At the beginning of the season, Labor Day seems far in the distance. And then, all of a sudden, it’s summer’s last call and you forgot to make plans. Your friends are all out of town, the beach bungalows are booked up, and you’re lucky if you can snag an empty lounge chair near the community pool.
Avoid that with 11 Labor Day weekend events around the country. From harvest dinners to shows to goat yoga, take advantage of summer’s last hurrah. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in this list, search events near you.
Food and Beverage Events
1.Uncommon Grounds Harvest Dinner – Chicago, IL
Savor the last of rooftop weather. Enjoy a cocktail reception on the rooftop farm followed by a five-course dinner (paired with Greenstar beer, Illinois’ first certified organic brewery) at Uncommon Ground Devon.
2. Staycation Social Dinner
It’s a well-known fact that “everyone” leaves New York for the holiday weekend. So don’t. Instead, enjoy a relatively empty Manhattan and socialize at this special Tribeca’s Kitchen staycation dinner.
Shows & Theater
3. Golden Girls Lost Episodes – Chicago, IL
The Golden Girls never get old. Dorthy, Rose, Blanche, and Sophia are back on stage in the Lost Episodes. Enjoy this parody, featuring original scripts “that go where they couldn’t go on television.”
4. I Saw You – Real Personal Ads – Chicago, IL
Personal ads and missed connection tributes are sometimes funny, sometimes, poetic, always best shared. Hear them read aloud at this comedy show, the perfect show if your summer romance went awry or if you’re a lone heart looking for solace in a crowd.
5. Tom Gun – Live – Los Angeles, CA
You know what makes summer feel like summer? 80’s movies. At this event, three (yes three) Tom Cruise fans will be chosen from the audience to read Cruise’s classic Top Gun lines off of cue cards. Come dressed as your favorite Tom from any point in his career. Tickets include a taco meal.
6. Fun Things to Do in Hollywood Tour – Los Angeles, CA
Head off of the star-studded beaten path and sample Hollywood tacos and pizza, while hearing celebrity stories and learning about historic architecture. Customer-voted one of the best tours to take in Hollywood.
7. Goat Yoga – Paulsbo, Washington
Need peace of mind? How about yoga with kids? When we say kids, we mean kids, as in goats and they’ve practiced for this event for months. After the yoga, you’ll have 45 minutes to just hang out and pet the limber ruminants.
8. A Magicienne Among the Spirits – New York, NY
Witness Magicienne Belinda Sinclair’s miracles in her own secret “conjuring” room. This is a thrilling, two-and-a-half hour journey into the New York a century prior, a time when sorceresses conjured the dead and mediums performed impossible feats of magic. If you still need convincing, read this New York Times article about Belinda Sinclair and her fascinating Hell’s Kitchen lair.
9. Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival – Woodstown, NJ
You can never go wrong with live music. The Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival in Woodstown, New Jersey is one of the “oldest such events devoted to bluegrass music in the world.” This world-recognized 3-day festival draws bluegrass performers from around the world. And it’s a family affair, featuring a kid’s stage and plenty for the little ones to do. Campers welcome. Note: online sales ended, but you can still buy passes at the gate.
10. Johnny Cash Now Concert – Abingdon, VA
Take it back to ’68 with a Johnny Cash tribute band. You’ll hear both old songs and modern and there’s even a June Carter cameo.
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