Labor Day weekend is upon us, which means summer is unofficially over after next Monday. This comes as a welcome transition for those of us who get third-degree sunburns at 5 pm on an overcast day. Still, it’s understandable if you’re feeling blue at the thought of having to wait an entire year for it to be socially acceptable to drink midday beers on your stoop again. To beat your early-onset Seasonal Affective Disorder, we suggest you take your favorite tank top for one last spin in 2012. Try attending one of the several Labor Day music festivals around the country, all of which are designed to offer one last outdoor hurrah before the leaves start to fall. Check out our Top Five below:

Editor’s Note: Hopefully you already have tickets to one of these shows, since they are all probably sold out by now. If you don’t, well… sucks to be you, I guess.

Bumbershoot // Seattle

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The Space: Held at the 74-acre Seattle Center, Bumbershoot utilizes the park’s indoor and outdoor venues to display the best in music, film, comedy, spoken word, dance, theatre, performance, and visual arts.

The Shows: Bumbershoot musical acts usually run the gamut, and this year is no exception. With performances by Gotye, Tony Bennet, Jane’s Addiction, M83, Best Coast, Skrillex, and Big Sean, you can pretty much hear any genre of music your heart desires.

The Scene: It’s hard to find a common denominator in the Bumbershoot crowd due to its size and wide variety of acts. Let’s just put it this way: there are people in attendance who willingly paid to see a spoken word or performance art show, so you can bet the whole place smells like a mix of weed smoke, burning sage, and patchouli oil–except for the Tony Bennet show, of course, which I imagine smells like my grandmother’s house.

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Steven tried out for The Amazing Race one time and was denied. We're not saying this is why he started this site, but it may have been a contributing factor in his decision to explore the world online and share his travel inspiration with others.



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