Labor Day 2015: 5 things to do this weekend that don't involve the Notre Dame vs. Texas game

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By: Krystal Vivian kvivian@953mnc.com

It’s Labor Day weekend, which means many people in Michiana have a three-day weekend.

For a lot of us, that means an extra day to recover from tailgating at the Notre Dame vs. Texas game. But on the last weekend of summer, the weather is expected to be hot and mostly sunny and there is plenty to do outside to enjoy it.

Whether or not you’ll be at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, there are many other fun events happening in Michiana this weekend that don’t involve football. Check out the five events below and visit The Elkhart Truth’s community calendar for all the details on even more happenings throughout the region.

SOUTH BEND FIRST FRIDAYS FEATURING CANVAS SOUTH BEND

Celebrate the first Friday of the month with food and drink specials, a block party, tons of dancing and the unveiling of the Canvas South Bend photography exhibit.

First Friday events start at 5 p.m. and many go through until 11 p.m.

The Canvas South Bend exhibit is a large-scale photography exhibit of artwork from 10 local photographers displayed on buildings from 8 to 10 p.m. — and First Fridays attendees can even have their portraits displayed.

Find out more about September’s First Friday events on Downtown South Bend’s website.

MARSHALL COUNTY BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL

This festival celebrates the end of summer with all-things-blueberry, including the famous blueberry doughnuts. Festival activities include a parade, a car show, fireworks, tractor pulls and plenty of live music, among other events!

The festival is free admission and is open from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (some events start earlier) and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday at Centennial Park, 1660 N. Michigan St., Plymouth.

HESSTON STEAM AND POWER SHOW

The four-day festival celebrates steam engine trains and other steam-powered machinery. There’s also a Labor Day flea market that features antiques, arts and crafts and railroad memorabilia. Children 12 and under get in free and adults are $5. Train fares are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

The festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at Hesston Steam Museum, 1201 E 1000 N, La Porte.

MISHAWAKA HERITAGE FESTIVAL

The festival includes a 5K run/walk, bocce ball, dancing and games.

Festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Monday and go until 7 p.m. at Central Park, 295 E. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka. 

ELKHART LABOR DAY PARADE

Jump start your Labor Day with Elkhart’s Labor Day parade, which is returning this year after a one-year hiatus.

The parade steps off at 2 p.m. Monday and will travel up Main Street from Harrison Street to Jackson Boulevard.

Read more about it in the story from The Elkhart Truth.