Labor Day fun: Things to do and see in Washington D.C.

National Labor Day Concert

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2014 — Labor Day weekend is the last chance to enjoy the summer before the children return to school and the days start to turn cold.

Washington D.C. is an easy drive for many along the east coast with enough activities scheduled for everyone to enjoy the last long weekend before the dead of winter.

Here are some of the upcoming events:

Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

This free concert takes place on the West Lawn of the Capitol building each year. The patriotic themed concert is produced by the renowned Kennedy Center as a kickoff to the performance season.

The concert will feature patriotic, Broadway and popular music.

The concert will last about 90 minutes. Come early and bring a picnic to eat under the stars while listening to the program but no alcohol will be allowed.

Parking will be limited so consider taking the metro downtown. The closest metro stops are Union Station and Capitol South.

Date: Sunday, August 31, 2014

Time: 8 p.m. Gates open at 3 p.m.

No tickets are required.

Kennedy Center Page to Stage

Another free event hosted by the Kennedy Center is the three day festival is every room of the center. The event gives the public a chance to see readings, open rehearsals and conversations with over 40 different theatre companies.

This is a massive event which can be overwhelming. It is impossible to see everything so the best strategy is to pick out a description, playwright or theatre company which appeals to you.

If something sounds interesting to you, go check it out. Even if you do not enjoy it, you won’t be out any money.

Date:  Saturday, Sunday and Monday; August 30 – September 1, 2014

Where: Kennedy Center, 2700 F. Street

When: Multiple theatres and times ranging from about 12:00 noon through 10:00 p.m.

D.C. Blues Festival

If looking for a different kind of free music festival in the area, the Blues Festival might be for you.

For over 20 years this festival has features blues artists and workshops. All performances are free of charge although there is an after party from 8 p.m. until Midnight featuring Selwyn Birchwood at the Wheaton American Legion Post 268 which costs $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The event is family friendly with an instrument “petting zoo” and other children activities.

Where: Carter Barron Amphitheater, 16th Street and Colorado Ave, NW, Washington D.C.

When: Saturday, August 30, 2014. Noon until 7:30 p.m.

National Book Festival

The 14th annual Library of Congress National Book Festival will feature more than 100 authors, illustrators and poets who will talk about and sign their books.

There will be pavilions dedicated to Children, Teens, Picture Books, Contemporary Life, Culinary Arts, Fiction & Mystery, History & Biography, Poetry & Prose, Science and Special Programs.

Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center

When: Saturday, august 30, 2014. From 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Special notes: No food or drink will be allowed in the Convention Center. You may bring your own copy of a book for the author to sign although the number of books each author will sign is up to the writer’s discretion.

Maryland Renaissance Festival

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is a recreation of a 16th century English village. The village is named Revel Grove, and is set on a 25-acre wooded site with 85 acres of free parking. The village consists of craft and food booths, five pubs, ten major stages, a Jousting Arena and lots of games.

Every day is a Festival Day in Revel Grove, in honor of a visit by Henry VIII and his Royal Court. As such, the village will have entertainment, crafts, food, and frivolity fit for a king!

Where: 1821 Crownsville Rd, Annapolis, Md

When: August 30 – September 1, 2014. Open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. rain or shine

Cost: Adult tickets (16 – 61) $17, Children (7 – 15) $8. On Labor Day all seniors 62 and over will be admitted free.

Special note: The ground is natural terrain that mulch covered which should be noted for anyone in a wheelchair or with special needs.

Virginia Scottish Games

The Virginia Scottish Games is a fair celebrates the Scottish Heritage of the Virginia. The highlight of the event is the highland athletic competition.

The Virginia Scottish Games includes piping & drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions along with sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, a variety of vendors & crafters, clan and society exhibits, a living history encampment, children’s activities, live entertainment and plenty of Scottish food and drink.

Where: The Great Medows, 5089 Old Tavern Road, The Plains, Virginia

When: August 30 and August 31, 2014. From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Cost: One Day ticket – $20, Two Day ticket – $30, children 5 – 12 $15 but are free on Sunday

War of 1812 Alexandria Signature Event

This is the event for the history lover in the family.

Following nearly a year of festivities, the Office of Historic Alexandria commemorates the bicentennial of Alexandria’s involvement in the War of 1812 with a grand event along the Potomac River featuring exhibits, food vendors and waterfront activities plus a rematch between Alexandria residents and the British Embassy.

There will be historical events, food tucks and on water activities.

Where: Waterfront Park, 1-APrince Street, Alexandria, Virginia

When: August 30 – August 31, 2014. From Noon until 5 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Epicurience Virginia: Wine and Food Festival

This festival offers the opportunity to taste and purchase some of the finest wines from Virginia. There will also be the chance to watch and sample food created by celebrated chefs and meet top winemakers.

This is an outdoor event which will be held rain or shine.

Blankets and tout bags will be allowed but outside alcohol and anyone under 21 are not.

Government ID will be required from all entering the festival to prove legal drinking age.

Where: Morvan Park, Leesburg, Virginia

When: August 29 – September 1, 2014. From noon until 6 p.m. Although the Grand Tasting: General Admission is only on Saturday.

Cost: $85/ per person

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