Labor Day Concert 2017 in Washington DC

Enjoy Live Music on the West Lawn of U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC

The Capitol Hill
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The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol each year, the Sunday before Labor Day. The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season featuring patriotic favorites like the Washington Post March and the Armed Forces Salute plus a selection of American Songbook standards including “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Maybe This Time,” among others.

Date and Time: Sunday, September 3, 2017, 8 p.m.  Gates open at 3 p.m. Open rehearsal at 3:30 p.m.

In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater. Call the NSO Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8114 after 2 p.m. for details.​​

Location: West Lawn, ​U.S. Capitol

The public access points are at 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW. The closest Metro stations are Union Station and Capitol South. Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited. See a guide to parking near the National Mall.​

Admission: No tickets are required.

Security: Attendees must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site. Bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers will be searched. Food items are permitted. You are encouraged to bring your own water or an empty bottle that can be filled at on-site water stations. Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are prohibited.

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About the National Symphony Orchestra

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), founded in 1931, has performed a full season of subscription concerts at the Kennedy Center since it opened in 1971. The NSO regularly participates in events of national and international importance, including performances for state occasions, presidential inaugurations, and official holiday celebrations. The Orchestra has 96 musicians who perform approximately 150 concerts each year. These include classical subscription series, pops concerts, summer performances at Wolf Trap and on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, chamber music performances in the Terrace Theater and on the Millennium Stage, and an extensive educational program.

The NSO performs in concerts on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol to help the nation commemorate Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day. These concerts are seen and heard by television and radio audiences in the millions. 

About the Kennedy Center

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy. The nine theaters and stages of the nation’s busiest performing arts facility attract audiences and visitors totaling 3 million people annually; Center-related touring productions, television, and radio broadcasts welcome 40 million more. The Kennedy Center is the home to the National Symphony Orchestra, Washington Opera, Washington Ballet and American Film Institute. Performances include theatre, musicals, dance, orchestral, chamber, jazz, popular, & folk music; youth and family programs and multi-media shows.

For more information, see a guide to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

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