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What to Do Around DC on Labor Day

The best ways to enjoy Labor Day in the D.C. area

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    The Weekend Scene: What to Do Around DC for Labor Day Weekend

    Tommy McFly and Jummy Olabanji have the best ways to spend your weekend in the D.C. area. (Published Friday, Aug. 30, 2019)

    Labor Day is here, giving you a whole extra weekend day to enjoy summer before it unofficially ends. How many did you tick off our list of 100 things to do this summer?

    But don't fret, we all know that fall means even more fun (and 100% less sweat).

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    LEGOLAND New York Resort at National Harbor
    165 Waterfront Street
    Through Sept. 2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Bring the kids for building activities, LEGOLAND characters and more for free.

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    Page-to-Stage New Play Festival
    Through Sept. 2
    The Kennedy Center

    More than 70 local theatre companies are heading to the Kennedy Center to give a free look at what they're up to. It's free, but get there early because the Kennedy Center gets crowded quickly. Here's a full list of performances on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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    The Kennedy Center's new interactive public space, The REACH, is named for its purpose: to reach and educate audiences. An opening festival with nearly 500 free events will take place Sept. 7-22.

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    Last Day for Public Pools
    Sept. 2 until 6 p.m.
    Various locations

    Take your final cannonball at BannekerFrancisLangdon ParkOxon Run, or Rosedale.

    Herndon Labor Day Festival
    Sept. 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Herndon Town Green, 777 Lynn St., Herndon, Virginia

    Sip your way through a beer and wine garden (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.), listen to music, play lawn games and browse a craft fair in Herndon this weekend. Drink tasking packages start at $25, and concert-only tickets cost $5.

    Labor Day BBQ Party
    Sept. 2, 12 p.m.
    The Midlands (3333 Georgia Ave. NW)

    Kids and dogs are welcome at this barbecue feast. Want to move before eating? The Midlands is hosting a $19 yoga class from 10 to 11 a.m.

    Labor Day Seafood Fest at City Tap Penn Quarter
    Sept. 2, noon to 5 p.m.
    901 9th St. NW

    This all-you-can-eat low-country boil gives you endless shrimp, crayfish, clams and sides for $50 per person. There will also be patio games, live music and $5 Abita Brewing Company drafts.

    Close out The Lawn at the National Building Museum
    Through Sept. 2
    National Building Museum, D.C.

    Get the fun of an outdoor block party without the bugs at the National Building Museum's Lawn. It's the exhibit's last weekend in D.C. Adult tickets start at $16; there are discounts for students, seniors and military members.

    Labor Day Brunch at Via Sophia
    Through Sept. 2
    Via Sophia, 1001 14th Street NW

    Via Sophia is offering $5 cocktails for women throughout the long weekend to call attention to the persistent wage gap. You can check out the menu, which features Italian twists on brunch classics, here.

    Annual Labor Day Craft Festival at the Winery at La Grange
    Through Sept. 2, 12 - 8 p.m.
    The Winery at La Grange, 4970 Antioch Road, Haymarket, Virginia

    Enjoy a lineup of local food trucks, browse crafts and sample different wines with weekend-long specials.

    Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park
    Through Sept. 2
    The 49th annual Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park in Maryland offers free admission and access to a wide range of art, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, photography, jewelry and even furniture. In addition, a public opening reception will be held Aug. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with light refreshments.

    Labor Day Art Show at Glen Echo Park
    Through Sept. 2
    7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, Maryland

    The 49th annual Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park in Maryland offers free admission and access to a wide range of art, including sculpture, painting, ceramics, glass, photography, jewelry and even furniture. In addition, a public opening reception will be held Aug. 30 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. with light refreshments.

    Maryland State Fair
    Through Sept. 2

    Don't miss your favorite foods, drinks, animals, rides and races: the Maryland State Fair is underway. Gate admission is $10 for adults (ages 12-61), and you can get them here. Concert tickets are sold separately. For directions on how to get to the fairgrounds, you can check here.

    Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA
    Through Sept. 8
    Lerner Town Square at Tysons II, 8025 Galleria Drive, Tysons, Virginia

    Part story, part acrobatics show, this performance will be in Virginia until September. Tickets start at $49, and you can get them here.

    "Dear Evan Hansen"
    Through Sept. 8
    The Kennedy Center

    The critically acclaimed musical started at D.C.'s Arena Theatre, went on to Broadway, picked up a bunch of Tony awards and now its back where it all started. Tickets start at $79.

    Apple Gala & Fresh Cider Festival
    Through Sept. 29
    Great Country Farms, 18780 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, Virginia

    The Apple Gala & Fresh Cider Festival kicks off this weekend. The fest obviously features plenty of fresh apple cider and doughnuts, plus a demo on an 1865 cider press, a corn maze, live music and more. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for kids.

    Maryland Renaissance Festival
    Weekends through Oct. 20, plus Labor Day
    1821 Crownsville Road, Annapolis, Maryland

    Go back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Festival to see jousting events, shop arts and crafts and drink a cup of mead.

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