Labor Day Events Across Wisconsin + Chicago

It’s time once again to honor and celebrate labor in America!

I’m not sure if I’ll be sticking around Madison to hear the excellent tunes of Paul Cebar at Laborfest or if I’ll be catching a ride down to Chicago for what promises to be a rocking good rally with the Chicago Teachers Union.

In case you hadn’t heard, as of Wednesday the CTU has set a date for a strike: September 10th. Setting the date STILL does not mean that the Chicago public school teachers are striking, but it does indicate they are fully prepared to take that step if a beneficial contract with Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Public School system can not be ironed out. Sign up for email updates at and read up on CTU if you’d like at In Madison standing at the brink of the CTU strike at blue cheddar blog or Which Way Will The Pendulum Swing? Chicago Teachers Give Notice of Strike at In These Times

The Labor Day listing below comes courtesy of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO.

Unless otherwise stated, events will take place on Monday, September 3. See below for a complete list of times and locations.

Eau Claire: Labor Day Picnic at Phoenix Park, Riverfront Terrace. Solidarity walk will begin at 10:30am on the corner of Gray Street and S. Farwell. Short program at 11:00am followed by picnic and prizes from noon until 3:00pm.

Fond du Lac: Labor Day Parade and Picnic at Lakeside Park on Oven Island. The Fond du Lac Labor Day Parade begins at 11:00am. Route follows Rees and Main Streets to Lakeside Park. Picnic, 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

Green Bay: Labor Day Picnic, 11:00am to 4:30pm, Bay Beach Amusement Park.

Kenosha: Laborfest, 91st. St. & 22nd Ave. The annual Kenosha Laborfest features booths from all labor organizations in the Kenosha area. Raffle prizes, beer tent and activities for the whole family. Rain or Shine!

Janesville: Laborfest, September 1st, 2nd and 3rd at 1795 Lafayette St. Music, rides, bike show, craft show, mud volley ball, car display, parade and more! Check out their web page: or the Janesville Laborfest facebook page.

La Crosse: The Labor Day celebration starts with a ten-block family-friendly parade at 10:00am beginning at the intersection of Gillette Street and Kane Street. Followed by a celebration at Copeland Park with free games for kids, face painting, and other activities.

Madison: Annual Laborfest celebration at South Central Federation of Labor, 1602 S. Park St. Madison, 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Scroll to the bottom of this page for more info.

Marinette: Labor Day Picnic, Marinette City Park, 12:00pm-5:00pm.

Milwaukee: Labor Day Parade & Laborfest. March starts at 11:00am at Zeidler Union Square Park and continues to Summerfest Grounds. Laborfest will run from noon until 5:00pm.

Neenah/Menasha: Labor Day Parade and Picnic. The parade will begin at 10:00am at Curtis Reed Square in Menasha. It will be followed by a picnic celebration at the Neenah Labor Temple, 157 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah, 54956.

Oshkosh: Labor Day Picnic and Car Show at South Park in Oshkosh. Event runs 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Racine: Laborfest, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Franksville Park, 9700 Northwestern Ave, corner of Highway K and H, Caledonia.

Wausau: Labor Day Parade begins at 4:00pm on the corner of W. Wausau Ave and ends at the Wausau Labor Temple, 318 South 3rd Ave. There will be a food drive collecting non-perishable food items and cash donations to be donated to the Neighbors Place.

Here’s a sample of Paul Cebar and the Tomorrow Sound:

Madison LaborFest

Summary: kids’ activities, magic by Scott the Great 1 & 3 pm, music by Westside Andy/Mel Ford Band 12:30 pm, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound 3 pm, food, info tables. Free; bring non-food household items for local food pantries. or 256-5111

The South Central Federation of Labor invites everyone in the community to celebrate Labor Day, Monday, September 3, from Noon until 5:30 p.m. at the Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park St., in Madison.

This year’s LaborFest features a great afternoon of music and dancing, plus the Solidarity Roll Call at 2:15 p.m. There will be lots of attractions for kids and an extensive menu of good food, beer and soft drinks which will be served throughout the event.

Musical entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. with LaborFest regulars, the Westside Andy / Mel Ford Band. At 3 p.m. Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound take the stage with some of the best pan-ethnic party music in the Midwest.
Special events for kids will include a bounce house (Noon – 4 p.m.), balloons and face painting (Noon – 3 p.m.), a piñata (at 2:45 p.m.) and performances by Madison magician Scott the Great (at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
Menu items include Italian sausages, corn on the cob, and Louisiana-style rice and beans, along with hot dogs, chips, soda and beer.
Admission is free, but attendees are urged to bring a non-food household item (toothpaste, shampoo, paper products, detergent, etc.) for distribution through local food pantries for the growing number of unemployed and underemployed.

So, stop by the Madison Labor Temple on Monday, September 3, to share a day of solidarity and fun for the whole family.

To contact SCFL, Call: 256-5111 or visit their website –


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