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Labor Day Weekend 2014 Events and Festivals

Things to Do for Labor Day Fun in the Southeast U.S.


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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.

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Labor Day Weekend Events and Festivals

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.

    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.
South Carolina Events
  • Myrtle Beach Labor Day Events - Beach Boogie and BBQ Festival
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
    August 30 - September 1, 2013

    Wind up summer in Myrtle Beach at this free festival, featuring family-friendly fun and entertainment, live music, South Carolina's official barbecue competition, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a kids zone, fireworks finale and more. The festival takes place at Grand Park and Forbes Court at The Market Common. Also see: Myrtle Beach Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Hilton Head Island - Celebrity Golf Tournament
    Hilton Head, South Carolina
    August 30 – September 1, 2013

    The Annual Hilton Head Celebrity Golf Tournament, matching amateur golfers with sports and entertainment celebrities, takes place during Labor Day Weekend. Funds raised support local children's charities. Also see: Hilton Head Hotels - Compare Rates | More Information about Hilton Head Island Travel.
Tennessee Events
  • Boomsday Festival
    Knoxville, Tennessee
    September 1, 2013

    The largest single-day event in the state of Tennessee and one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in the Southeast, the Boomsday Festival is held each year on the Knoxville waterfront. Live music precedes the fireworks, a great way to bid farewell to summer with a bang. Also see: Knoxville Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Memphis Music and Heritage Festival
    Memphis, Tennessee
    August 31 - September 1, 2013

    Presented by the Center for Southern Folklore, the Memphis Music and Heritage Festival offers two days of the Memphis area's musicians, performers, artists, dancers, talkers and cooks, performing on five stages in a festive family-friendly setting. Enjoy blues, rock, soul, gospel, rockabilly, jazz, and more. Also see: Memphis Hotels - Compare Rates. For more weekend events in Memphis, visit About.com's Memphis City Guide Events.
Virginia Events
  • Verizon Wireless American Music Festival
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    August 30, 2013 - September 1, 2013

    For three days, enjoy an array of concerts along the Virginia Beach Boardwalk and oceanfront from 5th Street to 31st Street in celebration of music genres including rock, rhythm and blues, country, pop, jazz and more during this premier East Coast music event. At designated concert sites, food and beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are required for certain concerts. Also see: Additional Information about Visiting Virginia Beach | Virginia Beach Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon
    Virginia Beach, Virginia
    September 1, 2013

    Run this race along the 13.1-mile course through the scenic Virginia Beach oceanfront resort area. The course, which finishes on the popular oceanfront boardwalk, features entertainment and cheerleading squads along the way. Also, see Virginia Beach Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Epicurience Virginia
    Leesburg, Virginia
    August 30 - September 2, 2013

    Head to historic Morven Park in picturesque Loudoun County, a premier East Coast wine region near Washington, D.C., to taste award-winning Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers and sample farm-to-table cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs. Also, see Leesburg Area Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • Virginia Scottish Games
    The Plains, Virginia
    August 31 - September 1, 2013

    Featuring athletics, children's games, arts and crafts, entertainment including highland dancers and pipes and drums, and more, this annual gathering of clans and celebration of Scottish heritage takes place on the grounds of Great Meadow. Also, see nearby Front Royal Hotels - Compare Rates and Warrenton Hotels - Compare Rates.

  • More Virginia Labor Day Weekend Events
    from the Virginia Tourism Corporation

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