Labor Day: What Is It and What to Do

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Your Local Guide to Labor Day Weekend Fun

What is Labor Day

Labor Day –  the unofficial end of summer and for many, a labor-free day and a long weekend as well.

Established in 1887 and celebrated the first Monday of September, Labor Day honors  the working people and their achievements.


Labor Day Celebrations Around Fort Wayne

Regardless of your age or interests, there is something to see and/do in the Fort Wayne area for everyone. Here are a few suggestions:

Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival

Head to Auburn Sept. 2-6 for the Auburn-Cord Duesenberg Festival, which promises fun for the entire family. Festival highlights include classic Cars, swap meets, parades and antiques. Tourists from around the world head to Auburn Indiana annually to experience The Parade of Classics, the Hoosier Tour, the Auburn Auctions at both World-wide Auctioneers and Auctions America and more.

Barr Street Market

Nothing beats fresh produce purchased from a local farmer. Be sure to catch one of the last Barr Street Market sessions of the year, Sept. 5. Here you’ll find fresh and unique local produce, plants, meats, baked goods and homemade crafts in a cultural outdoor setting. Every vendor is local, coming from Allen or surrounding counties. The market runs from 9 am to 1 pm, at the corner of Barr and Wayne Streets.
Any history buffs out there?

Chief Richardville House

Get your fix of history at the Chief Richardville House, Sept. 5 Here you can learn about the rich heritage of the Miami and other regional Native American groups. Local artists, performers, and speakers will educate and entertain. The Chief Richardville House is recognized as the oldest Native American structure in the Midwest. Admission to Miami Indian Heritage Days includes a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark.

Tincaps Baseball

Spend an afternoon downtown at Parkview Field on Sept. 7, to take in some baseball. The TinCaps will take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Tickets start at just $5.00, which makes this an affordable activity.

Annual UAW Labor Day Picnic

September 7 from 11a-3pm at Headwater’s Park is the free Labor Day picnic open to all employed, unemployed and anxiously employed workers. Enjoy free chili, hot dogs, ethnic foods, ice cream, and drinks. Bring the whole family and enjoy kiddie rides, face painting, balloon artists, bingo, and the great headwaters park water pad.

Lake Fun

With temps in the high 80’s to 90’s, pack a picnic and spend the day cooling off in one of the many area lakes near Fort Wayne.


With so much to do, you’re sue to end summer with a bang! Have a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

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