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The National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Weekend concert.
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Labor Day in Washington, D.C.: 10 things to do and see

From concerts to cooking classes to a larger-than-life interactive exhibition

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The National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Weekend concert.
| Photo via NASA HQ PHOTO

To mark the end of the season, there are a wide variety of events being held from Friday, September 1 to Monday, September 4. Make this upcoming Labor Day weekend the best weekend of the summer.

In order to showcase which events are the best of the best, Curbed DC put together this map with events listed in order of date from the earliest to the latest. From concerts to cooking classes, see what there still is to get excited about this summer before the season finally makes its leave.

Were there any notable events left off this map? Let Curbed DC know in the comments.

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1. D.C. Commission Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

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1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Friday, September 1

At the historic Lincoln Theatre, there will be live performances that cover a wide swatch of genres, from jazz to pop to rock to folk. The admission for this event is free with no ticket required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Lincoln Theatre
The Lincoln Theatre.
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2. Truckeroo

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1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

Friday, September 1

Food truck lovers are sure to be pleased by this event, located at The Bullpen in Navy Yard. On Friday, this monthly, family-friendly festival will feature live music and a myriad of food trucks, including Bel-Feast, Ricksha Streetside Indian, Mexicano Square, and Red Hook Lobster Pound. If interested in cold drinks and yummy food, the event spans from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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3. Chocolate Making Class

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1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

Friday, September 1

For $75, chocolate lovers will be able to make their own lollipops, truffles, and tempered chocolate in this three-hour course at Union Kitchen: Ivy City. Not only will a master chocolatier teach how to make different desserts, they will also teach the differences between white, milk, and dark chocolate and what it is that makes certain chocolates “good.” The course starts at 6 p.m.

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4. Outdoor Movie

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Friday, September 1

End your summer off on a good note by seeing a film with the ever-popular Tom Cruise in the American sports action drama film, Days of Thunder, released 1990. The film starts at 7 p.m., but be sure to come early. There is a $10 parking fee, but walk-ups are totally free.

5. National Book Festival

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801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, September 2

Book lovers, don’t miss out on this free event. The National Book Festival will once again open at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Over 100 authors, illustrators, and poets will speak at this family-friendly event. There will also be book sales, thanks to D.C.’s Politics & Prose Bookstore.

6. H Street Comedy Night

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400 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Saturday, September 2

Why not end the summer off with a good laugh? At H Street’s Driftwood Kitchen, this free comedy event will start at 8 p.m. No tickets required.

Driftwood Kitchen during Pride Month 2017.
Photo via Elvert Barnes

7. Tai Chi

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I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, September 2

Sometimes, all you need is a good, meditative exercise to make the end of the week feel like a blessing. This Saturday, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the D.C. Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a Tai Chi class in Chinatown Park. The event is open to the public and free.

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8. Speed Dating

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1223 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Saturday, September 2

Ever been curious about dating in the fastest way possible? This speed dating event at Dirty Martini is for those looking for a quick-paced social adventure. Only those ages 24 to 39 will be allowed. Tickets start at $29. The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

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9. National Symphony Orchestra

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East Capitol St NE & First St SE
Washington, DC 20004

Sunday, September 3

This is the summer event everyone in the D.C. area should be looking forward to if they’re lovers of the National Symphony Orchestra. This year’s annual Labor Day concert will feature vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan and guest conductor John Morris Russell. Some of the music that will be played include Bob Dylan’s "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol" and O’Donovan’s "Red & White & Blue & Gold."  The performance, located on the West Lawn of the U.S Capitol, will last approximately 90 minutes.

The 2010 National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Weekend concert.
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10. Hive

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401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001

Monday, September 4

This is it. This is the final day for the National Building Museum’s larger-than-life summer installation, known as “Hive.” Studio Gang’s installation is made up of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, some as high as 60 feet. The tubes interlock to create three interconnected, domed chambers with the tallest dome offering an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The structures are also shaped to recall Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy as well as the curvature of a spider’s web.

