Sunday, August 2, 2009


Ahhh, Labor Day. It’s the bittersweet holiday. Falling on the first Monday of every September, it’s traditionally looked upon as the end of summer. You may think it’s too early to plan ahead for this holiday, but getting a jump start on your plans is always a good idea.

Not sure what to do this Labor Day? Well, here’re a few fun festivals and events that may just have you looking forward to “the end of summer.”

EQUIFUNK, in the Pocono Mountains (2.5 hour drive from NYC), is a unique festival taking place September 4-6. EQUIFUNK offers a summer camp-like experience complete with sports, crafts, swimming, canoeing, zip-lining, rock climbing and much, much more. In addition, The Radiators and The New Mastersounds will perform live concerts.

Your family will enjoy “bunking” in the fully renovated cabins with all your meals, including outdoor evening barbeques, “mess-hall” breakfast buffets, lunches and poolside snacks and beverages, provided. Admission for the two-day festival is $250 per person (prices subject to change) and includes accommodations, all meals and beverages, and all shows and performances. Children under 12 stay free. Family events are offered daytime and babysitting services are available for a nominal fee.

To purchase tickets to EQUIFUNK or for more information, please visit the web site at

If you’re in or around the Huntsville, Alabama, area, visiting Huntsville Botanical Garden is a must-do. Fall fun here includes hayrides, the amazing sorghum maze, music, the enchanted forest, and the much-anticipated Scarecrow Trail. You may even enter your own home-made scarecrow for judging. Just go to their web site at to download an entry form. But hurry, deadline to enter is August 19.


Why not spend this Labor Day floating in the air? Callaway Gardens, located in Georgia, is holding its 11th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival September 4-6. The festival kicks off Friday evening with the ever-popular “Balloon Glow.” You may then book a time in the morning or evening to soar in one of these beautiful balloons. If that’s not enough, you may also enjoy family entertainment, exhibits, music, demonstrations, and much more. For more information, check out their web site at

So don’t sit around this Labor Day mourning the loss of another summer. Get up, get out, and celebrate. Even if can’t make it to one of these festivals, check your local listings for fun activities and events happening near you.

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