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Labor of Love

Labor Day is the only day of the year where we celebrate working… by not working. Spice up your holiday weekend with these five events that will have you worked up.

Cocktails in the Garden, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Cocktails in the Garden
On Aug. 29 mix and mingle in the ethereal Atlanta Botanical Garden for a night filled with beautiful scenery and tasty specialty drinks. Groove to the sounds of Lethal Rhythms DJ’s and catch a chef demo at the edible garden. 1345 Piedmont Ave NE, 404.876.5859, atlantabotanicalgarden.org

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
One of the most exciting events in NASCAR returns to the Atlanta Motor Speedwa this Labor Day weekend for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race. For the 2013 season, the speedway will host the Nascar Sprint Cup Series Pole Qualifying race on Aug. 30, the Nationwide Series race on Aug. 31 and the 54th annual AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 1. Keep your labor day fast-paced and action-packed. 1500 Tara Place, Hampton, 770.946.4211, atlantamotorspeedway.com

AJC Decatur Book Festival
The eighth annual AJC Book festival is back. With over 300 best-selling authors in attendance, this scholarly street fair is definitely upping its game. There will be book signings, readings, lectures, food, activities and more. Downtown Decatur, 404.471.5769, decaturbookfestival.com

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival
Soar into September at the 15th annual Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival at Callaway Gardens from Aug. 30 through Sept. 1. Begin the weekend with an extraordinary evening of nighttime glowing balloons or step into a balloon yourself and take a ride! The fun continues with a classic car show, live music, activities and games, buffets, exhibits and demos all weekend. 17800 US Hwy 27, Pine Mountain, 800.225.5292, callawaygardens.com

Marietta Art in the Park
Since 1986, Art in the Park has been Marietta Square’s signature end-of-summer event that celebrates local and national artists from around the country. This Labor Day, enjoy the continued tradition with an artists market, children’s art alley, the Marietta ChalkFest and more. From Aug. 30 to Sept. 2 there will be paintings, photography, jewelry, sculpture and woodworking from 175 of the countries finest artists. Marietta Square, 404.966.8497, artparkmarietta.com