Labor Day Events in Washington DC

  • UPDATED Sep 21, 2018
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The last weekend of summer is traditionally celebrated as the Labor Day in Washington, D.C. The area is famous for having some great family-friendly annual events that take place each year on the Labor Day Weekend. No one is going to stay late at work on the Labor Day weekend at Washington DC. So, what are you waiting for? Mark the dates on your calendar and indulge yourself in enjoying a variety of outdoor fun and entertainment. And end your summer with a bang. Have a look!

Best Labor Events in Washington DC 

1. Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

Each year, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the National Symphony Orchestra performs a free Labor Day Concert on a weekend before the Labor Day. Kennedy center that produces annual concert plays a major role in celebrating the beginning of the performing arts season that features patriotic favorites like the Armed Forces Salute including a selection of American Songbook standards that include “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” Washington Post March and so on. In the month of September, this concert is held in the evening. Although food items are permitted but any kind of alcoholic beverages and glass bottles are prohibited strictly. 

2. National Book Festival

National Book Festival, that celebrates the joy of reading books in an annual event held in Washington, DC, gives its attendees the chance to meet more than 175 award-winning authors, poets and illustrators. This event, sponsored by the Library of Congress, gives every individual present in the event opportunities to get their books signed and also talk to the renowned authors. Apart from the book signing event, the authors also talk to the fans. This festival also includes evening panel discussions with film industry figures and experts. Entry to this festival is free and helps every book lover to enrich their knowledge and exposure on various issues such as the importance of literacy, or preservation of digital culture and so on.       

3. Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival

A film festival is held in Lake Anne Plaza in Virginia. This event is famous for showing free outdoor movies. This place is located at the center of Reston, where the community resides around a lake and it takes pride in itself for being one of the finest examples of the modern planned communities, where one can shop or dine at independent establishments. 

4. Maryland Renaissance Festival 

A celebration of renaissance festival across America is all about looking back at the age of innovation and cherishing the era of Edmund Spenser, Thomas More, William Shakespeare and Henry VIII. The Maryland festival attracting an average of 14,700 visitors every day pays homage to the Renaissance period with live performances, and many beautifully performed street acts in an English village spreading across 25 acres. This annual event is full of fun and enjoyment for people of all ages as it portrays all renaissance events in an interesting and intriguing way. Held in Anne Arundel County which is about 30 miles from Washington, DC, this family-friendly event enables its visitors to witness fire eaters, jugglers, magicians and many more. 

5. Glen Echo Park Art Show and Irish Festivities 

The Glen Echo Park, established in the year 1891, was also an amusement park that served the Washington, DC area from the year 1900 till 1968. From the year 1971 this park was offering a very vibrant humanities and arts center that was managed by a Partnership establishment for culture and arts. The park, although presents all year round activities in theater and visual arts, but the Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom from Saturday to Monday between 12 pm to 6 pm is something truly remarkable.

6. Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade

The unofficial end of summer is celebrated in Gaithersburg with an annual parade for the labor’s day. Participants of this particular event include high school marching bands, horses, giant balloons, an assortment of fire engines and many more. This is one of the city’s oldest traditions organised by The Gaithersburg Fire Department for rescuing squad in the year 1938. Traditional fundraising events were hosted by them in this year that included dances and dinners and a Labor Parade. 

7. Kensington Labor Day Parade 

This year will mark the celebration of 51st Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade. The parade starts at 10 am from St. Paul Park towards Town Hall featuring local marching bands from area schools, dance groups, equestrian show groups. But as the Parade moves forward towards the Town Hall, it gets more captivating with the exquisite aroma of your newly discovered and favourite foods. The diverse games and activities for everyone make this parade more attractive for everyone irrespective of their age. This event is perfect for a family entertainment. Live music, art and craft, delicious food, kid activities and much more, bring the colors of festivity and joy to your life.

8. Virginia Scottish Games 

This unique annual festival named Virginia Scottish Games began for celebrating Alexandria’s Scottish Heritage. It still continues for celebrating the Scottish Heritage of the whole Commonwealth of Virginia. The Highland Athletic Competition is the major attraction of this event. From the days of the prevalence of the Medieval Scottish kings, highland athletes gathered for testing their strength on the field of pride and honor. The games hosting many top-ranked professional athletes including several who have competed at the recent World Championships in North America are one of the most recognised festivals of Virginia. It also includes drumming, piping, highland dancing, an antique car show, live entertainment and much more.

9. National Hard Crab Derby

This is one of the most popular and favourite Labor Day weekend event celebrated on the Maryland Eastern Shore. This unique crab themed festival includes crab cooking, crab races and picking contests, live entertainment, rides, carnival rides, parade, fireworks and many more. Many call this festival by the name “The Crab Capital of the World.” Crisfield is popular for many seafood restaurants. The festival usually starts on Thursday evening with a carnival and runs throughout the week and ends on Sunday evening with fireworks. This unique event attracts a huge crowd from across the region of Eastern shores of Maryland.

10. Which one excites you?

No matter which event you attend, just make sure to enjoy it to the fullest. Choose the one that goes with your interests and end your summer with a bang.