10 Ways You Should Spend Labor Day Weekend in Georgia

Labor Day weekend is something everyone looks forward to.

A Monday-free work week is something anyone can enjoy. Labor Day, which is celebrated the first Monday in September, is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers in this country.

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Georgia, among many other states, takes full advantage of the day off and is filled with events throughout the state. Here are a couple of ideas of how you can spend your three-day weekend in the Peach State. 

10. Stone Mountain Lasershow Spectacular

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Stone Mountain Park, a Georgia staple, will celebrate Labor Day Weekend with its Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvisionfollowed by a special fireworks display on all three nights of the long weekend. The laser show, which features updated fire effects, will start at 9 PM and the fireworks will immediately follow.

9. Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival

Hot Air Balloons

The Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens will launch into the sky Sept. 4-6. The sky will be filled with balloons Friday evening, and morning and evening flights on Saturday and Sunday. Callaway Gardens will also be filled with family activities, including swimming, blaster boats, miniature golf, rock climbing and more.

8. Old World Grape Stomping at Paradise Hills

Grape Stomping
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Have you always wanted to get your feet a little dirty while sipping on a nice glass of wine? Here’s your chance! Paradise Hills, Winery Resort & Spa is celebrating two and a half years with the Old World grape stomping tradition and other activities. Admission to the Blairsville winery is just $20 and includes wine and a food ticket.

7. Lake Rutledge Night Kayak

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Spend your Labor Day Weekend on Lake Rutledge for a night kayak. Space is limited, so interested participants should pregregister. Admission is $15 and there is a $5 parking fee. The Hard Labor Creek State Park is located two miles north of Rutledge, Ga.

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6. Art in the Park

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Art in the Park has been part of the Marietta Square’s history for nearly 30 years. The event, which will run Sept. 5-7 takes place in and around the Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park. The event celebrates the arts with local and national artists.

5. AJC Decatur Book Festival

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The largest independent book festival in the country, the Atlanta Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival, starts 5 PM Friday and runs through Sunday, with a keynote event, featuring Erica Jong and Roxane Gay, Friday at 8 PM.  

4. Buckhead Bar Bash


The 2015 Buckhead Bar Bash is set to kick off Labor Day Weekend in a big way. Participating bars include Big Sky, 5 Paces Inn, Churchill’s Pub, Dive Bar, Stillhouse, Red Door and more. Tickets are available online or for purchase the day of the event. Tickets include complimentary drinks, dinner, entertainment, free admission to all venues and much more.

3. House Music at Grant Park

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Grant Park will be filled with house music Sept. 6. The musical exploration will start at 12 PM Sunday and go through 8 PM. It’s a free event, with donations accepted to help maintain the event each month.

2. St. Simons Antique Show

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Antique dealers from all over the southeast will fill St. Simons Island for the Antique Show. The show will feature a wide selection of fine and fun merchandise. The event is free with free parking and is located on the grounds of Postell Park.

1. Bark in the Park Dog Luau

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Grab your four-legged friend and head to F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Pine Mountain, Ga. for the Bark in the Park Dog Luau. The event will feature music, best trick competition and more. Admission is $3 and parking is $5.

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10 Ways You Should Spend Labor Day Weekend in Georgia