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6 Under the Radar Cities to Visit for Labor Day

Once again Labor Day weekend, summer's last long weekend, is fast approaching. If summer travel procrastination has gotten the best of you, do not worry!

Budget-friendly Labor Day vacation ideas and great activities for Labor Day Weekend are plentiful, so pick a destination and make your last minute labor day weekend getaway memorable.

Here are 6 under-the-radar cities around the country to visit during Labor Day Weekend.

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago's Labor Day weekend is packed with numerous free music events, art festivals, and fashion shows.

Considered attending a Labor Day weekend tradition... this year's annual free Chicago Jazz Festival will be held September 3-6 at the Chicago Cultural Center, Millennium Park.

The African Festival of the Arts is another great event held in Chicago annually during the Labor weekend at Washington Park's Festival grounds.

The exhibition showcases collectible artifacts, hand woven textile and fabric, and vibrant drumming -- all in a simulated, interactive African village.

If you want a break from the festivities, soak up the sun on the sunny beaches of Lake Michigan.

Beyond the stunning sunsets and relaxing beach atmosphere, the picturesque town offers historical architectures, rich landscapes and campgrounds, and a myriad of outdoor activities.

Washington, D.C.

D.C. is a hidden Labor Day gem. If you want to enjoy the outdoors one last time before the summer ends, go on a canoe or kayak adventure for a different city view from the Potomac.

Make sure to attend the annual DC Blues Festival and National Symphony Orchestra's annual free concert while you are in the city.

The Orchestra will perform for the public Sunday, September 6th on the West Lawn of The Capitol building.

The free concert starts at 8 p.m. The gates open as early as 3 p.m.

The 27th FREE Annual DC Blues Festival will take place Saturday, September 5 from Noon - 7:30 p.pm. at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.

Many Blues artists will perform on the Main Stage and through the day workshops led by talented and well-known artists will entertain children and adults at the John Cephas Workshop State.

Denver, Colorado

One of the best destinations for gastronomes and foodies, Denver makes the Labor Day weekend extra special, not to mention delicious, with annual food festival popularly known as A Taste of Colorado.

For four straight days, food lovers can relish different dishes and delicacies the city has to offer.

Held at Denver’s Civic Center Park, this festival brings together over fifty restaurateurs, artisan food vendors, community exhibitors, artists, and craftsmen, plus there will be live entertainment and fun workshops.

The festival also offers a number of attractions, carnivals, rides, magic shows, play equipment, and other interactive activities to keep the little ones (and the kids at heart) entertained while the grown-ups indulge in their gastronomical adventure.

Block Island, Rhode Island

With miles and miles of glorious beaches shielded by spectacular bluffs, Block Island is one of the few seaside destinations for the Labor Day weekend that is truly under-the-radar for anyone outside the northeast.

This little island with its authentic New England summer feel has several classic summertime activities in store for visitors -- minus the crowds.

Go boating in the Block Island waters, sunbathing along the island’s pristine coastline, or strolling around the delightful town of New Shoreham.

You can also drive, hide, or bike to the Corn Neck Road to view some of Block Island’s most beautiful scenery, including the Settler’s Rock, Sachem Pond, and North Light.

This summer’s last long weekend would also be the best time to see the iconic North Light, if you have never seen it before. Built on the northern tip of the island, the lighthouse’s history museum is open to visitors through the end of Labor Day this year.

The Lion’s Club Clambake also takes place on the island every year on Labor Day. Mussels, clams, and lobsters await its attendees at the charming Narragansett Inn.

Sausages, hotdogs and hamburgers will be available for those who are not fans of sea food.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Build upon beer and motorcycles, this Midwest city offers more than just the popular Milwaukee Public Museum and views of the city landscape.

The true Milwaukee appeal lies in the intriguing neighborhoods between Lake Michigan and the Milwaukee River.

For Harley-Davidson fans, Labor Day is a great time to visit the city and join other Harley riders for the annual Milwaukee Rally.

The five-day event has a series of concerts, bike shows, performances, and activities that will surely bring excitement to its visitors.

Sausalito, California

The 63rd Annual Sausalito Art Festival will be held September 5-7th at the waterfront in Marinship Park.

Recognized as one of the largest, oldest, and best art fairs in the US, Sausalito Art Festival is a terrific way to spend the Labor Day Weekend in California.

The festival combines fine food, wine, art and music in one prestigious event that will make any art collector or aficionado drool.

From coast to coast, plenty of cities and host exciting festivals and events that are perfect for Labor Day weekend family getaways. Choose a spot, pack your bags, head out, and make the best of your summer before the cool weather moves in.

 

References:

  • http://www.budgettravel.com/feature/budget-travel-vacation-ideas-labor-day-weekend-getaways.13035
  • http://www.dcblues.org/index.php?pageRequest=Festival
  • https://aihafa.squarespace.com/african-fesitval
  • http://atasteofcolorado.com/
  • http://www.blockislandinfo.com/island-events/north-light-settles-rock-sachem-pond
  • http://www.blockislandinfo.com/island-events/lions-club-clambake
  • http://www.milwaukeerally.com/
  • http://sausalitoartfestival.org/
 

 

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