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Labor Day Weekend 2022

Commemorate the longstanding weekend with amazing outdoor activities and free events in the nation's capital


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Labor Day weekend is a great chance to close out your summer in Washington, DC, accordingly. Only the best events, activities, and things to do are waiting here for you: from interactive museum exhibits and waterfront activities for the whole family to a free concert at the National Mall and more.

Promenade along the banks of the Potomac and Anacostia rivers

Take advantage of the damping summer days and make it to one of the many waterfronts in and around the DC area. Plenty of family-friendly outdoor water activities can be found there, including paddleboard and kayak rentals. The district is also dappled with amazing boating experiences. So what can be better than resting from labors there?

Hike the Historic Mount Vernon (March–September)

Spend your day at Mount Vernon, George Washington’s prior estate that also features a museum and you won't regret it. Enjoy a panoramic view of the Potomac River, explore Gardens, the Mansion, the Tombs, or the Gristmill and Distillery. Start from the Ford Orientation Center to see a film, and then enjoy your visit with the help of the living history guides. You can find all of this treasure just 30 mins from Washington DC by car.

Soak up the atmosphere of the Labor Day Capitol Concert (September 4, 2022)

The Labor Day Capitol Concert is an annual occasion on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. The free-of-charge admission music event features patriotic classics that emphasize the sounds of the American landscape. Music lovers can bring plaids and delicacies to have a nice picnic and enjoy a magical evening.

Go back in time during the Maryland Renaissance Festival (August 27–October 23, 2022)

The Maryland Renaissance Festival can be a perfect Labor Day Weekend getaway as well. The event is held every fall in Crownsville, about 45 mins by car from D.C. This unique festival reflects the times of Henry VIII of England and is set in Revel Grove, a replica of a 16th-century English village, opening on the last weekend of August. This village occupies 27 acres (11 ha) and features over 130 shops and about 40 pubs and restaurants with delicious food. There are four small stages, eight theaters, and a jousting arena for 3,000 spectators. Over 1,300 participants populate the village, including 200 performers.

For the tickets and latest updates, please check with the official website (see External Resources below).

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