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Last Minute Labor Day Plans in D.C. for Every Budget

Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day Weekend just kind of sneak up on me every year. When it comes to the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve I’m ON it. I’m thinking months in advance about a game plan, logistics — and let’s be real — the Instagram aesthetic. But when it comes to the long weekends at the beginning and end of summer, I’m always scrambling. You know when Jean Belcher said he hated summer because there was too much pressure to have fun? I lowkey feel that when Memorial Day and Labor Day come around. Even if all you want to do is sit around your apartment in your underwear or catch up on errands or your to-do list, you see your friends on boats and suddenly you feel like you have to be doing something fun and cool and Snapchat story worthy. 

I could have gone to Wrightsville Beach for the weekend with my lovely roommates (and probably should’ve), but decided to take advantage of an empty apartment and stay in the city. Maybe I’ll do something fun, maybe I’ll get ahead on work, maybe I’ll blog, maybe I’ll clean and maybe I’ll be a complete loser and rewatch the Ozark and an assortment of Disney movies all weekend. Only time will tell.


But if you’re like me, staying in the greater D.C. area for the weekend, with no idea what you’ll be doing, I’ve got you covered with a wide array of plans in the city between tomorrow and Monday.




Skip It Day Party

Time: 12pm – 6pm

Cost: Free


Capitol Riverfront Friday Concert

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Cost: Free

Miscellaneous: They’ll have corona products available for purchase, and you can BYOB and BYOF


Margarita Cruise on the Potomac

Time: 8:30pm – 11:30pm

Cost: $30 for entry

Miscellaneous: Cash bar, $3 specials





River Tubing

Time: 9am – 5pm

Cost: Starts at $99

Miscellaneous: Cost includes transportation to and from DC, tubing gear rental and a catered BBQ lunch


Cookout Day Party @ Barcode

Time: 5pm – 10pm

Cost: Free until 7pm w/ RSVP


Pre-Labor Day All White Party @ The W

Time: 9pm – 2am

Cost: $20 entry

Miscellaneous: Drinks are pricy AF so pregame like you mean it




Great American Pig-out @ American Ice Company

Time: 1pm – 5pm

Cost: $25 all you can eat, $50 all you can eat and drink


Labor Day Sunday @ Decades

Time: 9pm – 4am

Cost: Free – No cover!

Miscellaneous: Decades can be really, really fun every once in a while, but it can also be lowkey hell on earth. But if you don’t have to pay the $20 cover fee, it’s worth a shot.


Annual White Party @ The W Hotel

Time: 9pm – 2am

Cost: $20 for entry





Labor Day Day Party & Brunch @ the Park

Time: 12:30pm – 9pm

Cost: $38 for bottomless brunch buffet & all you can drink mimosas between 12:45 – 5pm


Labor Day Luau @ City Tap

Time: 11am – 5pm

Cost: Free entry, $45 open bar from 3pm – 5pm





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