2022 Labor Day Festival Weekend: September 1-5, 2022

Over 250 festivals to help you celebrate your Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Weekend has come much more quickly than I expected it too. Schools have all started up and families are much more homebound then they were before – but it is a three day weekend.

Some short distance traveling may be worth an interesting festival, right?

This weekend, take advantage of the map and see what’s around you. Maybe it’s worth traveling into a nearby state and seeing what’s being offered.

Like crossing over into Wisconsin for Milwaukee’s Original Oktoberfest or even Cheese-A-Palooza in nearby Kenosha? Or how about the Back to the 50’s Weekend in New Castle, PA?

Maybe even a trip to Florida for the Florida Scallop, Music and Arts Festival in Port St. Joe?

There are plenty of great festivals this weekend and I’m going to do my best to list some of the more interesting ones below.

Let’s take a closer look at them…

Alabama
I love a food festival, so I’m all about the St. William Seafood Festival in Guntersville, SugarFest in Arab and the Sweet Tater Festival in Cullman. The Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration in Cherokee also looks interesting.

Florida
Enjoy beer at the Key West BrewFest and Seaworld’s Craft Beer Festival in Orlando. Meanwhile, some delicious festivals include the Florida Scallop, Music and Arts Festival is in Port St. Joe, the Fuzzy Pineapple Food Festival in Tallahassee and Everybody’s Favorite Barbeque and Hot Sauce Festival in West Palm Beach.

Georgia
Various Labor Day Celebrations are going on this weekend in Homer, Peachtree City, Kingsland and Newnan as well as Jerk Festival in Atlanta. There’s also a Folk Pottery and Arts Festival in Sautee Nacoochee

Illinois
There’s plenty of good eating in the state this weekend: the Great American Lobster Fest in Chicago, the Manito Popcorn Festival, the Nauvoo Grape Festival, Kewanee Hog Days, the National Sweetcorn Festival in Hoopeston, the Springfield Oyster and Beer Festival, the Taste of Serbia Festival in Lake Forest, the Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival and the Taste of Batavia.

Indiana
All sorts of Labor Day Celebrations in such cities as Indianapolis, Morris, Brookville, Princeton, and Lowell. There’s also a Marshmallow Festival in Ligonier, a Blues Fest in Fishers, a Blueberry Festival in Plymouth and Little Italy Festival in Clinton.

Kentucky
Festivals are spread throughout the state. Some interesting ones include the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, the Elliott County Tobacco Festival in Sandy Hook and the Breathitt County Honey Festival in Jackson.

Michigan
This weekend, there are food festivals (Bean in Fairgrove, Peach in Romeo, Ox Roast in Lawrence, Polish Fest in Muskegon), music festivals (Blues in Marquette, Jazz in Detroit) a Logging Festival (Newaygo) and a Festival of Oddities (Charlotte).

New York
The National Buffalo Wing Fest is this weekend, as well as St. Rocco’s Italian Festival in Holley, the New York State Festival of Balloons in Dansville and Labor Day Celebrations in Rushford and Oakfield.

North Carolina
Some interesting festivals include the Goombay Festival in Asheville, the Carolina Haitian Food Festival in Charlotte, the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh and the Pinehurst Barbecue Festival.

Pennsylvania
If you’re into dancing, then the Back to the 50’s Weekend in New Castle and the International Polka Association Festival in Cranberry Township are for you. Other festivals to check out include the Renzie Park Rib Festival in McKeesport, the German Heritage Fest in Erie and the Pittsburgh Soul Food Fest.

South Carolina
Put on your dancing shoes for the Edisto Beach Shag Festival. You may also enjoy the tunes at the Lowcountry Jazz Festival in Charleston or the nighttime sky at the Moon Fall Fest in Chesnee.

Tennessee
Like a music festival? You’re in luck. This weekend, Tennessee has the Muddy Roots Music Fest in Cookeville, the Live on the Green Outdoor Music Festival in Nashville, the Appalachian Music Festival in Knoxville, the Bare Bones Music in Dandridge, and the Smashin Crab Music Festival in Chattanooga.

