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For many, Labor Day weekend is a time to enjoy an extra day off work while celebrating the unofficial end of summer. It’s a fun weekend at the lake, one last trip to the beach or the perfect time to throw a backyard barbeque bash with your nearest and dearest. If you haven’t made special plans for your weekend, there are several Labor Day events happening around metro Atlanta. Here is a list of our favorites:

For the Sports Fan

Aflac Kickoff Game
Saturday, September 1, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

It’s time for Atlanta’s annual college football kickoff event featuring Louisville vs. Georgia Tech in game one on September 1 at 7:30 p.m. Held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the matchup annually features two powerhouse teams meeting head-to-head in Atlanta. Before the game, visit Tailgate Town on PNC to experience everything you love about college game day all in one place. Visit International Plaza outside the stadium’s front door for fun activities, contests, giveaways and tailgating essentials, including grills, grub and games. Watch one of the day’s biggest college football games in the Kia Game Viewing Area, play games the whole family will enjoy and win prizes, including game merch. Your ticket for the game entails FREE access to the entire area. Don’t forget to check out nearby attractions with discounts for game attendees, including the College Football Hall of Fame.

MEAC-SWAC Challenge
Saturday, August 26, 2022, from 2:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The annual football event kicks off the HBCU football season at Center Parc Stadium. This year’s contest features the South Carolina State Bulldogs and the Jackson State Tigers with tickets starting at just $18 per attendee. The Coca-Cola fan experience begins at 2:30 p.m. in Summerhill Parking Lot A. There will be a Cricket Live Podcast with R. Ali, high school and college band jamboree, sponsor activities and a special appearance by Doug E. Fresh.

Big Peach Sizzler 10K & 5K
Monday, September 4, 2023, at 7 a.m.

Interested in sprinting towards a worthy cause? The Big Peach Sizzler, an event that raises money for Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and the Georgia CF community, is hosting a 10K and 5k event. Register today for the 7 a.m. 10k and the 7 a.m. 5k race located at the Apple Vally Rd. immediately adjacent to the MARTA Parking Lot behind the Brookhaven MARTA Station. This race can serve as your official Peachtree Road Race qualifying time! The best part is, of course, the post-race party featuring music, food from Flying Biscuit Café, beer from StillFire Brewing, vendors and race swag!

Celebrations for Everyone

Dragon Con
August 31 – September 4, 2023

One of the most unique ways to celebrate Labor Day in Atlanta is by attending Dragon Con! The convention is the largest multi-media, popular culture gathering focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music and film. The five-day event features contests, special events, workshops, gaming, an artist alley, vendors, dragon awards, an art show, photo-ops and much more. Dragon Con is where you want to be on Labor Day weekend!

Celebration at Stone Mountain Park
September 2 -4, 2023

Enjoy Stone Mountain Park’s epic Labor Day weekend celebrations with fireworks after the evening laser show. Stone Mountain Park honors and appreciates everyday working heroes during its Labor Day Weekend Celebration! Enjoy a day of adventure with family-friendly attractions such as the BMX Stunt show and stay into the evening to catch the all-new Music Across America Drone & Light Show followed by a special extended fireworks finale all three nights!

Attractions Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Drone & Light Show: 9:30 p.m.

Tanger Outlets Locust Grove

Stock up and save this Labor Day weekend with deals all weekend long at Tanger Outlets Locust Grove. With over 65 retailers at the center, including American Eagle, Kate Spade, Levi’s Outlet, Nike Factory and Tommy Hilfiger, shoppers can discover the latest fashions at unbeatable values. For even more ways to save, guests can enroll in the TangerClub program to unlock access to VIP events, birthday offers and specially curated deals.

Eat Your Way through Labor Day

Alon’s Bakery & Market

Atlanta’s beloved European-style eatery is here to help with all Labor Day weekend gatherings and festivities! Whether you are planning a day at the park or a weekend on the lake, Alon’s gourmet picnic boxes make for a quick, convenient way to spice up a casual picnic. Boxes come filled with your choice of entrée, two sides, fresh baked bread and a homemade dessert. Choose from a variety of rosé to toast to the end of summer the right way! Hosting a Labor Day BBQ? Both the Phipps and Morningside markets offer authentically prepared foods for on-the-go, all perfect for an all-day grill fest.

Cooks & Soldiers

Celebrate your Labor Day weekend with Cooks & Soldiers! With a wide array of party platters, wine and more with the option for pick up or catering, you will have a hard time making up your mind. Best of all, you can order online!

You can make a reservation by calling 404-996-2623 or online!

Velvet Taco

Celebrate the last days of summer with an assortment of hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind tacos from Velvet Taco. With two Atlanta locations as well as spots in Buckhead and West Midtown, you can choose from a variety of tacos and rotating limited edition taco recipes from their #WeeklyTacoFeature. The taco feature set to debut on Labor Day is the “Yard Bird Taco” made up of BBQ chicken, green goddess dressing, dried corn, napa slaw, tomato and cucumber on a corn tortilla. Hungry patrons can also cool off from the summer heat with one of their refreshing cocktails, including the Kick Ass Margarita, Paloma or Ranch Water!

Chicken Salad Chick

Stop in at Chicken Salad Chick to discover over a dozen varieties of chicken salads along with pimento cheese and egg salad, served by the scoop, sandwich or bowl. As the nation’s only southern-inspired, fast-casual chicken salad restaurant concept, their team offers Southern-style favorites served from the heart!

Sugar Factory

Kick off the Labor Day weekend at Atlanta’s Sugar Factory American Brasserie located in Midtown! For a refreshing drink to cool off from the Georgia heat, guests can discover their signature 64-ounce alcohol-infused smoking candy goblets such as the West Coast Sunset, Pretty in Pink and The Twisted Hart Peach Lemonade.

Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles

Johnny’s Chicken & Waffles is an original concept restaurant introduced to metro Atlanta by partners Crystal Smith and Ne-Yo, as well as Karlie Redd from VH1’s Love n’ Hip Hop and Saints & Sinners from Bounce TV. The eatery’s signature menu item is the most popular brunch food in Georgia – chicken and waffles! Guests have the option to customize the Southern favorite with mix-and-match proteins, plain or bacon-flavored waffles, sauces and add-on sides.

What Labor Day event are you planning on attending? Let us know in the comments. Sign up for the Atlanta Real Estate Forum daily newsletter to stay updated on the latest happenings in metro Atlanta.