If you haven’t accepted that summer is over yet, it’s time to do so because this weekend is Labor Day Weekend. Everyone will be back in school soon and before we know it, it’ll be mid-October, winter holidays and then 2017 will be over. You’re probably getting out of the city for the weekend though…. One last hurrah, right? Or maybe you’re staying put! Or maybe you’re not from DC and you’ll be in town visiting! We truly believe that Labor Day is one of the best weekends of the year to visit DC because most of the locals leave, the weather is usually much more manageable and you still don’t have to take a day of work off. Sit back, relax, and let us know what you end up doing in the comments below!
National Book Festival
Visit more than 100 award winning authors, illustrators and poets at the Washington Convention Center on September 2. They’ll sign books, take photos and some will discuss their most recent works! It’s family friendly! Also.. Diana Gabaldon (author of Outlander) is going to be there! Others include David Baldacci, Michael Lewis (The Big Short), J.D. Vance (Hillbilly Elegy), AND Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures)!
Kayaking in Georgetown
Head on down to Fletcher’s Boathouse and rent a kayak or a stand up paddle board to take out on the Potomac. Make sure you cover yourself in sunscreen and bring water!
Maryland Renaissance Festival
16th Century English Village with crafts, food, live performances and more…seriously…it runs through October 22, but make a weekend out of it! It’s located in Annapolis so you can really milk your long weekend on the water.
National Hard Crab Derby
Only in Maryland, right? In Crisfield, MD you’ll find the most unique event on this list. Crab races and contests, carnival rides, live shows, beauty pageants, a parade and fireworks. The derby starts September 1 and goes through Labor Day.
Labor Day Concert at U.S. Capitol
In front of the Capitol, the National Symphony Orchestra will be putting on a free show Sunday, September 3 at 8PM. Go early and grab a good seat because it will get packed!
Bike along the C&O Canal
If you’ve never biked along the C&O Canal, you’re seriously missing out. It is a XX mile long trail that follows the canal. Parts of it are paved, parts of it are dirt…and you can start in Georgetown!
Lake Anne Jazz & Blues Festival
This event goes from 1-8PM on September 2 and is completely free. Both local and nationally renowned jazz and blues artists will be performing!
Virginia Scottish Games
Head over to The Plains, VA to celebrate Alexandria’s Scottish Heritage and go back in time. Highland dancing, fiddling competitions, sheep herding demonstrations and so much more!
There are so many options in the area, Rock Creek Park, Great Falls Park, Sugarloaf Mountain, anywhere in the Shenandoah Valley…so get out, go hiking and enjoy all the nature around us!