West Virginia
I would check out the Huntington Music and Arts Festival, the Jackson’s Mill Jubilee in Weston, the West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival in Clarksburg, the Bergoo Bash in Webster Springs and the Labor Day Ox Roast Festival in Rowlesburg. Actually, there are some other great ones this weekend (Taco Fest in Charleston) so check out the list below!

Wisconsin
Milwaukee’s Original Oktoberfest starts up in Glendale this weekend, not to mention some motorcycle Rallies in the area, the Festival Italiano in Hurley, Cheese-A-Palooza in Kenosha, a Tasty Tomato Festival in Westby, a Sausage Festival in Eagle River and the Hmong National Labor Day Festival in Oshkosh.

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Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend, filled with friends, family and hopefully some great fests!

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Until next week…

Love, Peace and Festival Grease!

Labor Day Festival Weekend: September 1-5, 2022

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MAP of festival and fair food cities this weekend.

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Reviews of this Week’s Festivals

9/3-9/5 – Michigan Renaissance Festival IIIHolly, MichiganMy Review

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ALABAMA

9/2-9/3 – St. William Seafood Festival – Guntersville
9/3 – SugarFest – Arab
9/3 – Labor Day Trade Day – Scottsboro
9/4 – Art Sunday – Scottsboro
9/4-9/5 – Sweet Tater Festival – Cullman
9/5 – Coon Dog Labor Day Celebration – Cherokee

FLORIDA

9/1-9/5 – Key West BrewFest – Key West
9/2-9/4 – Everybody’s Favorite Barbecue and Hot Sauce Festival: West Palm Beach – West Palm Beach
9/2-9/5 – SeaWorld’s Craft Beer Festival V – Orlando
9/3 – The Fuzzy Pineapple Food Festival – Tallahassee
9/3 – GeckoFest – Gulfport
9/3-9/4 – Gulf Coast Summer Fest Jazz Edition – Pensacola
9/3-9/4 – Florida Scallop, Music and Arts Festival – Port St. Joe
9/5 – Okeechobee Labor Day in the Park – Okeechobee

GEORGIA

9/1-9/4 – Atlanta Black Theatre Festival – Atlanta
9/2-9/4 – Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens – Pine Mountain
9/2-9/4 – Homer Labor Day Festival – Homer
9/2-9/4 – Holy Martyrs of Vietnam Catholic Church Fall Festival – Norcross
9/2-9/5 – Pioneer Days – Cartersville
9/3 – Paulk Vineards Muscadine Festival – Wray
9/3 – Red, White and Blue: Labor Day Spectacular – Peachtree City
9/3 – Folk Pottery and Arts Festival – Sautee Nacoochee
9/3 – Paradise Hills Winery Grape Stomp Fest – Blairsville
9/3 – Northeast Georgia Veterans Jamboree – Cornelia
9/3-9/4 – Mountain Heritage Festival – Blairsville
9/3-9/5 – Art in the Park – Marietta
9/4 – House in the Park Festival – Atlanta
9/4 – Atlanta Caribbean Jerk Festival – Atlanta
9/4 – KOA Labor Day Celebration – Kingsland
9/4-9/5 – Noshfest – Marietta
9/5 – Labor Day Arts Festival – Newnan

