Labor Day events near ChicagoBy Madalyn Frigo, posted 4 months ago
If you are looking to getaway from the city this Labor Day weekend, or stay in Chicago, there are plenty of options to choose from. WeekAway picked out a few favorite events that are going on near Chicago this Labor Day weekend. Read below for our top picks:
Deemed as "summer's last stand", the North Coast Music Festival is a fun way to wrap up the end of summer and celebrate Labor Day weekend. The festival is held on Chicago's West Side, in Union Park. The lineup is a mixture of electronic, hip hop, jam band, and indie rock genres. Headliners this year include Passion Pit, Wu-Tang, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Nas, the Disco Biscuits, Lotus, and Mac Miller.
Date: Friday, Aug. 30 - Sunday, Sept. 1
Location: Union Park 228 S. Racine Ave. Chicago, IL 60607
Cost: Limited discounted single-day G.A. pass = $55; Single-day G.A. pass = $75; G.A. 3-day pass = Sold out; 3-day V.I.P. pass = $225
Taste of Madison is a traditional Labor Day weekend event, held in Madison's Capitol Square. An estimated 175,000 people attend the free event each year from all around the Midwest. Taste of Madison showcases more than 80 local restaurants, 20 beverage stands, and 3 entertainment stages. There's something for everyone here, and the environment is great for families. Live music is played throughout the day, including country, rock, and R&B. In the evening you can watch brightly lit and decorated boats during the boat parade, and watch fireworks along the Lake Mendota shoreline.
Date: Saturday, Aug. 31 - Sunday, Sept. 1
Time: Saturday 2 pm-8:30 pm, Sunday 11 am-7 pm
Where: Capitol Square 2 E. Main St. Madison, WI 53703
Cost: Admission is free
The Marshall County Blueberry Festival will be celebrating its 47th year this Labor Day weekend, offering plenty of fun and activities for all ages. Over 300 craft vendors from across the U.S. showcase their goods, as well as local and regional businesses. There are over 100 booths to choose from for food, and plenty of blueberry treats to be had. The non-for-profit area offers the best blueberry delights, such as pies, ice cream, donuts, and cheesecake. There are plenty of activities to keep young ones entertained, such as a carnival, kiddie tractor pedal pull, and live entertainment all weekend long on 3 different stages. Annual events include the Hoosier Old Wheels Antique Car Show, the Blueberry Stomp 5K/15K run, hot air balloon launches, the Labor Day Parade, and a fantastic fireworks display!
Date: Friday, Aug. 30 - Monday, Sept. 2
Time: The carnival opens for a preview night on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 5-10 pm; Friday: Carnival open 12-10 pm, Festival open 5-9 pm; Saturday: Carnival open 10 am-10 pm, Festival open 9 am-9 pm; Sunday: Carnival open 10 am-10 pm, Festival open 9 am-9 pm; Monday: Carnival open 10 am-6 pm; Festival open 9 am-6 pm
Location: Centennial Park 1660 N. Michigan St. Plymouth, IN 46563
Cost: Admission is free
The Milwaukee 110th Anniversary Celebration of Harley-Davidson is one big party. The four day celebration is full of Harley-Davidson bikes, a great music lineup, and tons of parties. 60 bands will perform on 5 stages throughout the festival, with the lineup including artists such as Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lupe Fiasco, Bret Michaels, Common, ZZ Top, Yellowcard, and more. Headliner performances at the Marcus Amphitheater will be done by Toby Keith, Aerosmith, and Kid Rock. Learn about the history and culture of riding at the Harley-Davidson Museum, visit bike shows, and eat great food at the Motor Bar & Restaurant.
Date: Thursday, Aug. 29 - Sunday, Sept. 1
Time: Thursday 5 pm-11:30 pm, Friday & Saturday 12 pm-11:30 pm, Sunday Street Part 2 pm-11:30 pm
Location: Summerfest Grounds 200 N. Harbor Dr. Milwaukee, WI 53202
Cost: 2-day tickets start at $79, 3-day tickets start at $95, Marcus Amphitheater Headliner Tickets start at $24.50