Labor Day Weekend in Baltimore

Enjoy the Last Days of Summer With Food, Bay Cruises, and Laughter

Ships in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
Ships in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Getty Images/L. Toshio Kishiyama

Dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, Labor Day -- the first Monday in September -- became a federal holiday in the United States in 1894. Traditionally, on Labor Day Weekend, we celebrate by taking a day off work, barbecuing in the backyard, watching college football games, and transitioning from sweltering sunny days to crisp cool ones. It's no exception in Baltimore.

Labor Day Weekend Events in Baltimore

  • August 24 through September 4: You can learn how to milk a cow and extract honey from a beehive at the Maryland State Fair, which provides family entertainment with thrilling rides, local foods, farm exhibits, and thoroughbred racing through Labor Day.
  • September 2: Celebrate Labor Day by attending Defenders Day at North Point, the re-enactment and commemoration of the Battle of North Point, where the British troops that invaded Baltimore in 1814 were defeated. Ninety re-enactors take part in the battle, and there are also games, music, and crafts demonstrations throughout the day. Kids can pump water into fire hoses from the 1812 hand-drawn pumper. Admission and parking are free.
  • September 3: Labor Day Sunday is the perfect time to visit the downtown Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar. In honor of its 40th anniversary, the market will celebrate with special guests, performances, and hands-on cooking classes. Learn how to make quick and tasty brown bag lunches -- Labor Day means school is starting. Get there early to pick up fresh meat, fruits, and vegetables for your Labor Day cookout. Hours are 7 a.m. to noon, but pickings become slim around 11 a.m. Bring your appetite for the food vendors' goodies.
  • September 4: Take a Labor Day Inner Harbor Sightseeing Tour on the Spirit of Baltimore. One-hour narrated cruises on historic Inner Harbor begin at 12:30 p.m. The Labor Day Dinner Cruise begins at 7 p.m. and takes passengers on a 2.5-hour cruise that includes a dinner buffet, views of the city skyline, and onboard entertainment. There's a cash bar for cocktails, wine, and beer.
  • Through September 4: Take the kids to the Port Discovery Children's Museum over Labor Day Weekend for the last of summer fun before school starts. The "Klutz Amazingly Immature Exhibit" teaches science and math through laughter, play, and comedy. Everyone ages 2 and up can be an artist at the BGE Studio Workshop at the museum or travel to Egypt where the kids will decipher hieroglyphics and find lost tombs.
  • September 1 through September 4: Laugh your way through the unofficial end-of-summer weekend at the first annual Baltimore Comedy Festival. Fourteen diverse venues from bars to art theaters host stand-up comics to keep you entertained all weekend. Some shows are free.