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EventCrazy Staff Picks of the Week Labor Day 2014

By: Maria King
Date: August 24, 2014
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It's a holiday weekend and the unofficial close of the summer event season. Our staff has been busy picking from 1000's of events. Hope you like our choices!

This list represents the EventCrazy staff choices of the events for the week. If you live nearby, any of these would be an excellent way to spend your weekend. If it is not geographically possible, you are encouraged to search the site for the personal experience that is just right for you. We hope that you find EventCrazy to be an excellent tool as you search for ways to create your own lifelong memories each and every week.

Aug 30, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1971, a showcase of 2,500 Northwest artistic talents sparked with performances by more than 75 headliners in music, theater, comedy, dance, film and literary arts. More than 500 individual performances by more than 2,500 artists. And that's not even counting all the visual art, hands-on art, the 100 short films in the Reel Film Festival, the West Coast's largest small press bookfair, street performances, parades, spectacles and other rituals that will cover the grounds for four dizzying days.
215,000 Attendees
Aug 30, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014
Huge crowds transform downtown Millbrae into the “Big Easy” with a Mardi Gras-style feast featuring two sun- splashed days of live music, a juried show with 250 professional artists and craftmakers showing their latest handcrafted wares, festive food and drink, premium wines, microbrews, margaritas and mojitos, artisan specialty food, a new microbeer tasting tent, an organic and green product showcase, home and garden exhibits, health and wellness displays, the “Classically Cool Car Show”, Chinese Dragon Dance and Taiko Drum performances, and tons of fun for kids with the Streets Filled With Talent Music and Dance Showcase and a myriad of amusements in Playland. Free admission.
100,000+ Attendees
Aug 30, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1929. Air show will feature a festival of events in the air and on the ground. Cleveland National Air Show is confirmed and will feature the U.S. Navy Blue Angels Jet Demonstration Team on August 30 - September 1 (Labor Day Weekend), many other acts, military demonstrations, displays, food, souvenirs and more. Check the website for a complete list.
80,000 Attendees
Aug 29, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
One of the largest free outdoor festivals in the region with 3 days of over 50 restaurants, live entertainment on 7 stages, over 250 arts and crafts artisans, culinary demonstrations, a carnival and many children's activities; both educational and fun.
500,000 Attendees
Aug 27, 2014 - Aug 30, 2014
Since 1947, features hot butter flavored sweet corn served fresh daily by the Millersport Lions Club. Plus a wide variety of other food, 4 entertainment stages of live entertainment, giant midway, exhibits, parade, numerous contests, 5K sweet corn run, square dancing and more. IT'S EAR- RESISTIBLE!
250,000 Attendees
Aug 29, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1973, the event commemorates Independence, Missouri as the starting point of the great westward expansion of the United States. The three main trails to the West - the Santa Fe, California and Oregon Trails - originated from Independence. Features nine huge craft tents filled with juried arts and crafts vendors. Over 300 commercial food and game booths, of which 50 are sponsored by Independence non-profit organizations, three entertainment stages - main stage, community stage and gospel stage, a large carnival midway and an authentic 1800's trappers encampment. Takes place at Historic Independence Square, From Lexington to Truman Road, Between Osage and Main Streets.
200,000+ Attendees
Aug 30, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1975, features Italian foods and culture, live music and entertainment. Each year, approximately 70 individuals, businesses and organizations participate in La Festa Italiana by displaying or selling Italian foods, arts, crafts or other items that express the Italian heritage and culture.
125,000+ Attendees
Aug 30, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014
Since 1983, Come out for live music on four stages around Wisconsin's Capitol Square and sample the culinary designs of more than 80 of Madison's local eateries. Fun activities for the kids and the whole family.
155,000 Attendees
Aug 28, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014
Since 1979, Petrillo Music Shell marking it in Grant Park. The Chicago Jazz Festival brings you three days of top music from both international and local stars. Also takes place at the Cultural Center and Millennium Park.
