10 Fun Things To Do In Washington DC For The Labor Day Weekend

on August 28, 2013

Kensington Labor Day Parade

If you are short on Labor Day long weekend ideas and live in Washington or are planning on taking a weekend trip to DC for the long weekend, we have you covered.

Below, we highlight our top 10 Things To Do in DC this weekend.


Labor Day Concert At The U.S. Capitol
West Lawn, U.S. Capitol, Sunday September 1 @ 8 p.m.

On September 1, enjoy a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. at East Capitol and First Streets. The concert is produced by the Kennedy Center and celebrates the beginning of the arts season. Led by conductor Steven Reineke with classical garage band, Time For Three, this year’s theme is ‘Americana’ and features works by John Williams and Mark Isham.


DC Blues Festival
Rock Creek Park, August 31 @ 1 p.m.
On August 31, from 1-7 p.m., this free annual festival allows visitors to enjoy free jazz and blues music by both local and visiting national acts. The free concert takes place at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.


Glen Echo Park Art Show & Irish Festivities
Glenn Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Washington DC

Glen Echo Parks presents a special Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish ballroom from August 31 – September 2. Art will be available for purchase and more than 100 regional artists will be represented. The types of different art that will be available include various ceramics, glass, jewelry, paintings and sculpture. In addition, there will also be an Irish-themed concert with musicians and dancers performing to Irish folk medleys in Glen Echo Park’s Bumper Car Pavilion.


Kennedy Center Page-To-Stage Festival
Kennedy Center, 2700 F. Street NW, Washington DC

The Kennedy Center hosts more than 25 local theater companies in a series of free readings and open rehearsals of both plays and musicals. Running from August 31 – September 2, the three-day event serves as a preview for plays arriving in Washington for the upcoming theater season.


Epicurience Virginia: A Wine & Food Festival
Morven Park Estate, 17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg VA)

Running from August 30 to September 2, this wine & food festival highlights the delicious eating options that stretch across the Blue Ridge Mountains to varying equestrian farms. Visitors get to taste the best wine Virginia has to offer and meet top tastemakers and chefs from around the country.


Lake Ann Jazz & Blues Festival
Lake Anne Plaza, 1609 Washington Plaza, Reston VA

Taking place on August 31 from 1-8 p.m., this family friendly event also presents a variety of talented local artists and national jazz performers.


Maryland Renaissance Festival
Route 450 & Crownsville Rd., Annapolis, MD

While this Festival isn’t specific to the Labor Day long weekend, it is still a great option to enjoy during the first weekend of September. Your entire family will enjoy experiencing the makeshift 16-century English village with crafts, food, live performances and plenty of games.


Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt MD

Emanating from the Greenbelt Community Center and running from August 30 – September 2, kids can enjoy a petting zoo, carnival rides and games and a sports-themed tournament. There’s also live entertainment scheduled along with the Miss Greenbelt pageant. The festival runs on Friday from 6 to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. and Monday from noon to 7 p.m.


Kensington Labor Day Parade
10605 Concord Street, Kensington MD
The Kensington Parade takes place on Monday and begins at St. Paul’s Street and Players Mill. There is also a Festival located along Howard and Armory Avenues where families can enjoy live music, the parade, along with arts and crafts.


National African Dance And Drum Conference
Washington Plaza Hotel, 10 Thomas Circle NW, Washington DC

Running from August 30 to September 1, the Washington Plaza Hotel hosts the annual National African Dance And Drum Conference. Described as the largest family reunion for African dancers, dancers and drummers in the U.s., the event features workshops by more than 20 national artists.