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 the season’s warm glow — and of course, to celebrate the many contributions American workers have made over the years.

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

#1 Celebrate DC Jazz Fest: Washington, DC’s star-studded jazz history reigns on with DC JazzFest, an annual showcase of national and local musicians taking place on August 30th through September 3rd. This can’t-miss event is the District’s premier jazz festival, serving up a diverse selection of national and international masterclass artists at venues all over the city. Many of the concerts are free, including the Jazz Hop in historic Anacostia on Sept. 1.

#2 Reserve Your Table For Restaurant Week: Reserve your table for Summer Restaurant Week, which runs from August 28th to September 3rd. Savor every last bite of summer while taking advantage of specially priced meals, including to-go options and cocktail and wine pairings, courtesy of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington and 150+ participating eateries!

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#3 Make A Waterfront Splash: 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 to choose from, including kayak and paddleboard rentals, grabbing a meal to-go, and enjoying gorgeous on-the-water scenery.

#4 Explore The Mansion On O: Together, The Mansion on O and the O Street Museum comprise a DC spectacle unlike any other, with 100 rooms inside the mansion and 70 secret doors that offer surprises at every step. Friday and Saturday nights at the mansion mean Family Fun Nights, which include a socially distant tour with all types of history, intrigue, and mystery awaiting along the way.

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#5 Catch A Free Concert: The National Symphony Orchestra’s free annual Labor Day weekend concert returns to the West Lawn of the US Capitol on Sunday, September 2nd. The performance is free to attend, and tickets are not required. Remember: Seating is first-come, first-served!

#6 Escape To The DC Festival Of Magic: Back at the Capital Hilton for a second year, the DC Festival of Magic brings together the best magicians in the Mid-Atlantic region for three nights of Labor Day weekend entertainment that will make you wonder whether magic truly does exist, after all.

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