Best Things To Do Labor Day Weekend In Washington, D.C.

August 15, 2014 8:00 AM

Labor Day signifies the end of summer for most people; the pools are closed, kids are back in school and the weather starts to change. This means big parties and events all over the area to celebrate the holiday. Whether you are looking for something surrounding food, sports or music, there is plenty to choose from. Here are some of the best things to do this Labor Day weekend.

2014 Library Of Congress National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 249-3000

Date: Aug. 30, 2014

There are major festivals centered around alcohol, food and music, but literary festivals deserve just as much acclaim, one of them being the Library of Congress’s National Book Festival. The year’s festival will take place on August 30th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It will include some of the nation’s best poets, illustrators and authors from multiple genres including Maria Venegas, Bryan Collier, Sandra Day O’Connor, Peter Brown and many more. Along with being able to see and meet your favorite artists, there are also special events like the D.C. Youth Poetry Slam and the Great Books To Great Movies Presentation. This festival is an educational and fun way to spend Labor Day weekend.

National Hard Crab Derby
715 Broadway
Crisfield, MD 21817
(410) 968-0925

Date: Aug. 28-31,2014

One of the main things Maryland is known for is crabs. Now in its 67th year, the Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby is a celebration of everything crab. There is so much going on over the course of four days, from August 28th to August 31st, that your weekend will never be dull. Events include a parade, crab cooking contests, a beauty pageant, concerts, crab picking contests, carnival rides and, of course, crab racing. Unless you’ve been to the Crab Derby before, you probably haven’t seen a crab race, and this is a great time to see one.

Hill Country’s Backyard BBQ
401 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448

Date: Aug. 30, 2014

Hill Country BBQ opened its doors in Washington DC only a few years ago. Since then, this Texas-style barbecue joint has created a niche for itself. With award-winning barbecue, live music and karaoke, the restaurant has become a favorite for some local residents. It continues to gain fans with its summer backyard BBQs at the National Building Museum. The last BBQ will be on August 30th, and will include music from Hollis Brown, a band who’s country folksy music pairs well with a summer barbecue. Say farewell to summer at a good old fashioned backyard barbecue.

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

Date: Aug. 29 – Sept. 1, 2014

Three days of wine and food just sounds like something perfect for Washington D.C., especially on a holiday weekend. Don’t expect this to be your average wine and food festival. Epicurience is indeed an epic experience of epicurean delight. From August 29 to September 1, there will be wine tastings, dinners, theme parties, demonstrations, top class chefs, tours and more. A foodie’s dream, this festival is not your average Labor Day festival, but it is certainly one of the best things you can do with your Labor Day weekend. Get out of the city this Labor Day and enjoy what Leesburg, Virginia has to offer.

Drake vs. Lil Wayne
Jiffy Lube Live
7800 Cellar Door Drive
Bristow, VA 20136
(703) 754-6400

Drake and Lil Wayne are two of the biggest names in rap/hip-hop today. Lil Wayne has lost some of his hype, while Drake has seen his star rise even higher. This concert sees the two rap heavyweights performing together at stadiums and large venues across the country. Proving he truly started from the bottom and is now here, Drake is coheadlining the tour with Lil Wayne, something he wouldn’t have been doing a few years ago. Go see these Young Money hitmakers on August 29, and dance your Labor Day Weekend away.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on

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