Enjoy Labor Day weekend with these popular events and entertainment.
Holiday weekends are typically filled with events and entertainment, which makes it so hard to choose what to do and where to go. It’s no exception in Washington, DC during Labor Day weekend. Transitioning from summer to fall season really puts on the social pressure to squeeze every second of that last bit of summer bliss into beautiful memories. In years past, we’ve been able to evade that issue with hot Indian summers. This year, it appears, Mother Nature has decided to put a recall on that action for our area. With that being said, be on the lookout for thunderstorms in order to save those sandals for next summer!
Here are our top choices for enjoying the last weekend of summer in DC.
Outdoor Movies – Dusk Screenings
In case you’ve been out of town every weekend this summer, chances are good that there’s been many an outdoor movie missed from your social calendar. Well, you’re in luck! It’s the last weekend for both Rosslyn and National Harbor, but other locations have schedule screenings for September. We’ve listed the information below.
Rosslyn Outdoor Film Festival
Gateway Park, located two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro.
Saturday, August 30 – Grease (PG-13) 1978 – 110 min
Waterfront Street; view on the Plaza’s big screen.
Sunday, September 1 — Remember the Titans
Dupont Circle Park
Saturday, September 7 – Cinema in the Circle
U Street Summer Movie Series
Harrison Recreation Center
Wednesday, September 18 – The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan
Events & Entertainment During Labor Day Weekend
Ever felt you you’ve had enough of Reality TV? Me either. It’s been all the rage since the 16th century! Entertain yourself with a bit of humor at the Shakespeare Theater as this free event comes to a close on Sunday.
Shakespeare Theater Free For All
Much Ado About Nothing
until September 1
Enjoy a preview of the 2013-2014 season premieres that will be performed. This free event will have limited seating but offers a behind the scenes look at free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals in development from over 40 DC area theater companies.
Kennedy Center’s 12th Annual Page-To-Stage Festival
Saturday, August 31, 12–10:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 1, 6–7 p.m.
Monday, September 2, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Hosted at a local coffee house is a unique opportunity to catch a touring live music event based in DC. There are nine performing singers/songwriters that entertain on rotation and occasionally sit in on each other’s sets. Click on the video provided above to learn more.
The 9 Songwriters Series
Friday, August 30, 7 p.m.
Opening Weekend Events
Find yourself a lover of all things drama, and they will suggest a visit to the local renaissance fair. Why? Because “all the faire’s a stage,” meaning everyone is always onstage-acting in full costume for the entire time. “Playtrons,” as visitors are called, come to enjoy the lightheartedness of leaving reality for a day. Kids can climb a castle wall, eat a turkey wing, and watch a live joust. Some of the best leather goods, crystals, and silver jewelry can be found along the merry path. And just your luck, this weekend is the opening weekend for the ever-popular Maryland Renaissance Festival. Be sure to wear a good pair of walking shoes when you go, and let loose on that inner thespian while you’re at it!
Maryland Renaissance Festival
August 24, 25 & 31
September 1,2, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
October 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20
This communal space for food business owners has opened their parking lot for a concert series that debuted last weekend and will continue until November 2nd. There will be local musicians, beer, and of course food! If you prefer a laid back vibe, this is the spot for you.
The Lot at Union Kitchen
Pop-Up Concert Series
Saturdays 5 pm – 10 p.m. through November 2
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Gigi Smith is the chief editor of DC Life Magazine, a publication specializing in cultural diversity for social change in the nation's capital.