Your 2018 guide to Labor Day in the Baltimore area: Things to do, weather forecast, travel tips and more

For many, Labor Day signals the unofficial end to summer. And as the Sept. 3 holiday approaches, we have a few suggestions.

Things to do

» Labor Day marks the final day of the Maryland State Fair. Stop by the Timonium fairgrounds for livestock shows, rides, live music and carnival food. Check out an A-Z guide here.

» Stay cool at the pool. Earlier this summer, we published a list of the top private and public options.

» Head to the Baltimore Comedy Festival (Aug. 31-Sept. 3). Events will be held throughout Mount Vernon, Station North and Hampden. The festival’s closing ceremony is set for 9:30 p.m. Monday at Percepto Studios (518 N. Charles St.).

» Catch the early side of the Maryland Renaissance Festival (Aug. 25- Oct. 21).

» Have a drink outside, while the weather is still nice. Here are some places we like.

Things to eat

» Peak crab season ends on Labor Day. At current prices, a bushel of crabs in the Baltimore area could run you anywhere from $190 to $379. Here’s a sampling of crab costs from a few dozen local crab shacks.

» Enjoy some of the season’s produce, like late summer tomatoes and corn. Make ketchup, if you like.

» Try a peppers-and-eggs sandwich.

» Celebrate the last days of summer with the quintessential treat of the season, a snowball.

» A beach weekend wouldn’t be complete without Thrasher’s fries, Dumser’s ice cream or any other iconic beach foods.

Places to go

» Head to Ocean City for one last hurrah at the beach. Here are 50 things every visitor to the beach town must experience.

» Take a road trip to a nearby destination in the Mid-Atlantic. West Virginia, New Jersey and Virginia all provide solid options. Here are 20 places you can get to from Baltimore on a single tank of gas.

Travel tips

Labor Day is typically the least-traveled of the summer holidays, but AAA expects high travel numbers volumes of motorists to travel for the weekend, said Ragina Cooper Averella, a spokeswoman for AAA Mid-Atlantic. The organization did not release official travel predictions for the region.

As of Aug. 27, Maryland gas prices averaged $2.79 per gallon — up from $2.31 a year prior, according to press release from AAA Mid-Atlantic. AAA predicts gas prices could spike going into the weekend.

Gas prices increased for Labor Day weekend 2017 due to Hurricane Harvey’s impact on refineries. Although no hurricanes are in the forecast this year, AAA Mid-Atlantic expects gas prices to be at their highest point for Labor Day since 2014. Any jump in gas prices shouldn’t last past the weekend, Averella said.

“If Fourth of July and Memorial Day travel are any indication, we expect that Labor Day will also be a very heavily traveled holiday,” she said.

If you’re heading to the Eastern Shore, the Maryland Transportation Authority suggests crossing the Bay Bridge after before 7 a.m. or after 9 p.m. Friday, or before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m. Saturday.

Weather

Labor Day weekend is expected to be warm in Baltimore. On Saturday, high temperatures will hover in the mid-80s, and the region could see scattered thunderstorms and showers, Jeremy Geiger, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said. Temperatures will climb slightly Sunday and Monday into the high-80s or low-90s. There is a chance of showers Sunday and isolated storms Monday, too, Geiger said.

What’s closed

Many government offices, municipal services, museums, attractions, banks and other businesses do not operate on Labor Day. Call ahead or check the organization’s schedule.

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