Things to Do in D.C. Over Labor Day Weekend

Celebrate the last days of summer with activities around the District.

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Labor Day falls at a perfect time. The weather hasn’t become crisper, but summer break is coming to a close and we could all use an extended weekend. Three-day weekends require equal amounts of pampering, nights out on the town and quiet gallery visits. This Labor Day weekend is no exception. From beer tours to crab derbies, there’s plenty to do in and around D.C. to say goodbye to the summer and hello to fall.

Annual Crisfield National Hard Crab Derby
Date/Time: Aug. 31 – Sept. 3
Location: Somers Cove Marina; 715 Broadway, Crisfield, MD
Price: See website for event prices
Contact: (410) 969-2500, nationalhardcrabderby.com
Crack into the holiday weekend by attending the annual National Hard Crab Derby in Crisfield, Md. The four-day event includes a crab cooking contest, 10-K race and beauty pageant. It’s the perfect way for families to relax, get away and enjoy the warm weather before the start of fall.

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Cruise into the Three-day Weekend at Union Market
Date/Time: Sept. 1, lot opens at 6 p.m.
Location: Union Market; 1309 5th Street NE
Price: $10 per car, free admission for walk-ups
Contact: (877) 775-3462, unionmarketdc.com
Union Market Drive-in invites you to celebrate the end of the week with a throwback to the ’90s. Tom Cruise fans and racecar lovers can come together to view “Days of Thunder” while enjoying delicious snacks offered by Union Market. Arrive early to grab a good spot before the movie starts at 8 p.m.

Set Up for fall with Flywheel Sports
Date/Time: Sept. 1, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Sept. 2, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Location: CityCenterDC, 824 9th Street NW; Dupont, 1927 Florida Avenue NW
Price: $28 per class
Contact: (202) 830-0755, flywheelsports.com
Spin into relaxation mode with the help of Flywheel Sports. Start the weekend festivities off right on Friday, Sept. 1 for the “Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off FLY-athlon” and enjoy cocktails guilt-free later. Prepare for the long weekend with Flywheel Sports Dupont on Saturday with their “Ride, Pulse and RELAX with Spa Logic” event. Receive complimentary massages, express manicures and lunch provided by Cava.

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DC Original Brew Tour
Date/Time: Sept. 1 and 2, 11–11:30 a.m.
Location: Various DC Breweries
Price: $99 per person
Contact: (202) 759-8687, citybrewtours.com/dc/
Take a cold break this Labor Day and escape the heat with City Brew Tours. If you’re on the hunt for a favorite craft beer, DC Original Brew Tour will give you plenty to choose from during the five-hour tour of four local breweries. The tour includes roundtrip transportation, City Brew Tours swag and a light lunch from Capitol City Brewing Company or Brookland Pint. Book your tour and barrel into the end of summer.

2017 National Book Festival
Date/Time: Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m.
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center; 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW
Price: Free admission
Contact: loc.gov/bookfest/
Love to read? Join the Library of Congress for its 17th book festival, celebrating the world of books this Labor Day. All ages and genres lovers will be entertained during this day-long event. The family friendly festival will include games, giveaways and presentations by authors including Kate DiCamillo, Melissa de la Cruz and Juan Gabriel Vasquez. You’ll also get the chance to have your favorite book signed by the author.

National Book Festival visitors browse offerings in the book sales area of the expo floor, 2016. Photo by Shawn Miller.

Edvard Munch at the National Gallery of Art
Date/Time: Sept. 3, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Location: National Gallery of Art West Building, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW
Price: Free admission
Contact: (202) 737-4215, nga.gov
Edvard Munch’s emotionally charged pieces will be on display at the National Gallery of Art this Labor Day weekend and can be viewed through January 2018. Color in Context will include 21 of Munch’s works, showcasing how the 19th century artist used color to explore the spiritual world. Wind down your Labor Day weekend with a trip to the gallery.

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