It is the end of the summer, when all the fun ends and adults go back to work while kids go to school. Labor day originated during the Industrial revolution when the work week was 6 days a week, with only the required Sabbath or Sunday allowing workers to not be required to show up for work.
It may have begun in 1882 according to some reports but officially in 1887, President Grover Cleveland initiated as promoted by the Knights of Labor, a union in New York. It is always on the first Monday of September, at the end of summer due to some persons not ever having enough cash nor enough days to take a vacation, so they are provided a Federal holiday of a three day weekend.
In Sacramento, this holiday has many opportunities to spend the last weekend of summer before school begins for some or other return to work until the religious holidays of Winter.
The Sacramento Arts and Music Festival is this weekend, August 30-Sepetmeber 1, 2014. There will be over 200 persons using CHALK to create masterpieces on the sidewalk. There will be live acts, music and other events at Freemont Park for a free event for kids of all ages.
The Crocker has an Exhibition Live on August 28 with live music and other types of live acts. This is part of the extended Thursday night activities the Crocker adds for the price of regular admission.
First Saturday Art Exhibition will be this Saturday as well for those who keep up with the art world. Fill free to do the art walk through Downtown Sacramento as well as attending a few of the Receptions listed on their website.
The Fiftyfirst Sacramento Greek Festival is ending this weekend, August 31 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Downtown. Admission is only $5 dollars to view the culture of the Greeks, once the only culture to be studied in any college campus.
Ceasar Chavez park in downtown will be holding a Tejana Conjunto festival with live performances.
The Sacramento Anime Convention will also be held until August 31 at the Sacramento Convention Center. This is an art influenced by Japanese pop culture, similar to the Impressionist movement being influenced by the art prints of classical Japan.
And American in Old Sacramento will be held in Old Sacramento, this is a historical event. This includes live music of past eras, classical cars, buses from the 1950's, as well as various museum activities celebrating the American history in Sacramento. This is a free entry event at the Waterfront of Old Sacramento to begin the festivities.
Check out some of the other sites in Sacramento such as the Zoo and Sutter fort to see what they have to offer or just grab a boat and a hat for the American river.
A free family festival will be held on September 1 for little buckaroos at the Crocker Art Musuem.