Happy Labor Day! Relish in the long weekend, but also take time to celebrate and recognize the ways that laborers uphold our country. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 restrictions, most annual Labor Day events have been canceled, but there’s still lots you can do this weekend. Here are a few ideas to get started with.

Eats and drinks

  • Our food critic has taken on the daunting task of eating at 100 banh mi spots around the Seattle area. Try one of his favorites.
  • It’s supposed to be a sunny weekend! Spend a day eating in West Seattle with this list of delicious neighborhood eats.
  • Bake something new, like this savory green tomato pie.
  • Or if you’re opting for something sweet, try this take on homemade Ding Dong cupcakes.
  • Whether you’re looking for dine-in, takeout or delivery options, check out our updating list of restaurants that you can sort by neighborhood.

Movies and TV

  • Pick something to watch from this list of what’s new on Video on Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and other services this week.
  • Or look ahead to everything new coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu this month.
  • Watch Disney’s long-awaited “Mulan” live-action remake, and read our review here.


  • Love it or hate it, running is one of the few fitness activities that’s possible to keep up under the constraints of social-distancing measures. If you’re new to running, here’s how to start.
  • Have an outdoors-related question you’ve always wondered about? Ask us here, and we may answer it in our new outdoors column — “Ask Ranger Rialto.”


  • Stock your bookshelf with these four Seattle-based crime fiction titles.
  • Take some book recommendations from Seattle R&B artist Parisalexa.
  • Check out this interview with “The Testaments” author Margaret Atwood, ahead of her talk with Seattle Arts & Lectures.
  • Be on the look out for eight books from Washington authors, all coming out later this year.

Fun with family

  • Check out this roundup of virtual or properly distanced (and sanitized) in-person events happening around the Seattle area.
  • Miss the Washington State Fair? Set up some fun at home with games, exhibits, food and more.
  • Go letterboxing, create a nature mandala or do these other fun activities with your kids this week.