DMV Weekend Happenings- August 30 – September 2
Posted on August 30, 2013

It’s Labor Day Weekend and that means there is lots to do in the DMV!  You’re sure to find a parade, festival or concert in your area. SmartConcierge hopes you have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Weekend Happenings Spring

Washington, DC Events

DCBS_Logo2k5DC Blues Festival
Carter Barron Amphitheater
16th Street and Colorado Ave NW
Time: Saturday, Noon-7:30pm
Price: Free
Join in the family friendly fun at the Annual DC Blues Festival featuring workshops, an instrument petting zoo, and tons of live music!

50th Anniversary of the March of Washington
Fifty years ago, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington DC for a political rally which became a key moment in the struggle for civil rights in the United States. See a guide to events, exhibits and attractions that commemorate this historic event. Events held throughout the weekend, please visit the website for times, dates and locations!

Labor Day Concert at the US Capitol
East Capitol and First Streets
Time: Sunday at 8pm
Price: Free
The annual concert, produced by the Kennedy Center, celebrates the beginning of the performing arts season featuring patriotic classics and music that highlights the American landscape with music by the National Symphony Orchestra.

The Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival
2700 F St NW
Time: Saturday, 12pm-10:30pm; Sunday, 6pm-7pm; Monday, 11am-10pm
Price: Free
The Kennedy Center hosts more than 25 local theater companies in a series of readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. This three-day event gives audiences a look at new works being prepared for Washington premieres in the upcoming theater season.

Virginia Events

Twilight Polo Club
twilightpoloGreat Meadow Polo Club
5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, VA
Time: Gates open at 6:30pm
Price: $30 per car load
Join in all the fun for a themed night of polo and merriment. Saturday’s theme is Family Night featuring a tug of war extravaganza!

Lake Ann Jazz and Blues Festival
Lake Anne Plaza, Reston, VA
Time: Saturday, 1pm-8pm
Price: Free
Bring the entire family to this festival where a variety of talented local emerging artists and national jazz performers are showcased!

Herndon Labor Day Festival
Town Green
777 Lynn Street, Herndon, VA
Price: $10-$20
Time: Monday, 12pm-6pm
Enjoy wine tastings, a craft show and musical entertainment by regional and national jazz performers.

Virginia Scottish Games
Great Meadow
5089 Old Tavern Rd., The Plains, VA
Time: Saturday and Sunday, 9am-6pm
Price: $20-$30
Celebrate Alexandria’s Scottish Heritage and enjoy piping & drumming, highland dancing, and fiddling competitions sheep-herding demonstrations, an antique car show, children’s activities, and much more!

Epicurience Virginia: A Wine and Food Festival
Morven Park Estate
17263 Southern Planter Lane, Leesburg, VA
Price: $95-$175
Time: Please visit website for specific events and times
The event highlights the region’s culinary offerings showcased in scenic and historic settings stretching from stylish equestrian farms to the misty Blue Ridge Mountains. Attendees taste the finest in Virginia wines, meet top tastemakers and master winemakers, and sample cuisine prepared by celebrated chefs from around the country.

Maryland Events

Maryland Renaissance Festival
Intersection of Route 450 and Crownsville Rd
Time: Saturday and Sunday 10am-7pm
Price: Through September 15th, Adults $17 and Children $8
The Maryland Renaissance Festival recreates a 16th century English village with crafts, food, live performances on 8 stages, a jousting arena and lots of games.renfest

Grand Prix of Baltimore
Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Price: Tickets range from $5-$750
Enjoy the third Grand Prix of Baltimore from the Grandstands, Paddock or with reserved seating.  Ticket purchase provides access to enjoy the live entertainment, delicious food and exhilarating speeds of the race festival.  Get your tickets now because this Celebration of Acceleration will be gone before you know it!

Don’t forget to check out our Grand Prix Deals & Discounts blog before heading to the race!

Movies on the Potomac
National Harbor, MD
Time: Sunday at 6:30pm
Price: Free
After sunset watch “Remember the Titans” with the ’71 Original Titans team.  Meet and greet will begin at 6:30pm in the Plaza. Small donations for pictures & autographs will benefit the 71’ Original Titans Foundation.

Glen Echo Park Art Show and Irish Festivities
7300 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, MD
Visit the Labor Day Art Show in the Spanish Ballroom 12 – 6pm, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Artwork for sale representing more than 150 regional artists including sculpture, paintings, ceramics, glass and jewelry. The event will include a wide variety of Irish musicians and dancers performing toe-tapping Irish dancing to beautiful Irish folk songs in Glen Echo Park’s Bumper Car Pavilion.

