Festivals, live music, fireworks, barbecues, parties and more turn the city into a hub for Labor Day weekend happenings. (Photo courtesy clockwise from top left courtesy Longwood Gardens, M. Edlow for GPTMC, courtesy DRWC, courtesy PHS
Ready for a long, relaxing holiday weekend, Philadelphia? We sure are.
Sure, Labor Day weekend is the unofficial culmination of summer, but by no means does that translate to an end to alfresco dining, outdoor festivities and blockbuster exhibitions that have made the balmy months of summer so action-packed in Philadelphia.
This weekend brings on a slew of holiday-worthy happenings, with Jay Z’s highly anticipated Made In America Music Festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway leading the push on Saturday and Sunday, August 31 and September 1. The music mogul has an incredible lineup booked, with none other than his wife Beyonce headlining on Saturday night and the recently-reunited Nine Inch Nails.
Beyond Jay Z and Bey, this Labor Day weekend is filled with opportunities to take in excellent exhibitions, seasonal festivals, summertime markets and much, much more.
Make the most of this weekend with our top picks for everything to do Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. We’ll be ducking out a little early today to rest up for fall, but we’ll see you right here next week!
Have a relaxing and safe Labor Day!
Our picks for the long weekend, below.
Friday, August 30
Top Pick: Our Guide to Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Top Pick: Spend your Labor Day Weekend Outside – Beer Gardens Guide | Rooftop Bars Guide | Waterfront Dining | Secret Patio Dining | Alfresco Dining
Top Pick: Smooth Jazz Summer Nights and Friday Night Lights at Penn’s Landing
Top Pick: Friday Night at the Barnes featuring Tony Marino
Top Pick: Art After 5 at the PMA + Cocktails on The Terrace Bar
Final Friday films at PhilaMOCA
International House Philadelphia Presents Totally Terrible 80s! The Legend of Billie Jean Outdoor Screening
Made in Philly Concert at the Blockley
Finally Friday in Mt. Airy
Boat Rentals at the Independence Seaport Museum (Fri, Sat)
Free Screening of Life of Pi at Logan Parklet
Summer Concerts at Sugarhouse Casino (Fri, Sat)
Party with Les Professionnels and Friends at Milkboy Philly
Jennifer Bartlett: History Of The Universe At The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Meek Mill and Dion Waiters at the Dream Chasers Sports and Entertainment Summit at Temple University
Trestle Inn Backyard Barbecue
Serpentine at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)
Saturday, August 31
Top Pick: Made in America Festival — Beyonce headlining (Sat, Sun)
Top Pick: Cannstatter Volksfest (Sat, Sun, Mon)
Top Pick: 40th Street Summer Series Presents Spaceship Aloha
Top Pick: PHS Pop-Up Garden (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Wing King 5 at the Fleisher Art Memorial
PHAIR Open Air Market
Paint Nite (Sat, Sun)
Martha Graham Cracker’s Made in Philadelphia Festival at Johnny Brenda’s
Labor Day Weekend at Drury Beer Garden (Sat, Sun)
Cirque du Cuba at Cuba Libre
Lululemon Urban Yoga at the Piazza
Camden Riversharks’ First Annual Bacon Fest
The Philadelphia Battle of the Bands Finals at World Cafe Live
Spirit of Philadelphia Labor Day Weekend (Sat, Sun)
Films at the Fish (Sat, Sun)
Fireworks and Fountains at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Independence After Hours (Fri, Sat)
Sunday, September 1
Top Pick: Made in America Festival — Nine Inch Nails headlining (Sat, Sun)
Top Pick:Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation
Top Pick: Brooklyn Flea Philly
Top Pick: Pay-What-You-Wish at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Top Pick: Our Guide to Brunch
Labor Day Weekend Pig Roast at M Restaurant
Black Bodies in Propaganda: The Art of the War Poster at the Penn Museum (Fri, Sat, Sun)
First Sunday Docent Tour at Woodmere Art Museum
Yards Brewing Company’s Free Brewery Tours (Sat, Sun)
Made in America After Party at Whisper
Sunday Sessions at The Cambridge
CandyCoated Wonderland at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Monday, September 2
Top Pick: Philadelphia’s Tri State Labor Parade and AFL-CIO Family Festival
Top Pick: Let someone else do the cooking — Our Guide to Barbecue
Vanberg and DeWulf at Strangelove’s
Ellsworth Kelly: Sculpture on the Wall at The Barnes Foundation (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Locals Only at Morgan’s Pier
Glow: Living Lights at the Academy of Natural Science (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Labor Day Walking Tour at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
The 1968 Exhibit at the National Constitution Center (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!
Festival of Fountains at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Mighty Mike at the Adventure Aquarium (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!
Declaration of Independence Readings behind Independence Hall (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) — Closing Day!
Betsy Ross House Flag Raising (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon)
Free admission to the Woodmere Art Museum