Things to do in DC this week: Labor Day, festivals, concerts

Happy Labour Day. Yippee for three-day weekends! Celebrate the holiday long weekend by watching a Labor Day Parade (Monday, free, Gaithersburg) or head to the Poolooza Labor Day Mansion (Monday, $20+, Potomac) to dive into a swimming pool and enjoy a barbecue. You can also enjoy food and fun at this Labor Day (Monday, free, Greenbelt) or see cool cars at Labor Day Auto Show (Monday, free, Fairfax).

  • Enjoy brunch. There are plenty of Labor Day brunch specials around DC on Mondays. Check out any of these restaurants for special menus, bottomless cocktails and fun music: Casta rum bar (Monday, West End), All purpose riverside and boundary stone (Mon, Shaw and Navy Yard locations), Modern Smokecraft Grill (Mon, Arlington), Paraiso (Monday, $49, Capitol Hill), Bueno Vida (Mon, Arlington)Where Amber (Mon, DC and Clarendon locations).
  • More gastronomic events. You can celebrate the holiday by feasting on seafood at Labor Day Crab Feast at the estuary (Monday, downtown) or enjoy hot dogs, veggie burgers, ice cream and more at a Labor Day Picnic (Monday, $0+, Alexandria).

Jam out. Great artists are coming to town this week. Don’t miss your chance to see Lorde to the anthem (Monday, $125+, The Wharf), Bruno Mars at the national port MGM (Thursday and Friday, $375+, National Harbor), Sting in the wolf trap (Friday-Sunday, $30+, Vienna), beach boys in the wolf trap (Sun, $42+, Vienna), and Boris at 9.30 a.m. (Wednesday, $25, U Street Corridor).

Fun parties. The DC JazzFest at the dock (Saturday, free but registration required, The Wharf) is back! Head to this year’s festival to see jazz artists from all over take the stage. You can also head to the DC Jazz Fest: Black Broadway Music and Murals Walking Tour (Friday, $40, U Street Corridor) to learn more about the DC music scene. You can listen to more live music at Capital Music Festival (Saturday, Free, National Mall) or the Summer music festival in the park (Saturday, free, Parc Fort Dupont). Or be hypnotized by magic tricks at the DC Magic Festival (Friday-Sunday, $45+, downtown).

For bookworms. Head to the Washington Convention Center for the national book day (Saturday, free, Mt. Vernon Square) for a day of book talks, activities and programs. You can also hear Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks on The Hay-Adams Author Series with Geraldine Brooks (Friday, $110, downtown).

To move. Break a sweat at this Free zumba class (Monday, free, Silver Spring). You can also start your Labor Day morning off right with Yoga at Lost Boy Cider (Monday, $25, Alexandria) or the Labor Day Yoga Master Class (Monday, $35, Rockville).

Gastronomic festivals. There are lots of fun food events happening in the DC area this week. If you are looking to get some fresh air before the end of summer, head to Adams Morgan Pedestrian Area (Sun, Free, Adams Morgan). You can also attend the official opening of Ghostburger (Friday, Place du Mont Vernon), enjoy special dishes at Tomatine at Jaleo and Spanish dinner (from Monday, Penn Quarter and Bethesda), Where try a five-course sake tasting at Rice, Water, Land: Sake Tasting and Literary Event (Tuesday, $50, Penn Quarter).

Calling all art lovers. Discover the botanical works of art at End of the Wild Suburbia exhibition (closed sun, free, Alexandria). You can also head to one of these holiday art exhibits: the Labor Day Art Show (Monday, free, Glen Echo) or the Paint the Town Labor Day Art Exhibit (Sat-Mon, free, Kensington).

Laugh. Grab a few friends and head to one of these comedy shows: The Magic Duel comedy show (Saturday, $50+, downtown), Wednesday night comedy (Wed, $8+, Adams Morgan), Michael Blackson at the DC Improv Comedy Club (Thursday, $132, downtown), Comedy show at the City Winery (Sun, $35+, Ivy City), Where Paris Sashay: 10 years of comedy weekend (Saturday, $25+, Arlington).

To see a film. Head to a free movie in the summer air while you still can. This week see An American Trail (Sun, free, National Port), Argo (game, free, National Port), soul summer (Tuesday, free, Georgetown), Operation Pacific (game, free, The Navy Yard), sandlot (Wednesday, free, Arlington), In the heights (Friday, Free, Arlington), and Ghostbusters: Afterlife (Saturday, free, Arlington).

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