9 Ways to Spend Labor Day in Washington DC The Washington DC area has some great outdoor events going on this Labor Day weekend! Celebrate the last days of summer with football, music and more in the nation's capital:
1. Say so long to summer with DC's free Labor Day Capitol Concert at the US Capitol. The annual concert featuring the National Symphony Orchestra takes place on August 31, 2014, 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. 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.
3. Spend the waning summer days Kayaking the Potomac River. Renting a Kayak is simple when going down K Street in Georgetown. Check out Thompson's or Jack's Boat rental for hourly or daily use. Want to sail instead? The Washington Sailing Marina will let you take a sailboat out for the day – or even give you a sailing lesson.
4. Sway to the lilting sounds of the National Gallery of Art's Jazz in the Sculpture Garden series. Every summer Friday from 5:30 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.
5. 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.
6. 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. Great tickets are still available during Labor Day Weekend.
7. 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.
8. Release your inner bookworm at the 2014 Library of Congress National Book Festival, taking place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on August 30. Authors, poets and illustrators will be on hand for book signings and photos, while kids can marvel at the storybook characters on hand, as well as a number of fun, educational activities.
9. Attend the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival, August 30-September 1, 2014. The Kennedy Center hosts more than 25 local theater companies in a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. This three-day event gives audiences a look at new works being prepared for Washington premieres in the upcoming theater season.