What're you doing Labor Day weekend?

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, symbolizes the last long weekend of summer to spend time with friends and family. Many people’s plans consist of barbecuing, watching college or preseason NFL football, or having fun in the sun for the long weekend. However, no matter where you are in Cocoa Beach during Labor Day Weekend, there are several fun things to do.

If you are looking to get out on the water over this long weekend, then Wildlife Watersports can help you out. They rent kayaks and paddle boards as well as pontoon and craigcat boats. Wildlife Watersports also hosts tours on kayaks and craigcat boats to take visitors through the Ten Thousand Islands of Banana River. If you’re looking for something to do at night, then you cannot pass up a bioluminescence tour. The way the water lights up when the paddle pushes through the water is absolutely beautiful. You can book a tour or learn more about rentals on their website, wildlifewatersports.com.

All weekend the 32nd NKF Rich Salik Pro/Am Surf Festival will take place at the Cocoa Beach Pier. On August 31 there is a VIP, sponsor, and press party at the Wyland Gallery in Fishlips Waterfront Bar & Grill. September 1 is the Registration Party at Keith’s Oyster Bar at the Cocoa Beach Pier. Competitors can sign up for events until 8 p.m. Spectators are welcome to join in the party as well. Saturday, September 2 through Monday, September 4 are the competitions with many different categories and events planned. The awards ceremonies are set for between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday. The event raises money for the National Kidney Foundation of Florida. The funds benefit research to fight kidney disease and to help with the costs of dialysis for patients. To learn more about the event and program visit nfk.com.

Down the road from the surf festival is the Ron Jon 4th Annual Bug Bash on Saturday, September 2 from 1 – 9 p.m. Located in front of the Cocoa Beach Ron Jon Surf Shop store, you and the family can check out up to 80 vintage VWs on display for free.

Music lovers have no fear – Labor Day Weekend in the Port will not disappoint. Tribal Seeds & Pepper will both be performing at Milliken’s Reef on September 3. Fortunate Youth will also be there as tour support. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert goes until 12:30 a.m. Pre-sale tickets are $38, and then are $42 day of the show. All three bands are local favorites, and the show is sure to be a fun night. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Have a fun, and safe, holiday weekend!

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