Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer season in Cleveland and northeast Ohio. The three-day weekend brings festivals, the Air Show and a host of activities for families to enjoy before it's time to head back to school.
The Cleveland National Air Show, held each Labor Day weekend along the shores of Lake Erie in downtown Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport, combines educational exhibits with thrilling fly-bys and tactical demonstrations by exciting air teams, frequently including the famous "Blue Angels." Begun in 1964, the Cleveland Air Show has become one of the city's Labor Day traditions.The Air Show has been canceled for 2013; they hope to resume the event in 2014.
The Great Geauga County Fair, held at the Geauga County Fairground in Burton over Labor Day weekend each year, has been delighting residents since 1823. The five-day event features livestock, live entertainment, a midway of rides, and lots of fair food, just to name a few attractions.
The "Taste of Cleveland" festival is a Northeast Ohio Labor Day tradition. Begun in 1995, the downtown event features food samples from a variety of area restaurants, diners, cafes, and bistros as well as Ohio wine and beer tastes. There's also live music, kid's activities, and lots of fun. The event is held at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica.
Please note that the 2011 event has been canceled due to the bridge construction near the Flats.
Held on the campus of Hudson's Western Reserve Academy, this quality antique show is held every Labor Day Monday. There is a early-bird breakfast and shopping opportunity for an extra admission fee before the show is open to the public. The show draws dozens of vendors from all over the region with offerings that include furniture, rugs, pottery, glassware and other collectibles.
St. John Cantius Polish Festival
The Cleveland Oktoberfest, held each Labor Day weekend at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Berea, is an annual celebration of German food, polka music, dance and fun. In addition, there's a Bavarian marketplace for shoppers, a classic car show, a juried art exhibit and even a cornhole tournament.
Another Labor Day event, the Taste of Hudson features samples from 20 area restaurants as well as live music, kids activities and lots of fun. The event, held Sunday and Monday in downtown Hudson, Ohio began in 2004 and also features a beer and wine garden for adults and a classic car show. Remember, too, that the Western Reserve Antiques Show on Monday is located just up the street.