Labor Day is approaching fast. If you still don’t have travel plans, we’ve got a list of 10 great places to head to this weekend:
If you get past the idea that Daytona Beach, Florida is all about spring breakers, you’ll find out that it’s actually a very family-oriented place for a Labor Day vacation. The Daytona Beach Bandshell hosts free concerts during the weekend and wraps them up with a fireworks show. You could also visit the Daytona International Speedway for the inside scoop on NASCAR.
Head to the country’s capital for the annual free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra or the D.C. Blues Festival going on this weekend. You can also check out Arlington National Cemetery or head to a Washington Nationals baseball game. Don’t forget to check out the many restaurants offering a Labor Day brunch to celebrate the end of summer.
Chicago has plenty of things to do and see this Labor Day weekend. Check out some new music at the North Coast Music Festival (and its many after-parties) or the Chicago Jazz Festival. You can also catch a baseball game at the iconic Wrigley Field, head to an all-you-can-eat pig roast at Lottie’s Pub, or be part of the annual Pullman Labor Day Bike Ride.
If you haven’t been to Canada, Vancouver is a great place to go. The city is full of unique architecture and beautiful sights. Be part of a sea safari, take a tour of the Victoria Gardens and Butchart Gardens, or stop by the famed Granville Island Market. For some family fun, head to the Vancouver Aquarium or the largest civic museum in Canada – the Museum of Vancouver.
Disney World and Epcot Center are always a great bet for Labor Day (and you can usually find discount packages for the holiday). Avid golfers can take part in the Dave LeBar Memorial golf tournament and music lovers can check out one of the many concerts going on this weekend. There are also plenty of other things to do at the Labor Day Jamboree, including entertainment shows, a barbecue, and more.
New York City
New York City is always bustling, and Labor Day is no different. Theater buffs can enjoy the Dream Up Festival (which features 24 shows from around the world) while music lovers can enjoy the International Salsa Dance & Music Festival or the Electric Zoo Festival. Also available are 35 table games at Bryant Park, 5K and 10K runs, dance parties, an artisan market, and more.
While you may not think of Nevada as a go-to travel spot, Lake Tahoe has lots of things to do for the upcoming holiday. Take a ride on a paddlewheeler boat, listen to an array of live musicians, or take part in the Sample the Sierra Festival, which features farm-to-table food and wine concoctions. Then, stay for the fireworks extravaganza over the lake, complete with accompanying music.
Head to this Pacific-coast town for an array of farmers markets, nature tours, outdoor movies, and free concerts. The Bremerton Washington Blackberry Festival is also in full swing, where you can enjoy live music, food and drinks from 130 vendors, and pony rides, bouncy houses, and a fast-pitch booth for kids.
For a taste of upscale, head to L.A. this labor day, where you can enjoy The LA Times’ annual food and wine festival, the L.A. County Fair, or a concert by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. If you’re looking for a taste of culture, head to Downtown Hermosa Beach for the 42nd annual Fiesta Hermosa. You’ll find more than 300 artisans, live music, a petting zoo, and lots of food and wine.
Charleston, South Carolina is a great place for a relaxing (and charming) getaway. Take a walking ghost tour throughout the city, head out on a sightseeing cruise from Charleston Harbor, or enjoy some award-winning jazz, soul, and R&B artists at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival. You can also check out the Chapin Labor Day Festival, complete with a parade, car show, talent contest, and a children’s carnival.
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