Labor Day Fun in the DC Metro

Labor Day weekend is coming up, and if you’re in the DC metro area, there are many activities going on.  If you don’t have anything planned yet, you might want to check out a few of these events.

Beatles Tribute Festival – Sept. 1 – 5 at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD.  Abbey Road on the River presents over 50 Beatles tribute bands at this festival honoring one of the greatest groups of all time.

Kennedy Center Page-To-Stage Festival – Sept. 3 – 5.  Check out over 25 different local theater groups put on free performances of their plays and musicals.  These are brand new works that are being prepared for the upcoming theater season.

Glen Echo Park Art Show and Irish Festivities – Sept. 3 – 5 on MacArthur Blvd in Glen Echo, MD.

Virginia Scottish Games – Sept. 3 & 4 in Alexandria.  This interesting Scottish heritage festival features piping, drumming, dancing, and even sheep-herding demonstrations!

DC Blues Festival – Sept. 3 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Carter Barron Amphitheater.  Come listen to some great blues music by local and national groups.  Admission is free.

Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol – Sunday, Sept. 4 at 8:00 p.m.  This free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra will be held at East Capitol and First Street.

Herndon Labor Day Festival – Monday, Sept. 5 from noon to 6:00 p.m. on Lynn Street in Herndon, VA.  This outdoor festival includes wine tastings and live musical entertainment.

Fourth of July Events in DC

There are many different ways to celebrate the Fourth of July but few are as amazing and breathtaking as celebrating this holiday in our nation’s capitol.  Watching fireworks explode in multitudes of color around the many different landmarks in Washington DC is a sight like no other.  Imagine bursts of color behind the Washington Memorial, the Capitol Building’s dome, or reflected in the Reflecting Pool.

The Fourth of July is an all-day event in the city.  It starts with a parade that makes its way up Constitution Avenue.  This parade includes marching bands, floats, and more.  Of course, if you want a good view, you’ll need to get there early.  Another great event is the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.  It features music, dancing, great food, and handmade crafts.  This year, the festival’s themes are Colombia, Peace Corps, and Rhythm and Blues.  The festival runs from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.

The National Archives host a number of different events, including a “birthday” party for the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  Following this, you can visit the White House Visitor Center for some games and other activities.  If you want something a little more relaxing, the U.S. Navy Band will host a concert at the Washington Monument Grounds starting at 6:00 p.m.  A Capitol Fourth Concert, a Fourth of July tradition hosted by the National Symphony Orchestra, will take place on the West Lawn of the Capitol.  It begins at 8:00 p.m. and ends just in time for the fireworks.

The fireworks show, which is what everyone wants to hang around for, starts around 9:15 p.m. or so.  The fireworks are fired off from the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool and explode over the Washington Monument, creating a spectacular sight like no other!

Valentine Events in the DC Metro

With only two weeks before Valentine’s Day, it’s time to really buckle down and get to planning!  Dinner reservations, tickets to events, and even gifts are quickly being claimed, and if you don’t want to be left out in the cold, you need to be getting your Valentine’s Day schedule locked down.  Here are some great events in the DC metro that you might consider.

Chris Botti will be performing at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Valentine’s Day.  He’s one of the top selling American jazz instrumentalists.  Since his debut, he has won a Grammy and released four top selling albums.  If you or your date is a jazz lover, this is a great event to attend.

On the other hand, if opera is more your things, the restaurant Tuscana West has teamed up with the Washington National Opera for the Weekend of Love.  On Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th, various artists will perform love songs, many from popular operas, while guests dine on Tuscana West’s fine entrees.  Reservations are, of course, necessary.

Get wooed at the zoo on February 11.  The National Zoo will offer this free event for couples looking for something a bit different.  During the evening, you and your date will learn about animal mating and reproduction—it’s fun and educational!  In addition to the program, hor d’oeuvres and a free treat are included, plus there will be a cash bar.

There are several different outdoor ice skating rinks in the DC metro, and many will be turned into romantic wonderlands on Valentine’s Day.  After dinner, why not step outside and enjoy skating under the starlight?

Romantic Valentine’s Day Ideas for the DC Metro

Plan a Romantic Event for Valentine's Day
Plan a Romantic Event for Valentine

Valentine’s Day is coming up very quickly.  While it may seem like you have plenty of time to make plans, you really don’t.  This is especially true if you need to make reservations somewhere.  Restaurants often fill up very quickly, while events are sold out days or weeks in advance.  If you need an idea for something to do this Valentine’s Day, here are some events in the DC metro.

Dinner, of course, is always an option.  There are some great restaurants in the area that have Valentine’s Day specials.  Again, you really need to make reservations ahead of time—make them now if you can!  Restaurants in the area having specials include 2941 Restaurant, 701 Restaurant, Bangkok Joe’s, Art and Soul, Bastille, Asia Nine Bar & Lounge, and Bourbon Steak.

If you want to add a little spice to your dinner, you can take a dinner cruise on the Potomac River.  There are several different cruises, including ones on the Spirit of Washington and the Odyssey.

The National Museum of Crime and Punishment may not seem like the ideal place for a romantic date, but their “Crimes of Passion” event is actually geared towards romantic couples.  From February 11 until the 15th, visitors get handcuffed together and then get to explore the different special exhibits exploring crimes of passion.

There are a few concerts going on this year in the DC area, including Valentine’s Day-themed concerts at the Strathmore Music Center and at the Kennedy Center.

For a more interactive event, you and your sweetheart can sign up for the Watson Adventures Scavenger Hunts.  This amusing search sends participants into an art museum to search for nudity and answer entertaining questions.  Note that reservations are required.

These are just a few things going on in the DC area this Valentine’s Day.