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Family-Friendly Labor Day Events in Philly and Beyond

Enjoy the last days of summer at these fun events.

It’s time for the final hurrah of the summer season: Labor Day Weekend. Here’s a list of family-friendly activities Labor Day events to keep you entertained in between cookouts.

Festivals and Celebrations

Blue Cross RiverRink

September 1 — 4

Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street, Philadelphia


It’s the last weekend of the Summerfest, so catch your carnival games and rides on the Midway, festival foods, and live DJs on September 1 and 2 from 9 pm — midnight.

Labor Day Volksfest

September 2 and 3, noon — 10 pm

September 4, noon — 8 pm

9130 Academy Road, Philadelphia


The oldest German Volksfest returns to Northeast Philly with crafts, German singing and dancing, live music, rides and games, and German food. Admission is $6 for one day, $9 for a two-day pass, and $11 for a three-day pass. Children 12 and younger are free.

Long’s Park Art Festival

September 1 and 2, 10 am — 6 pm

September 3, 10 am — 5 pm



Want to get out of town for a day or two? Explore the Long’s Park Art Festival (only about an hour away from the city) and enjoy vendors, crafts, art, food and drink, a children’s art tent, and live music.

Labor Day Beach Party

September 2 — 4 pm, 10 am — 5 pm

Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia


Not going to the beach this weekend? Please Touch brings the beach to you with themed activities all weekend.

Franklin Square

September 2 — 4, noon — 3 pm

Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., Philadelphia


Come by for patriotic fun and take a ride on the Lightning Bolt Express Train. Train rides are $5 for adults and $4 for children.


Delaware River Waterfront/Independence Seaport Museum

September 3, 5 — 10 pm (fireworks around 9:30 pm)

211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


Want a seat for the big fireworks display? For $12 for kids and $16 for adults, you can visit the museum and see the show from a private viewing area. Or you can hang out at Spruce Street Harbor Park, the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, or the RiverRink for a free view.


Back to School Weekend

September 2 — 4

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. Third St., Philadelphia


All weekend long, kids 12 and younger can visit the Museum of the American Revolution with free admission. There will be special activities and stories from 11 am — 4 pm each day, and each child will receive a free back-to-school packet with school supplies and a pocket Declaration of Independence.

First Sunday

September 3, 10 am — 5 pm

Barnes Foundation and Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia


At the Barnes Foundation, free tickets for up to two adults and two children will be provided on a first come, first served basis, with jazz music and Weckerly’s ice cream in the courtyard. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s pay-what-you-wish Sunday from 10 am — 5 pm, which is a great excuse to see the last weekend of Wild.

Celebrate At Sea

September 1 — 4, 10 am — 5 pm

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia


The Independence Seaport Museum is filled with activities all weekend long, including access to Deck with games, live music, and a great spot to watch the fireworks.

History Lessons

September 1 — 2, various times

Independence National Historical Park of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Sometimes we forget that there’s a National Park right in the heart of Philadelphia, and for Labor Day, they’re hosting a ton of free educational storytime events, gallery tours, and even muskets etiquette lessons on Friday and Saturday.


Photograph courtesy of the Independence Seaport Museum. 



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