Here are 15 off-the-beaten-path places to spend Labor Day weekend

With pumpkin spice season lurking just over the horizon, it's nearly time to bid Summer a sweet yet sorrowful farewell.

But not before one last hurrah, of course.

Labor Day weekend is rapidly approaching, and if you think we're going to let you waste it sitting inside your apartment moping over beach season's upcoming end, then you've been sorely misled.

These 15 destinations, scattered all across the Americas, are still currently in full Summer swing -- and nearby hotels are offering endless packages for tourists drawn in by their city's celebrations, including fireworks, parades and concerts.

You won't want to miss out on these wild three-day adventures.

Click through to see the stunning destinations:

15 inventive places to spend Labor Day weekend
See Gallery
15 inventive places to spend Labor Day weekend

1. Louisville, Kentucky: Louisville Slugger Bat Museum and Factory

Head South to Louisville for fun right off the bat this holiday weekend at the Louisville Slugger Bat Museum and Factory. For activities beyond the big bat, stop by the Flea Market Labor Day Spectacular, WorldFest, or the 10th Annual Car, Truck, and Bike Show.

On the historic Whiskey Row and blocks from NuLu, Aloft Louisville Downtown provides easy access to the best of the city. 

2. Stone Mountain, Georgia: Stone Mountain Park

Just outside of Atlanta, Stone Mountain Park is Georgia’s most visited attraction. This Labor Day weekend, the park will host a celebration featuring the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision® followed by an epic fireworks display on all three nights.

Stay right inside of Stone Mountain Park at the conveniently located Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

3. Austin, Texas: Out of Bounds Comedy Festival

Austin is one of the most vibrant U.S. destinations, home to delicious food and a dynamic entertainment culture. The Music Capital of the World will be switching things up this holiday weekend hosting the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival. 

The JW Marriott Austin is located within walking distance of many comedy show venues and home to one of Austin’s best rooftop pools.

4. Chicago, Illinois: 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival

Jazz up your Labor Day Weekend plans by traveling to Chicago.  The smooth sounds of Jazz will fill the Windy City during the 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park.

Music enthusiasts can relax and recharge at the Residence Inn Chicago Downtown/Loop.  

5. Dallas, Texas: First Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival

In Dallas, the First Annual Riverfront Jazz Festival is located in Texas Horse Park. Over the holiday weekend travelers can experience over 70 acts across various music verticals including jazz, R&B, Soul, Blues, and Neo-Soul. 

While there, make sure to check out the W Dallas where you can lounge poolside ...
... and take in incredible panoramic views of the city.

6. Nashville, Tennessee: Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival

This Labor Day Weekend is double the fun in Nashville. From the Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival to the National Beard & Mustache Championships, there is no shortage of family activities. 

Accommodations at the recently redesigned Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown show off the property’s $35 million renovations which include all-new guestrooms. To conclude the weekend head to Nashville Shores for their fireworks show. 

7. Detroit, Michigan: Free Jazz Fest

The largest free jazz festival is happening over Labor Day Weekend in Detroit. Feel like a star with Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center’s VIP festival package. If you’re not into jazz make sure to check out the Art, Beats, & Eats Festival, Michigan Renaissance Festival or explore the area’s beaches and parks.

8. Cleveland, Ohio: Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest

Cleveland welcomes the return of the city’s largest outdoor event: Cleveland Labor Day Weekend Oktoberfest!

Visitors can settle in at the new Aloft Cleveland Downtown, which is close to a handful of local breweries for those looking to stay downtown. Hop onto the Brew Bus for an authentic tour of the top breweries in The Rock and Roll Capital of the World. 

9. New Orleans, Louisiana: Annual Southern Decadence Festival

Celebrate the LGBT community in New Orleans over Labor Day weekend at the Annual Southern Decadence Festival. This celebration of LGBT culture attracts over 160,000 participants from all over the world.

The recently opened Moxy New Orleans Downtown/French Quarter is the place to stay with smart service and technology and contemporary style and flair to match.

10. Washington D.C.: National Symphony Orchestra's Labor Day Concert

Say goodbye to summer with a trip to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. The free National Symphony Orchestra's Labor Day Concert kicks off the beginning of the Kennedy Center's performing arts season, and features patriotic classics that highlight the sounds of America.

Located in close proximity to D.C.'s top attractions, the Mayflower Hotel, Autograph Collection provides the ideal vantage point to experience all that the city has to offer. 

Guests can channel their inner historian with a trip to the National Museum of American History or soak up the final moments in the summer sun with a ride on the Tidal Basin Paddle Boats.

11. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Brazil Independence Day 

While some people are enjoying the weekend-long festivities in the U.S., others may be wishing to travel somewhere outside the country. For those looking to take advantage of the few extra days off, fly to Brazil for a warm-weather, immersive vacation in  Rio de Janeiro. Though the country doesn’t celebrate Labor Day, their Independence Day is the same week so there will be celebrations taking place across the country.

Stay at the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro  with easy access to cultural attractions such as Centro Cultural Banco de Brasil, Theatro Municipal and Museum of Modern Art.

12. Boston, Massachusetts

Unleash your inner Gatsby this Labor Day weekend in Boston at the historic Courtyard Boston Downtown. This Jazz Age landmark first opened in 1924 as a hotel for traveling entertainers, and today provides central access to Beantown’s many, diverse attractions. 

Enjoy a baseball game at legendary Fenway Park, family-friendly programs on the USS Constitution, an awe-inspiring Whale Watching cruise, or a relaxing Swan boat ride in Boston’s Public Garden.

13. Charlotte, North Carolina: Labor Day Pool Party at The Ballantyne

Guests at The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Charlotte, will be in for a fun and relaxing Labor Day weekend. To create the perfect end-of-summer celebration, the hotel is hosting an array of activities from a pool party and pig roast cookout to complimentary yoga and evening dive-in movies. Travelers can stay active with bikes, tennis, golf, and lawn games by the pool.

14. Columbus, Ohio: Soul Food Music Festival

In Columbus, head to the Soul Food Music Festival, taking place over Labor Day weekend, to jam out to some tunes and chow down to your heart's content.

Out-of-towners can also explore the city’s thriving downtown area with a stay at the newly renovated Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel.

15. Vancouver, Canada

It’s not too late to wish Canada a happy 150th birthday with a trip to Vancouver! 

In addition to the celebratory events happening all year round, visitors can relish in the city’s seasonal offerings like boat cruises or markets located downtown just steps from Element Vancouver Metrotown.

Read Full Story

Sign up for the Travel Report by AOL newsletter to get exclusive deals and wanderlust inspiration delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.