The first Monday in September, Labor Day, is a federal holiday here in the U.S. Officially, this three-day weekend has been set aside to celebrate the American labor movement and to honor the achievements and contributions of American workers. Unofficially, it’s the end of summer and the last day to wear white or seersucker (in public anyway). Oregon was one of 30 states celebrating the holiday before it became an official federal holiday in 1894, and Oregon was the first of those 30 states to make Labor Day an official holiday in 1887.
Labor Day Festivals
As the summer season winds down, the fall festival season starts to pick up. Here are two of our favorite festivals on the long Labor Day weekend to get things started. And what better way to celebrate Labor Day than visiting a local farmer’s market, festival, or craft fair where you can support your local American worker bees?
Little Woody is a celebration of Oregon’s best breweries, cider houses and distilleries. Come taste the best beer, cider, whiskey and more that Oregon has to offer. Head to the Deschutes Historical Society in downtown Bend for all the festivities. Local food trucks, live music and more!
Sisters’ Fall Street Festival (in nearby Sisters, Oregon) is an arts fair, featuring work of local artists and craftsmen. And of course, there’ll be plenty of local food and drink vendors scattered around too. Enjoy live entertainment as you browse through the booths.
Ideas for Celebrating Labor Day in Oregon
Many NCAA teams usually start their seasons on Labor Day. Head to the nearest sports bar to watch your favorite team play. A few local spots we’d like to recommend include the River Pig Saloon (bring your furry friends on Tuesdays for free puppy bacon treats and order the chicken and waffles for yourself), Brother Jon’s Public House (try the pastrami sandwich), and the Pour House Grill (the smoked chicken wings and fried bread pudding go great with the local beers on tap). All have plenty of TVs to watch the games, great brews, and food. Not ready to mix and mingle? No worries. Your Bend vacation rental has free Wi-Fi, so you can stream your favorite team’s games. Order plenty of food, pick it up and enjoy in the comfort of your rental. And you can channel surf all you want.
Have your own cookout or picnic. Show off your skills while grilling your own burgers or dogs out on the grill in your vacation rental or make it easy on yourself and pick up BBQ and all the fixin’s from a local BBQ joint. A few to try are South Yo Mouth and the local favorite Baldy’s Barbeque. Dine out on your deck as you enjoy some downhome BBQ or head to a local picnic spot. The Deschutes River, Riverbend Park and Tumalo Park are great spots for hiking and picturesque picnic spots. However you celebrate, your Labor Day in Oregon will be filled with good food and great views.
Shop! Go online to take advantage of all the Labor Day sales, just try to buy items “made in the USA” where you can. Or walk on down town for some fun, local shopping in the Old Mill District and in Downtown Bend. Start with a stop in Bronwen Handcrafted Jewelry and the Wooden Jewel for one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. Or spend a few hours browsing through Dudley’s Bookstore Café for a good book and a good cup of locally roasted coffee.
Celebrate Local American Workers
This is a great time to show your support for our local first responders, some of the hardest workers around. When you’re picking up some BBQ, order extra to drop off at the local police and fire departments or the local hospital. Not sure how to contact them? No worries, just give our helpful staff a call!
Celebrate famous ‘workers’ from Bend. Matthew Chandler Fox (Jack Shepard from Lost) and Rainn Wilson (Dwight in The Office) are just two actors who are from Bend. The free Wi-Fi in your rental makes it a breeze to celebrate by streaming all the episodes of Lost and The Office that you can handle. Football star Drew Bledsoe is from Bend and still owns a house here. This one is easy – wrangle up your group for a game of football or just watch your favorite team play.
Enjoy Labor Day in Bend Oregon
It’s pretty easy to enjoy Bend on your Labor Day in Oregon, there’s so much you can do. But, if you do find yourself in need of more suggestions, just give our staff a call. We’ll help with other sports bar or dining suggestions or help you find that perfect Bend vacation rental for your Labor Day vacation.