There’s still time left to check the boxes on your summer to-do list, even as we bid frosé farewell and welcome pumpkin spice season. The long Labor Day weekend offers ample opportunity to get outside and enjoy the end of a socially-distanced summer. Fear not if you can’t fit it all into this weekend: Fall doesn’t actually start until September 22.
Virtually rock out
Ne-Yo is headlining the USO’s virtual Labor Day weekend celebration on Saturday, September 5, which concludes its summer music series. Hear music from the R&B star and folk band The War and Treaty on Saturday, and catch a barbecue-themed cooking event on Friday with pitmaster Myron Mixon.
Take a hike
If you’re looking for a nature walk or a good hike, we have recommendations on where you can find great walks by the water and suggestions on where to go for a more intense hike around the region.
Cruise on the river
With almost 400 miles to explore, the Potomac River offers a wide range of activities. Seafarers can catch a ride on a powerboat or paddle a kayak, and the river’s lush fishing areas are home to catfish and trout.
Catch a live show
A group of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra are performing a free socially-distant show at the Kennedy Center on Sunday, September 6. The performance will be live streamed at Park Up DC, the pop-up drive-in event space on RFK Stadium’s campus. (Up to 350 cars can attend the 7 PM show).
Hit the outdoor gym
Start Labor Day with a $20 workout lead by F45 Training Tysons on Monday, September 7. The full-body class is taking place at the George C. Marshall High School track for a fresh-air fitness session.
Watch a drive-in film
Parking lots have converted into outdoor theaters during the pandemic, and urban buildings are taking the place of big screens. Bonus: The open-sky setting means celebrities aren’t the only stars you’ll catch on movie night.