The first place Boston Red Sox are in town and the chance to celebrate a likely win over them by Ronald Acuna Jr. and the rest of the Braves is just one of the cool things on tap in and around Atlanta on this Labor Day. Curtis Compton/
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Things to do in and around Atlanta for Monday, Sept. 3 (Happy Labor Day!)

Happy un-Labor Day Atlanta!

What’s that you say? This Monday is literally the one day out of 365 that lays claim to “Labor” in its name?

Well, yes, if you really want to split hairs. But since for so many of us it’s a day off, the last thing in the world you want to be doing is laboring, especially when it comes to finding fun or interesting things to do.

So we’ve done the work for you. Here are all sorts of things going on in and around Atlanta specifically on Labor Day 2018.

Enjoy. But let’s all remember to say a gigantic “Thank you” to the folks who actually are working today on our behalf — whether it involves dishing out barbecue at the American Legion or scooping up double play balls at SunTrust Park or keeping us happy, healthy and safe everywhere else in the U.S. and around the world.


Chow down on a delicious barbecue plate, play bingo and even register to vote if it’s on you to-do list. What’s a better way to spend an American holiday?! Noon-4 p.m. (or until — eek! — the bbq runs out). $10. Harold Byrd American Legion Post 66, 30 Covington Road, Avondale Estates.


Catch the final day of this fun and eyecatching event featuring 175 artists from around the country, a chalk art spot, food trucks and more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Glover Park on Marietta Square, 50 N. Park Square, Marietta.


Head to Sweetwater Creek State Park for a pair of guided ranger hikes (one of which allows you to bring along Man’s Best Friend) that takes in numerous breathtaking sights, including rapids and the mill that’s been featured in films, including “Hunger Games: Mockingjay.” Wear sturdy, close-toed shoes and meet outside the Visitor’s Center. Mill hike: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dog hike: Noon-1:30 p.m. $5 for each hike, plus $5 parking. 1750 Mount Vernon Road, Lithia Springs.


A World Series preview, mayhaps? See the American League East-leading Sawx (boo!) very likely get squashed by the National League East-leading Bravos (yay!) in an afternoon game that kicks off an important three-day home series. 1:05 p.m. $101 and up. SunTrust Park, 755 Battery Ave.S.E., Atlanta.


A fundraiser for Atlanta’s non-commercial, community radio station, this year’s event is dedicated to the Blind Willie’s blues club and house band The Shadows and the impressive lineup is headlined by 19-time Blues Music Award nominee John Nemeth. Plus, BBQ and cold drinks for purchase, with a cool view of Piedmont Park. 1 p.m.-8 p.m. $15 advance, $20 at door; free for ages 12 and younger. Park Tavern at Piedmont Park, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta.


This celebration of Jewish food and culture features lots of delicious noshes, plus arts and crafts for sale, an interactive kids zone, exhibits and demonstrations and the opportunity to tour the sanctuary. 11 a.m-4 p.m. Free (patrons are encouraged to bring two canned goods for donation to MUST Ministry). Temple Kol Emeth, 1415 Old Canton Road, Marietta.


Throw on your cosplay outfit or just come as you are to the final day of this annual extravaganza that turns downtown Atlanta into the most fan-tastic place in the world every Labor Day weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $35 at the door, free for ages 7 and younger. In and around downtown Atlanta (Host hotels are Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Hilton Atlanta, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Sheraton Atlanta Hotel and Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel).


One of the largest Black Gay Pride events in the world continues all day Monday. Events will take place all over the city, including symposiums, seminars, social events and entertainment. See web site for complete lineup and additional information.


A family friendly event (yep, that includes the family dog!), featuring live music, food specials (off human and canine menus), house-made popcorn and other snacks, wine and more. 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission with the purchase of drink and/or food; free hot dogs and chips for ages 12 and younger. City Winery, 650 North Ave., Atlanta.


Nothing says “relaxing holiday” like getting up close and personal with a reptile. Wait, what? This event is sure to please kids of all ages as Panola State Park offers “a hands-on encounter with some of Georgia’s native snakes and turtles.” Afterwards, stay and explore the mountain, lakes and outdoor marvels of the park. Meet at the Amphitheater behind the Nature Center. 11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. $5 parking. 2620 Georgia 155 SW, Stockbridge.

>>See what’s in store on the weather and traffic front before  you head out

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