5 Things to do on Labor Day
National Book Festival
On Aug. 31, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host this annual celebration of books of all kinds,
from children’s stories to epic novels, curated by the Library of Congress.Authors will speak and answer questions
about their work throughout the day, with the main stage featuring marquee names like Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
Chef José Andrés and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The festival is free to attend!
National Symphony Orchestra’s Labor Day Concert
The annual Labor Day Capitol Concert takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
This free music event kicks off the beginning of the Kennedy Center’s performing arts season, and features patriotic classics that highlight the sounds of the American landscape.
Music lovers can pack a picnic and enjoy a serene evening, and for those who like to arrive early: gates open at 3 p.m., with an open rehearsal held at 3:30 p.m.
Climb Aboard a Duck
DC Duck Sightseeing Tours offers entertaining 90-minute land and sea experiences that take place in an amphibious vehicle built during World War II.
With a knowledgeable guide and excerpts from famous speeches by American leaders at the time, everyone enjoys this unique history lesson.
Go for a Segway Ride on the National Mall
City Segway Tours and Bike and Roll can take you on scenic routes that pass many important DC landmarks along the National Mall and throughout the city.
Discover even more tour and sightseeing options while you’re visiting DC.
Paddle by the Jefferson Memorial