Happy Labor Day! If you’re trying to figure out how to spend your day off, we have a few options for you. From conventions to fairs, food fests, sunflowers, and the outdoors, it’s all there. Here are 10 of the best things to do in and around Seattle this Labor Day.


Contemporary music is cool and all but how about getting to see some of music’s most legendary artists live? The Temptations are coming to the Washington State Fair to play a show you probably won’t ever forget. It may be your one and only chance to hear songs like “My Girl” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” played live

When: Monday, September 4th
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
Cost: $58

Evergreen State Fair

The Evergreen State Fair is a true classic fair experience. It’s not quite as big as the Washington State Fair but definitely worth attending if you love the end-of-summer carnival experiences. Expect rides, fair food, entertainment, and more!

When: Until Monday, September 4th, 2023
Where: 14405 179th Avenue SE, Monroe, WA
Cost: $15 Admission

PAX West 2023

PAX is a place for gamers! The annual convention aims to provide a fun and inviting convention for gamers of all types and backgrounds. From free play to tournaments, panels, and the Omegathon, it’s all there.

When: Friday, September 1st-Monday, September 4th
Where: 800 Convention Pl
Cost: $71+

Washington State Fair

This year, the fair runs from September 1st to 24th and takes place at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup. During the almost month-long fair, you can find farm animals, agricultural displays, concerts, rides, and much more.

When: September 1st-24th
Where: 110 9th Ave SW, Puyallup, WA
Cost: $12-$18

Watch for orca whales

Want to get out of the city for an unforgettable adventure? Try watching orca whales. Washington has several spots to watch some just outside of the city and some worth making a day or multi-day trip for.

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Try one of Washington’s best hikes

If you’ve ever wondered what the best hikes in Washington are, we have your answer. We took a look at AllTrails rankings and have compiled 10 of the state’s most popular hikes for you to enjoy. If you’re curious, we’ve also detailed Washington’s favorite hike – also from AllTrails users.

6th Annual Sunflower Experience

Looking to experience fields of sunflowers? You’re in luck because Bob’s Sunflower Experience is back. New this year are concerts in the sunflowers, sunrise U pick, a children’s workshop, paint and sip and sip and arrange.

When: Until Saturday, September 9th
Where: 10917 Elliott Road
Cost: $15.95-$20.95

Rent kayaks 

If you’re always looking at the water but never on it, renting kayaks is a little more accessible than you might think. Whether you want to be on Lake Union, Lake Washington, or even Puget Sound, there are multiple kayak rental options available to you around the city.

Take your dog hiking

Ready to hit the trails with your dog? No two hikes are quite alike and that’s especially the case when you add the factor of bringing your four-legged friend. With many options, there are some hikes that are simply better than others for enjoying with your pup and we’ve created a list of them.

Pig Out in the Park 2023

Looking to pig out this weekend? You can do that in Spokane as the annual Pig Out in the Park event is back! You can check out 50 food booths with 250 menu items as well as 35 public market booths, 112 free concerts, and 4 “adult beverage gardens.”

When: Daily until September 4th
Where: 507 N Howard St, Spokane, WA
Cost: Free/Varies

Have a great long weekend!