Every first Monday of September, Americans enjoy a national holiday that celebrates the labor movement of the 1800s. The day is a big nod to the economic and social achievements workers contribute to the country. Which all sounds rather straightforward and dry. In reality, it’s the final day of a coveted three-day weekend when Americans have fun, whether it’s at a concert, a fair or neighborhood BBQ.
Labor Day in Taylor Morrison Cities
From a Shopping Day to a Hawaiian Luau to an epic annual Pool Party, folks in Phoenix know how to have a blast in and around Labor Day. Here’s an overview of the festivities.
Millbrae Art & Wine Festival ’15 – The biggest Labor Day weekend event in the Bay Area, a huge Mardi Gras-like music-art-food-fun fest.
Sausalito Art Festival – Ranked one of America’s Best Art Fairs by ArtFairCalendar.com in 2014, this premier festival features food, wine, art and fun on the Sausalito Waterfront.
Kings Mountain Art Fair – This Woodside three-day event celebrates arts, crafts and Labor Day and benefits the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade and more.
Labor Day Steam Train Days 2015 – Presented by the Golden Gate Railroad Museum and Pacific Locomotive Association, the three day event offers train rides from the Sunol Station.
Gold Rush Days – Celebrate Labor Day Weekend down in Old Sacramento. Enjoy live music, performances by actors and entertainers, a farmers market, a BBQ and contests.
Hot Jazz Jubilee 2015 – The party starts the weekend on Friday September 4th with a big parade and continues with events such as a Big Band Dance and an array of band performances.
Chalk It Up – The annual free chalk-art and music festival had 35,000 viewers last year! Sponsored by local artists, the goal is to provide 25 youth art grants.
Orange International Street Fair – Besides 42 food and alcohol booths run by local non-profits, the Fair features handmade arts and crafts, a special kids’ street with crafts and games, and local bands performing on 8 stages.
Labor Day Cruise – The giant car show, to be held Sept. 4-6, includes camping, vendors, entertainment and more and is located at the Orange County Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa.
The Taste – The Los Angeles festival celebrates with cooking demonstrations, tastings, distinctive wine and cocktail offerings and live entertainment.
Fiesta Hermosa – Located in picturesque Downtown Hermosa Beach, the event features a food court, musical entertainment, Charity Beer & Wine Garden, petting zoo and carnival rides.
Labor Day in Denver – A whole slew of Labor Day offerings can be enjoyed in Denver. Partake in Taste of Colorado, Taylor Swift in concert, the Colorado State Fair, art walks, and more – even a Colorado Rockies vs. San Francisco Giants game.
Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens – Spend a day with the family seeing animals from around the world and supporting conservation at the nationally accredited zoo and historic garden.
Run JAX Labor Day 5K – Start your morning off with a fun run around Downtown Jacksonville. There will be an opportunity drawing and a huge post-race celebration. Ready, Set, Go!
Labor Day Jamboree – If you’re bedazzled by barbershop harmony, this is the musical event for you. Shows feature the best barbershop quartets in Florida as well as a golf tournament.
Central Florida CLC Labor Day Parade – On Labor Day, get out to the picnic and parade for all unions and the general public. Free food, music and entertainment abound.
69th Annual Labor Day Regatta – Sailors from the US and Canada sail Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico in the year’s biggest event. Presented by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron.
Florida’s Largest Home Show – The name says it all. Explore more than 900 new home product and service exhibits at the Florida State Fairgrounds, September 4-7.
Mac N’ Cheese Labor Day 5K – Finishers at the event get all kinds of goodies, such as a post race party, medal, t-shirt, Cigar City beer and free New England Ale House Mac N’ Cheese.
Stone Mountain Labor Day Weekend – An Everyday Working Heroes celebration with a laser show spectacular followed by a fireworks display Friday-Sunday nights.
Atlanta on Labor Day – Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome and Dragon Con are just a few of your options for a fun-filled Labor Day weekend.
Chicago Jazz Festival – Enjoy free admission to the traditional Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park, September 3-6.
North Coast Music Festival – Don’t miss this music festival that brings together bands of all genres – electronic, hip hop, jam, indie rock and more – September 4-6.
African Festival of the Arts – Africa International House presents this vibrant annual festival in a simulated African village within Washington Park.
Taste of Polonia – A festival of all things Polish, at Copernicus Center in Jefferson Park. Take in live music, food, presentations and more.
Charlotte Labor Day Parade – Be sure to join in downtown Charlotte to honor those who fought and won the “40-hour workweek, weekends, Social Security and health care.”
Labor Day Trail Race – Run the 5K or 15K distances on the U.S. National Whitewater Center trail system along the Catawba River followed by live music, food, drink and fireworks at the Labor Day Celebration.
African American Cultural Festival – Located downtown Raleigh, September 5-6, this free event includes a Family Village, Vendor Marketplace, Art Gallery Walk and live music.
Raleigh Seafood Festival – Don’t miss out on all-you-can-eat blue crabs, seafood and merchandise vendor booths, live local music and fun for the family in Pullen Park.
Raleigh Seafood Festival – Located in Raleigh, just an hour away. All-you-can-eat blue crabs, vendor booths, live local music and family fun in Pullen Park.
TriRock Triathlon – Swim, bike and run in downtown Austin on September 7. Featured races include the Triathlon Club Challenge and the Military Challenge.
Gymnastics Association of Texas Annual Convention – This year the convention, to be held at the Renaissance Hotel, has added a variety of Instructor Training Programs.
Out of Bounds Comedy Festival – Always good for way more than a few laughs, NY Neo-Futurists present “Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind”. Plus enjoy rap battles, standup, improv and other comedy offerings.
Austin Free Day of Yoga – On Labor Day Austin area studios offer free classes for people of all ages and levels of fitness.
Houston Labor Day Cup – Come on out to this premier youth soccer tournament for three days of games, activities and family fun.
Other Options – From workouts to football to brews and bands at the beach, Labor Day events abound in the Houston area.