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Labor Day Weekend Events and Festivals in the Southeast

Things to Do for Labor Day Fun in Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina

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Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Callaway Gardens Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

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Labor Day, an annual federal holiday in the United States, celebrates the achievements of the American work force with a national day off on the first Monday in September. A time for relaxation with family and friends as well a chance to bid farewell to summer with a long weekend, Labor Day is a popular time for special events and festivals throughout the country. This round-up offers a selection of several fun ways to celebrate Labor Day in the Southeast U.S.

When is Labor Day?

Labor Day Weekend 2013 - Friday, August 30 - Monday (Labor Day) September 2

Find a Labor Day Weekend Event: Georgia Events
  • Callaway Gardens Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
    Pine Mountain, Georgia
    August 30 - September 1, 2013

    This annual Callaway Gardens Labor Day Weekend festival features old-fashioned fun and the beauty of the sky filled with the color of hot air balloons. Highlights include balloon rides, family-friendly activities, music, exhibits, demonstrations and more. Friday evening features a gorgeous balloon glow, weather permitting. Also see: Labor Day Weekend Packages | The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens - Compare Rates | The Villas at Callaway Gardens - Compare Rates.

  • Dragon*Con
    Atlanta, Georgia
    August 30 - September 2, 2013

    This annual multi-media and pop culture convention celebrates science fiction, fantasy, comics, literature, art, music, film and more. Featured events include film festivals, concerts, parties, costume contests, exhibitors, a parade and much more. (If you are planning to attend and are looking for a good online selection of costumes and accessories, shop direct.) Also see: Atlanta Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • AJC Decatur Book Festival
    Decatur, Georgia
    August 30 - September 1, 2013

    The largest independent book festival in the country, this popular annual festival features more than 300 authors and activities including author appearances, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, interactive fun for kids and more. Also see: Decatur Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Art in the Park
    Marietta, Georgia
    August 31 - September 2, 2013

    Enjoy one of the largest juried art shows in the Southeast during Labor Day weekend. Held in Glover Park, this fine art show highlights over 130 artists, plus a children's art alley and an artist demonstration area. Also see: Marietta Area Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Annual Labor Day Weekend Catfish Festival
    Kingsland, Georgia
    August 31 - September 2, 2013

    The largest festival in Southeast Georgia, the annual Labor Day Weekend Catfish Festival features three days of southern-fried catfish, country music, a parade, arts and crafts booths, collectibles and antiques, a family-friendly amusement area, a classic car and tractor exhibit, 5K run, an annual pancake breakfast and more. In addition to the featured catfish, vendors will sell other popular food items such as hot dogs and hamburgers, fries and onion rings, barbecue, boiled peanuts, funnel cakes and soft drinks. Also see: Kingsland Area Hotels - Compare Rates

  • Celebrate Freedom Atlanta
    Marietta, Georgia
    August 31, 2013

    Atlanta's largest free one-day outdoor concert will take place on Saturday during Labor Day weekend at Jim R. Miller Park with a fireworks finale. Tickets are free, but required. Also see: Marietta Area Hotels - Compare Rates and More about Visiting the Atlanta Area.
Kentucky Events
  • WorldFest
    Louisville, Kentucky
    August 30 - September 2, 2013

    Louisville's international festival held annually on Labor Day Weekend celebrates the city's unique cultures with a world of performances, cuisine, shopping, the Parade of Cultures and a naturalization ceremony. Also see: Louisville Hotels - Compare Rates and Top Louisville Attractions.

  • Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival
    Winchester, Kentucky
    August 30 - September 1, 2013

    Enjoy street dances, arts and crafts, concerts, food, paintball and fireworks at this annual festival. Also see: Winchester Area Hotels - Compare Rates.
North Carolina Events
  • North Carolina Apple Festival
    Hendersonville, North Carolina
    August 30 - September 2, 2013

    The North Carolina Apple Festival, which is held annually on Labor Day Weekend, recognizes the apple and the apple industry in Henderson County and North Carolina. Events include entertainment, a Labor Day parade, street dance, vendors and more. Also see: Hendersonville Area Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Pinehurst Food and Wine Festival
    Pinehurst, North Carolina
    August 30 - September 2, 2013

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of this annual Labor Day weekend festival, featuring wine tastings, seminars and gourmet cuisine from across the globe. Overnight resort packages are offered and day-visitors may also attend for a daily fee. Related: About Pinehurst Resort | More Pinehurst Area Hotels - Compare Rates.

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