Weekend Roundup, Aug. 31 – Sept. 4

Bid adieu to summer with a three-day weekend of great activities around town. Enjoy cocktails at Lapop in Adams Morgan and distilled spirits at Mount Vernon, sample a new restaurant during Summer Restaurant Week, delight in the renowned D.C. Jazz Festival and round out the weekend with the NSO’s Labor Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. 

The National Symphony Orchestra’s Annual Labor Day Concert Returns 

Don’t miss the concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday evening. The performance is free and seating is first-come, first served. Expect to hear hits from John Williams, Duke Ellington, Brahms and more. More information on the concert can be found here.  

NSO’s Labor Day Concert, 2017. YouTube photo.

Summer Restaurant Week is Not-to-be-Missed

Don’t miss D.C. Summer Restaurant Week, which ends Sunday, September 3. Lunch and brunch are priced at $25, and dinners are either $40 or $55. Over 20 restaurants in the neighborhood are participating, including Tony & Joe’s, Martin’s Tavern, 1789, Café Milano and more. More on Restaurant Week can be found here. 

Don’t miss out! Summer Restaurant Week ends September 3.

Enjoy an Afghan-Inspired Tiki Night 

Check out Lapop, an underground cocktail bar beneath Lapis in Adams Morgan between 5 and 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, for the next iteration of their Experimental Cocktail Night series. Learn how popular fruits in Afghanistan like honeydew and plums pair delectably with traditional Tiki ingredients like pineapple, coconut, and rum. More information on the event can be found here. 

Enjoy an Afghan-inspired Tiki night at Lapop Thursday.

Sip on Spirits at Mount Vernon 

Don’t miss one of the last few opportunities to visit Mount Vernon and sample three distilled spirits made using 18th century distilling methods and techniques. The Historic Trades team will be on hand to explain how they distill spirits today. Tours of George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill will also be offered. More information on how to get tickets can be found here. 

Learn how spirits were distilled in the 18th century at Mount Vernon. Courtesy Mount Vernon.

Labor Day Art Show (All Weekend) at Glen Echo

The 52nd Annual Labor Day Art Show, presented by the Glen Echo Partnership for Arts and Culture, is this weekend. The show runs from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday. Expect to see paintings, glass, ceramics, jewelry, furniture, and more. The Partnership is also presenting a two-day social dance showcase Saturday and Sunday with live music and beginning dance lessons. More information on the weekend’s events can be found here. 

Spend Labor Day weekend at Glen Echo, checking out visual and performance art. Courtesy Glen Echo.

Don’t Miss the D.C. End of Summer Collection 

Eventbrite has released its D.C. End of Summer Collection with lots of options for the long weekend ahead. There’s a guided hike and picnic at Great Falls, a rooftop yoga party at Union Market, and more. More information on what you can try this weekend here. 

A fitness class on the rooftop at Union Market. Photo by EDENS. Courtesy District Fray.


Great Falls Park, Virginia. Courtesy Department of Interior.

Take in the 19th Annual DC Jazz Fest 

Don’t miss the weekend’s lineup, with appearances by big names in the world of jazz including Gregory Porter, Samara Joy, Lisa Sokolov, and more. Over the years, the citywide DC Jazz Fest has served nearly two million people, including visitors from all over the world. The festival offers both free and priced performances and educational programs. More information on the event can be found here. 

Grammy Award-winning jazz singer, Samara Joy. The 19th Annual DC JazzFest is back for another weekend. Courtesy DC JazzFest.

The D.C. Festival of Magic is Back at the Capital Hilton 

Presto! The D.C. Festival of Magic is at the Capital Hilton for a third year. The best magicians in the Mid-Atlantic will be available for three nights including Larry Hass and a Joe Holiday Family Magic Show. More information on the event can be found here. 

Magician Joe Holiday will be appearing at the D.C. Festival of Magic. YouTube photo.




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