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. On our radar: a fundraiser at the field, a ginormous music festival under the Needle, a cruise around the lake, a ship-tastic event in Kirkland, a scenic ride aboard a historic steam train and a fair with deep cultural roots. Also on tap: the Washington State Fair kicks off this weekend, giving you an additional weekend to “do the Puyallup.” Yee-haw!

WA State Fair 2013

photo: Patrick Hagerty


Mariners/G1ve a Buck Childhood Cancer Awareness Night
Help raise awareness about childhood cancer by participating in this First Annual Childhood Cancer Awareness event at Safeco Field. On this special night, catch a spectacular M’s game and receive a Mariners G1ve A Buck Night t-shirt and light food and beverages at the pre-game event. For each ticket sold a donation will be made to the G1ve A Buck fund. Fri. Event details.

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. 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. Psst! If your lil’ peddlers need to make a pit stop or take a break along the way, there’s plenty of grassy spots to stop, relax and play. Sun. Event details.


Tall Ships Return to Carillon Point
Ahoy, mateys! Take a tour of the historic tall ships at Carillon Point, including one used in the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean. Plus, watch mock battles and tall ship handling demonstrations, enjoy sea shanty singing and storytelling and sail around Lake Washington. Tues.-Mon. Event details.

Japan Fair 2016
Previously known as the annual Aki Matsuri, this two-day event will feature a Marketplace with cultural arts, food and merchandise from Japan, as well as live performances including taiko drumming and a fashion contest. Psst… come dressed as your favorite anime or video game character to enter. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Labor Day Steam Train Rides
Celebrate Labor Day Weekend with a 75-minute scenic steam train ride though the Upper Snoqualmie Valley. Before you return to Seattle, stop by Snoqualmie Falls to gawk at the falls from the lookout points or hike one of the trails to the bottom. Sat.-Mon. Event details.

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

— Kristina Moy