ILLINOIS

9/1 – Downtown Evanston Thursday Night Market IV – Evanston
9/1-9/3 – Pittsfield Fall Festival – Pittsfield
9/1-9/4 – Chicago Jazz Festival – Chicago
9/1-9/4 – Yorkville Hometown Days Festival – Yorkville
9/1-9/5 – The National Sweetcorn Festival – Hoopeston
9/1-9/5 – Colchester Labor Day Celebration – Colchester
9/1-9/5 – Buffalo Grove Days – Buffalo Grove
9/1-9/5 – Central States Threshermen’s Reunion – Pontiac
9/2-9/3 – Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival – Peoria
9/2-9/3 – Hobnob Harvest Market – Altamont
9/2-9/4 – Shoe Fest Music and Camping – Manteno
9/2-9/4 – Summer Sunset Festival – Lake in the Hills
9/2-9/4 – Orion Fall Festival – Orion
9/2-9/4 – The Great American Lobster Fest – Chicago
9/2-9/4 – Manito Popcorn Festival – Manito
9/2-9/4 – Nauvoo Grape Festival – Nauvoo
9/2-9/4 – North Coast Music Festival – Chicago
9/2-9/4 – Nashwood – Highwood
9/2-9/4 – ARC Music Festival – Chicago
9/2-9/5 – Feast of Maria SS. Lauretana of Altavilla Milicia – Niles
9/2-9/5 – African Festival of the Arts – Chicago
9/2-9/5 – Kewanee Hog Days – Kewanee
9/2-9/5 – Last Fling – Naperville
Weekend continues below…

9/2-9/5 – Lincoln Square Greekfest – Chicago
9/2-9/5 – Taste of Polonia Festival – Chicago
9/2-9/5 – Milan Harvest Festival – Milan
9/3 – Argenta Fall Festival – Argenta
9/3 – Roamer Cruise Night and Car Show – Streator
9/3 – SOB (Springfield Oyster and Beer) Festival – Springfield
9/3 – Alton Jazz and Wine Festival – Alton
9/3-9/4 – Maple Park Fun Fest – Maple Park
9/3-9/4 – West Loop Art Fest – Chicago
9/3-9/4 – Taste of Serbia Festival – Lake Forest
9/3-9/5 – Schaumburg Septemberfest – Schaumburg
9/3-9/5 – Frankfort Fall Festival – Frankfort
9/3-9/5 – Long Grove’s Irish Days – Long Grove
9/3-9/5 – Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival – Geneva
9/3-9/5 – Arthur Amish Country Cheese Festival – Arthur
9/4 – Old Times Family Picnic – Oak Forest
9/4 – Batavia Block Party and Taste of Batavia – Batavia
9/4 – Grape Stomp and Harvest Festival – Mackinaw
9/4-9/5 – Paw Paw Lions Club Labor Day Celebration – Paw Paw
9/4-9/5 – Deer Path Art Fair on the Square – Lake Forest
9/5 – Paarlberg Heritage Fest – South Holland

INDIANA

8/29-9/5 – Auburn Cord Duesenberg Festival II – Auburn
9/1-9/4 – Tri-State Bluegrass Festival – Kendallville
9/1-9/4 – Rock ‘N’ Rail Street Festival – Griffith
9/1-9/5 – Marshall County Blueberry Festival – Plymouth
9/2-9/3 – Latino Culture Festival – Huntingburg
9/2-9/3 – Fishers Blues Fest – Fishers
9/2-9/3 – Chelsea Jubilee – Madison
9/2-9/4 – Paragon Homecoming Festival – Paragon
9/2-9/5 – Farmers Pike Festival – New Castle
9/2-9/5 – Michigan City Oktoberfest – Michigan City
9/2-9/5 – The Earl Park Fall Festival – Earl Park
9/2-9/5 – Princeton Labor Day Celebration – Princeton
9/2-9/5 – Little Italy Festival – Clinton
9/2-9/5 – Ligonier Marshmallow Festival – Ligonier
9/2-9/5 – Monterey Days Festival – Monterey
9/3 – Rockin’ on the River – Madison
9/3 – Beer and Band Fest – Greenwood
9/3 – Evansville Oktoberfest – Evansville
9/3 – Morristown Boys and Girls Club 20th Anniversary Celebration – Morristown
9/3 – Indy Laborfest – Indianapolis
9/3-9/4 – Tecumseh Lodge Labor Day Pow Wow – Tipton
9/3-9/4 – Fourth Street Festival – Bloomington
9/3-9/4 – All IN Music and Arts Festival – Indianapolis
9/3-9/4 – Metamora Music Festival – Metamora
9/3-9/5 – Lowell Labor Day Festival – Lowell
9/3-9/5 – North Salem Old Fashion Days – North Salem
9/5 – St. Peter Labor Day Festival – Brookville
9/5 – St. Anthony Labor Day Festival – Morris

