How To Spend Labor Day Weekend In DC


Whether you’re sad to part with the sunshine or ready to embrace the cozy vibes of fall, there’s no denying that summer in DC is about to come to an end. And if you’re staying in town for Labor Day, we feel it’s our duty to help you soak up every last drop of summer’s warm glow.

Keep reading for the best ways to celebrate the end of summertime in DC!

#1 Sail Away: Take advantage of the waning days of summer and head to one of the many waterfronts in and around the District. Make a splash with plenty of safe, family-friendly outdoor water activities and diversions to choose from, including kayak and paddleboard rentals, meals to-go, and gorgeous on-the-water scenery.

#2 Dig Into A Festive Brunch: Craving a Labor Day brunch special? Check out one of these restaurants for special menus, bottomless cocktails, and fun music: Casta’s Rum Bar, All-Purpose Riverfront, Boundary Stone, Smokecraft Modern BBQ, Paraiso, Bueno Vida , or Ambar!

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#3 Head To An Event: It’s official: DC JazzFest at The Wharf is back! Head to this year’s festival to watch jazz artists from all over take the stage. You can also head to the DC Jazz Fest: Music and Murals of Black Broadway Walking Tour to learn more about the DC music scene. You can listen to more live music at the Capital House Music Festival or the Summer Music Festival in the Park.

#4 Dig Into The Festivities With Food: What better way to say goodbye to summer than by digging into the eclectic sampling of food festivities scattered around town? Foodies this weekend will flock to the official opening of Ghostburger (Fri, Mt. Vernon Square), enjoy special dishes at Tomatina at Jaleo and Spanish Diner (Starting Mon, Penn Quarter and Bethesda), or try a five-course sake tasting at the Rice, Water, Earth: Sake Tasting and Book Event (Tues, $50, Penn Quarter).

#5 Have A Laugh: They say laughter is the best medicine, right? Grab a few friends and head to one of these comedy shows to laugh the end-of-summer-blues away: The Magic Duel Comedy Show (Sat, $50+, Downtown), Wednesday Night Comedy (Wed, $8+, Adams Morgan), Michael Blackson at DC Improv Comedy Club (Thurs, $132, Downtown), Comedy show at City Winery (Sun, $35+, Ivy City), or Paris Sashay: 10 Years Of Comedy Weekend (Sat, $25+, Arlington).

#6 Take Part In Tradition: The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing on the West Lawn of the US Capitol in a free concert open to the public. The program will feature music by Aaron Copland, John Williams, and the NSO’s own Composer-in-Residence Carlos Simon, among others.

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