Labor Day Events Abound In D.C. and Maryland

02 Sep
September 2, 2011

Labor Day is here, and with it comes summer’s last long weekend. While that means fall and winter will soon arrive, it also means there is one last chance to enjoy some final summer festivities the city has to offer.

This three-day weekend both Maryland and Washington, D.C. are inundated with events that can fill your calendar.

Labor Day Weekend kicked off Thursday at the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor. There, in Princes Georges County, is Abbey Road on the River, a five-day tribute to the Fab Four.

And just who might the Fab Four be? The Beatles, of course, only the most popular band of all-time. At the Gaylord National Resort, starting Thursday at 3 p.m., over 50 Beatles tribute bands take the stage to perform sets dedicated to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

From Thursday to Sunday night, people can Twist and Shout all the way until two in the morning. On Monday, the concert ends much earlier, at 6:00 p.m.

Tickets for a single day of admission run from $35-75. Any level will get you into the show, with the most expensive passes offering reserved seating near the stages.

If you’re interested in music, but with a more local vibe, than the National Symphony Orchestra’s Labor Day Concert is the perfect destination.

Performed on the West Lawn of the Capitol, this free concert occurs every Sunday before Labor Day. The 2011 theme is Legends of Washington Music, and with it comes an eclectic mix of tunes. The NSO performs everything from the marches of John Phillips Sousa to the upbeat go-go hits of D.C. legend Chuck Brown.

The concert kicks off at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday night, with seating on the Capitol grounds opening at five. The Sunday forecast calls for some occasional showers, so attendees should know that in case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center.

Speaking of the Kennedy Center, with Labor Day comes one of its annual innovative traditions: Page-to-Stage.

Each year, on Labor Day weekend, the Kennedy Center opens its doors to various local troupes and allows them to perform rehearsals and readings on the Kennedy Center’s grandiose stages. This year, the Kennedy Center has invited over 40 different groups to perform. The plays and musicals are free for the public to attend, an unparalleled and unique way to take in a future show.

Now in its tenth year, Page-to-Stage runs from Saturday to Monday, with hours varying by day. On Saturday and Monday, the shows run from 1:00 p.m. to 10 at night. On Sunday, there is only an hour’s worth of shows, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., in case the NSO concert needs to be rescheduled.

And what would Labor Day be without an outdoor festival? One of the biggest in the area is in Greenbelt, Maryland and runs from Friday to Monday.

The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival, held at the Greenbelt Community Center, has everything one could want in a Labor Day festival, from carnival rides and games to an art show and petting zoo to musical performances.

Among the events at the festival are the blues group, The Mary Shaver Band, who will perform on Saturday from 12 to 3 p.m. And if you are bringing kids, also on Saturday, is the Full Mayhem Magical Circus Show, which takes the stage from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

With many locals leaving the city for one last vacation, do the opposite and enjoy the wonderful and numerous activities that are here this weekend.

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