We hate to say it, but summer is coming to a close, so there isn’t much time to explore the season’s best things to do in Boston. Before we officially say goodbye to the warm weather and hello to fall foliage and back-to-school season, there’s still some time to enjoy a bit of summer fun in the city. From fireworks by the harbor to concerts at Fenway Park, here are all the best things to do in Boston for Labor Day weekend 2018.
Things to do in Boston for Labor Day weekend 2018
ARTS & CULTURE
Free museum admission
Out of all the things to do in Boston for Labor Day weekend, this one won’t cost you a penny. The Institute of Contemporary Art will have free admission on Monday in honor of the holiday. The USS Constitution Museum will also be free to visit on Aug. 31 as part of the Free Fun Fridays series.
Have a laugh with the “Cash Cab” host and stand-up star when he rolls into City Winery on Friday night. “I always have a good time,” Bailey tells Metro of his past travels to the Hub. Fans will get a chance to check out the latest jokes he’s been working on in preparation for his new special.
Aug. 31, 7 p.m., City Winey, 80 Beverly St., Boston, $20+, citywinery.com
The Bay State comic will take over Laugh Boston this weekend for another installment of his popular “TV Guidance Counselor” podcast. The show takes a nostalgic look at choices from old TV Guide issues.
Sept. 3, 4 p.m., Laugh Boston, 425 Summer St., Boston, $10, laughboston.com
Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to have a bowling night with the kids. Kings is running a pay your grade campaign where the cost of bowling will only cost the grade that your little one is going into this school year. So if they are about to start third grade, then a game will only cost $3. The promotion is avaialble through 8 p.m.
Through Sept. 3, Kings Dining & Entertainment, various locations, kings-de.com
FOOD & DRINKS
Adult summer camp
Feel like a kid again with City Tap House all weekend long. The Fort Point hotspot is hosting an adult summer camp-themed festival that kicks off on Saturday with a special brunch. Come back on Sunday for a day of fun featuring outdoor games, beer tastings and more. The final day of the fest goes down on Labor Day, with carnival festivities, including prizes, corn dogs, cotton candy and more.
Sept. 1-3, City Tap House, 10 Boston Wharf Rd., Boston, boston.citytap.com
Apres beach party
Get the party started early with Post 390 on Thursday. The tavern is hosting an end-of-summer beach bash, complete with swag giveaways, corn hole, plus special appetizer and drink offerings, ranging from lobster rolls to Hawaiian pizza.
Aug. 30, 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Post 390, 406 Stuart St, Boston, post390restaurant.com
Illuminate the Harbor
Fireworks aren’t just for First Night of the Fourth of July. Back for the sixth year, Illuminate the Harbor will light up the skies near Boston Harbor on Thursday as a sweet summer send off. Head to Christopher Columbus Park, Piers Park or Fan Pier to find your perfect viewing location, and make sure to tune into Magic 106.7 to hear the soundtrack for the festivities broadcast live.
Aug. 30, 8:30 p.m., various locations, free, bostonharbornow.org/fireworks
Lawn on D
There’s plenty of fun things to do in Boston over at Lawn on D for Labor Day weekend. The fun kicks off on Thursday with a live performance by local musicians, while Friday will see the return of the weekly corn hole tournament. Live music will also be on hand for Saturday and Sunday, so get ready to boogie.
Aug. 30-Sept. 2, Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston, signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d
Martin Richard Foundation 8K
The Martin Richard Foundation, along with the TD Garden, the Bruins Foundation and DMSE Sports are partnering for the first MR8K to celebrate the heroic work of first responders. The race will take place on Labor Day and will feature a finish line at center ice at the Garden. The event is open to runners and walkers of all ages, with proceeds going to benefit the Martin Richard Foundation, a nonprofit set up in honor of the young Marathon bombing victim that works with young people through volunteerism and community engagement.
Sept. 3, 9 a.m., TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston, $25-$45, all ages, tdgarden.com
Dell Technologies Championship
Hit the links and enjoy some PGA tour action when the championship returns to the Boston area Labor Day weekend. See Tiger Woods and the best 100 players all throw down as they go head-to-head for the top spot in the second of four FedExCup Playoffs events.
Aug. 30-Sept. 3, TPC Boston 400 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, $25+, delltechnologieschampionship.com
Angry Orchard Rock the Roots
Rock out with Angry Orchard at City Hall Plaza on Saturday. The cider makers are bringing an epic music fest to town, featuring performances by Young the Giant, Milky Chance, New Politics, STL-GLD, CONTACT and Peter Michaels Atomic Blusion. The festivities will also include an arcade, lawn games and, of course, plenty of cider.
Sept. 1, City Hall Plaza, 1 City Hall Square, Boston, $55+, 21+, angryorchardrocktheroots.frontgatetickets.com
The last big concert at Fenway Park goes down this weekend. After taking over the historic ballpark in 2016, Pearl Jam is back for two nights of shows on Sunday and Tuesday.
Sept 2 and 4, Fenway Park, 4 Jersey St., Boston, mlb.com/redsox/tickets/concerts/pearl-jam