KENTUCKY

9/1-9/3 – Manchester Music Festival – Manchester
9/2-9/3 – Thunder Over the Island – Burnside
9/2-9/3 – Elliott County Tobacco Festival – Sandy Hook
9/2-9/4 – Swift Silver Mine Festival – Campton
9/2-9/4 – Heritage Days – Augusta
9/2-9/5 – Breathitt County Honey Festival – Jackson
9/2-9/5 – WorldFest – Louisville
9/3 – Independence Bank Fireworks Festival – Owensboro
9/3 – Fleur de Flea Vintage Urban Market – Louisville
9/3 – DeaFestival: Kentucky – Danville
9/3 – Oak Grove Butterfly Festival – Oak Grove
9/3 – Monroe County Watermelon Festival – Tompkinsville
9/3-9/4 – Honoring Our Veterans Pow Wow – Corbin
9/3-9/4 – Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival – Winchester
9/3-9/4 – Shelbyville Fall Art and Craft Festival – Shelbyville
9/3-9/5 – Grand Rivers Labor Day Weekend Arts and Crafts Festival – Grand Rivers
9/3-9/5 – St. Cecilia Labor Day Festival – Independence
9/4 – Riverfest – Newport

MICHIGAN

9/2-9/3 – Muskegon Polish Festival – Muskegon
9/2-9/3 – Farmhouse Living Fair – Berrien Springs
9/2-9/3 – Minnehaha Brewhaha Music Festival – Arcadia
9/2-9/4 – Trufant Jubilee – Trufant
9/2-9/4 – Logging Festival – Newaygo
9/2-9/4 – Brethren Days – Brethren
9/2-9/4 – Marquette Area Blues Fest – Marquette
9/2-9/4 – Boogie Fest too – Rock
9/2-9/4 – Bell’s Beer Copper Harbor Trails Fest – Copper Harbor
9/2-9/5 – Michigan Bean Festival – Fairgrove
9/2-9/5 – Michigan Peach Festival – Romeo
9/2-9/5 – Ontonagon Labor Day Festival – Ontonagon
9/2-9/5 – Detroit Jazz Festival – Detroit
9/2-9/5 – Lawrence Ox Roast and Homecoming Festival – Lawrence
9/2-9/5 – Ford Arts, Beats and Eats – Royal Oak
9/2-9/5 – Belding Labor Day Celebration – Belding
9/2-9/5 – Manton Area Harvest Festival – Manton
9/3 – Festival of Oddities – Charlotte
9/3 – Manistee LaborFest – Manistee
9/3 – Thumbfest – Lexington
Weekend continues below…

9/3-9/4 – Art on the Bay – New Baltimore
9/3-9/4 – Algonac Art Fair – Algonac
9/3-9/4 – Kee-Boon-Mein-Kaa Pow Wow – Dowagiac
9/3-9/4 – Honoring Our Elders Traditional Pow Wow – Hart
9/3-9/4 – Michigan Chicken Wing Festival – Lansing
9/3-9/4 – Arts and Crafts Dockside – St. Ignace
9/3-9/4 – Hart Heritage Days Festival – Hart
9/3-9/4 – Harmony Fest – Harrisville
9/3-9/5 – Hamtramck Labor Day Festival – Hamtramck
9/3-9/5 – 906 Day and Labor Day Celebration – Escanaba
9/3-9/5 – Michigan Renaissance Festival III – Holly – My Review
9/4 – Treetops Resort Beer, Blues and Barbecue (B3) Festival – Gaylord
9/4 – Three Rivers Harmony Fest – Three Rivers
9/4-9/5 – Cars for Cancer Labor Day Car Show and Cruise – Muskegon
9/5 – West Michigan Labor Fest – Grand Rapids