350,000 Attendees
Aug 29, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1979. Enjoy four days and six stages of the world's best jazz, blues and soul at the Detroit International Jazz Festival. It's all free and runs Labor Day Weekend in downtown Detroit.
750,000 Attendees
Aug 29, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1981. One of the largest events in Chicago’s entire collar county area delivering more than $1M back to the community over the past decade. Last Fling books big name, national and international music headliners every day of the festival. For a minimal ticket price attendees experience world class entertainment in a beautiful, pristine outdoor lawn setting. Fling organizers strive to ‘up the musical entertainment ante’ by bringing bigger and bigger name acts each year. Although the Mainstage is where all the big name acts perform, the Fling also produces an ‘Entertainment Stage’ which offers excellent, free, top quality musical entertainment simultaneously to the Main Stage. The Fling’s Family Funland is a huge area packed with kid-centric fun. A popular component is the Midwest’s top ranked, high quality petting zoo that offers kids a chance to pet and get up close to exotic and common farm animals including a huge snake and giant rabbits. A highlight of Family Funland is the Percussion Petting Zoo- a thrilling, interactive, percussion show for kids utilizing all manner of percussion including African drums, tambourines, maracas, inflatable bongos, and much more. Family Funland features a huge chalkboard where kids can scribble and draw, craft tent activities, and a stage offering a steady line-up of quality kid- focused live entertainment. Carnival of course there has to be a carnival- and this one more than measures up to the Last Fling quality standard. It covers an entire city block. Thye parade is held on Labor Day at 10am.
350,000 Attendees
Aug 28, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1968. The Labor Day Carnival, or West Indian Carnival, is an annual celebration held throughout Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Featuring varied different entertainment options every night as well as the Labor Day parade, a children's parade on Saturday, a youth festival, many other activities and so much more. Check website for dates and time of performances and ticket availability.
100,000 Attendees
Aug 31, 2014
Since 1985, Brazilian Day in NY is the largest Brazilian event outside of Brazil. This celebration of the Brazilian Culture takes place in the heart of Little Brazil, West 46th. Street. Every year Brazilian Day in New York takes over 25 blocks, all surrounding Little Brazil. The festival started with the purpose of celebrating Brazilís Independence Day here in New York. That small celebration started in 1984 by Joao DeMatos, the founder of Brazilian Day in New York. The first few festivals attracted a couple hundred people. But boy has it grown since then! It now attracts over 1.5 million. This is according to official information from NYPD for Brazilian Day 2012. People come from as close as Long Island and New Jersey to as far as Japan and Africa! Brazilian Day in New York also attracts a diverse group. People come from all over the world and the United States! The organizers of Brazilian Day in New York are Joao DeMatos, the founder and producer of Brazilian Day in New York, The Brasilians Newspaper, and TV Globo International.
200,000+ Attendees
Aug 30, 2014 - Aug 31, 2014
Since 2002. Celebrating the culinary delight known round the world as the Buffalo chicken wing. The National Chicken Wing Festival features 25 national and local chicken wing restaurants serving over 100 different styles of chicken wings. Attendees can enjoy the wing sauce contests, Miss Buffalo Wing contest, "Bobbing for Wings, live music and much more.
80,000 Attendees
Aug 25, 2014 - Sep 01, 2014
Since 1990. A celebration of the bohemian lifestyle in the middle of the Black Rock Desert. Trying to explain what Burning Man is to someone who has never been to the event is a bit like trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind. The event takes place on an ancient lakebed, known as the playa. By the time the event is completed and the volunteers leave, sometimes nearly a month after the event has ended, there will be no trace of the city that was, for a short time, the most populous town in the entire county.
50,000 Attendees
Aug 30, 2014
Since 1988. The nation's largest Labor Day weekend fireworks show will light up the sky over Knoxville in a jaw dropping spectacle choreographed to an original soundtrack. Live entertainment, food, fun and games, top name entertainment all on the Tennessee River during Labor Day weekend.
400,000 Attendees
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