Do you plan on taking it easy over this Labor Day weekend? Chillax–while still getting out of the house–with these local happenings, including a family friendly jazz celebration, a festival for book worms, and laid back museum tours.

Photo: Lake Anne


Lake AnneJazz and Blues Festival
The annual music festival, in its 11th year, is a free, family friendly event and will feature a variety of acclaimed artists, including Sam Gunderson and Kriss Funn, showcasing their talent and craft for jazz and blues. SatEvent

Foggy Bottom

Celebration of Textiles
Explore the art of recycling at a free festival for all ages. Try your hand at weaving with recycled materials, watch local fiber artists at work, enjoy live music and dance, and explore the ingenious fashions on display in the exhibition “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.” Celebration of Textiles is free and will take place at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. Sat.-SunEvent


Healthy First Saturday
Start your September off the healthy way! Meet therapy dogs from FIDOS for FREEDOM, get Kinderfit! with the Kindersinger, and take part in yoga for kids. SatEvent

Foggy Bottom

Arts on the Horizon: ‘Outside the Lines’
Take an active role in shaping Arts on the Horizon’s newest show, “Outside the Lines!” In PLAY-shop families will participate in a series of interactive activities designed to explore how kids ages 2-5 want to engage with various objects, images, and stories related to the play’s themes. SatEvent

Various Locations

Bank of America Museums On Us
If you’re a Bank of America cardholder you can visit several local and nearby museums for free this weekend. The Newseum in D.C., the Museum of Maryland African  American History & Culture and the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond all participate in the program to bring you a free, fun, air conditioned and educational Saturday. SatEvent

Mt. Vernon

Library of Congress National Book Festival
Calling all book worms! The 16th annual Library of Congress book fest is setting up shop at the Washington Convention Center. Listen to readings from kids books writers, make your own book marks, and don’t leave empty handed—pick up a new bedtime story before heading home. SatEvent

What are your plans for this Labor Day weekend? Give us the scoop in the comments below. 

-Ayren Jackson-Cannady