10 Things to Do This Labor Day Weekend

Fun ideas to try now — before sweater weather hits!

By Kyrie Collins, Highlands Ranch-Parker-Castle Rock-Lone Tree Publisher September 1, 2021

Although the last day of summer isn't officially until September 21, Labor Day Weekend is the unofficial close to the season. Looking for some fun things to do? We've got a few ideas!

1.) First, check our calendar.

If you want to stay close to home, the Macaroni Kid Douglas County calendar is your first stop! Visit

2.) Hit the pools.

Most pools, water parks, and swim beaches will close for the season at the end of the day on Labor Day. Make one last trip to your favorite one or try someplace you've never gone before. Find a list of our favorites, as well as hours, admission prices, and amenities at

3.) See Big Boy in person.

Union Pacific's Big Boy No. 4014 is on tour and its final stop will be Union Station in downtown Denver over Labor Day weekend. It will be on display from 9:00 AM–3:00 PM on Monday, September 6. Visitors can also access the Experience the Union Pacific Rail Car multi-media walk-through exhibition that provides a glimpse at the past while telling the story of modern-day railroading.

Admission to display days is free (no tickets required); parking is free at a metered space or multi-space section in downtown Denver on Sundays and certain City holidays, including Labor Day.

Learn more here.

4.) Get a Taste of Colorado.

The 16th Street Mall will be bustling with fun and excitement all weekend at A Taste of Colorado! Enjoy multiple outdoor performance stages, dozens of food vendors, a large arts and crafts marketplace, and an expanded Kids Zone packed with family-friendly activities. #tasteofco

5.) Support local artists.

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is happening at the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. Shop to support local artists and arts education. The whole family will enjoy Creation Station with interactive activities, music, food, and more.

6.) Burst of color.

The 2021 Colorado Springs Labor Day Lift Off is the most colorful weekend of the year! Early risers can see hundreds of hot air balloons fill the city skyline with early morning balloon launches. The Saturday evening balloon glows take place around 7:00 PM. Spend the whole day at Memorial Park for plenty of fun and festivities.

7.) Pick your own produce.

One of my favorite things about summer is the variety of fresh produce. It won't be long till we are eating mostly apples, pears, and frozen veggies. Now's a great time to visit a local Farmers Market or Pick-Your-Own Produce Farm.

8.) Discover a new favorite playground.

Did you know Denver has the largest city parks system in the nation! Get outside your own neighborhood and explore the treehouse at Westlands Park or feed the ducks at Wash Park. Find some of our favorite parks and playgrounds in Douglas County and beyond at

9.) Take a hike.

Seeing nature through my sons' eyes gives me a whole new perspective. Our guide to Kid-Friendly Hikes in Colorado has 18 tried-and-true suggestions.

10.) Savor every last minute.

Stay up way past bedtime. Set up a tent in the backyard and stargaze, or have a late-night movie marathon. Toast marshmallows around the fire pit. And finally,l when you're ready, say goodbye to summer. Remember... every ending is also a new beginning. Goodbye, summer. Hello, autumn!