Best Labor Day Celebrations In Washington DC

August 19, 2013 8:00 AM

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On a national day dedicated to workers, work is the farthest thing from our minds. Labor Day is a moment to kick back, relax and have fun. Check out these upcoming events to make the most of your day!

DC Blues Festival
Carter Barron Amphitheater
16th St. and Colorado Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(301) 322-4808

Date: Aug. 31st, 2013

This year’s DC Blues Festival will mark the 25th anniversary of the event. Sponsored by the DC Blues Society, National Park Service, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities and WPFW 89.3 FM, the event is free to the public. Festival goers will hear musical performances by Albert Castiglia, Austin Walkin’ Cane, Big G, Fast Eddie & the Slowpokes and the DC Blues Society Band. Attendees will also enjoy workshops. Get ready for an afternoon and evening of song and soul.

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Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
Roosevelt Center
101 Centerway
Greenbelt, MD 20768
(301) 474-5542

Dates: Aug. 30th through Sept. 2nd, 2013

Originally started in 1955 to raise funds to build a youth center, the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival has become an annual tradition that offers music, food, sports, entertainment and various amusements during a weekend of recreation. Hosted by the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival Committee, one of the largest all-volunteer organizations in the state of Maryland, festivities will revolve around Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center. During the course of the event, activities will include a carnival, archery demonstrations, table tennis tournament, horseshoes tournament, circus acts, art and photo show, roller skating, pageant, pet show, scavenger hunt, craft corner, musical performances across several genres and a Labor Day parade.

Page To Stage
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20566
(202) 467-4600

Dates: Aug. 31st through Sept. 2nd, 2013

If you’ve ever wondered about what goes into making a great play or musical, this is your chance find out. Attendees of this event are able to eavesdrop on actors and playwrights as they hone their crafts and practice their upcoming works. The Page To Stage festival is a three-day event that features over 30 DC-based theater companies as they read and rehearse plays and musicals in development. It’s an ideal opportunity to get a first look before these works premiere on stage. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Take advantage of this chance to scout out plays that you’ll want to see in production.

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Labor Day Art Show
Glen Echo Park – Spanish Ballroom
7300 MacArthur Boulevard
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2222

Dates: Aug. 31st through Sept. 2nd, 2013

For over 40 years, this non-juried art show has offered the community artwork of just about every type from just about every age. Enjoy paintings, sculptures, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, glasswork and even furniture from artists within the DC metro area–nearly all of which will be available for purchase. In years past, more than 250 artists of all walks and skill levels have submitted over 500 different original works. With such a wide variety of original art, it’s sure to be an intriguing and entertaining show.

Labor Day Capitol Concert
U.S. Capitol Building — W. Lawn
E. Capitol St. and 1st St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 467-4600

Date: Sept. 1st, 2013

Situated on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the Labor Day Capitol Concert is a family-friendly event presented by the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free to the public and celebrates America with performances of patriotic classics which embody American history and culture. Gates open at 3 p.m. If you arrive early, there will be an open rehearsal beginning at 3:30 p.m where you can get a sneak peak of your favorite artists and musicians. The concert will run for approximately 90 minutes. Amidst the backdrop of one of this nation’s most famous buildings, enjoy a free night of entertainment out on the town.

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