Labor Day Weekend in Washington, D.C.

Visiting Washington, D.C., over Labor Day Weekend is a delightful way to finish the summer season.

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the last long weekend of summer in Washington, D.C. Labor Day Weekend is like a farewell party to end the summer with food, music and special performances. Both residents and visitors will have the opportunity to say hellos to Fall and goodbyes to summer.

Five Events in Washington, D.C. For Labor Day Weekend

The Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol

The National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert takes place yearly at the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The performance is free, and no tickets are required. This year’s program includes music by John Williams, Aaron Copland, Carlos Simon and more. Jimmie Herrod will also perform songs by Joni Mitchell, Gladys Knight and others. The concert will be on Sunday, September 4, 2022, at 8:00 p.m.

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U.S. Capitol Building (©Christopher Ryan)

Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade

The popular Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade will take place on Monday, September 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. Participants of the parade include fire engines, antique cars, costumed characters, high school marching bands and more.

National Book Festival

National Book Festival is an annual literary event and one of the most prominent ones in this country. The festival brings together books, book fans and authors. It is free to the public. This year, it will take place on Saturday, September 3, 2022, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Labor Day Art Show

This year, the annual Labor Day Art Show will be located in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park from Saturday, September 3 to Monday, September 5. Admission is free. The exhibition features works such as Painting and Drawing, Jewelry, Works on Paper, Photography, Sculpture, Glass, Ceramics, Furniture and Fiber Arts.

2022 D.C. JazzFest

The annual D.C. JazzFest will return this year from August 31 to September 4. It will include both international and local talented performers, more than 20 concerts, interviews and events. The festival will cover a great number of neighborhoods across the Capital, and the signature one at The Wharf will be on September 3 and 4. 

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