NEW YORK

9/1 – Irondequoit Oktoberfest – Irondequoit
9/2-9/4 – Findley Lake Harvest Festival – Findley Lake
9/2-9/4 – New York State Festival of Balloons – Dansville
9/2-9/5 – Labor Day Faire – Clarence Center
9/2-9/5 – Tall Pines Farm Fest – Andover
9/2-9/5 – Labor Day Weekend Street Festival on Old Falls Street – Niagara Falls
9/3-9/4 – National Buffalo Wing Fest – Buffalo
9/3-9/4 – Redfield Old Home Days – Redfield
9/3-9/4 – War of 1812 Grand Encampment – Youngstown
9/3-9/5 – Rushford Labor Day Festival – Rushford
9/3-9/5 – Oakfield Labor Daze – Oakfield
9/4 – St. Rocco’s Italian Festival – Holley
9/4 – Oliver Street Labor Day Festival – North Tonawanda

NORTH CAROLINA

9/2-9/4 – Earl Scruggs Music Festival – Mill Spring
9/2-9/4 – Goombay Festival – Asheville
9/2-9/4 – Labor Day Blue Grass Festival – Elon
9/2-9/4 – Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention – Lenoir
9/2-9/4 – Pinehurst Barbecue Festival – Pinehurst
9/2-9/4 – Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmers’ Days – Siler City
9/2-9/5 – NC Apple Festival – Hendersonville
9/2-9/5 – Matthews Alive Festival – Matthews
9/3 – Chinchorreo Fest – Hope Mills
9/3 – Holly Ridge Liberty Festival – Holly Ridge
9/3 – Carolina Haitian Food Festival – Charlotte
9/3-9/4 – Art on the Greene IV – Banner Elk
9/3-9/4 – African American Cultural Festival – Raleigh
9/3-9/4 – ProgDay Progressive Rock Festival – Chapel Hill
9/3-9/4 – The John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival – High Point
9/4 – New River Blues Festival – Grassy Creek
9/4 – Mile High Kite Festival – Beech Mountain
9/4-9/5 – Canton Labor Day Festival – Canton

OHIO

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PENNSYLVANIA

9/1-9/4 – Holy Trinity’s Taste of Greece – Pittsburgh
9/1-9/4 – Parish Festival at Good Samaritan Parish – Ambridge
9/1-9/4 – Asian Lantern Festival at the Pittsburgh Zoo IV – Pittsburgh
9/2-9/4 – Back to the 50’s Weekend – New Castle
9/2-9/4 – Pittsburgh Soul Food Fest – Pittsburgh
9/2-9/4 – Ford City Hose Co. #1 Street Fair – Ford City
9/2-9/4 – International Polka Association Festival and Convention – Cranberry Township
9/2-9/4 – Cambria City Ethnic Festival – Johnstown
9/2-9/5 – Arts and Crafts Labor Day Festival – Greensburg
9/2-9/5 – Renzie Park Rib Festival – McKeesport
9/3 – Water Lantern Festival – Pittsburgh
9/3 – Monroeville Jazz Festival – Monroeville
9/3 – Flickerwood Fall Festival – Kane
9/3 – Quiet Creek Herb Farm Fall Fest – Brookville
9/3-9/4 – German Heritage Fest – Erie
9/3-9/4 – Log House Arts Festival – Johnstown
9/3-9/5 – Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival III – West Newton
9/3-9/5 – Forest Hills Labor Day Festival – Forest Hills
9/4 – Germania Old Home Day – Galeton
9/4-9/5 – Labor United Celebration at Northmoreland Park – Apollo
9/5 – Buhl Day – Hermitage

SOUTH CAROLINA

9/2-9/4 – Edisto Beach Shag Festival – Edisto Beach
9/2-9/4 – Moon Fest Fall – Chesnee
9/2-9/5 – Hot Air Affair Above Cancer – Williamston
9/3 – Festival on the Avenue – Sumter
9/3-9/4 – Lowcountry Jazz Festival – Charleston
9/4 – Celebrate Anderson – Anderson
9/5 – Chapin Labor Day Festival – Chapin

