The annual Labour Day Concert is a great occasion to enjoy the warm end of the summer night in Washington. Pack some food and head to a picnic on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on the last Sunday before Labour Day on September 3rd.
Classical music fans will be delighted to listen to the National Symphony Orchestra free of charge. Some may even manage to hear it twice—during the rehearsal that starts at 3 p.m. and the actual concert which starts at 8 p.m.
The Labor Day Concert marks the start of a new performing season. It features traditional American compositions such as the "Washington Post March", "The Armed Forces Salute", “The Lady is a Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” and “Maybe This Time”. If the weather is rainy the concert can be held at the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.
You can access the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol near 3rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW and 3rd Street and Maryland Avenue, SW. It is difficult to find parking in the area, so it's best to take Metro. Union Station and Capitol South are the closest stations to the area.
Concerts at the Capitol is a more than 130-year-old tradition of Washington DC. In the summer you can enjoy military band performances on weekday evenings on the West Front steps of the Capitol Building.