If you're headed to Boston for Labor Day weekend, you picked the right place. There's no shortage of events and deals in Beantown over the holiday weekend. This year, the city is even hosting a special guest, President Barack Obama, who was scheduled to be in town Monday for a breakfast. Here's how to make the most of Labor Day weekend in Boston.

1. Enjoy the fireworks: Starting at 9 p.m. Saturday is the "Battle of the Barges," which features fireworks and a music show at the North End and Boston Seaport. The best spots to view the show are probably Christopher Columbus Park or Long Wharf in the North End, the waterfront around Fan Pier or the Downtown Waterfront, Boston Discover Guide recommended.

2. Visit the Boston Arts Festival, which puts arts and exhibitions into public spaces. It's held in Christopher Columbus Park in the North End -- across from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf -- and features photography, handcrafted or hand-painted items such as jewelry and ceramics and performances. Just make sure to say "ahts" and not "arts," and you'll fit right in. It takes places Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.


3. Shop 'til you drop and make out like a bandit thanks to Labor Day discounts. Check individual stores for specific deals, but many clothing stores offer as much as 70 percent off items for Labor Day. Same goes for shops selling shoes, accessories and electronics.

4. Drink beer: The 6th Annual Mass Brewers Fest runs from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday. For $40, you can sample more than 100 beers from at least 30 different breweries. It's held at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse. You must be 21 or older to participate and should drink responsibly. Click here for a list of participating brewers and for tickets.

5. See the Red Sox at Fenway. They're playing the Phillies Friday night, Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, and the Blue Jays Monday afternoon. Check ticket prices and availability here.