The fast approach of Labor Day means that another beautiful Seattle summer is coming to a close. The kids are heading back to school, the weather is changing, and we are all eagerly preparing for another colorful fall in the Emerald City. Our celebration of the American labor force is the traditional final hurrah before colder weather moves in. We’re excited to send off summer in style and enjoy what we hope will be another amazing Labor Day weekend in Seattle. Below are our top picks for events in the Seattle area that will help you make the most of your Labor Day.
The quintessential Labor Day weekend in Seattle consists of one thing: Bumbershoot. The cultural arts festival runs from Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th, and it is held downtown at the Seattle Center. Visitors from across the United States join the Seattle community for a weekend of music, comedy, theater, film, visual arts, and dance performances. Just like we’ve seen in past years, the 2016 event has attracted a plethora of well-known musical talent, including Macklemore, Fetty Wap, and Third Eye Blind, and you will see many others taking the stage, as well. Additional events include the American Poster Institute’s Flatstock, an event showcasing promotional concert art, and the B-EATS program, featuring food prepared in artistic ways.
Dave Matthews Band at the Gorge Amphitheatre
If Bumbershoot seems overwhelming, head over to the Gorge Amphitheatre for a weekend of music with the Dave Matthews Band. The alternative rockers will be taking over the shores of the Columbia Friday through Sunday, bringing the festive spirit to what is considered to be one of the nation’s most scenic venues. Music lovers can choose between lawn or standard seating, and tickets will be available for purchase all weekend long. Camping is also available for those who choose to indulge in Seattle’s beer and wine scenes.
Free Outdoor Concerts at Ballard Locks
In keeping with our musical theme, the 27th Annual Free Summer Concerts and Events series at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will be offering a laid back music choice for anyone who is not into the hustle and bustle of Bumbershoot or the party atmosphere of the Dave Matthews Band. On Saturday, Seattle’s Totally Relaxed Ukulele Musicians will be putting on a performance dominated by, you guessed it, ukuleles. Sunday will feature the Around The Sound Community Band performing music from famous marches, movies, and show tunes. Michael Clune & Sleep Till Noon will wrap up the weekend with a bit of contemporary blues and rock. All shows begin at 2:00 p.m.
In prior years, this event has been a hit for families who are looking for music in a more relaxed, child-friendly environment, and we expect the same to be true this year.
Bellevue Arts Museum Free First Friday
If you are looking for a low-key Labor Day weekend activity, consider taking advantage of a free look at the Bellevue Arts Museum‘s current exhibits. Emancipating the Past: Kara Walker’s Tales of Slavery and Power and Bren Ahearn: Strategies for Survival are both on display and offer the perfect atmosphere for a simple, no-fuss holiday weekend.
If you enjoy the museum, consider investing in an annual membership., which gives back to our community by supporting the museum’s various programs and local initiatives.
Labor Day gives us the chance to celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers, while also enjoying the end of summer. When you’re participating in these great events, take a moment to remember what the holiday is all about. The strength of our workforce is part of what makes America such a special place to live, especially on a local level.
If you intend to buy or sell a home in the Seattle area, give us a call to learn how our expertise can work for you. We’d love to show you why so many Americans love to call Seattle their home.