Your Weekend Roundup: Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2019

You might be wondering what to do with your holiday weekend but don’t worry, we have you covered. From a dance and drum festival to a Labor Day parade, we have rounded up the best family-friendly activities to check out in DC this weekend.

Friday: August 30th

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10:00AM – 5:00PM @National Building Museum
LAWN is an immersive exhibit at the National Building Museum that will allow your family to enjoy quintessential summer activities. LAWN has a sprawling green space built on a scaffolding superstructure with different sections of lounging areas where you can enjoy refreshments and play lawn games.

African Dance and Drum Festival

12:00PM – 9:00PM @Hilton Garden Inn
Enjoy educational programs and experience the sights and sounds of West Africa at the 36th annual African Dance and Drum Festival! The festival has been around for over three decades and is always fun for the whole family.

Saturday: August 31st

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National Book Festival

8:30AM – 8:00PM @Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Spend the afternoon delighting your family’s brains at the 2019 National Book Festival. For the 19th year, the Library of Congress will host the event filled with authors meet and greets, storytimes, exhibits, parades, and more!

Maryland Renaissance Fair

10:00AM – 7:00PM @Maryland Renaissance Fair
Spark imaginations and take your family back in time at the Maryland Renaissance Fair. From jousts and artists to shows and giant turkey legs, this will be a day your family won’t forget!

Kids Fest 2019

12:00PM – 5:00PM @ELife Restaurant
Kids Fest is a great place for your kids to make friends and let out some energy. With moon bounces, children’s characters, live music, workshops, and food, it is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

7:00PM – 10:00PM @Lincoln Theatre
Labor Day weekend is one of the last chances to get out and enjoy live music. Don’t waste the opportunity and head to the Labor Day Weekend Music Festival to enjoy a variety of different music all for free!

Sunday: September 1st

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The Great Zucchini

10:30AM – 11:30AM @Capital Cider House
oin one of DCs most hilarious preschool & kindergarten entertainer for a morning of laughs and magic! The Great Zucchini is a preschool teacher who has been performing about 500 shows a year for over 20 years. The show will also include full food and drink menus!

Labor Day Capitol Concerts

8:00PM – 10:00PM @Capitol Hill DC
If free, outdoor music is what you are craving, take your family to a concert on the West Lawn performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. The show will feature popular R&B songs from artists like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Diana Ross, and Stevie Wonder.

Lab and Love Fest

5:00PM – 11:00PM @Maloof Skate Park
Whether your family is just beginning on a healthy path or you already consider yourselves fairly healthy, this event is for you. Designed for all ages, Lab and Love Fest aims to help people explore all aspects of wellness in uplifting and fun ways!

Monday: September 2nd

Labor Day Parade and Festival

1:00PM – 3:00PM @Bohrer Park
Nothing screams Labor Day more than a community parade. Join Gaithersburg for their 81st Labor Day parade featuring dance groups, antique cars, fire trucks, clowns, high school marching bands, an assortment of community groups, equestrian units, and more!