Pig out in the Park

Pig out in the Park began on Wednesday and runs through Monday. An excellent way to spend Labor Day weekend.

After a painful four-day school week, an extra day that we didn’t even know we needed has luckily sprung into our lives extremely early into the school year. Labor Day is right around the corner. The Spokane weather is at its prime so it’s a good move to bask in its warm beauty.

“I think just being outside and doing something in the warm weather because usually this time of year, it’s going to be nice out. It’s before school gets hard so going swimming, biking, hiking, stuff like that is fun to do,” junior Sophie Dewitt said.

You could go for a more local option or trek somewhere a bit further with that extra day. Regardless, there is a wide array of options for this upcoming three-day escape.

Let’s start with some local options.

Pig Out in the Park is coming up. It is a beloved and iconic food and music festival which embodies the happy medium between a classic county fair and laid back outdoor concert. It begins Aug. 28 and goes through Sept. 2. This event is a great way to get to know and enjoy Spokane’s personality. There is free admission with four stages to discover new bands, and endless booths with delicious food to try. You may even discover a local Spokane restaurant you love at Pig Out in the Park and then go check it out in the future.

Another community event is the Spokane Symphony's Labor Day Concert at Comstock Park on Spokane's South Hill. The event is on Monday Sept. 2 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Bring a foldable chair, a picnic and positive vibes and you’ll be set.

With a polar opposite musical vibe to the Spokane Symphony, Spokane will be hosting a SOB X RBE concert at the Knitting Factory Saturday Aug. 31 at 8 p.m. SOB X RBE is a hip hop group. According to Genius.com, in early 2018 the group released their sophomore project “Gangin.”

A local activity which one wouldn’t necessarily consider is learning about one of Spokane's incredible creatures through a Bison Farm Tour. WinTur Bison Farm offers farm tours where you can interact with bison at the same time as touring their scenic Spokane property. It is an hour drive to get there. Their Bison tour slogan is simply a question: "Have you ever fed a buffalo?" If the answer is no, be sure to squeeze in a trip to WinTur over the holiday weekend according to their website: winturbisonfarm.com. Tickets are six dollars for adults and five dollars for seniors and kids.

If you’re looking for an adventure that is close but feels like a far away, different atmosphere, checking out Coeur d' Alene may be the right move.

“Last Labor Day weekend, I went to Coeur d' Alene and we went cliff jumping and swimming and it was really fun and got lunch over there. Spent basically the whole day on Sunday there. On Monday we just hung out downtown," junior Sophie Dewitt said.

A 40-minute drive away, Coeur d' Alene is surrounded by beautiful lakes and hikes in addition to a cute downtown worth moseying around in.

If you’re in need of a nature fix, visiting Glacier National Park is a long drive, but with a major payoff in views at the end of the road. Located in northwestern Montana, it’s a five hour and 15 minute drive away. The upcoming cold weather makes the park unavailable for certain portions of the year, so fitting in a trip to feast your eyes on the 1 million-acre park sooner rather than later is advised.

According to Washington Post writer Justin Franz, enjoying Glacier National Park’s quiet season is important and the sweet spot to visit is just beginning. Glacier holds some rare sights being the home to some of the last remaining glaciers in the lower 48 states. Step out and experience Glacier on foot. Glacier is home to a variety of extraordinary plants and animals, as well as some of the last remaining glaciers in the lower 48 states. One of the most famous hikes in the park is the five-mile trek to Grinnell Glacier.

Last, but not least, is a trip to Canada. Nelson, Canada is a three-and-a-half-hour drive away. It has a quaint downtown with an abundance of shops and stellar restaurants and has many hiking options nearby. Side note: the drinking age in Canada is 19 and this tidbit could potentially be a game changer.

No matter where you end up this Labor Day weekend, just make sure you are living it up and recharging as best you can for the upcoming academic mountain that is school.

Juliette Carey is a A&E editor. Follow her on Twitter: @jujcray

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