Labor Day marks the unofficial end to summer. And cities across the country go all out to celebrate in their own special way. Here is a sampling of what's happening this weekend. The good news: you won't have to dig deep into your wallets to have a great time. (For other cost-effective vacations, read 7 Cheap And Fun Vacation Alternatives.)

TUTORIAL: Budgeting Basics

Buffalo, N.Y.
Buffalo Wing Festival
It's been said that Buffalo is where the popular appetizers were first created, and this two-day festival is a celebration of all things wings. Events include the Running of the Chickens, various wing eating contests (Amateur, Competitive, United States Championship and Ridiculously Hot); Cheesiest Couple Contest; and the Miss Buffalo Wing Pageant.

Admission is $5 per day; children 8 and under are free. Food tickets are $1 each and are used to purchase items in the festival.

Buffalo native, Drew Cerza, known as the Wing King, conceptualized the idea of a festival in 2002, inspired by the movie, Osmosis Jones, starring Bill Murray. Since its inception, more than 407,000 people have attended and 137 tons of wings have been served.

Dansville, New York
New York State Festival of Balloons takes place at the Dansville Municipal Airport. Activities include arts & crafts, entertainment, tether rides ($15, $10 for children 12 and under); several launches of fabulous balloons. Admission is $5 per person; children under 12 free.

Asbury Park, New Jersey
The Fireworks Display on the famous Boardwalk on Sunday night, is just one of the Jersey Shore's spectacular treats this weekend. Fireworks are free.

Washington, D.C.
The National Symphony Orchestra is performing Sunday on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Concert is free.

Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival is a three-day event featuring local theater companies in a series of free readings and play rehearsals of the upcoming 2011/12 stage season. Another free event is the DC Blues Festival features local and national blues artists performing at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.

Maloof Money Cup D.C. features the best of the best skateboarders competing at the new skate park at the RFK Stadium Grounds. Tickets are required.

Arlington, Virginia
Virginia Scottish Games is an annual event celebrating Scottish heritage. Includes piping and drumming, highland dancing and fiddling competitions, sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show and children's activities. Prices are as follows: Two Day - $30 per adult; Single Day - $20 per adult; $5 for ages 5-12;
Free for ages 5 and under.


Denver, Colorado
Treat yourself to a "Taste of Colorado," a four-day food fest at Civic Center Park. Enjoy food from more than 50 area restaurants. Other features include artisan vendors, live entertainment and the LEGO Experience Tour. (For kids of all ages) Admission is free; food and attractions require tickets.

The Denver Art Museum's must-see program Marvelous Mud on Saturday - a free multimedia celebration of clay and creativity throughout the ages. Families can get their hands dirty while creating their own masterpiece.

Aspen, Colorado
The Jazz Aspen Snowmass is a three-day non-stop, open-air fest featuring local artists of R&B, jazz, rock, funk and soul held at the the Snowmass Town Park. The festival, founded in 1991, is run by a non-profit organization whose mission is to "present and preserve jazz." Ticket prices are per person: $60 Friday; $85 Saturday & Sunday; $150 2-Day Sat/Sun Pass; $200 3-Day Pass

Seattle, Washington
Bumbershoot 2011 at the Seattle Center
Since 1971, Bumbershoot has drawn the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theater, performance, and visual arts performers. Its claim to fame: North America's largest urban arts festival. Single day pass is $35; 3-day pass is $90 plus fees.

Bandera, Texas
Celebrate Bandera attracts visitors from all over the region. Treat yourself to an intertribal powwow, a Wild West Show, take in a gunfight, some bull riding and enjoy real Texas fare in the self-proclaimed Cowboy Capital of the World. Admission is free, with the exception of several events ($5-10)

The bottom line:
If you want to get away for an end-of-summer treat on the Labor Day weekend, you have plenty of choices. And it won't cost you a bundle to enjoy yourself. (For some other ideas on festivals, check out The Best Summer Festivals For Your Buck.)

Related Articles
  1. Investing News

    Hillary Clinton's Liberal Orthodoxy

    Clinton's economic agenda laid out in July is divided into three broad groups: strong growth, fair growth and long-term growth. And her overarching goal is to "give working families a raise."
  2. Investing

    7 Creative Ways to Save for an Early Retirement

    Take note of these out of the box steps you can take towards securing yourself an earlier, more comfortable retirement.
  3. Retirement

    Birch Box Review: Is It Worth It?

    Learn more about the convenience of the subscription beauty box industry, and discover why the Birchbox company in particular has become so popular.
  4. Personal Wealth & Private Banking

    Women, Invest In Your Financial Literacy

    Becoming financially literate should be on the to-do list of anyone who is not.
  5. Savings

    How to Save Your First $100,000

    Saving your first $100,000 requires the discipline to put money away and control your spending. But just remember – the savings get bigger as you go.
  6. Retirement

    3 Reasons Why This Is the Perfect Time To Visit Greece

    Discover three reasons why now is the best time to visit Greece, including the favorable exchange rate and the country's unrivaled hospitality.
  7. Home & Auto

    What are The Best Ways to Save on Moving Costs?

    Because buying a house isn’t cheap, funds might be limited during your move. So, to avoid additional stress, here are seven money saving tips.
  8. Budgeting

    How Much Rent Can You Afford on $50K a Year?

    Before you go apartment hunting, spend some time calculating a price range that works for you. Here's how.
  9. Personal Finance

    Tips for Talking About Money at Every Step of a Relationship

    How much you talk about money differs, depending on the stage of the relationship.
  10. Entrepreneurship

    5 Denver Startups That Emerged This Century

    Learn why Denver is one of the hottest markets in America for startups, and identify five of the top startups that are emerging from the Denver market.
RELATED FAQS
  1. How much money does Texas make from unclaimed property each year?

    In 2014, the office of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts reported $234 million in unclaimed property claimant liabilities, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. How does a bank determine what my discretionary income is when making a loan decision?

    Discretionary income is the money left over from your gross income each month after taking out taxes and paying for necessities. ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. What is the range of deductibles offered with various health insurance plans?

    A wide range of possible deductibles are available with health insurance plans, starting as low as a few hundred dollars ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. How do I know how much of my income should be discretionary?

    While there is no hard rule for how much of a person's income should be discretionary, Inc. magazine points out that it would ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What proportion of my income should I put into my demand deposit account?

    Generally speaking, aim to keep between two months and six months worth of your fixed expenses in your demand deposit accounts. ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. How do I use the rule of 72 to estimate compounding periods?

    The rule of 72 is best used to estimate compounding periods that are factors of two (2, 4, 12, 200 and so on). This is because ... Read Full Answer >>
Hot Definitions
  1. Black Swan

    An event or occurrence that deviates beyond what is normally expected of a situation and that would be extremely difficult ...
  2. Inverted Yield Curve

    An interest rate environment in which long-term debt instruments have a lower yield than short-term debt instruments of the ...
  3. Socially Responsible Investment - SRI

    An investment that is considered socially responsible because of the nature of the business the company conducts. Common ...
  4. Presidential Election Cycle (Theory)

    A theory developed by Yale Hirsch that states that U.S. stock markets are weakest in the year following the election of a ...
  5. Super Bowl Indicator

    An indicator based on the belief that a Super Bowl win for a team from the old AFL (AFC division) foretells a decline in ...
Trading Center