By Patricia Hall, FairfaxFamilyFun.com
If your family is like mine, you want to squeeze out every last ounce of fun during summer before kids head back to the classroom on the first day of school. If you’re not going away for Labor Day weekend in 2016, there is still plenty of fun to be had around town. Northern Virginia offers many opportunities to continue enjoying summer fun right up to Labor Day weekend, before we begin transitioning into fall. Below is our annual list of family-friendly special events and activities to enjoy with the family so you can have a splashin’ good time before summer (unofficially) comes to an end.
ALL WEEKEND LONG
Water, Water Everywhere!
Get some last splashing in before pools close for the season (most of them shut down after Labor Day)! We have 10 great outdoor water parks in our immediate area, so be sure to see our list! Need something faster and simpler? Check out our list of public splash fountains/spraygrounds, too!
Labor Day Kids’ Shows at Jammin’ Java
Kids can kick off the weekend with the terrific trio known as Rocknoceros on Friday morning, Sept. 2, at 10:30 am at Jammin’ Java. Then on Labor Day Monday, Sept. 5, they return to the show for some holiday fun. The fun comedy and magic show is early so you can still make it to other events that day!
Apple Gala & Cider Festival
Great Country Farms (in Bluemont — further out, but worth the drive!) kicks off the fall season with its Apple Gala & Cider Festival every weekend in September. In addition to all the usual farm fun (jumping pillow, mini-golf, slides, farm animals, wagon rides, and more), there will be apple picking, cider tastings and antique hand crank cider pressing demos and live music. Regular hours and admission fees apply.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 2016
Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival
The 10th annual Jazz & Blues Festival takes place on Saturday, with music from several acts between 1 pm and 8 pm. Admission is free and the event is for all ages.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2016
National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) concert
The NSO performs a free Labor Day Concert each year in Washington, DC, on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Labor Day Sunday. The concert features patriotic tunes and classics from the American Songbook such as show tunes. The concert starts at 8 pm, but you can arrive as early as 3 pm when the gates open for the rehearsal at 3:30 pm. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
Herndon Labor Day Festival
The biggest Labor Day event in our area is the annual festival in downtown Herndon. This all-day (11 am-5 pm) celebration on Labor Day Monday has music, cooking demos, a craft show, samplings of a dozen Virginia wineries, local mircro breweries, food, and more! Admission with wine and beer tastings is $20, entertainment only (no alcohol) is $10, and kids 12 and under and designated drivers are free! The festival is on Monday, September 5, 2016, in downtown Herndon at the Town Green (777 Lynn St.).
17th Annual Labor Day Car Show
Love vehicles? The annual Labor Day Car Show has hundreds of cool cars and other vehicles for you to check out! On display will be street rods, foreign cars, customs, antiques, trucks, muscle cars, motorcycles and more! There also will be food and music. The event is from 8 am to 3 pm on Labor Day Monday, September 7, and is free to spectators; donations are welcome. Please note: this event traditionally has been held in the historic town of Clifton, but now the Clifton Lions Club has teamed with the City of Fairfax to present the event, so in 2016 the car show takes place in Fairfax.
Know of another Labor Day weekend that our readers might like? Let us know in the comments below or fill out an event calendar submission form.