Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, so be sure to go out with a bang over this long weekend.
1. Grand Prix Races Around BaltimoreFriday, August 30-Sunday, September 1
Race cars will zip through Baltimore's Inner Harbor at the city's third annual Grand Prix. New this year is the GT3 Cup Challenge, the first ever street-course race featuring nothing but Porsche 911s.
2. Local Bands Perform at ScapescapeFriday, August 30-Sunday, September 1
If racing isn't your thing, skip the Inner Harbor crowds and head to this Baltimore-centric summer music festival. Dozens of bands will perform at three music venues: The Windup Space, the Metro Gallery parking lot, and the plaza near the Man/Woman statue in front of Penn Station.
Of course, there are other local bands playing around town, too.
- Friday, August 30, 6 p.m.: Kelly Bell Band plays at Summer Sounds at the Square
- Thursday, August 29, 6 p.m.: Collect All 5 plays at Summer Thursdays at the Can Company
3. Final Friday takes over Station North Arts & Entertainment DistrictFriday, August 30
Station North Arts & Entertainment District comes alive with art and music for Final Friday, one of many monthly discount and free events in Baltimore. For the details on this month's event, check the Station North website.
4. Two Exhibitions End at the Maryland Science CenterThrough Monday, September 2
Labor Day is your last chance to check out two exhibitions at the Maryland Science Center. "Sherlock Holmes and the Clocktower Mystery" is a "whodunit" exhibition that has participants recording clues and suspects as they make their way through turn-of-the-century London. "Gizmos, Gadgets & Gears" fills three floors with contraptions, challenges, and creative inspiration.
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5. Free Outdoor Movies Come to a CloseFriday, August 30
As the summer film series in Baltimore come to a close, you still have a few chances to catch an outdoor flick. On Friday, August 30, the Abell Improvement Association Summer Film Series will screen "A Cat in Paris" (2010 / PG) and the Cinema al Fresco series will end with "Cinema Paradiso" (1988 / R).
6. Catch A Baseball GameAll weekend.
The Orioles are out of town facing off against both the Yankees and the Indians over this long weekend, but there are still plenty of ways to get your baseball fill in Baltimore. You can also watch the game at a bar offering game day deals and discounts on drinks and food.
- Friday, August 30, 7:05 p.m.: Orioles vs. Yankees
- Saturday, August 31, 1:05 p.m.: Orioles vs. Yankees
- Sunday, September 1, 1:05 p.m.: Orioles vs. Yankees
- Monday, September 2, 4:05 p.m.: Orioles vs. Indians
7. A History of Labor DayThe exact origin of the idea of Labor Day is disputed, but some sources say it was inspired by the annual labor festival held in Toronto, Canada. The goal of Labor Day, which become a federal holiday in 1892, is to celebrate the economic and social contributions of workers. Traditional celebrations include a street parade followed by a festival for workers and their families, but no matter where you celebrate the day is regarded as one to rest and relax.
8. Watch the Annapolis Summer Garden TheatreHead down to Annapolis to catch "Into the Woods," the last play staged this summer for this outdoor theater series. Tickets are $20.
For more other ideas on places to go to get out of town, these guides can help: