Historically, Labor Day was a day to commemorate the strength of the labor unions and their workers. Today, Labor Day not only marks the symbolic end of the summer but also a day off from work and a final day of summer frolicking. As in other American cities, the Labor Day weekend is celebrated in Baltimore with parades, barbecues, fireworks, festivals, and other special events starting on Friday and lasting through Monday.
This year Labor Day in Baltimore will be fueled by the revving engines of precision speedsters at the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. The long-awaited race takes place from September 2nd to September 4th along the streets surrounding the Inner Harbor. The Grand Prix will be, by far, the city’s biggest Labor Day weekend event, though there are other events happening around town.
Columbia Lakefront Film Festival: The Columbia Association hosts its 40th annual outdoor movie festival through September 17th. Located on the Lakefront in Columbia, MD, the primarily PG-13-rated movies start at dusk or around 8:30pm.
Maryland State Fair: Labor Day weekend marks the end of the Maryland State Fair located in Timonium, MD, just 20 minutes outside Baltimore. The fair is a favorite end-of-summer event for locals and features rides, animals, performances, and all-around local fair fun.
In addition to these larger events, you can catch various art exhibits around Baltimore ranging from drawings of the sea at the Walters’ Art Museum to an exposé of Baltimore heroes at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.
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