Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer season in Cleveland and northeast Ohio, and while many students have already started back to school in late August, this three-day weekend welcomes a host of events to the area.
With a plethora of festivals, the Air Show, and several activities for families to enjoy before it's time settle in for the rigorous pace of the autumn season, northeast Ohio is a great destination for families looking for an inexpensive way to celebrate the last holiday of the summer.
Make sure to book your accommodations in advance as hotels and resorts are likely to book as the holiday weekend approaches. Also be sure to check each event's official website (or Facebook page) for up-to-date information about weather cancellations or unexpected delays.
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The Cleveland National Air Show is held each Labor Day weekend along the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport, and this year, events take place on September 1, 2, and 3. The Cleveland National Air Show combines educational exhibits with thrilling fly-bys and tactical demonstrations by air teams, which often include the famous "Blue Angels." Started in 1964, the Cleveland Air Show has since become one of the city's favorite Labor Day traditions.
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The Great Geauga County Fair is held at the Geauga County Fairground in Burton over Labor Day weekend each year and has been delighting residents since 1823. The five-day event features livestock, live entertainment, a midway of rides, and lots of fair food, just to name a few attractions. In 2018, events take place from Thursday, August 30, through Monday, September 3, and feature over 13,000 exhibits, 2,000 animals, and daily music performed by the Geauga County Fair Band.
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The south-central Cleveland neighborhood of Tremont has a rich Polish heritage, and the St. Cantius' Catholic Church celebrates its history and traditions every year over Labor Day weekend at the St. John Cantius Polish Festival. Festivities include traditional Polish food, dance, and music performances as well as kid's activities and a variety of craft goods for sale. The festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2, 2018, and is free to attend.
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Taking place over Labor Day weekend—starting on Thursday, August 31 and ending on Monday, September 3, 2018—Cleveland's Oktoberfest is an annual celebration of German food, polka music, and dance, and Bavarian arts and crafts. Unlike other Oktoberfest celebrations, Cleveland's mixes in American traditions like a classic car show, a juried art exhibit, a cornhole tournament, and even an Eagles tribute band.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Another must-see Labor Day event, the Taste of Hudson features affordable samples from 20 area restaurants as well as live music and kids activities. The event, held Sunday and Monday in downtown Hudson, Ohio, began in 2004 and also features a beer and wine garden for adults plus a classic car show. The Western Reserve Antiques Show on Monday is located just up the street from this festival, which means you could easily spend part of the weekend at the show before finishing out the holiday at the Taste of Hudson.