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Labor Day weekend plans for your family

Enjoy a day at the beach, a Labor Day weekend festival, a family visit to your favorite park or an outdoor adventure
Enjoy a day at the beach, a Labor Day weekend festival, a family visit to your favorite park or an outdoor adventure
Virginia Tourism Corporation

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner. Whether you plan to hit the road for a Labor Day weekend getaway or stay at home, there are plenty of options for family fun in Virginia.

Whether you stay home or hit the road, the Labor Day weekend offers families a chance to reconnect and make memories
Sandy Wallace

Visit the Virginia Tourism website to find festivals, music, activities and fun across the state. Head to the beach, enjoy the mountains, listen to the music at a festival or ride all day at an amusement park. How will your family celebrate the Labor Day weekend?

Decide whether you want to spend the weekend working, playing or relaxing. You might decide to entertain, educate or gather together with family and friends.

Labor Day is the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors. The long weekend is also a good time to make indoor plans. Whether you stay close to home or hit the road, Labor Day is a time to bid farewell to summer say hello to autumn.

Here are 10 Labor Day weekend plans to consider for your family's long holiday weekend. It's time to make a plan because the weekend's almost here.

Spend the Labor Day weekend at the beach. Many families say good-bye to summer by spending Labor Day weekend at Virginia Beach. The American Music Festival will entertain people of all ages with oceanfront concerts, food and fun.

Take a hike or ride your bikes on the James River Heritage Trail in Lynchburg. The trails are located throughout Lynchburg and include the Blackwater Creek Bikeway, the Alpine Trail, the Ivy Creek Greenway, RiverWalk and Creekside Trail. Visit the city's website or pick up a brochure along the trail to choose the right trail.

Enjoy a county fair. The Great Shenandoah County Fair celebrates its 97th year with activities and rides for the whole family. There are also county fairs taking place in Lee County, Highland County and Chesterfield County.

Spend the weekend close to home with a family cookout, block party or picnic. Enjoy your own back yard or head to a local park or the Peaks of Otter. Gathering with family and friends is a great way to make memories.

Travel to your favorite Virginia State Park. Smith Mountain Lake is a popular destination for many families in Central Virginia. Many state parks offer special activities over the Labor Day weekend. Check their website for complete information about weekend events at your favorite park.

Everyone loves a parade. Enjoy a Labor Day Parade close to home. Roanoke's Labor Day parade will be held in downtown Roanoke starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday. In Buena Vista, Labor Day festivities at Glen Maury Park include a 5K at 8 a.m., parade in downtown Buena Vista at 9:30 and political speeches starting at 11 a.m.

Say good-bye to summer and hello to fall at an outdoor festival. The Labor Day Spectacular at Wintergreen Resort includes an arts and craft show, live music and more. The Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival in Madison offers old-fashioned family fun for all ages.

Some families will head to Kings Dominion on Saturday, Aug. 30 and stay for Dinos After Dark. A day filled with rides and an evening filled with life sized dinosaurs is a recipe for fun. You may also enjoy a day at Busch Gardens or Water Country, USA.

A weekend filled with history can be yours when you visit the Lynchburg Museum, Poplar Forest, the National D-Day Memorial or the Museum of the Confederacy. There's more history waiting in Williamsburg, Jamestown and Washington, D.C.

Camping, hiking, cycling, running, ziplining or floating on the river are all great ways to enjoy an action-filled outdoor weekend. Spend your weekend enjoying the great outdoors in Virginia.

Whatever you do to celebrate the Labor Day weekend, be careful on the road. Holiday traffic will be heavy with construction in town and across the state. There's one more possibility to consider. Doing nothing at all is one way to celebrate what Labor Day is all about, a holiday for the average working person.