Best time to go to Seattle

Labor Day Weekend 2021

Take advantage of an extra day-off to discover the Emerald City and to take part in its festive attractions


Last updated: by Dari Vasiljeva
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It is no secret that there's a world of things to do around Seattle during Labor Day Weekend. How about testing your physical endurance during the famous Labor Day Half Marathon or relishing giant cotton candy at Evergreen or Washington State Fair? Everything is here for you, you just have to let it happen!

Getaway to Colchuck Lake (June–October)

Picturesque Colchuk Lake is situated 129 mi (208 km) from Seattle by car, not far from the village Leavenworth. The trail to the lake is very popular during the summer hiking season. However, you still can catch a glimpse of its beauty in the early fall during the Labor Day Weekend.

Although this hike is rated as challenging, you'll be awarded by amazing scenery of the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area and the sight of Colchuck Peak and Dragontail Peak.

Labor Day Half (September 6, 2021, tentative)

After the Super Jock & Jill Half Marathon, the Labor Day Half Marathon & 5K follow the same course as in previous years and draw more than 1,000 walkers and runners annually. This event starts and finishes at Redmond Town Center, and its half-marathon is considered one of the fastest in United States.

Along the course, participants can expect to meet some rolling hills and plenty of flat stretches, particularly along the trail areas that run near the Sammamish River.

The Evergreen State Fair (August 26–September 6, 2021)

The annual 12-day Evergreen State Fair takes place every August through Labor Day at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. The Fair is deemed the largest county fair in the Pacific Northwest and is located in Monroe, 35 mi (56 km) northeast of Seattle by car. During the Evergreen State Fair, be ready to handle a baby crocodile, indulge in a deep-fried Twinkie, or witness a truckasaurus shooting diesel-fueled flames out of its robotic snout at a demolition derby. Here, you will find the best of what the fair has to offer.

Washington State Fair (September 3–26, 2021)

The Washington State Fair, formerly known as Puyallup Fair, is the greatest single attraction held in Puyallup, Washington each year. This private, non-profit fair steadily ranks in the top ten largest fairs in the United States and includes amusement rides, delicious food, pastoral and agricultural displays and shows, and a concert series. The Washington State Fair is known for two annual events: the four-day Washington State Spring Fair every April and the 21-day Washington State Fair every September.

Oak Harbor Music Festival (September 3–5, 2021)

The Oak Harbor Music Festival takes place during the whole Labor Day Weekend in the Historic Downtown Oak Harbor, which is a 93 mi (150 km) drive from Seattle. Throughout the festive weekend, two main stages host more than 30 bands, featuring all types of musical genres. You can even buy commemorative music festival apparel at numerous merchandise booths. With a wide variety of food vendors, numerous sidewalk cafes and two beer gardens, you won't leave empty-bellied and dissatisfied. The best part is that all of the above-mentioned attractions are free of charge.

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