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Monday, September 4th, 2017 is Labor Day. A day that symbolically and customarily marks the end of the summer. Labor Day, an official federal holiday as of 1894, began as a day to celebrate and honor America’s labor movement and the contribution that all workers have made to our nation. For many Americans, it’s a long weekend for festivals, food, fun, family, and friends. And in addition Labor Day sales!

Labor Day Festivals

For locals, newcomers and visitors to the region, review event websites for detailed information on parking and event specific rules. Event information can change from year to year.

41 years and counting. Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off at Memorial Park. September 2nd-4th. For many, it wouldn’t be Labor Day without attending at least one Daily Lift Off or breathtaking Balloon Glow (Saturday or Sunday evening). The 2017 Balloon lineup includes favorites from years past. Don’t miss the unique and colorful newcomers. Daily Lift Offs are scheduled for 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. every morning. Local tip; get there early. Or consider this unique way of viewing the balloon lift off from Prospect Lake with Dragonfly Paddle Yoga.

43 years and counting. Commonwheel Art Festival in Manitou Springs, Memorial Park. September 2nd-4th, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

Free admission, music, arts, traditional festival food, beer, and activities for the kids. While some of the talented artists change from year to year, expect to find creative and beautiful art pieces in clay, fiber, jewelry, mixed media, glass, photography, wood and sculpture.

Labor Day Festivals outside of the Colorado Springs area:

  • Downtown Denver, Colorado invites you to A Taste of Colorado September 1st-4th. Delicious foods, beers, and wines of Colorado are highlighted. Also arts and crafts, kids activities, music and attractions.
  • If weekend plans include a trip to the mountains consider joining historic Victor, Colorado in a celebration of the arts! This is the 18th summer where local and artists from all over the country, gather to paint scenes of Victor together “en plein air“. Unique, judged art event.
  • Pueblo, Colorado reminds locals and visitors that Labor Day is the last weekend of the Colorado’s State Fair & Rodeo!

Labor Day foods

Traditionally, Americans say goodbye to the season with an abundance of summer foods. Classic grilled foods. Accompanied by picnic favorites. Potato salad, deviled eggs, macaroni salad, and fresh vegetable salads. It’s challenging to find a weekend event without these offerings. Hot dogs, hamburgers, kebabs, steaks, corn-on-the-cob, lemonade, kettle corn, and barbecue. Labor Day desserts honor summer fruits. Consider the last of the Palisade peaches in a cobbler or pie, blackberry crisp, plum tarts, or strawberry shortcake.

And before the summer is over…how did you do with your Summer Bucket list? It’s not too late!