Large crowds gather along Peachtree Street Saturday to watch the Dragon Con parade in 2017. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Photo: Steve Schaefer
Photo: Steve Schaefer

The ultimate guide to Labor Day fun across metro Atlanta

Need a break? Labor Day is the perfect holiday to take a load off and celebrate your hard work.

It’s also the unofficial end of summer, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to cease. From festivals to football games to concerts, metro Atlanta has plenty of offerings to help you commemorate the occasion.

If you’re ready to pack your schedule with loads of activities, take a look at our round-up. It’ll keep you busy all weekend long.

Hosted by rapper Ludacris, the three-day bash is returning for its 13th year. The weekend will include a celebrity basketball game and an exclusive golf tournament at Top Golf. Families can also enjoy a day at Turner Field for food, drinks, games and live music, and celebrities — including Terrance J, Lance Gross and Michael B. Jordan — are set to partake in some of the action.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2. $20-100. Various locations. ludadayweekend.com.

Dragon Con is back for its 32nd year. The four-day convention draws tens of thousands of people to Atlanta and runs round the clock at five downtown hotels. Lovers of science fiction, fantasy and comic books will find an endless supply of fun things to do. Cast members from shows like “Stranger Things” and “Once Upon a Time” will be making appearances. And don’t forget the parade, which takes place Saturday.

Aug. 30-Sept. 3. $35-140, free for children under 7. Various locations in Downtown Atlanta. dragoncon.org.

It may be a good idea to come to show up with an empty stomach, because cuisines of all kinds will be served up at this fest. Be sure to stick around for the live entertainment, too, as artists such as Kelly Price, PJ Morton and Keeyen Martin take the stage for musical performances.

11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 30-Sept. 2. $65. Across from Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 10 Northside Drive, Atlanta. tasteofsoulatlanta.com.

Stone Mountain Park will observe Labor Day all weekend with laser shows and fireworks each night. Park goers can also catch comedy, ventriloquism and magic from Todd Oliver and his talking dog, who were featured on “America’s Got Talent.”

10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. attraction hours, 9:30 p.m. laser show and fireworks. Sept. 1-3. Gate price for all-attraction pass: $34.95. Laser show and fireworks: Free with $20 parking. Stone Mountain Park, 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain. stonemountainpark.com.

The popular book festival is expecting about 430 authors and more than 80,000 attendees this year. They will all flock to downtown Decatur for book signings, author readings, panel discussions, parades, cooking demonstrations, poetry slams, writing workshops and much more.

Aug. 31-Sept. 2. Free. Downtown Decatur. 101 E Court Square. decaturbookfestival.com.

Squeeze in some exercise before heading to your cookout. You’ll get in a good workout while benefiting a good cause. Proceeds from the 10k assist cystic fibrosis research and those suffering from the condition in Georgia.

7:30 a.m. Sept. 3. $40-55. Chamblee MARTA station, 5200 New Peachtree Road, Chamblee. milesforcf.org/sizzler.html.

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Take a ride on one of the amusement park’s thrilling rides during its three-day Labor Day event. If you’re hoping to cool off, make your way to Hurricane Harbor Waterpark to take a dip in the Calypso Bay. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 1; 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 2; 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 3. $69.99; $49.99 children under 48 inches tall. Six Flags Over Georgia, 275 Riverside Parkway SW, Austell. sixflags.com/overgeorgia.

It’s the Washington Huskies versus the Auburn Tigers on Friday. Cheer on your favorite players as you sip beer and munch on popcorn, hot dogs and other concession stand items.

3:30 p.m. Sept. 1. $100-225. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd. NW, Atlanta. chick-fil-akickoffgame.com.

This gathering brings together four deejays and about 10,000 people for a celebration of house music, a genre of electronic dance music. The one-day affair will feature a variety of Atlanta musicians and emerging artists from across the globe. Food vendors will also be on site to keep your bellies full.

12 p.m.-8 p.m. Sept. 2. Free. Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Ave. houseinthepark.org.

Is your little one a fan of fantasy and comic books? The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is organizing its own science fiction convention. For two days, the kiddos can attend sessions to design cartoon characters, mix potions with their Hogwarts classmates and create their own light sabers. There will also be costume parades each day.

11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 1-2. $15-95. Children’s Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta. childrensmuseumatlanta.org.

Known as the largest celebration of its kind, thousands are expected to hit the Atlanta streets to attend parties, workshops and other events tailored towards the black LGBT community. There are several events planned, including the 10th Annual All White Party and the Pure Heat Community Festival.

Aug. 29-Sept. 4. Various prices. Various locations. atlantaprideweekend.com.

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