Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker and what better way to celebrate than with a visit to Idyllwild. Labor Day weekend signals the end of summer, the beginning of football season and barbecues, picnics and family gatherings.
Idyllwild’s Labor Day weekend calendar is always filled with interesting and fun things to do for singles, couples and families (including pets). Visitors will find a host of activities that appeal to a variety of activity levels from the adventurer to the lounger. For the shopaholic, it is a popular weekend for yard sales with private homeowners and many organizations displaying their treasures. Be sure to visit the Town Crier’s “Classified” section for a listing of area yard sales.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday through Monday at the Idyllwild Community Center site, check out the Art Alliance of Idyllwild’s Art and Treasures Weekend. This unique community-wide event features live music, a community-wide yard sale and live demonstrations by artists that will keep the family entertained and engaged all weekend long.
Attention, animal lovers: The Idyllwild Nature Center and Animal Rescue Friends join forces from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for “Who Let the Dogs Out.” Meet staff, volunteers and adoptable pets from ARF, Living Free Animal Sanctuary, Canine Companions and Hope to Home for Cats. Trainer Janice Murasko will be on hand with training tips and techniques. Create your own arts and crafts, visit educational exhibits featuring the Coyote Project, and browse vendor booths.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept.1, the Idyllwild Nature Center hosts “Roam the Realm of the Regal, Reclusive, Recoiling Reptiles.” Meet Dr. Bill Hayes, professor of wildlife biology from Loma Linda University. Slither on over for a look at some favorite reptiles.
Cost for each day is $3 for adults, $2 for children ages 2 to 12, and $1 for dogs who must be leashed.
The Idyllwild Area Historical Society hosts the ongoing historical exhibit,“Climbing Tahquitz Rock,” from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturda, and Sunday.
The Rotary Club Labor Day Deep Pit Barbecue is always a great bet for hungry families. The event is held at Town Hall from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Pre-sale tickets are $11 for adults and $7 for kids ages 10 and under; tickets purchased at the event are $13 for adults and $7 for kids. Finger-licking good and great family fun.
Barbecue enthusiasts will also enjoy the American Legion Labor Day Weekend Barbecue at American Legion Post 800 from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday. Pre-sale tickets are $12 to adults and kids under age 10 are $8. At the door, adults are $13 and kids under age 10 are $8.
The Idyllwild Area Historical Society will serve ice cream sundaes and root beer floats at its Ice Cream Social from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday on the IAHS Museum Patio. The event is free to the community.
Many local businesses, Arriba Mexican Restaurant, Cafe Aroma, Higher Grounds, Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro, Jo’An’s, The Lumber Mill and Mile High Cafe all showcase talented musicians all weekend long. Relax and enjoy a bite to eat, a glass of wine or a cup of java.
In addition to the many events, barbecues, and yard sales around town this weekend, there are miles of hiking trails to explore, downtown shops to browse and restaurants to sample. Or, just find a nice shade tree, grab that novel you’ve been meaning to read and just enjoy the fresh air, the blue sky and the peacefulness. Stop by the Idyllwild Town Crier and Visitor’s Center for maps and information.
Category: On The Town