Summer is almost over. But, lucky for us, we have a hot and sunny, action-packed Labor Day Weekend full of ways to end the summer in style. If you are staying in Boston for the long weekend, there are so many fantastic things to do. You can head to Fenway to see the Red Sox, sip an endless supply of craft beer in the sunshine, spend a couple of hours on a Navy ship, enjoy priceless works of art for free, and head out into Boston Harbor for a fireworks cruise. We list our picks for how to say so long to this wonderful season.
Celebrating Labor Day Weekend in Boston, 2015
1. Imbibe at The Sixth Annual Mass Brewers Fest
Kick off Labor Day weekend with an unlimited beer tasting extravaganza! On Friday, September 4th, the Massachusetts Brewers Guild is hosting its 6th Annual Mass Brewers Fest. This is a craft beer drinker’s heaven! Ticket holders can taste from any and all of the 100 plus different beers from over forty breweries in the Massachusetts Brewers Guild.
Where: The World Trade Center Head House Concourse, located at 200 Seaport Boulevard on Boston’s historic waterfront.
When: 6:00-9:30 PM on Friday, September 4th
Cost: Tickets are $40, with beer samples included. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.
2. Cheer on the Red Sox at Fenway
Let’s root for the home team this Labor Day weekend! The Red Sox will be playing at Fenway all Labor Day weekend long and with their current ranking, they need all the cheering on they can get. If you can score some tickets, there’s no better way to spend a late summer day than in the company of Boston’s beloved Red Sox. If you can’t get tickets to the game, then go for the next best thing by heading to a local Boston pub like the Fenway bars Yard House or Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar and Grill. It’s almost as good as being there.
Friday, September 4 vs Phillies – 7:10 PM
Saturday, September 5 vs Phillies – 4:05 PM
Sunday, September 6 vs Phillies – 1:35 PM
Monday, September 7 vs Blue Jays – 1:35 PM
3. Scrub the Deck on the USS Constitution
Looking for a great place to take the kids? Head to Old Ironsides, an active-duty US Navy vessel and the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. This September 5th through the 7th, from 9 AM to 6 PM, the USS Constitution Museum is hosting a “A Knot-ical Time” – a fantastic Labor Day event that allows visitors to live the life of a sailor on the high seas. The USS Constitution’s website writes, “Come learn the ropes this Labor Day weekend at the USS Constitution Museum. Visitors to the Museum will be able to balance on a footrope to furl a sail, scrub the deck with a holystone, practice their knot tying skills, and cook a (make-believe) meal. After all of this exhausting work, don’t forget to take a nap in one of our hammocks!”
4. Be Awestruck at the “Battle of the Barges” Fireworks
On Saturday, September 5th, at 9 PM, barges anchored off the North End and Seaport will put on a breathtaking fireworks display with musical accompaniment.
The best spots to view the fireworks are Piers Park in East Boston, Christopher Columbus Park and the Long Wharf downtown, or Fan Pier in the Seaport District. If you want to take it up a notch, get a ticket for the Boston Harbor Cruise’s Fireworks Dinner for dinner, drinks, and dancing before having the best seats in the house to watch the fireworks. The cruise is from 7 to 10 PM. Tickets are $100 per person.
For more information visit summeronthewaterfront.org
5. Explore the Gardner Museum for Free
On Monday, September 7th, from 11 AM to 4 PM, visitors can visit the exquisite Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for free. Since 2003, the Museum has honored Frank Hatch (1925-2010), a museum trustee and major supporter of the Boston arts scene, by inviting the public in for free admission on “Frank Hatch Free Day.” Wander through the museum’s galleries and spend time admiring the famous garden.
Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston
Time: Monday, September 7th from 11 AM to 4 PM
6. Howl Along at the Pooch-A-Palooza
On September 6th and 7th, the Topsfield Fairgrounds in Topsfield, MA will transform into an outdoor festival that is a wonderland for dogs and dog lovers alike. With almost five thousand dogs and twice as many humans in attendance, the Pooch-A-Palooza is full of fun events like agility competitions, dog pageants, dog training workshops, and tons of live entertainment. There will also be lots of food trucks for delicious snacks and loads of fun activities for the kids.
Where: 207 Boston Street at the Topsfield Fairgrounds in Topsfield.
When: Saturday, September 5, and Sunday, September 6, 10 AM to 4 PM.
Cost: $10 for adults, free for children 12 and under, $1 entrance fee per dog that will be donated to Cape Ann Animal Aid.
For More Information, visit pooch-a-palooza.org
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