You might have to pinch yourself this weekend. From a kitschy crab-themed festival and a laid back line-up of jazz and blues performers, to a family fete celebrating the textile arts and cultures from around the globe, it’s going to be an unbelievably dreamy Labor Day holiday!

14653574320_c99742e971_zPhotos: James Brooks via Flickr

Eastern Shore

National Hard Crab Derby
Feeling crabby? Gather the kids and head to the Eastern Shore for this kitschy crab-themed festival full of activities for the whole family—shellfish lover or not. We’re talking crab races, crab cooking and picking contests, carnival rides, a parade, beauty pageant, and fireworks. Come hungry, as Crisfield is home to dozens of seafood restaurants. Fri.-SatEvent details.

Foggy Bottom

Celebration of Textiles
Talk about a clothes call! Stop by George Washington University Museum for a free family festival celebrating the textile arts and cultures from around the globe. In addition to cool artist demonstrations, there will be hands-on crafts, and international performances inspired by the exhibition Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora. SatEvent details.


Fresh Air Music: Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival
A full day of cool music from emerging artists and national performers, including the New Orleans based Adrian Duke Project, plus a lake…plus, no money out of your pocket? Yes, yes, and yes! This free family-friendly all-day event is a must if you need a laid back, pre-Labor Day activity on the calendar. Fri.-SatEvent details.

The Plains

Virginia Scottish Games
Your great-great-great grandfather may (or may not) have had ties to Scotland. It doesn’t matter; families with all kinds of cultural backgrounds will appreciate this annual festival that celebrates the Scottish heritage of the Commonwealth. The draw is the highland athletic competitions, which include stone, caber, and sheaf tossing. But, kids will also want to check out the antique car show, the crafters and the live music (hello, bagpipers!). Sat.-SunEvent details.


Murder Mystery with an Adventure Twist
A fun-filled evening of adventure while solving a murder mystery! The catch?
You will have to zip, swing, and climb to find the answers that will help solve this Clue-based mystery. SatEvent details.

Foggy Bottom

Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival
Preview some of the District’s 2016-2017 season in this family-friendly event featuring readings by local playwrights and rehearsals of upcoming performances. It’s a great way to gauge your kiddos’ interest in theater before you shell out for tickets. And the best part? It’s open house-style, so you can come and go as you please (without having to wait through an intermission). Sat.-MonEvent details.

What are your weekend plans? Tell us in the comments below. 

–Ayren Jackson-Cannady