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8 Things to Do Over Labor Day Weekend 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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Updated: 18 August 2017
It may not be the official end of summer, but Labor Day is surely summer’s last big weekend. There are plenty of ways to celebrate and spend time outdoors, check out some cultural activities, and just have a good time in Washington, D.C. Here are some ways to make the weekend extra memorable.

Experience Hive at the National Building Museum

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Experience Hive at the National Building Museum

Labor Day will be the last chance to see Hive, the summer block party installation at the National Building Museum. The jaw-dropping exhibit comprises more than 2,700 wound paper tubes, which, in turn, create domed chambers; it is truly a can’t-miss sight.

National Building Museum, 401 F St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 272 2448

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Learn about the history of labor

Make a stop at the National Museum of American History to explore the American Enterprise exhibit. This interactive display will take you through the evolution of labor in the country, starting from the agricultural economy to modern-day industry.

National Museum of American History, 14th St and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 633 1000

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Labor Day Crabfest

Join City Tap Penn Quarter for a day of feasting and fun by cracking unlimited crabs at their Third Annual Labor Day Crabfest. For $50, you get unlimited Maryland blue crabs alongside piping hot hush puppies and jambalaya rice. Oskar Blues Brewery will be partnering to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Dale’s Pale Ale with 19-ounce cans of Dale’s Pale Ale or Mama’s Little Yella Pils for just $8 each. City Tap will be turning its patio into a beach, complete with sand, beach balls, inflatable palm trees, frozen drinks, live music, and more!

City Tap House, 901 9th St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 733 5333

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Harbor Dome: Summer Snow Globe

If you are really ready for winter, or just want a break from the heat, make sure to check out the National Harbor’s newest addition, Harbor Dome. This special event venue will sport the Summer Snow Globe Aug 18th through Labor Day, with regular dustings of real snow, sleek bars with craft cocktails, a lounge to take it all in and live music.

National Harbor, MD, USA

A perfect night for our Summer Snow Globe @harbordome #thisishowyouharbor

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Concert at The Capitol

Enjoy a free concert by the National Symphony Orchestra. The event will kick off at 3 pm on Sunday, September 3rd and takes place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. Pack a picnic and get there early to avoid crowds.

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Best American cocktail bar

At the summer’s Tales of the Cocktail festival in New Orleans, D.C.’s own Columbia Room won the coveted Best American Cocktail Bar category of the Spirited Awards, a prestigious award from their peers. This holiday weekend, check them out and enjoy one (or more) of their experiences—the Tasting Room, Spirits Library, or beautiful Punch Garden. In all cases, there will be delicious cocktails involved.

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National Book Festival

Book lovers of all kinds should stop by the National Book Festival, presented by the Library of Congress. It’s free to attend, and you can see all sorts of books ranging from novels to children’s stories and everything in between. Plenty of author discussions will also take place.

Convention Center, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, Washington, D.C., USA

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Labor Day Brunch

No D.C. holiday weekend is complete without an epic brunch, and many restaurants will be open for this tasty meal on Labor Day as well. Some fantastic spots to look into are Daikaya for Japanese small plates and a casual vibe, The Salt Line for waterfront views and fresh seafood, Urbana for bottomless libations and stellar Italian favorites, or 701 for refined modern American favorites in a classy setting.

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