Here’s your all-inclusive guide for awesome Labor Day events in the District—and parents can rest happy! We’ve got plenty of kid-friendly activities included as well! You’re welks!
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There are a ton of awesome Labor Day events to get your blood pumping this weekend. So whether you’re looking to get up and dance, have fun dining out, or hit the campgrounds for some action, there’s plenty to do in the District.
INTERESTING FACTOID: Did you know that over 45 of the District’s local food and beverage joints have gotten together to help support victims of Hurricane Harvey? DC Brau Brewing Company and Boundary Stone are helping to organize relief efforts by campaigning for the American Red Cross.
So by simply dining out this weekend, at an establishment that supports relief efforts, you can do your part by helping out, as a portion of their profits will be donated to the cause.
You can check out the list here on RAMW’s website.
Labor Day Rooftop Party
When: Sunday 9PM
Where: W Washington (515 15th Street NW)
JBC Events is hosting their 4th annual Labor Day Rooftop party and it’s located at the top of the W. For those of you more entrenched in the DC night scene, you will find yourselves pretty familiar with JBC Events, because they host some awesome get-togethers on quite a regular basis. Events are typically 21+ and usually when it comes to the W, doormen check your ID before you can enter the elevators.
You can RSVP here to get your tickets before they’re sold out. So keep the kiddos at home and enjoy an awesome night dancing away to the beats of DJ Heather Femia. The rooftop section of the W is absolutely stunning so we’re sure you’ll have a great time.
Where: Yards Park
We’re pretty excited about this awesome event. What’s even better is that unlike some of the things to do this weekend on our hitlist, this is absolutely FREE. #wootwoot!
This is the official ninth year that DC Vegfest has been in full effect spreading the love of plant-based diets. There’s going to be over 130 vendors in attendance, beer samples and for our vegan friends out there—yes, plenty of vegan food as well. Honestly, we don’t know how you do it. It’s hard.
So, if you plan on converting your meat loving husband or boytoy, now may be the best time to do it because they’ll be so overwhelmed with the delicious goodness that it will be pretty hard to say no.
Oh, and to sweeten the deal, NFL linebacker David Carter will totally be there. Why? Because he’s a vega. BOOM! You can totally be vegan and tough dudes, come on, get with the program.
Labor Day Weekend Music Festival
When: All weekend long baby
Where: the Lincoln Theater
So the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is putting on this free weekend event which features a bunch of local artists—and th DCCAH doesn’t disappoint, folks. Genres include jazz, pop, rock folk and more.
Friday’s festitvities kick off with Flo Anito and the Bay Jazz Project, Margot MacDonald and Laura Tsaggaris.
Saturday brings a night filled with fun courtesy of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, artist Rose Moraes and Harold Little.
On Sunday, you’ll get a heavy dose of 70’s funk with artists like Pablo Antonio y La Firma, Kush and AZTEC SUN. This is the kind of music that makes you wanna get up and shake your groove thang. So pop on over and shake your groove thang.
Tickets are doled out on a first-come first-serve basis beginning at 6:30PM every evening.
REI Outdoor School’s Culinary Campout
When: Saturday 11AM – Sunday 11AM
Where: Patuxent River Park Pavilion and Campground
Okay, so this event is one for the books. REI Outdoor School is hosting a culinary campout which includes awesome food from establishments like CAVA for lunch, happy hour courtesy of One Eight Distilling and Atlas Brew Works and food cooked over a campfire with the geniuses from Compass Rose .
So bring your camping equipment and enjoy an awesome time where you can enjoy in activities like mountain biking, paddle boarding, kayaking, yoga or learning basic skills about camping in the first place.
The cost for members is $150 and $170 for non-members. But for an entire day and night of drinking, activities and fancy food, it’s definitely worth the cost.
BUT WAIT…WE ALSO GOT LOVE FOR THA KIDS!
DC Youth Daylong Tours
When: Saturday & Sunday starting at 8:45AM
Where: Smithsonian Station
Hey, because parents need some love too!
Yes, my friends, these are also still in full effect (#yass) with the Smithsonian. So if you have kids within the 8 year old to 15 year old range, this would be a great option.
With the daylong guided youth tours your kids get a chance to chillax with other youth and enjoy the awesome sites of the city. You can choose from 4 day long tours which end at 4PM or half-day tours which end at noon. They also have specialty tours called the Science & Technology Tour, The Future Policy-Maker Tour or the Arts & Humanities Tour).
Kids are grouped in sizes of about 6-10 kids and they get lunch, sunscreen, team quizzes, GPS trackers and can participate in fun games and prizes.
In addition, you can rest assured that your little ones will be in safe hands as all of the guides are CPR and First Aid trained in addition to having background checks completed.
The National Book Festival
When: Saturday 9AM-7:30PM
Where: Washington Convention Center
This event is also a great family-fun event that’s hosted by the Library of Congress. It’s located at the Walter E. Convention Center and has tons of fun activities in store such as a Waldo Hunt, story time and presentations from over 100 illustrators and authors.
For those of you with teenagers in the mix, no worries because all genres are going to be represented including teen, so your kiddos can get their Twilight on… or whatever the newest teen book phase is now.
Did we mention there’s also going to be book signings, photo opportunities with your favorite authors and costumed characters walking around making everyone’s day a little bit more awesome
Apple Gala & Cider Fest
When: Satuday-Sunday 9AM-5PM
Where: Great Country Farms
So we had to add this to the list because who doesn’t love a cider fest! What better way to ring in the new school year than to head out to an apple farm, taste some awesome fresh cider and have your kids frolick in the fields while apple picking! The event has demos, picking, donuts and much more activities available for kids. With five acres of playing field, you’re sure to get them all wound up so that bedtime is fast and sweet.
Escape Velocity 2017
When: All weekend long
Where: Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
So the Museum of Science Fiction has their second annual convention tailored especially for kiddos at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and this thing looks totally epic. Epic as in you’ll probably have just as much fun, if not more fun than the kids.
The day is filled with STEAM activities and awesome events like he event like drone racing, cosplay for adults (say what?!), a space party, a stunt workshop, films and panel discussions for your inner science fiend. Not to mention your kids can actually get the chance to meet real astronauts. Holy moly. Bring your iPhones for some epic selfies.
Celebration of Textiles
When: Saturday-Sunday 11AM-4PM
Where: Textile Museum
This fun-filled event is a great one, especially for the younger kiddos and the creative types. At the Textile Museum you can take your kids out so they can try their hand at weaving and also get a chance to watch local artists in action. Demos such as weaving, embroider, quilting, spinning, weaving with metal (say what now!?) and making felt jewelry are all on the menu.
Kids will also get their chance to make upcycled jewelry, design paper dresses, join a knitting circle and weave with recycled materials.There will also be music, storytelling, performances, dancing and other kid-friendly activities all day long.
Page to Stage Festival
When: All weekend long 10:30AM-11:30PM
Where: The Kennedy Center
This event has been touted pretty much everywhere because you can get a chance to enjoy tons of family-friendly performances for absolutely FREE at the Kennedy Center this weekend.
There’s going to be over 60 theater companies presenting over the course of a couple days which also include the City Kids Theater Company. While admission is free and tickets are not required, it’s important to note that there is limited seating available.