Labor Day comes with some certainties - summer is about to end, you aren't working Monday, and you're definitely not looking forward to the droves of movers flooding the streets. What you may not know is what you're doing for the long weekend. And for those of you who are still in pumpkin season denial mode, rejoice: it's not all over quite just yet. You have three full days to make the most of summer's last hurrah while it's still warm and sunny outside. Here are a couple of not-so lame Labor Day gigs in and around town you can check out before summer does:
Friday, August 29th: There's no better way to cure the end-of-summertime blues than with a good old brewfest. From 6-9:30pm, drink your way through 100 beers from 30+ guild member breweries at the World Trade Center Headhouse Concourse (Seaport District). All of your faves will be there, including Clown Shoes, Idle Hands, Jack's Abby, Notch, Portico, and Bad Martha. Be sure to try the limited-release event brew: a single-malt pale ale brewed by guild members with all local ingredients at Mayflower Brewing Company. Get your tickets here.
Friday, August 29th-Monday, September 1st: The North End knows how to party, and the annual St. Anthony's Feast over Labor Day weekend proves it. And then some. Dubbed the "Feast of all Feasts" by National Geographic (they should know), this 95-year-old tradition boasts 100 food vendors overflowing with Italian specialties like pizza, pasta, arancini, calamari, zeppole, cannoli, and gelati. If you leave hungry, you screwed up.
Saturday, August 30th: Beginning at 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 30, fireworks will once again light up the Boston skyline. For the second year running, the City of Boston and Summer on the Waterfront will team up this Labor Day weekend to host the Boston Harbor fireworks. For more information, check out the website here.
Saturday, August 30th: Want a grand view of the fireworks away from the thousands of spectators? Grab a front row seat at Del Frisco's Double Eagle (Seaport District) and enjoy the rocket's red glare with a sizzling steak. Del Frisco's is offering their summer Prime Pair menu (an 8oz hand-cut filet with a seafood side-car, choice of three salads, and a side) and the appropriately named "Jose Can You See" cocktail. America!
Saturday, August 30th: And if you'd rather be on a boat for the pyrotechnics, Entertainment Cruises will take you out on the big blue watery road. The Spirit of Boston or the Odyssey will take you out to sea while drinking, dining, and dancing. Both cruises are three-hours long and feature live entertainment.
Saturday, August 30th: The Greatest Bar and Boston VIP Listinvite you to celebrate the unofficial last weekend of summer at theHottest Saturday Night Party. With four floors, three bars, and a DJ (with two turntables and a microphone), you should have no problem forgetting all about the shorter days... mostly because they become longer nights. $10 cover. Bonus: score $25 off your firstLyft ride by downloading the app and entering the promo code "BostonVIPList".