Your DC Hotels Labor Day
Celebrate the last days of summer with some family fun in our nation's capital. You will be sure to find something for everyone in the family to enjoy - from baseball to outdoor concerts and parades, Washington DC is the best place to spend your last weekend of summer!
10 Great Suggestions on how to spend Labor Day Weekend in Washington, DC
- 1. Say so long to summer with DC's free Labor Day Capitol Concert at the U.S. Capitol. The annual concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra takes place on the Sunday before Labor Day. Music lovers can pack a picnic and enjoy a serene Sunday evening on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Gates open at 3 p.m., with a dress rehearsal at 3:30 p.m. leading up to the main concert at 8 p.m.
- 2. Watch Howard University face off against Morehouse College at The AT&T Nation's Football Classic. The football game takes place on Saturday and is accompanied by a long Labor Day weekend with free festivities for the whole family to enjoy.
- 3. Groove to the music at the annual DC Blues Festival. Staged at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre, the festival is more than two decades old and features well-known artists, workshops and even an instrument "petting zoo." All performances and activities are free of charge.
- 4. Spend the waning summer days in a swimming pool. Many of our hotels (such as Best Western Fairfax, Best Western Pentagon, Comfort Inn Pentagon and Best Western Springfield, to name a few) offer outdoor pools.
- 5. Kayak, canoe or sail along the Potomac during the long weekend. Both Thompson Boat Center and Jack's Boathouse offer rentals, while Washington Sailing Marina will let you take a sailboat out for the day - or even give you a sailing lesson.
- 6. Sway to the lilting sounds of the National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series. Every summer Friday from 5 to 8:30 p.m., the gallery hosts this popular outdoor concert. Take advantage of the final Friday by packing a picnic or sipping and snacking at the outdoor café.
- 7. Hike, bike and horseback ride in Rock Creek Park. While DC's 2,000-acre public park is accessible year -round, summer is a great time to take advantage of an array of warm-weather activities. Want to beat the heat? Take a break in the park's planetarium.
- 8. Hit a home run by taking the family to a Washington Nationals baseball game. Enjoy the great amenities at the state-of-the-art Nationals Park.
- 9. Eat your way through the weekend with brunch, the unofficial meal of summertime. Longer days mean more time for lingering over your pancakes (and mimosas). Many local restaurants offer special Monday brunches in honor of the final long weekend of the summer.
- 10. Get a sneak peek at the upcoming theater season with the Kennedy Center's annual Page-to-Stage Festival. The three-day event features free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals that are in development for theaters all across the DC region.