Boston Labor Day events offer the perfect combination: lots of fun things to do in Boston and almost always wonderful early September weather.
Labor Day always falls on the first Monday of September.
That means for 2015, Labor Day takes place on Monday, September 7th.
Because this is a big holiday weekend, you'll also find lots of special events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Top Labor Day events for 2015 in Boston include the Boston Arts Festival, Italian Saints Feasts and Festivals in Boston's North End, the Deutsche Bank PGA Golf Tournament in Norton, Odyssey's and Spirit of Boston's special dinner cruises, Mass Brewers Fest, and special family programs on the USS Constitution.
Best of all, you can find half-price tickets and discount coupons for some of these Labor Day weekend Boston events - especially if you start your planning early.
Although saints festivals and processions take place almost every weekend throughout the summer in Boston's North End neighborhood, you can join St Anthony's Feast, knows as the biggest "Feast of All Feasts," on Labor Day weekend.
This is an authentic Italian street festival, Boston-style - look for parades, entertainment, strolling singers, music, and of course, fabulous food from 100 pushcarts offering calamari, sausage and peppers, pasta, pizza, quahogs, cannoli, gelato - and lots more!
If St Anthony's Feast whets your appetite for more, come back on Monday, Labor Day, for St Lucy's Festival in honor of Santa Lucia along Endicott Street.
Boston Red Sox tickets are easier to get than usual on Labor Day weekend because local fans head to the Cape or the mountains for one last long summer weekend.
Labor Day weekend brings plenty of chances to catch some action as the Sox will be playing a series of home games at Fenway Park:
Friday, September 4 vs Phillies - 7:10pm
Saturday, September 5 vs Phillies - TBD
Sunday, September 6 vs Phillies - TBD
Monday, September 7 vs Blue Jays - 1:35pm
Tuesday, September 8 vs Blue Jays - 7:10pm
Golf fans will want to head over to the Deutsche Bank Championship PGA Golf tournament at TPC Boston in Norton, located south of Boston. If you're a golfer, you probably already know that Golf Magazine named TPC Boston one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs" . . . so don't miss this chance to be there for the tournament!
Find out what life was like at sea on the USS Constitution during the War of 1812 at this special Labor's Day Weekend family event at the USS Constitution Museum in the Charlestown Navy Yard, across from "Old Ironsides." Lots of hands-on activities for the entire family - this year, the special programs involve ropes. September 5-7, 9am-6pm.
Please note: The USS Constitution is dry-docked for repairs, so free tours include only the ship's top deck at this time. Although the ship is usually closed on Mondays, it will be open for tours on Labor Day this year.
Getting there: Walk along the Freedom Trail (the USS Constitution is one of the Charlestown sites), take the MBTA Water Shuttle from Long Wharf (next to the New England Aquarium), or get there on a 45-minute scenic sightseeing cruise to the Constitution.
Kick off Labor Day weekend on Friday, September 4 at the Mass Brewers Fest at the World Trade Center in Boston's trendy South Boston Waterfront neighborhood. Beer enthusiasts will not want to miss the opportunity to sample offerings from over 30 Massachusetts brewers, who will feature 100+ of their best beers.
To fully appreciate the event, consider staying nearby at a South Boston Waterfront hotel, or bring a designated driver!
When: Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6, noon to 6pm, on Labor Day Weekend
Where: Christopher Columbus Park, North End (across from Boston Marriott Long Wharf)
Nearest T Station: Blue Line/Aquarium
More information: 617-536-5400; www.bostonahtsfestival.com
Boston's top visual artists will entertain you with music, crafts, and art along the waterfront in North End's gorgeous Christopher Columbus Park. Look for photography, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and more items on exhibit and for sale, accompanied by performers and interactive arts groups chosen to appeal to kids and adults alike. The festival launches Boston's arts (that's locally pronounced as "ahts") season and will whet your appetite for more to come!
Both the Odyssey and the Spirit of Boston are offering special Boston Harbor dinner cruises timed to give you a great view of the fireworks, plus dinner, dancing, and a romantic evening under the stars.
Choose the 3 hour cruise on the luxurious Odyssey - or book a 2 hour cruise on Sprit of Boston as part of the "Land and Sea" Labor Day package with a night at the posh Revere Hotel.
You can always enjoy live Irish music 7 nights a week at the Black Rose (160 Congress Street), a favorite Gaelic pub in Boston's historic downtown. The best local and internationally known Irish musicians perform here at one time or another.
But for a special ending to Labor Day, stop by on Monday night to hear singer-songwriter Terry Brennan (2015 performances being confirmed).
Family-oriented activities to do with kids in Boston on Labor Day weekend include:
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