Can you believe it’s the last weekend in August?! While I’m super-excited to get fall underway, I also want to soak up the last bit of summer -- especially since it’s an extra-long Labor Day weekend. 

And this weekend has a lot to offer for a variety of interests. So, here we go. Here is your weekend roundup for Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2!

Weekend Getaway | Various Locations | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Though not really an event, you should definitely think about a last-minute road trip somewhere. How many more weekends do you really have to enjoy this weather? Here are four of my favorite getaway destinations that are within easy driving distance of Washington, D.C. And if you’re looking for tips on making it through the road trips, read this list here.

The Loop Installation | CityCenterDC | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

I know I keep writing about this, but the Loop Installation is just that cool, and there isn’t that much time left to see it. So, if you haven’t experienced it yet, head to CityCenterDC downtown to check it out. I always love art I can interact with, and this exhibit delivers excitement. It’s better if you go after dark to get the full effect, but know it is completely free and open to the public throughout the entire day. Read more about it here

Hamilton | The John F. Kennedy Center | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

There are only a few shows left of the smash hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, at the Kennedy Center, so if you’ve been meaning to see it, now is the time to jump on the tickets. There will be five shows this weekend. And I know that those tickets can be quite expensive, but if you’re willing to wait until the last minute and take your chances, you may be able to score a seat to the musical for as little as $10. That’s insanity! Read up on all the details here


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Potomac Water Taxi | Potomac River (four harbors) | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

If you can’t make it out to a beach, you can still enjoy water right here in the middle of the city. Though I wouldn’t recommend anyone actually take a dip in the Potomac River (I have a very strong feeling you’ll come out green), you can get tickets for the water taxi that travels between all four harbors, which are: The Wharf, Georgetown waterfront, Old Town waterfront, and the National Harbor. All four have much to offer in the name of entertainment. Check out details about the water taxi here

The Maryland Renaissance Festival | Annapolis, MD | Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Maryland Renaissance Festival is in full swing and will be around until October. But since you’ll probably need more than one time to experience it all, plan on heading over this weekend. Rent a costume, eat a turkey leg, enjoy a live demonstration, and so much more. You can find out all the things you must see and do, as well as logistical details here

Change 4 Good Fundraiser | The Embassy Row Hotel Rooftop | Friday

Before the summer is over, make sure you have the chance to hang out on a fabulous rooftop like that of the Embassy Row Hotel in Dupont Circle, right in the middle of Washington, D.C. And there’s nothing better than having fun, but also supporting a great cause. The Change 4 Good is a nonprofit organization based locally that works to support the homeless population in the community. Get all the details on the fundraiser this Friday, here.   

National Book Festival | Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Saturday

If you’re a book lover, this is a free event you will not want to miss. Hosted by the Library of Congress, the National Book Festival is an annual event that celebrates authors and reading. There will be a large selection of authors present and plenty of opportunities to attend readings, get a book signed, and meet your favorite writers. Learn more information about the festival here.  


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Syria Fest | Syrian Cultural House | Sunday

The Syrian Fest is the largest Syrian cultural festival in the United States, and this year it’s back in full force. Come to the Syrian Cultural House on Sunday to experience all the best that Syrian culture has to offer, from the cuisine, to the music, to the rich history. The best part is it’s free for anyone to attend. Get all the information here.

Free Bar Bingo | O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub | Sunday

Big into bingo, but not yet allowed into your grandma’s weekly circle? We get you, and we’ve got a solution. Every Sunday, O’Sullivan’s Irish Pub hosts a weekly bar bingo game that’s free for all who want to participate, and this Sunday may be your night to attend. Come out to Arlington, VA, to enjoy a few beers, some appetizers, and a lively (competitive) game of bingo. Check this link out for more information. 

Labor Day Concert | U.S. Capitol West Lawn | Sunday

If you love classical music, and you also love listening to it outside, then this is the concert for you. The concert is free, and the National Symphony Orchestra will start playing at 3 p.m., for about 90 minutes. What better way to spend the last of the summer weekend than by lounging out on the Capitol lawn? Get a list of performers and what else to expect here


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What do you guys think of these events? Which ones are you planning to go to this weekend? Tell me in the comments below!

Also, tell me what kinds of events you want me to feature in this roundup in the future! I would love to hear from you!