In a state with fewer unions than most and with schools that start in August, Labor Day in Florida lacks the oomph of holiday specialness you see in more Northern climates.
But still, it's a long weekend, so kick back and celebrate your lack of labor through Monday at one of these local events.
King of Spain Vinyl Fever is throwing what it calls a "Labor of Love Day" with a free in-store show of some of Tampa's coolest acts. The all-ages show also features Gainesville pop rockers Morningbell and singer-songwriter Will Quinlan. It's Monday afternoon at the store, 4110 Henderson Blvd., Tampa. (813) 289-8399, vinylfevertampa.com.
Labor Day Luau On Sunday, Crabby Bill's in Tampa is the holding the last of its South Beach Sunday parties of the season. It's from 1 to 10 p.m. at 7700 Courtney Campbell Parkway. For more on Crabby Bill's, see Page 42.
Hedonistic Gee, Shephard's went and got all subtle on us with the title of its WFLZ-FM 93.3-sponsored party. But then subtlety was never the margarita haven's strong suit. There will be live music, contests and parties from Friday through Monday, highlighted by a set from Vegas video DJ Roonie G starting at 8 p.m. Sunday. 619 S Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach. (727) 441-6875, shephards.com.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino The first 100 people get in free for the Hard Rock's annual Labor Day Pool party, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The rest pay a $10 cover for the drink specials, barbecue and live entertainment by DJ Trauma. 5223 N Orient Road., Tampa. (813) 235-6937, seminolehardrocktampa.com.
End of Summer Bash The Tamiami Bar next to Jannus Landing in downtown St. Petersburg is offering no cover, drink specials and a DJ starting at 9 p.m. Sunday. 242 First Ave. N, St. Pete. tampabaydreamteam.com.
Labor Day Picnic Celebration Lots of old-fashioned amusements and local union exhibits will be set up at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Monday. There will be a classic car and motorcycle show, carnival rides, an Ironman competition and vendors, all hosted by the West Central Florida Federation of Labor. There's also a horse show at the Bob Thomas Equestrian Center. Admission is free, and parking is $5 or $10 for RVs and buses from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Interstate 4 at U.S. 301 N in Tampa.
Fun in the Sun Concert Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an open-air concert by a local brass band at this free concert at 3 p.m. Monday at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa. (813) 269-1310, carrollwoodculturalcenter.org.
Kid's party at the beach The St. Pete Beach Community Center hosts a party from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday for the little ones in grades 1 to 5, with a pool swim, pizza and gym games. It's $6.50 per child, or $5 with a resident recreation card at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive St. Pete Beach. (727) 363-9245.
ISI Labor Day Classic Recreational Figure Skating Competition If you're still suffering Olympics withdrawal, the Tampa Bay Skating Academy in Oldsmar offers up free admission to watch a competition between 70 skaters ages 3 to 57, representing six Florida ice rinks. 255 Forest Lake Blvd N, Oldsmar. (813) 854-4010, funleaguegroup.com.
Derby Lane The dog track presents a Labor Day Matinee on Monday, with gas card giveaways and specials on snacks (80 cents for a hot dog!) and drinks. Admission is free. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. 10490 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. (727) 812-3339, derbylane.com.