Labor Day Weekend Events 2017 in the Washington, D.C. Area

Best Things to Do to Celebrate the End of Summer in Washington, D.C.

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Labor Day weekend is traditionally celebrated as the last weekend of summer. The Washington, D.C. 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, D.C. Enjoy a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra.

National Book Festival - Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW. Washington, D.C. Visit with more than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.

Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival - Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, 1-8 p.m. 1609 Washington Plaza NReston, 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. 1821 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, 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. 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. 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. 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. Kensington, MD. 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. Great Meadow, 5089 Old Tavern Rd. The Plains, VA. 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, MD. 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.