Just as Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, Labor Day is when we commemorate the end of summer. There is always something happening in the Boston area, but especially around the holidays when everything from festivals to fireworks are held for locals and visitors. Check out these options around the area for some Labor Day weekend fun whether you are hanging with the family, friends, riding solo or have a babysitter.
Boston Arts (Ahts) Festival
Christopher Columbus Park
220 Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02110
Date: Aug. 30-31, 2014
Head to the North End and Waterfront area from August 30 – August 31, 2014 for this annual festival at Christopher Columbus Park. Event goers can relax and take in a variety of exhibits, demonstrations and other attractions at this two-day affair. From noon to 6 p.m., there are performing arts and visual arts events. From live music to dancing and glass blowing demonstrations to artwork for purchase, there is plenty to do at this free-to-get-into event for guests of all ages. And to conclude the event, fireworks will light up the Boston sky.
Mass Brewers Fest
World Trade Center Headhouse Concourse
200 Seaport Blvd.
Boston, MA 02110
Date: Aug. 29, 2014
Starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, August 29th at the World Trade Center, adults can join the Mass Brewers Guild for an unforgettable beer-filled evening with views of the Boston skyline and harbor. The Fifth Annual Mass Brewers Fest will run until 9:30 p.m. with live music by Three Day Threshold. There will be more than 100 styles of local beer to sample from around Massachusetts at this rain-or-shine, 21+ event.
The Deutsche Bank Championship
400 Arnold Palmer Blvd.
Norton, MA 02766
Date: Aug. 27 – Sept. 1, 2014
Golf lovers will make the trip out of downtown Boston and head south to TPC Boston in Norton (less than an hour drive) to see the The Deutsche Bank Championship. New England’s premier PGA TOUR Playoff event, the Deutsche Bank Championship has generated more than $20 million for the Tiger Woods Foundation and local New England-area charities. According to TPC, defending champion Henrik Stenson is expected to take on the world’s best golfers, including past champions Webb Simpson, Charley Hoffman, Adam Scott, Vijay Singh, Steve Stricker, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and more. The event will be held all throughout Labor Day weekend starting Wednesday, August 27 through Monday, September 1 with a $8 million prize up for grabs.
Marlborough, MA Labor Day Parade
140 Main St.
Marlborough, MA 01752
Date: Sept. 1, 2014
Just a half hour outside Boston is Marlborough, which hosts the largest and most prestigious Labor Day Parade in New England. On September 1, 2014 head here from noon on to enjoy the 1.8-mile-long parade route. Since 1952, it has been an area tradition. Consisting of over 150 bands, floats and other entertainment throughout the day, it is sure to be a great family-friendly option.
Saint Lucy’s Feast in the North End
San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc.
201-203 Endicott St.
Boston, MA 02113
www.stanthonysfeast.com Date: Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2014
A favorite tradition for many in Boston is a visit to one of the North End feasts for plenty of food, music and tons to do in the streets of the cozy Italian neighborhood. This four-day event is the largest Italian religious festival in New England complete with mass and a feast that follows a 10-hour procession around Boston’s North End. This city tradition dates back to 1919 when a group of Italian immigrants founded the San Antonio Di Padova Da Montefalcione, Inc. The Grand Procession of St. Anthony begins at noon on Sunday and culminates at 10:45 p.m. with the blessing of the Statue of Santa Lucia – a tradition that officially starts the feast of Santa Lucia. All throughout the four-day festival, festival-goers will enjoy live music from Italian American bands like Seabreaze and oldies bands like Smoking Joe and the Henchman. Come out and see why National Geographic called Saint Lucy’s Feast in the North End “The feast of all feasts.”
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