Best Labor Day Events in Washington, D.C.

August 22, 2014 8:00 AM

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Labor Day is just around the corner and D.C. is full of exciting long weekend events. Labor Day typically signifies the end of summer, so it is a great time to take advantage of some outdoor events before the cooler weather sets in. Read on to find out about five fabulous events that will be taking place in and around the city this Labor Day 2014. These events are perfect for enjoying with friends and family.

DC Blues Festival
Carter Barron Amphitheater
4850 Colorado Ave. N.W.
Washington DC 20008
(202) 426-0486

Date: Aug. 30, 2014

This year’s annual Blues Festival will be held at the gorgeous Carter Barron Amphitheater in Rock Creek Park. The event will take place on August 30th from noon to 7:30 p.m. There will be loads of free performances from well-known blues performers including Fast Eddie & The Slowpokes and Albert Castiglia. See the DC Blues Society website for more information. They are one of the co-sponsors of the event, along with the National Park Service and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
Olde Towne
Gaithersburg, MD
(301) 258-6350

Date: Sept. 1, 2014

Gaithersburg’s Old Towne Labor Day parade is one the oldest and most popular traditions in the DC area. The parade features fire trucks, clowns, marching bands, cultural dance groups, antique cars and more. The parade will start on September 1 at 1 p.m. This is a very family-friendly event that can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. There will be free parking, so be sure to take advantage of it.

Glen Echo Park Art Show
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2222

Date: Aug. 30 – Sept. 1, 2014

Throughout the Labor Day weekend, Glen Echo Park will be hosting its annual Labor Day Art Show. The show will take place in the historic Spanish ballroom in Glen Echo, and will run from noon to 6 p.m daily. The artwork featured will range from paintings to photography to ceramics. There will even be furniture and jewelry on display. Admission to this great event is free.

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Epicurience Virginia
Morven Park
17263 Southern Planter Lane
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 777-6034

Date: Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2014

Food and wine lovers should buy tickets to this fun event right away. There will be wine tasting, food and live music throughout Labor Day weekend at Morven Park in Leesburg, Loudon County, at this dynamic food and wine festival. Learn about wine in the education tent or watch live food demonstrations from famous DC chefs such as Todd Gray. Food available will vary from local cheeses to decadent pies. There is guaranteed to be something for everyone. Tickets are $125 per person, which allows you to attend all three days and provides you with a gift bag and entrance to the VIP room.

War of 1812 Bicentennial Alexandria Event
Lloyd House
220 N. Washington St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-4554

Date: Aug. 30-31, 2014

The City of Alexandria is having a huge Labor Day extravaganza to recognize Alexandria’s role in the War of 1812. There will be a cricket match, navy band concert, yacht race, tug of war and more. The events will take place throughout the city. Food will be available via food trucks, and entertainment will be in abundance. This is a great way to learn about the war while having fun at the same time. The Alexandria City government website has details about the times and locations of each event. All events are free to the public.

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Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at

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