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If you need something to do this Labor Day Weekend — don’t say we didn’t give you plenty of options. Summer is coming to a close, and with that Labor Day festivities are in full swing. Labor Day is a public holiday in honor of working people around the United States and in Canada the first Monday of September. So if you are interested in taking advantage of a three-day weekend to say farewell to the last few days of summer, check out the following events happening around Washington.


Of course the Seattle based music festival, Bumbershoot, held annually on Labor Day had to make the top of the list. Near the Seattle Center, this international music and arts festival has everything from a top of the line music line-up and well-known food vendors to a yoga stage and “youngershoot” for your kiddos! This is the priciest activity on the list, but seeing Lorde, Weezer, Foster The People, and dozens more under the Space Needle is an experience you won’t forget.

Evergreen State Fair

Nothing says summer like family fun at the fair.  Catch the final weekend of the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe. Concerts, carnivals, and animals surely entertain the entire family over Labor Day. Plan your trip and purchase tickets here.

Washington State Fair

Visit the place for family fun — The Washington State Fair! For 20 days in September your whole family can enjoy rides, entertainment, animals, and of course those delicious elephant ears. The fun will kick off on Friday, September 1 with some Labor Day end of summer deals — BECU Free Kids’ Day, Military Appreciation Day and Big Washington Bobblehead Giveaway.

Oak Harbor Festival

The annual Oak Harbor Music Festival will span two stages, with 30 bands, two beer gardens, food vendors, and arts and crafts — plus, it’s free! On Sept. 1-3 be inspired by music during this community celebration in historic downtown Oak Harbor.

10th Annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend

The 10th annual Vintage Aircraft Weekend, hosted by the Historic Flight Foundation, will showcase history, flight, food, and music for everyone. Each day of the weekend will consist of a unique line-up of highflying fun. This signature aviation festival in Mukilteo will be fun for the entire family. Tickets are on sale now.

Lakedale Resort Music Festival

Join in on the first ever Lakedale Resort Music Festival with jazz guitarist Brian Nova. Enjoy the sounds of jazz while overlooking Neva Lake from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 2 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3.  The festival will benefit Terry’s Kids, an organization that focuses on bringing children together through music. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 360. 378. 2350.

Labor Day half Marathon at Redmond Town Center

Lace up your tennis shoes for the flattest half marathon in Western Washington. Runners will start and end at Redmond Town Center for a four-mile race and will finish with a post-race celebration. Awards, food trucks, and bouncy houses will keep the Labor Day celebration spirit buzzing long after the finish line is crossed. Register here.

End of Summer Blast @ Point Defiance

Head over to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium for the End of Summer Blast from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 2, 3, and 4 for some Labor Day weekend fun that will cool you down. Join the animals while they play with chilly treats and get some of your own at the Kids’ Zone or café.

Bremerton Blackberry Festival

Walk the picture perfect Bremerton waterfront for the 28th annual Bremerton Blackberry Festival. From Sept. 2 – 4, this free berry-fest will turn anyone into a berry-lover. The line-up of events will provide entertainment for all, plus an array of berry treats from blackberry wine to blackberry “slugs”.



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