Since we don’t want you to labor too hard over this long weekend, we’ve put together some fun ways to chillax with the fam. Consider: a ginormous music fest under the Needle, two toe tappin’ concerts, a scenic train ride or a fair with deep cultural roots. Also on tap: the Washington State Fair kicks off on Friday, giving families an additional weekend to “Do the Puyallup.” Still looking for more family fun? Scroll down to see what else is happening.

photo: Christopher Nelson


Bumbershoot (pictured)
There’s a little something for everyone at this annual music and arts extravaganza. In addition to great tunes from a variety of music genres, experience urban craft vendors, theatre and dance performances and delish food. For the under 10 set, the Youngershoot Kids’ Zone will feature tons of kid-approved activities, entertainment, exhibits and programs galore. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Summer Concerts at the Locks
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy tunes and entertainment at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks over Labor Day Weekend. Saturday’s concert will feature ukulele musicians and contemporary blues and rock will be the highlight of Monday’s concert. Psst… while you’re there, be sure to check out the boats traveling through the locks and the awesome fish ladder. Sat. & Mon. Event details.

Bicycle Sunday
Grab your bikes, blades, trailers, and training wheels and take advantage of four car-free miles of Lake Washington Boulevard between Seward Park and Mount Baker Beach. If your lil’ peddlers need to make a pit stop or take a break along the way, there’s plenty of grassy places along the water to stop, relax and play. Sun. Event details.


Flavors of India Festival
This large-scale outdoor festival will showcase the diversity of incredible India. Enjoy live performances, visual art exhibition, demonstrations and displays, plus children’s activities, delish food and much more. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Canoe Mercer Slough
This is your last weekend, until next summer, to explore the beautiful Mercer Slough Nature Park by water. Join a park ranger for this three-hour led canoe trip from Enatai Beach Park into the heart of Mercer Slough Nature Park. See how this amazing ecosystem functions and with a little luck—catch a glimpse of the otters, herons, turtles and other wildlife living in Mercer Slough. Sat. & Sun. Event details.

Labor Day Train Rides
Celebrate Labor Day with a 75-minute scenic train ride aboard an antique railway coach. Special trains will run in addition to the weekend schedule and will travel though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley and to the Snoqualmie Falls before returning to the train depot. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

How will you be spending Labor Day Weekend? Will you be hitting the road or enjoying one of the activities we mentioned above? Tell us in the comments below!

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend With These 20 Fun-Filled Activities

— Kristina Moy