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Your Guide to Celebrating Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia

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The long-awaited three-day weekend filled with festivities is finally here! Whether you want a day filled with live music, good food, cocktails, or family-friendly events, we have all of the Labor Day hot spots! Put on your white jeans one last time and check out things to do this holiday weekend in Philadelphia. 

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Are you a fan of hip-hop and alternative music? If so, get your concert fix by attending the two-day music festival, Made In America, for their 10th anniversary! Jam to live performances from artists like Justin Bieber, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Baby, Doja Cat, and many more. All ages are welcome and tickets are still available at Ticketmaster.

🗓 Sep 4–5 | Doors open at 12:00pm
📍 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 

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If you have a passion for the arts, be sure to check out the city-wide Fringearts Festival to witness talented local, national, and international artists with a variety of presentations. The 2021 Festival goes on for weeks but begins during the long-awaited three-day weekend. There’s no better way to spend the holiday than being somewhere you can enjoy music and dance performances, theater acts, and admire visual arts. You can find shows by specific genre and date and purchase tickets on their website.

🗓 Sep 3
📍 Location  140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA

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If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind ethnic experience – we’ve got you covered. One of the oldest and largest German-American clubs is holding its annual Labor Day Volksfest. Celebrate German traditions by listening to folk music and string bands, eating delicious authentic food, and embracing another culture this Labor Day. Starting at just $10, the day passes can be purchased on their website.

🗓 Sep 4–6 | Park opens at 12:00pm 
📍 Location 9130 Academy Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19114

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Start your Labor Day off with a family-friendly parade hosted by Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO. There will be activities for the kids, refreshments, live musical performances and more! It’s the perfect way to pay tribute to the contribution of American workers and create memories in your favorite city. 

🗓 Sep 6 | 8:30am –2:00pm
📍 Location  Sheet Metal Workers’ Local 19 Union Hall and Penn’s Landing Great Plaza

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Not exactly ready to put away your white jeans for the season? Good news, you don’t have to quite yet! Put together your favorite all-white outfit and head to the Black Lotus Rooftop for a Labor Day event. Enjoy free food, tasty cocktails, and let loose with some friends by buying your tickets today. 

🗓 Sep 5 | 6:00pm–12:00am 
📍1439 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Looking for other ways to celebrate?

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Were you bummed to hear that the Philadelphia Phillies had an away game on Labor Day? So were we. Luckily, we have the next best thing! Grab some Phillies fanatics and head to one of Philadelphia’s best sports bars, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse. Have fun watching the Phillies play the Miami Marlins Friday, Saturday, and Sunday or the Wisconsin Brewers on Monday all while enjoying an ice-cold beer

Monday –Sunday | 11:30am–2:00am 

📍 1823 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

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2. Host a Labor Day BBQ

Nothing encapsulates summertime more than a barbecue feast.  To enjoy this season’s final moments, invite your friends, coworkers, and family members to a delicious barbecue with backyard games and cocktails. If you don’t have the space at your own home, there are other free location options. We found a list of parks throughout the city where you can host the perfect picnic!

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For a breathtaking outdoor art and sculpture experience, head to the Philadelphia landmark, Magic Gardens, this Labor Day. The maze of colorful mosaic assortments is wheelchair and stroller accessible, making it a great opportunity for everyone!  Tickets are available on their website

Wednesday–Monday | 11:00am–6:00pm

📍 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 

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What’s a better way to spend an American holiday than with some American history? Grab your friends and family to take a tour of the home of Betsy Ross, the seamstress who sewn the first American flag. Here you can freely tour the home and learn more about Betsy’s interesting life. Tickets are available for purchase online

Monday–Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

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If you simply want a relaxing long weekend surrounded by good company with a drink in hand, we’ve got the place. Check out Morgan’s Pier beer garden for beautiful deck views of the water and yummy food. Walk-ins are welcomed to the bar, but we recommend reserving a table if you have a bigger group. Those under 21 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. 

Monday–Thursday | 4:00pm–2:00am
Friday–Sunday | 12:00pm–2:00am

📍 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Share your Labor Day with us!

We would love to see and hear about your holiday festivities! Be sure to tag us in your photos on Instagram @StufftoDoinPhilly so we can be a part of your fabulous three-day weekend!

Caroline Margle

Caroline Margle

Caroline Margle is a recent graduate from the University of Alabama, but is far from a “Southern belle.” She is originally from the Lehigh Valley and grew up visiting and falling in love with Philadelphia. When she is not taking yoga classes, blasting R&B around the house or painting up for an Eagles game, she is happy to inform readers on new hot spots and must-see’s in the City of Brotherly Love. With a Bachelor’s degree in News Media, Caroline is excited to continue her passion for writing.

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