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For Your Weekend: Labor Day Edition

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    NEWSLETTERS

    What do you do with a whole extra weekend day? We have so many ideas!

    But first:

    -- Nothing beats free. We've got you covered in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

    -- Feeling hungry? You definitely will feel the stomach rumbles after checking out the best ways to eat and drink your way through summer.

    -- Outdoor movies are one of the best parts of a D.C. summer.

    -- Have you checked out our guide to 100+ Things to Do in D.C. This Summer? It's not too late to still make this the #BestSummerEver.

    Here are our top picks for your weekend:

    Free Pick
    Anacostia Park Birthday Bash
    Friday and Saturday, Anacostia Park Skating Pavilion

    Anacostia Park is turning 100 years old, and the National Park Service is celebrating in style. On Friday, you can pitch in at watershed clean up events along Still Creek. The all-day party comes Saturday, beginning with a 9:30 a.m. yoga class. Stick around for boat tours, history talks, bike rides, fishing lessons and photo booths. The day ends with a disco skate party. The park service suggests bringing a picnic or buying food there.

    Free Pick
    Page-to-Stage New Play Festival
    Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m., Monday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Catch one of 60 new plays and musicals in their early stages of development by dozens of local theatre companies. This year's theme is focusing on the human journey. It's free, but you may want to get there early to grab a seat. Doors open 30 minutes before each show. The full schedule is available on the Kennedy Center website.

    Western Maryland Street Rod Roundup
    Friday to Sunday to 8 p.m., Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, Maryland

    Get Out of Town!

    It's one of the best three-day weekends of the year. Here are our best picks for easy trips: 

    Old Rag

    This mountain in Shenandoah is a challenge — but a rewarding one. Here's our guide of do's and don'ts to making the hike (Important: Bring water and show up early!)

    Do's and Don'ts for Hiking Old Rag Trail in ShenandoahDo's and Don'ts for Hiking Old Rag Trail in Shenandoah

    Virginia Day Trips

    Whether you're feeling like a trip to Kings Dominion, want to hike Great Falls or descend into Luray Caverns, there are lots of great day trips in the commonwealth:

    Top 10 Virginia Day Trips for SpringTop 10 Virginia Day Trips for Spring

    Maryland Day Trips

    Explore a new-to-you spot in Maryland: Ride the Capital Wheel at National Harbor, hop on the mountain coaster in the Deep Creek Lake area, or stroll and shop your way through Annapolis or Frederick. Find ideas for Maryland trips here:

    Top 10 Maryland Day Trips for SpringTop 10 Maryland Day Trips for Spring

    New Jersey

    Really want to get away? Here are our top picks in New Jersey:

    15 NJ Towns Perfect for a Summery Getaway15 NJ Towns Perfect for a Summery Getaway

    Swimming

    We know heading to the shore can be a traffic nightmare. So we've rounded up the places you can go without suffering the Bay Bridge:

    10 Places to Swim If You Want to Avoid Bay Bridge Traffic10 Places to Swim If You Want to Avoid Bay Bridge Traffic

    Cool Down

    It's been so hot. Here are some awesome places you can check out within 100 miles of D.C.:

    Maryland Renaissance Festival
    Weekends through Oct. 21, Crownsville, Md.

    Hear ye! Hear ye! Don your best 15th-century garb and grab a turkey leg at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Performances, including jousting, music, science demos and Shakespeare, are plentiful. Check out the schedule in advance so you don't miss your favorite thing. Tickets are discounted through Sept. 9; they cost $19 for adults.

    Sports and Sporting

    The Nationals

    The team is home and playing against the Brewers.

    Friday, 7:05 p.m.
    Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
    Sunday, 1:35 p.m.

    D.C. United

    Sunday, 7:30 p.m. - Against the Atlanta United FC

    Your Friday

    Loudoun County Restaurant Week
    Through Aug. 31

    Restaurants from Ashburn to Sterling are offering deals on food for the county's first-ever restaurant week. Check out the menus here.

    Free Pick
    Underground Comedy
    11:30 p.m., The Big Hunt

    Your Saturday

    Free Pick
    18th Library of Congress National Book Festival
    Saturday, doors open at 8:30 a.m., Washington Convention Center

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor plans to launch a kid-friendly adaptation of her memoir at one of the most important book festivals of the year — and that's only one big name. Amy Tan, Madeleine Albright, Tracy K. Smith and Ron Chernow will also be discussing their work. The National Book Festival is free to attend and has programming for fans of any genre, no matter their age.

    Reggae Fest
    Saturday, 11 p.m., Howard Theatre

    Tickets cost $20.

    The Really BIG Tequila Party
    Saturday, 6 p.m., Big Chief

    Register in advance and show up before midnight to get into this boozy celebration. Organizers say there will be surprises and tequila tastings.

    Free Pick
    Underground Comedy
    11:30 p.m., The Big Hunt

    Your Sunday

    Free Pick
    Underground Comedy
    8:30 p.m., Wonderland Ballroom

    Free Pick
    Syria Fest 2018
    Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Freedom Plaza

    Enjoy food and culture from Syria at this annual festival. It's free to attend.

    Free Pick
    Labor Day Capitol Concert 2018
    Sunday, 8 p.m., West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol

    Join the National Symphony Orchestra at the annual, free Labor Day concert. Gates open at 3 p.m. before a 3:30 p.m. rehearsal.

    Free Pick
    Day of Unity Peace & Prayer 
    Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., National Mall

    A number of faith leaders and musicians are set to take the stage at this inter-faith gathering.

    Your Monday

    Kensington Labor Day Parade
    Monday, 10 a.m., St. Paul Park in Kensington

    Celebrate Labor Day with a family-friendly parade in Kensington. Schools, equestrian groups, dance groups and floats will complete the parade. Check out a map of the route on the city's website. Afterward, you can eat, shop and play games at a festival. 

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