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10 Events for Your Labor Day Weekend


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.

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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.

Music Events

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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The Mid-Week Beat: Here Comes Festival Season!

Here in the Pacific Northwest, Memorial Day weekend kicks off our music festival season. The Sasquatch Festival takes place at the Gorge, a huge outdoor ampitheater east of Seattle, and the Northwest Folklife Festival, the largest free music festival of its kind in North America, takes over Seattle Center in the heart of the city.

That said, the Pacific Northwest isn’t the only place where folks want to get outside and enjoy some music. A quick perusal of our site reveals a number of festivals happening all over the country this weekend and I thought I’d give you a brief list of some of the ones that caught my eye in Washington, California and Virginia.

What are you waiting for? Dig out the tent, grab the cooler and get out there and enjoy some live music in the great outdoors.

Port Angeles, Washington

Friday, May 24 to Monday, May 27 I 20th Annual Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts   Four days of music, dance, theater, and comedy fill the days and nights at the 20th annual Juan de Fuca Festival in Port Angeles over Memorial Day Weekend. If you buy your four day pass early you’ll save $10/person over the gate price! Pick them up right over here. Headlining this year are Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars, The Slide Brothers, Delhi 2 Dublin, Tony Furtado Band, Houston Jones, Groove For Thought, LoCura, Shook Twins, Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole and more! The festival is free for kids 12 and under plus there will be a street fair filled with an eclectic collection of artisans and a food court with tasty treats from cuisines of the world will keep you browsing and munching on a daily basis. When the Main Stage closes, the fun continues with performances/dances around town with festival artists and these after hours shows are INCLUDED in your wristband price. Also this year there will be an OPEN MIC area outside. Come on down with you guitar or trumpet and help create that festival vibe.

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West Coast Blues Fans! Two Great Festivals Are Going Down This Saturday.

West coast blues fans, this is your weekend! Brown Paper Ticket is ticketing two incredible blues festivals, both on Saturday, September 10 and both highlighting incredible local talent. They’re also squeaking in at the tail end of the music festival season so this could be your last chance of the year to enjoy killer music outdoors.

We’re enjoying a beautiful September here in the Seattle area so the weather should be perfect for the Poverty Bay Blues and Brews Festival. This festival now in its second year takes place on the shores of Puget Sound at Des Moines Beach Park. Bands include northwest blues legends Little Blue and the Bluenotes, The Fabulous Roofshakers and the soul-influenced rock of Left Hand Smoke who were recently voted “Seattle’s Best Pop/Rock Band of the Year” by Seattle Weekly readers. And what goes better with great music in a beautiful outdoor setting? You guessed it, ice cold beer. Local breweries like Airways Brewing Company, Big Al’s Brewing and Elliot Bay Brewing will be pouring libations for thirsty music lovers all day long. The festival gets going around noon and will continue into the night so get there early and find a nice spot to spread the picnic blanket, this could be the last weekend of sunshine for a while. Tickets are still available so pick them up right over here.
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