Labor Day Weekend Events 2017 in the Washington, DC Area

Best Things to Do to Celebrate the End of Summer in Washington DC

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Labor Day weekend is traditionally celebrated as the last weekend of summer. The Washington, DC area has some great family-friendly annual events held each year on Labor Day Weekend. Mark your calendar and enjoy a variety of entertainment and outdoor fun. 

Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, 8 p.m. East Capitol and First Streets, Washington, DC. Enjoy a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.

National Book Festival
Sept. 2, 2017. Washington Convention Center. Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.

Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival

2017 Dates to Be Announced. The Kennedy Center hosts more than 40 local theater companies in a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. This three-day event gives audiences a look at new works being prepared for Washington premieres in the upcoming theater season.

DC Blues Festival

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 1 to 7 p.m. Location to Be Announced - Note Carter Barron Amphitheater is closed this year for renovations. This free annual festival features live blues by outstanding local and national acts. Bring the family for a day of soulful and electrifying blues, music workshops, Musical Instrument Petting Zoo and other child-friendly activities.

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

2017 Dates to Be Announced.

  The Lincoln Theatre will feature three nights of free concerts showcasing local artists in a wide range of musical styles, including jazz, rock, Go Go, folk and more.

Lake Ann Jazz and Blues Festival

Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 1-8 p.m. Reston, VA. The free, family-friendly event will showcase a variety of talented local emerging artists and national jazz performers.


Maryland Renaissance Festival

Weekends August 26 through October 22, 2017. Crownsville, MD. The whole family will marvel over the 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances, games and lots more.

Glen Echo Park Art Show and Irish Festivities

Sept. 2-4, 2017. MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD. (301) 634-2222. Visit the Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom 12 - 6 p. m. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Artwork for sale representing more than 150 regional artists including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass and jewelry. The event will include a wide variety of Irish musicians and dancers performing toe-tapping Irish dancing to beautiful Irish folk songs in Glen Echo Park's Bumper Car Pavilion.

Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, 1 p.m. Summit and Diamond Avenues, Gaithersburg, MD (301) 258-6350. Join in the fun at Gaithersburg's Annual Labor Day Parade. Watchfire engines, high school marching bands, clowns, horses and giant balloons fill the streets of Olde Town Gaithersburg.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Sept. 2 - 4, 2017. Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD (301) 397-2208. Bring the kids to a festival with carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, art exhibits, athletic tournaments, the Miss Greenbelt pageant and live entertainment.

The carnival hours will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, noon to 11 p.m. Sunday and noon to 7 p.m. Monday.

Kensington Labor Day Parade

Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (301)942-9254. Celebrate Labor Day with a Parade and Festival. Kensington, MD. The parade begins at St. Paul's St and Plyers Mill. Festival located along Howard and Armory Avenues. Enjoy a day of family entertainment with a parade, live music, arts and crafts, food and kids activities.

Virginia Scottish Games

Sept. 2-3, 2017. Celebrate Alexandria's Scottish Heritage and enjoy piping & drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, children's activities, and much more.

National Hard Crab Derby

Sept. 1-4, 2017. Crisfield, Maryland. This unique event attracts a crowd from the across the region to the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Enjoy crab races and contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, and fireworks.