Sweet Jazz, Spicy Chiles and Outlandish Outhouses
This holiday, don your favorite weekend hat and enjoy a relaxing family outing to a AAA listed event.
We’ve compiled a list of thousands of Events to Celebrate Labor Day Weekend 2013 across the U.S. and Canada — from county fairs and hot-air ballooning to outhouse races and a MoonPie eating contest. Here’s a sampling to whet your appetite for fun:
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 DETROIT, Michigan, Detroit International Jazz Festival —Features international headliners on some six stages, the Jazz Talk Tent and the Kid Bop Area. Enjoy concerts, meet the artist sessions, and merchandise and food vendors. Location: Hart Plaza and Campus Martius Park. (313) 447-1248. Free.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2 ELLENSBURG, Washington, Kittitas County Fair/Ellensburg Rodeo , ropers and wrestlers compete in a rodeo that leads up to the Labor Day Monday Championship Finals. Visitors also enjoy an old-fashioned county fair. Location: Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds. (800) 637-2444. $.
Aug. 31-Sept. 2 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Colorado Balloon Classic—See some 100 colorful hot air balloons, a balloon glow, concerts, chili cook-off and a photography contest. Location: Memorial Park. (719) 471-4833. Free.
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 HATCH, New Mexico, Chile Festival—More than a seasoning or a side dish, peppers are the meal at this event featuring contests, music, artisan and food booths and a carnival. Location: Hatch Airport. (505) 267-5050.
Sept. 1 DAWSON CITY, Yukon, Great Klondike International Outhouse Race—Rent or bring your own decorated outhouse to participate in team races and a scavenger hunt through the streets of Dawson. Various locations. (867) 993-5575.
Sept. 2 MCCALLA, Alabama, Labor Day Celebration and MoonPie Eatin’ Contest—Enjoy crafts, music, a barbecue and the MoonPie Eatin’ Contest at this family-oriented event. Location: Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park. (205) 477-5711. $.