1. D.C. Commission Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

1215 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lincoln Theatre
The Lincoln Theatre.
Photo via U.S. Department of Agriculture

Friday, September 1

At the historic Lincoln Theatre, there will be live performances that cover a wide swatch of genres, from jazz to pop to rock to folk. The admission for this event is free with no ticket required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

1215 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Truckeroo

1201 Half St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Friday, September 1

Food truck lovers are sure to be pleased by this event, located at The Bullpen in Navy Yard. On Friday, this monthly, family-friendly festival will feature live music and a myriad of food trucks, including Bel-Feast, Ricksha Streetside Indian, Mexicano Square, and Red Hook Lobster Pound. If interested in cold drinks and yummy food, the event spans from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

1201 Half St SE
Washington, DC 20003

3. Chocolate Making Class

1369 New York Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002
Photo via cacaobug

Friday, September 1

For $75, chocolate lovers will be able to make their own lollipops, truffles, and tempered chocolate in this three-hour course at Union Kitchen: Ivy City. Not only will a master chocolatier teach how to make different desserts, they will also teach the differences between white, milk, and dark chocolate and what it is that makes certain chocolates “good.” The course starts at 6 p.m.

1369 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC 20002

4. Outdoor Movie

1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Friday, September 1

End your summer off on a good note by seeing a film with the ever-popular Tom Cruise in the American sports action drama film, Days of Thunder, released 1990. The film starts at 7 p.m., but be sure to come early. There is a $10 parking fee, but walk-ups are totally free.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, DC 20002

5. National Book Festival

801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, DC 20001

Saturday, September 2

Book lovers, don’t miss out on this free event. The National Book Festival will once again open at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Over 100 authors, illustrators, and poets will speak at this family-friendly event. There will also be book sales, thanks to D.C.’s Politics & Prose Bookstore.

801 Mt Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

6. H Street Comedy Night

400 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Driftwood Kitchen during Pride Month 2017.
Photo via Elvert Barnes

Saturday, September 2

Why not end the summer off with a good laugh? At H Street’s Driftwood Kitchen, this free comedy event will start at 8 p.m. No tickets required.

400 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

7. Tai Chi

I St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Photo via Shutterstock/wavebreakmedia

Saturday, September 2

Sometimes, all you need is a good, meditative exercise to make the end of the week feel like a blessing. This Saturday, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., the D.C. Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will host a Tai Chi class in Chinatown Park. The event is open to the public and free.

I St NW
Washington, DC 20001

8. Speed Dating

1223 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Photo via Shutterstock/Phovoir

Saturday, September 2

Ever been curious about dating in the fastest way possible? This speed dating event at Dirty Martini is for those looking for a quick-paced social adventure. Only those ages 24 to 39 will be allowed. Tickets start at $29. The event starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9 p.m.

1223 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. National Symphony Orchestra

East Capitol St NE & First St SE, Washington, DC 20004
The 2010 National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Weekend concert.
Photo via NASA HQ PHOTO

Sunday, September 3

This is the summer event everyone in the D.C. area should be looking forward to if they’re lovers of the National Symphony Orchestra. This year’s annual Labor Day concert will feature vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter Aoife O’Donovan and guest conductor John Morris Russell. Some of the music that will be played include Bob Dylan’s "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol" and O’Donovan’s "Red & White & Blue & Gold."  The performance, located on the West Lawn of the U.S Capitol, will last approximately 90 minutes.

East Capitol St NE & First St SE
Washington, DC 20004

10. Hive

401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Monday, September 4

This is it. This is the final day for the National Building Museum’s larger-than-life summer installation, known as “Hive.” Studio Gang’s installation is made up of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, some as high as 60 feet. The tubes interlock to create three interconnected, domed chambers with the tallest dome offering an oculus over 10 feet in diameter. The structures are also shaped to recall Brunelleschi’s Dome at the Florence Cathedral in Italy as well as the curvature of a spider’s web.

401 F St NW
Washington, DC 20001