (10 and under free). All ages. Event details.

Blues for Food Fest
Take the fam to Magnuson Park for a super-fun celebration of food, music, and community and help raise money and awareness for the P-Patch Trust and the Washington Blues Society’s musician’s relief fund. Nosh on some yummy Creole food, listen to some of the best blues bands in Seattle, participate in the pie auction, and enjoy lots of children’s activities. Sat., 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Seattle. $10 to $20. All ages. Event details.

Summer Concerts at the Locks
This is the last weekend to enjoy family-friendly tunes at the Ballard Locks. Pack a blanket and a picnic and catch an afternoon concert with the fam. Then, check out the boats passing through the locks, visit the always-awesome fish ladder, stroll through the rose garden, and check out the cool exhibits inside the visitor’s center. Sat., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm; Sun., 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm; Mon., 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Seattle. Free. All ages. Event details.


End of Summer Pool Party
Here’s your chance to catch a wave (one last time!) before the weather changes. In addition to open swim, enjoy pool games, arts and crafts, and lots of tunes. Arrive early; space is limited. Fri., 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm. Bellevue. $4. All ages. Event details.

Bothell Music Festival
Head to Bothell County Village for an all-day music festival featuring six great local blues bands, a yummy barbecue, and family activities. If the kiddos get restless, the Village offers train rides, putt-putt golf, and a bouncy house. Sat., 11:00 am – 8:00 pm. Bothell. $20. All ages. Event details. 

Labor Day Train Rides
Hop aboard an antique railroad coach and a take a special 75-minute trip through the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Be sure to explore the Northwest Railway Museum and check out the cool bookstore inside the train depot. Insider Tip: Check the train schedule online before heading to the depot and bring your camera. Sat.-Mon., 11:00 am – 4:00 pm. Snoqualmie. $8 to $12 (under 2 free). All ages. Event details.

-Kristina Moy