According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Labor Day is always observed on the first Monday in September (September 4), “Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize workers' many contributions to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.”

Labor Day is thought of grand finale of summer, but Columbus has something extraordinary up its sleeve. Prepare to say "goodbye" to summer in style with can't-miss events and activities in our city.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of Labor Day Weekend in Columbus. Your ultimate guide to non-stop fun and festivities awaits – are you ready to dive in? Check out our list of things to do on Labor Day Weekend in Columbus.




Friendship Flea Returns to Franklinton Friday!

**New Location This Year** Friendship Flea is back for a new version of our night market that became a Franklinton Fridays staple these past two years. Come to Taft's in the Gravity building on W. Broad and explore an eclectic mix of vintage, antiques, artists of all kinds,...

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Short North Walking Tour

Take a leisurely stroll with us through Columbus’s hip Short North and savor its culinary delights. More than just an arts district and home to the monthly Gallery Hop—a famous downtown Columbus event—the Short North also boasts a wealth of dining and shopping opportunities. The...

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Community Day

Community Day is the first Sunday of every month. Residents of Columbus and Franklin County receive free General Admission. Identification is required. Community Days include access to the entirety of our gardens and collections and current daytime exhibitions. Admission to...

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Stone Masters (50+) Rock Climbing Day

Everyone deserves the opportunity to climb and connect with people. In upholding one of 5.Life’s core values – HEART – we are offering specially designated days to encourage connection and diversity as well as making climbing more accessible. On these specified days,...

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Zoombezi Bay 

Labor Day Weekend marks your final opportunity of the season to enjoy 17 water slides or an adults-only lazy river at Zoombezi Bay. The park will be open 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. through Labor Day. Get tickets.


Labor Day Weekend is your last chance to check out "Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures". With 1,000 objects, graphics, movies and an audio guide, the monumental complete context is presented in an educational, exciting and entertaining manner. Get tickets.

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