TENNESSEE

9/1-9/4 – Muddy Roots Music Fest – Cookeville
9/1-9/5 – Live on the Green Outdoor Music Festival – Nashville
9/2 – East Nashville Night Market VIII – Nashville
9/2-9/3 – Riverfront Festival – Surgoinsville
9/2-9/3 – Ancient Sounds Celtic and Appalachian Music Festival – Knoxville
9/2-9/4 – African Street Festival – Jackson
9/2-9/4 – Bare Bones Music Festival – Dandridge
9/2-9/4 – Appalachian Highland Celtic Festival – Johnson City
9/3 – Old Timer’s Day – Collinwood
9/3 – Smashin Crab Music Festival – Hendersonville
9/3 – Rail and Hops Brewers Festival – Chattanooga
9/3 – Bluegrass/Fall Festival and Train – Watertown
9/3-9/4 – Monroe Life Balloon Festival – Vonore
9/3-9/5 – Labor Day Barn Bash – Culleoka
9/4 – Big Kahuna Wing Festival – Knoxville
9/5 – Hooray for Harriman Labor Day Festival – Harriman

WEST VIRGINIA

8/29-9/3 – Huntington Music and Arts Festival – Huntington
9/1-9/4 – Oak Leaf Festival – Oak Hill
9/2-9/4 – Jackson’s Mill Jubilee – Weston
9/2-9/4 – West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival – Clarksburg
9/3 – Bergoo Bash – Webster Springs
9/3 – Charleston Taco Festival – Charleston
9/3-9/4 – Wheeling Vintage Raceboat Regatta – Wheeling
9/3-9/4 – Watoga Art in the Park – Marlinton
9/3-9/4 – Fort Henry Days – Wheeling
9/3-9/4 – Holly River Festival – Hacker Valley
9/4 – The Great Beckley Beer Festival – Beckley
9/5 – Labor Day Ox Roast Festival – Rowlesburg

WISCONSIN

9/1-9/5 – Milwaukee Rally at West Bend Harley – West Bend
9/1-9/5 – Milwaukee Rally – Milwaukee
9/2-9/3 – Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw and Festival – Prairie du Sac
9/2-9/3 – Milwaukee’s Original Oktoberfest I – Glendale
9/2-9/3 – Manawa Music Festival – Manawa
9/2-9/4 – Wisconsin Highland Games – Waukesha
9/2-9/4 – Brooklyn Labor Day Truck and Tractor Pull – Brooklyn
9/2-9/5 – Wisconsin Harley-Davidson Rally – Oconomowoc
9/3 – Festival Italiano – Hurley
9/3- Cheese-A-Palooza – Kenosha
9/3 – Shrekfest – Milwaukee
9/3-9/4 – Fox Jazz Fest – Menasha
9/3-9/4 – Taste of Madison – Madison
9/3-9/4 – Wilhelm Tell Festival – New Glarus
9/3-9/4 – St. George Serbian Orthodox Church Serb Fest – Racine
9/3-9/4 – Third Ward Art Festival – Milwaukee
9/3-9/4 – Hmong National Labor Day Festival – Oshkosh
9/3-9/4 – Riverfront Jazz Festival – Stevens Point
9/3-9/5 – Marina Fest – Sister Bay
9/3-9/5 – Glidden Community Fair – Glidden
9/3-9/5 – Ho-Chunk Nation’s Labor Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow – Black River Falls
9/3-9/5 – Bristol Renaissance Faire IX – Kenosha
9/4 – Wheels on Main – West Bend
9/4 – Alma Music and Arts Festival – Alma
9/4 – Belgian Kermis Festival – Brussels
9/4 – Tasty Tomato Festival – Westby
9/4 – Sausage Fest – Eagle River
9/4 – Labor Day Arts and Crafts Show – Eagle River
9/5 – Merrill Lion’s Car Show, Parade and Celebration – Merrill
9/5 – Laborfest Milwaukee – Milwaukee

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