Maryland State Fair

Through Sept 3: Head to Timonium for the last weekend of the State Fair! Ride on the Midway, eat some cotton candy, check out the exhibition barns, and see some prize animals!

South Pacific

Now-Oct 7, Olney: With songs like Some Enchanted Evening and I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,  Olney Theatre tackles one of the most beloved of American musicals. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winner was ahead of its time with its unflinching look at racism and prejudice that, sadly, still resonates today. 

The Bridges of Madison County

Through Sept 2, DC: An acclaimed musical based on the best-selling novel, the Keegan Theatre presents a sweeping romance about the roads we travel, the doors we open and the bridges we dare to cross, this Tony Award-winner captures the lyrical expanse of America’s heartland and the yearning entangled in the eternal question “What if…?”

Maryland Renaissance Festival

Various dates through Oct 21, Crownsville: Check out this unique festival that takes place every year near Annapolis, Md. Bring along the entire family and celebrate olde times with Renaissance-themed artisans, dazzling performances (including dances and musicians) and plenty of plate-filling food, like turkey legs. You can also dress up in your own costume, if ye so wish.

National Symphony Orchestra Labor Day Concert

Sept 2, DC: NSO musicians Aaron Goldman and Craig Mulcahy, and Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist alumna Leah Hawkins join the National Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor JoAnn Falletta for the NSO's annual free Labor Day concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The program features patriotic classics, traditional melodies, popular songs, and a bevy of works by living composers.

Page to Stage New Play Festival

Sept 1-3, DC: Join more than 60 D.C.-area theater companies at the Kennedy Center for a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals in development by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers—some with scripts in hand, others almost fully staged. The free performances reflect the dynamic make-up of all corners of the city, whether you are a newcomer or a veteran to theater.

Labor Day Weekend Music Festival

Sept 1-2, DC: Mayor Muriel Bowser presents the Festival at the historic Lincoln Theatre. As part of 202Creates, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will close out the summer with a weekend of live music by local artists performing the sounds of DC. All performances are free and open to the public.

Anacostia Park Centennial Two Day Birthday Party

Aug 31-Sept 1, DC: Enjoy Yoga in the Park, River Rides on the Anacostia River, ranger led tours, painting, fishing, roller skating and so much more in this two day party!

Greenbelt Labor Day Festival

Aug 31-Sept 3, Greenbelt: The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival was started in 1955 as a way of raising funds to build a Youth Center. The weekend-long celebration includes amusement rides, carnival games, live bands and entertainment, food and refreshments, sports and recreation, art exhibits and activities, a used book sale and a parade!

National Book Festival

Sept 1, DC:  The Walter E. Washington Convention Center will host this annual celebration of books of all kinds, from children’s stories to epic novels, curated by the Library of Congress. Authors will speak and answer questions about their work throughout the day, with the main stage featuring marquee names like Madeleine Albright, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham. The festival is free to attend!

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