By Troy Petenbrink

The unofficial end of summer, Labor Day Weekend brings with it an array of fantastic events to enjoy in the nation’s capital. From a spectacular free concert to meet-and-greets with best selling authors, here are five very different opportunities.

Labor Day Capitol Concert
West Lawn of The Capitol
Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. & 1st Street N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 467-4600

Date: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at 8 p.m.

The National Symphony Orchestra’s annual Labor Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol is one of the most popular annual events in D.C. This year’s concert will feature vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan and guest conductor John Morris Russell. The America-inspired program will include patriotic favorites, folk music, and bluegrass-inspired songs. Gates will open at 3 p.m. for a public rehearsal at 3 p.m. and the show’s start at 8 p.m. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved the the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.

National Book Festival
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(888) 714-4696

Date: Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 9 a.m.

Since 2001, the Library of Congress has held the National Book Festival. It brings together authors, poets and illustrators with thousands of book fans for author talks, panel discussions, book signings and other activities. The 2017 Main Stage lineup includes David McCullough, Diana Gabaldon, J.D. Vance, Thomas L. Friedman, Condoleezza Rice, and David Baldacci. The festival is a family-friendly event and designed for attendees of all ages. There is no cost to attend.

Labor Day Rooftop Party
W Hotel
515 15th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20004
(571) 243-7199

Date: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 at 9 p.m.

JBC Events is bringing back its popular Labor Day Rooftop Party for the fourth year. The party will take place on the rooftop of the W Hotel, which provides some of the best views of Washington, D.C. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their favorite summer polo outfits (think fun hats and sundresses) and enjoy drink specials and music by DJ Heather Femia. Tickets start at $20.

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Maryland Renaissance Festival
Village of Revel Grove
1821 Crownsville Road
Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 266-7304

Date: Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Labor Day weekend is one of the best times to visit the The Maryland Renaissance Festival, which takes place each weekend from Aug. 26 through Oct. 22. The 27-acre “Village of Revel Grove” will host professional performers (Shakespeare actors, sword swallower, jugglers,and more) on ten stages, authentic jousting competitions, and costumed characters. There will also be more than 100 artisans exhibiting their goods, taverns featuring cool libations, food and beverage outlets providing a vast array of savory and sweet treats. Ticket prices vary with weekend and full season passes also available for sale.

National Building Museum
401 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448

Date: Saturday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 4, 2017

The National Building Museum’s latest installation, Hive, is getting rave reviews. It consist of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes that range in size from several inches to 10 feet high and are interlocked to create three dynamic interconnected, domed chambers. Visitors are able to walk in and around the domes. Designed by Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago and New York, the exhibit is open now through Labor Day weekend. Ticket prices are $16 for adults and $13 for youth, students and seniors.

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