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What to Do for Labor Day Weekend

From state fairs to soccer and beyond.

By Seattle Met Staff

The Washington State Fair caters to kids and kids at heart.

A federal holiday honoring the American labor movement just so happens to be the last three-day weekend unofficially marking the end of summer. Here's how to make the most of it. 

Fairs 

Evergreen State Fair

Monroe

Lest this be confused with the other state fair down in Puyallup, the Evergreen State Fair returns for its second stretch over Labor Day weekend. This year, find the obligatory live concerts, carnival rides, and speedway events, along with the rodeo, which is finally back after a Covid hiatus. Admission on Labor Day is discounted, but that unlimited carnival ride wristband still costs $37 a pop.

Washington State Fair

Puyallup

While Evergreen is winding down, the Washington State Fair is ramping up with its opening weekend over Labor Day. The classic Americana favorites—livestock shows, carnival rides, concerts, and all manner of fair food—are on offer along with some newcomers, like an exhibit of animatronic dinosaurs.

What better way to celebrate Labor Day than with a beak-to-nose encounter with livestock at the Washington State Fair?

Sports 

Seattle Sounders vs. Houston Dynamos

Lumen Field 

The Sounders take on the Dynamos Sunday, September 4, in a Western conference matchup. Seattle's won two of the last three matches against the club from Texas. Can the Rave Green rally from a recent bad stretch?

Seattle Storm vs. Las Vegas Aces

Climate Pledge Arena 

Watch Sue Bird, the undeniable GOAT, and company take on the Las Vegas Aces in this second-round playoff game. The city has shown up for Bird during her last season, so it's safe to say that CPA will be rocking.

Seattle Mariners vs. Chicago White Sox

T-Mobile Park 

On Monday, September 5, the M's face off against fellow wild card contenders, the Chicago White Sox. It's a Value Game, which means more affordable pricing than the usual, perfect for a family gathering mayhaps.

Everything Else 

Popup Oyster Bar at Fair Isle Brewing

Ballard

Beer, oysters, Battlestar Galactica Labor Day. On September 5, the Ballard brewery continues its popup legacy with another event pairing its brews with fresh oysters on the half shell. They'll be shucking from 1–6pm. 

Summer Concert at the Ballard Locks

Ballard

What better way to wrap up summer than with a Van Morrison tribute band? Moondance plays the last of a free summer concert series at the Ballard Locks, September 5 at 2pm.

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