Labor Day Festivals Worth a Last Summer Road Trip

Here comes Labor Day weekend! This is your last chance to catch some last summer fun before it goes with the autumn wind. With school back in session, you might be looking for a short, fun, and cheap getaway. You are in luck! There are Labor Day festivals that have become popular enough to be worth a weekend road trip. Plus, they take place in gorgeous places you’d definitely want to visit.

1. Chicago Jazz Festival

Should you need an excuse to visit Chicago, you got served! Chi-Town’s Labor Day festival has been attracting crowds since 1979. The 36th edition of this jazz music celebration has some big names scheduled throughout the weekend. Be sure to check it out and enjoy all the great things Chicago has to offer.

2. Kingsland Catfish Festival

What started as a small town festival grew to become a huge event. Head Southeast to Georgia’s Labor Day festival to sample local food and browse original arts and crafts. Be sure to greet Cecil the catfish while you are there. The bulk of the fun takes place on Saturday so you can always head off to Savannah for a fun day in the American Dublin. If you are road tripping with friends, pick a D.D. beforehand.

3. Jazz Aspen Snowmass Festival

Colorado’s Labor Day festival might have a jazz theme, it attracts the biggest names in the music industry. This edition will feature none other than Ziggy Marley, and One Republic. The best things in life might be free, this one will cost you at least $75 per day or $190 for a three-day pass. For all the outdoor fun Aspen offers, no doubt this Labor Day festival should be just a part of your trip.

New York State Festivals of Balloons

The New York State Festival of Balloons in Dansville has been a Labor Day tradition since 1981. This Labor Day festival caters to the whole family. For $5 per person over 12, there is a lot of free entertainment aside the balloon show. Children will enjoy amusements and rides. Older kids will go for the antique car show, and the craft displays. Everyone will delight in the international food court.

DC Blues Festival

The 26th annual DC Blues festival will take place on Saturday of the Labor Day weekend. Washington’s free Labor Day festival offers workshops, a petting zoo for the younger ones, and a music program everyone will love. The best part about DC is that there is a lot of stuffs happening throughout the weekend. For instance, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday evening.

Virginia Beach’s American Music Festival

Imagine a giant beachfront stage, artists from everywhere and all music genre performing all weekend. This Labor Day festival is free and a top Labor Day destination for music lovers. There will be many things happening over the weekend, including a fund-raising half marathon on Sunday. It is a cool place to enjoy a music festival and the cool summer activities before they end.

There goes the perfect Labor Day weekend for music lovers and road trippers. This is the last days of summer so make them count! What are you doing on Labor Day weekend? Do you have another awesome festival to add to our lists? It’s happening in the comment box below.