Olde Towne Gaithersburg Labor Day Parade
Summit and Diamond Avenues
Time: Monday at 1pm
Join in the fun at Gaithersburg’s Annual Labor Day Parade. Watch fire engines, high school marching bands, clowns, horses and giant balloons fill the streets of Olde Town Gaithersburg.

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival
15 Crescent Rd., Greenbelt, MD
Price: Free admission
Time: Friday, 9am-11pm; Saturday, 8:30am-11pm; Sunday, 9am-11pm; Monday, 9am-6pm
Bring the kids to a festival with carnival rides, games, a petting zoo, art exhibits, athletic tournaments, the Miss Greenbelt pageant and live entertainment.

Kensington Labor Day Parade
St Paul Park, Kensington, MD
Time: Monday, 10am-3pm
Celebrate Labor Day with a Parade and Festival! The Parade begins at St. Paul’s St and Plyers Mill. Festival located along Howard and Armory Avenues. Enjoy a day of family entertainment with a parade, live music, arts and crafts, food and kids activities.

National Hard Crab Derby
Somers Cove Marinaderby-logo 7th Street, Crisfield, MD
Time: Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday 7:30am-7pm; Sunday, 8am-9pm
Price: $3
This unique event attracts a crowd from the across the region to the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Enjoy crab races and contests, carnival rides, crafts, live entertainment, beauty pageants, parade, and fireworks.

Beach Events


Bethany Beach Summer Bandstand
Price: Free
Listen to great live performances while relaxing right on the beach! Performances start at 7:30 pm. Friday: Karaoke w/ Mario Rocco Saturday: Capt. Quint (Jimmy Buffet Tribute) Sunday: Elvis Tribute by Jesse Garron at 8 pm

tall shipTall Ship Event
Bayside Boardwalk between 3rd and 4th Streets
Time: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 9am-6pm
Price: Adults $15 Children $11
Travel back in time 500 years when you board the Galleon and experience first-hand what it was like to sail the open ocean in the 16th century!  The Galleion is a replica of the 16th century ships that Spanish explorers sailed on to discover Florida and much of the New World.

Labor Day Weekend Art and Craft Festival

Convention Center 40th Street
Time: Friday through Sunday, 10am-5pm
A tasteful mix of vendors, including oil and watercolors, woodworking & furniture, stained glass, glass art, candles, pottery and more.

Concerts at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

  • John Mayer, Jiffy Lube Live, Saturday at 7:30 pm
  • Three Dog Night, Birchmere, Friday at 7:30 pm
  • The Outlaws, Birchmere, Saturday at 7:30 pm
  • Salt N Pepa, Howard Theatre, Saturday at 8 pm

Sports at a Glance!
Contact your concierge for pricing and availability!

  • Washington Nationals vs Mets, Nats Park, Friday at 7:05pm, Saturday at 7:05pm, and Sunday at 8:05 pm
  • WWE Live Supershow, Verizon Center, Sunday at 5 pm
  • Baltimore Grand Prix, Downtown Baltimore, Friday through Sunday

Movies Opening this Weekend

One Direction: This Is Us
(Documentary | Music – 92 Minutes)
A look at Niall, Zayn, Liam, Louis, and Harry’s meteoric rise to fame, from their humble hometown beginnings and competing on the X-Factor, to conquering the world and performing at London’s famed O2 Arena. Starring  Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, and Niall Horan

(Action | Crime – 90 Minutes)
Former race-car driver Brent Magna is pitted against the clock when his wife is kidnapped by a mysterious villain. He commanders a young woman’s car and takes her on on a high-speed race against time. Starring Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez, Jon Voight, and Paul Freeman.

closed_circuit64Closed Circuit
(Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller – 96 Minutes)
A high-profile terrorism case unexpectedly binds together two ex-lovers on the defense team – testing the limits of their loyalties and placing their lives in jeopardy. Starring Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, and Ciaran Hinds
Restaurant Week

If you were ever looking to sample some new cuisines or restaurants now is the time. Summer Restaurant Week is here! You’re able to get your foodie fix throughout the DMV! If you’re not familiar with Restaurant Week, it’s a glorious week in the culinary world where restaurants offer prefix menus at a discount price! It’s the perfect way to sample some new foods or try a new restaurant without breaking the bank.

Restaurant-Week-in-AlexandriaAlexandria Restaurant Week
August 23 – September 1, 2013
More than 60 restaurants will be offering special menus and pricing to entice visitors to dine in Alexandria, Virginia, just five miles south of Washington, DC. The restaurants are offering either a three-course pre-fixe dinner or dinner for two, both priced at $35.