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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Labor Day Weekend 2018

Categories: Festivals, Family Fun, Outdoors, The IU Student Perspective

The end of summer draws near but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Labor Day Weekend in Bloomington is packed with events for the whole family. Take a long weekend; you deserve it.

Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts

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The Fourth Street Festival of the Arts and Crafts is celebrating its 42nd year as one of the best art fairs in the country. More than 120 artists from across the country will showcase their works throughout the weekend; be sure to bring your cash stash and buy whatever speaks to you. In addition to the art booths, festival-goers will enjoy live music (rockin' all day long), a spoken word stage, and a children’s activity booth where they’ll learn about the art of storytelling.

Garlic Fest & Community Art Fair

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After you’ve exhausted yourself at the 4th Street Fest, head a couple blocks south and enjoy the Garlic Fest & Community Art Fair where you’ll be able to sample all kinds of garlicky goodness like garlic brats, garlic bread, and garlic burgers. There will also be a beer garden, live music, kid zone with activities and more.  

Other Labor Day weekend events to check out

Get Outside

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If you want to get out and explore the great outdoors over Labor Day Weekend we've got you covered there too. For a quick hike or paddle without leaving the city limits, head to Griffy Lake Nature Preserve. To go a little more off the grid, check out Charles Deem Wilderness for primitive camping and an epic view from the fire tower. Need a beach day? Try Lake Lemon or Monroe Lake. Rent a boat and explore or park it at the beach and relax. 

Where to Stay

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If you need help finding the perfect hotel we can help. From hotels near Indiana University to quaint Bed & Breakfasts, there are plenty of options for every travel style and budget. Check out our full list here

Emily Hines

Emily Hines

Emily Hines was previously the digital content Coordinator for Visit Bloomington. When she wasn't blogging or grammin' you could find her hiking in the Hoosier National Forest with her husband and two black labs or enjoying a craft beer and slice of pizza in town.