Making Labor Day Weekend Plans? Here’s Your Ultimate Guide

Haven't sorted out your Labor Day Weekend yet? Here are some ideas for that last long weekend of the summer.

Hop to a festival.

Two huge festivals take over the area this weekend. Families can start a new Labor Day weekend tradition by checking out the inaugural Freedom Fest at the Lake. The country music festival brings both local and national acts to Kenner’s Laketown area, with Maddie and Tae as the headliners. Also, Southern Decadence dominates the French Quarter scene this week, with festivities beginning Thursday, Aug. 31 and extending throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Hit the beach.

Many locals know full well the lure of the local beaches, and many people use Labor Day as their last official “beach day” of the summer. Luckily, we have a number of beaches you can visit within a close driving distance of New Orleans and our neighboring state of Mississippi. Here are some beach-going tips to have fun and stay safe.

Plan a staycation.

The long Labor Day weekend presents the perfect time to consider a staycation. You can stumble upon a hidden gem or spend a weekend at a luxurious hotel. Sometimes just a short drive off the beaten path can make the perfect summer escape. We also put together some great tips to help you start planning.

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Splash around.

If you’re looking for some ways to beat the heat, we’ve got you covered with some ways to cool off. Shhh…don’t tell anyone but these hotels will allow locals to swim in their pools. Labor Day is the last day most of these hotel pools will allow outside guests, so don’t miss out. For some adventure seekers, a dip in the pool just doesn’t cut it. Check out these adventurous water activities. You might want to try this kayak adventure on the bayou or get close to gators on this airboat tour.

Cook out!

Grilling out on Labor Day is a big tradition for some. Before you fire up your grill check out this ultimate grilling checklist, to make sure your cookout is a success. Want some grilling tips? We’ve got ’em. Or you can try grilling with extra smoke. From chicken wings to steaks or oysters to burgers, the ingredients for an amazing cookout are all here. You can also skip the grill completely and order from these smokin’ barbecue spots around town.

Catch a concert.

Music fans can get their fill with a few concerts happening this weekend. This is your last weekend to catch Foundation Free Fridays, which features local artists for free at Tipitina’s. This Saturday, get a sneak peek of Lakeshore Landing with a free concert from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with performances from Naughty Professor and The Fortifiers. Also, comedy and music take over the UNO Lakefront Arena on Saturday for the Labor Day Comedy-Soul Fest.  Port Orleans plans to celebrate the opening of their beer garden with music, some new beer and a wing cook-off from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Labor Day.

Grab a drink.

We’ve outlined some of the best rooftop bars in the city. If you’re more interested in a good deal, here are some great options for happy hours. Plus, you can cool off with some frozen cocktails we found around town.

Try out summer’s hottest cocktail: The Frozé. Or try this local Beyonce-inspired spin on a watermelon drink. If you just rather pour a drink at home, here are some easy how-to videos featuring some classic New Orleans cocktails. Or maybe just go wild on Bourbon Street.

Have a family outing.

Here are some kid-friendly ideas, while this list takes into account any bad weather. Make sure you get in line at these awesome sno-ball stands before the season ends. Plus, here’s a list of some creative frozen ice cream treats. You can also dine out at one of these spots with a great water view.

Worried about budget? We nailed down some great free New Orleans experiences, and here are some options under $5.

Sunday Brunch.

Brunch is one of those things that is always a good idea … but we don’t always have the time for it.

The long weekend means more time for brunch. Check out our budget friendly list of options. Plus, what’s a New Orleans brunch without a mimosa or a bloody mary? We compiled a list of the best boozy brunch spots with affordable drink options.

Watch some football.

Prep and college football both officially kick off this weekend, which is reason enough to park yourself in front of the TV or in the bleachers. LSU fans can catch the season opening matchup against BYU here at the Superdome. Some super fans offer their advice on what it takes to support the team, while these are some game day fashion ideas for the ladies. Finally, check out this list of top game watching locations in New Orleans.