Well, I guess you win.
All of you pumpkin lovin’, latte sippin, sweater snugglin’, autumn lovers.
Summer’s over. Are you happy??
You killed it with all of your wishing for cooler weather. WHY? WHY?
Why can’t it be beaches forever? And tank tops and sunnies? Why can’t all footwear be replaced by flip flops?
Ok, fine. It doesn’t HAVE to be summer FOREVER. But since when does AUGUST signal thoughts of pumpkin flavored beverages and fall decorations??
Can I get a Dog Day up in here?
Can we LIVE in the moment, people?
But alas, Labor Day is the symbolic “last weekend” of the summer, so here are some things to do around town for those of us who have eschewed out of town travel and decided to staycay it up.
Jazz in the Garden – Tonight is the last night for the weekly summer series at the National Sculpture Garden. They’re playing Zydeco, Cajun and Louisiana Funk. Whatever, man. I’m down. Will I see you there?
National Sculpture Garden 9th and Constitution Ave 5pm – 8:30pm
Have you been to that BIG MAZE at the National Building Museum? Yeah I haven’t either, but lookit:
Photo credit R. Lopez (www.underabushel.com)
Pretty cool! Tonight is the last night of extended summer hours. It costs to walk the maze but you can join the Summer Block Party with Hill Country’s Backyard BBQ for free on the west lawn.
National Building Museum – The BIG Maze , 401 F ST NW Washington, DC . Extended summer hours are from 5pm to 9pm. Follow link for admission rates, etc
Hey, you Marylanders: Greenbelt’s Labor Day Festival starts tonight at 6pm and runs through Monday. Also, it’s FREE!
So there, if you’re a PG County resident and you don’t want to travel too far check this out. Carnival rides, games, live entertainment, food, art…it’s a festival. You know what it’s about.
Greenbelt Labor Day Festival Roosevelt Center 101 Centerway Greenbelt, MD Friday Aug 29th 6pm thru Monday Sep 1st 6pm
If you haven’t made it to the Maryland State Fair, this is your last weekend to go! Not free, but very cheap, plus kids 5 and under are FREE.
You know what to expect at a state fair: rides, games, food, art, karaoke, live entertainment, liveSTOCK. One of the daily events listed is “Birthing Center”. Like for cattle. Sooo go and traumatize your kids with THAT.
Maryland State Fair 200 York Road, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
DC Blues Festival The festival is free from 12 to 7. The after party’s gonna cost ya though, but not much. So if the names Shirletta Settles and Shakura S’Aida mean anything to you, go on and get your blues on tomorrow at the Carter Barron Ampitheater Rock Creek Park. 3545 Williamsburg Lane, NW Washington, DC
Epicurience Virginia, This is for you foodie dudies with a little more cash to spare, and I mean more than a little. This food and wine festival is an annual, epic, epicurean experience in Leesburg, VA.
Over 40 food and wine vendors, so lots of vino and bites for tasting and sampling. There are wine classes and tasting competitions, as well as chef demonstrations. If the the words heirloom, farm to table, Saveur magazine, and Chef Scott Drewno mean anything to you, you’re a foodie. Go treat yourself. You didn’t do anything all summer–get classy wasted, then Uber home.
Epicurience Virginia 2014 at Morven Park, Leesburg, Virginia. Tonight’s opening tasting is sold out but the event runs through Labor Day.
Let’s get artsy, shall we?
Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival is an annual event that kicks off the Kennedy Center’s upcoming play season. Sit in on open rehearsals and readings of new plays by local theater companies as well as national playwrights. FREE!
Kennedy Center Saturday 12 noon–10 p.m Sunday 6–7 p.m. and Monday 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Let’s get a little nerdy, shall we?
Maryland Renaissance Festival
Travelest thou back in time to a merry olde day wherein which ye…wanderest the…aisles of…
No. Sorry. I can’t.
RennFest–dress up in Olde English costumes (or not). Eat big meats on a stick (or less scary food). Take in a jousting. Listen to ancient music. And uh, I’m sure you can make candles and pottery and throw your annoying little cousin in the stocks. Look, either this is your thang or it’s not. People seem to like these fests, sooo..
Maryland Rennaissance Festival 1821 Crownsville Road
Last but not least, why not begin the weekend turndown with a little class and elegance?
Labor Day Concert at the U.S. Capitol A little Pops in the Park on the west lawn of the Capitol. The concert is free and starts at 8pm or come earlier for the rehearsal from 3 to 6. You can bring food but no alcohol or glass bottles.
Hope you guys have a wonderful holiday weekend! Goodbye, Summer. You were gone too soon.