Labor Day weekend marks the traditional end of summer and the last chance to enjoy a long weekend with the family before school starts and autumn begins. In 2018, Labor Day falls on September 3, the first Monday of the month.
If you will be visiting Salt Lake City during Labor Day this year, make the most of your holiday with these great local activities, events, and celebrations. Whether you're looking for sports, music, or family-friendly events, the Salt Lake area of Utah has plenty to do all weekend long.
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Beautiful summer weather continues into September in Salt Lake City and so do outdoor summer concerts (and some indoor ones, too). You can relax under the summer skies or sip a cocktail at an SLC venue while you enjoy one of these concerts happening around Labor Day weekend in 2018:
- Friday, August 31: Govt Mule with The Magpie Salute at Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre, Jack Johnson at Usana Amphitheatre, Bad Bunny at Maverik Center, and American Idol Live at DeJoria Center in Kamas, Utah
- Saturday, September 1: Parkway Drive at The Complex, Robyn Cage at Vista Lounge in Park City, and Sego at Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo.
- Sunday, September 2: Unwed Sailor at Kilby Court
- Monday, September 3: Jason Mraz at Deer Valley Outdoor Amphitheatre in Park City and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at Kilby Court in SLC
- Tuesday, September 4: Smashing Pumpkins and Metric at Vivint Smart Home Arena, Gary Clark Jr. at Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, and Aimee Mann at Eccles Theater
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With the kids off school and adults off work, Labor Day weekend is a perfect time to visit Salt Lake City's best kid-friendly parks, museums, and attractions. Suggested attractions include Hogle Zoo, the Natural History Museum, Lagoon Amusement Park, and The Leonardo, which is an interactive museum where kids can explore science, technology, and art through hands-on exhibits.
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Fun, free, and healthy, hiking is one of the best Labor Day weekend activities to do as the family. You can discover Utah's natural beauty on some of these recommended family hikes that are easy and appropriate for both kids and older adults. A trip through Bell Canyon to the lower reservoir, for instance, is perfect for beginners, but you'll need to spend all day to get to the upper reservoir. If you'd like to experience a great view of the Salt Lake Valley, you can take an easy hike up the Living Room trail, which leads to an overlooking ridge above the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum.
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Stretch your summer fun this Labor Day weekend at one of the Salt Lake area's pools, water parks, or splash pads. Fun places to cool off include Cherry Hill, Cowabunga Bay, and Gateway Olympic Fountain, but there are also numerous community pools spread throughout the Salt Lake Valley (and beyond). While some hotels will also have indoor or outdoor pools, not all of them will so make sure to check before you book your room if you want to enjoy a more private day by the pool.Continue to 5 of 12 below.
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Nothing is lovelier than a great meal outdoors in good weather and some of the best restaurants in the Salt Lake City area offer patio dining. Bring a book or bring a friend and relax with some great food and drinks at places like Aristo's near the University of Utah, The Dodo in Sugar House, and Gracie's in downtown SLC. No matter where you are in the city, you're sure to find a great meal you can enjoy in the fresh Salt Lake City air.
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Football season for the University of Utah kicks off August 30 with a Utes home game against the Weber State Wildcats. The game will begin at approximately 8 p.m. and take place at the Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City. You can visit the Utah Utes website for ticket information or tune into the game at a sports bar around the area.
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Oktoberfest at Snowbird Resort features music, dancing, traditional German cuisine, and a beer garden where you can enjoy a bratwurst and sauerkraut, schnitzel, and more German favorites. Kids young and old can enjoy face painting, a caricature artist, inflatable rides, music, balloons, and other Labor Day weekend activities. In 2018, Oktoberfest events take place on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6:30 p.m. every weekend (plus Labor Day) from August 18 through October 21.Continue to 9 of 12 below.
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Midway, near Heber City, celebrates its Swiss heritage with a popular Labor Day weekend festival on August 31 and September 1 in 2018 at the Midway Gazebo Town Square. Midway Swiss Days includes a chuckwagon breakfast, a 10K run, a parade, several music performances, and an enormous art and craft fair, which is a great place to shop for unique gifts, home decor, clothing, and more. Don't forget to try some excellent pie and ice cream.
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The Rocky Mountain Raceways in West Valley City, Utah, will host the last-ever "Doomsday of Destruction," a Figure 8 Trailer Race on the America First Credit Union Super Oval. Featuring Maverik modified cars, midget-class vehicles, Tucker Towing Double Deckers, and Sommers Auto Wrecking Hornets as well as mascots running around entertaining the fans, this racing experience is unlike any other in the city. Doomsday of Destruction will take place on Labor Day, September 3, 2018, from 3 to 9 p.m.
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Say aloha to summer with great food, leis, tiki torches, and live entertainment at the annual Labor Day Luau. The luau features dancing from various cultures of Polynesia including Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, Hawaii, and Tahiti, plus the ever-popular fire dancers. Events take place at Ashton Gardens in Lehi, Utah, on Labor Day, September 3, 2018, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30.
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Labor Day is Miners' Day in Park City when the city celebrates its mining heritage. Event features include the Funky Old Miner's Day Parade, the world-famous "Running of the Balls" (thousands of golf balls rolled down Main Street), mucking and drilling competitions, music, a 5K fun run, and kids' activities. All activities will take place on Historic Main Street and City Park in Park City on Labor Day in 2018 starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m.