Labor Day Weekend Events and Activities in Northern Virginia

Updated on August 29, 2023 by Julie McCool

2023 Labor Day weekend events in Northern Virginia celebrate the unofficial end of summer at family-friendly festivals, waterparks, and more. Labor Day 2023 is on September 4th but many events are held on September 2 or 3. The last long weekend of summer fun is a great time to check out a new park, attend a festival, and relax with family and friends.

Find more fun in our guide to September Events and Fun Festivals in Northern Virginia.

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2023 Labor Day Weekend Events in Northern Virginia

This guide lists Labor Day weekend events in Alexandria, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William Counties plus surrounding towns. Events are listed in order of start date, with multi-day events listed first. No matter where you celebrate the long Labor Day weekend, we wish you a safe and happy time.

Corn Maze and Apple Harvest, Great Country Farms, Bluemont, Sep 1-30

Everyone loves fresh apples during apple season

Celebrate the apple-picking season with wagon rides to the u-pick apple orchard. The Great Country Farms apple festival is a month-long celebration. Kids can have a blast in the 12-acre play area and Stories from the Stars Corn Maze. On weekends, everyone can enjoy live music, marshmallow roasting, and cider pressing demonstrations, and fresh cider samples

Weekday admission to the farm is $12 per child, $14 per adult; $14/$16 on weekends. Hours are 9:00 – 5:00 daily (to 6:00 on weekends). Purchase timed advance tickets online to guarantee entry on weekends.

After the kids have had their fun, head across the street to Bluemont Vineyards or Dirt Farm Brewing for great Virginia wine and craft beer. Plan a day trip to enjoy more fun things to do in Bluemont VA.

Virginia Scottish Games and Festival, The Plains, Sep 2 – 3

Virginia Scottish Games is one of the annual Labor Day Weekend events in Northern Virginia
Virginia Scottish Games, The Plains VA

Celebrate Labor Day weekend at the annual Virginia Scottish Games and Festival at The Plains, in Loudoun County VA. This two-day festival honors the Commonwealth's Scottish heritage. Enjoy athletic competitions, music, dance, crafts, Scottish food and drink, and more.

The family-friendly event includes a car show, sheep-herding demonstrations, and fun children’s activities. Cheer on top athletes from around the country as they compete in the Stone Toss, Caber Toss, Heavy Hammer Throw, Sheaf Toss, and other traditional competitions of strength and skill.

Leashed dogs are welcome, and the games go on rain or shine. Adult two-day admission is $30; single-day $20; children 5 – 12 $5 on Saturday; under 5 free. Children 12 and under free on Sunday. 9:00 – 6:00 daily. Parking is free.

Final Waterpark and Pool Weekend, Sep 2 – 4

Labor Day weekend is the end of pool season for most Northern Virginia families. After the long weekend, most local town and regional pools and waterparks close for the season. All Northern Virginia Regional Park pools, plus Splash Down and Signal Bay Waterparks, will close to humans on Labor Day.

Make one more float on the lazy river one of your Labor Day weekend events in Northern Virginia. Doggies usually get a chance to swim at several pools the weekend after Labor Day. Visit our September event listings for more info.

Auburn Farms Sunflower Festival, Brandy Station, Sep 2 – 3

Spend a day in the beautiful sunflower fields of Auburn Farm at the 4th annual Sunflower Festival. Fun for the whole family includes u-pick sunflower fields, a 4-acre corn maze, food, crafts, and outdoor activities. Leashed dogs are welcome. $10, 5 and under free; 10:00 – 6:00 daily.

Patsy Cline Block Party, Winchester, Sep 2

Celebrate the music and influence of Patsy Cline at an old-fashioned block party. The Patsy Cline Historic House hosts this annual event featuring live local musicians, food trucks, and fun activities throughout the day. Plan your visit with our big guide to Fun Things to Do in Winchester VA.

LoCo Musicians Festival, Hillsboro, Sep 3

Celebrate the thriving Loudoun County music scene with a day of music, wine, food, and fun at 868 Estate Winery. The annual festival raises funds to support local bands and performers. Follow the link to purchase $30 advance tickets. If not sold out, there are limited $35 day-of-show tickets. 16 and under are free but need a ticket. 2:00 – 9:00.

Labor Day Car Show, Fairfax, Sep 4

The 24th annual Labor Day Car Show returns to Fairfax City in 2023. View over 300 show cars including street rods, antiques, muscle cars, and more. Music, food, and raffles add to the fun. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged as this is a fundraiser for local charities. 8:00 – 3:00.

More Summer Fun in Northern VA

In addition to the 2023 Labor Day Events listed above, there are plenty of ways to continue summer fun. Check out these round-ups to fill every day with summer activities in Northern Virginia.

Apple Picking

September is apple season and we've rounded up the best apple picking in Virginia to help you plan your visit to nearby u-pick apple orchards. Always follow the links to check on current availability and hours.

Brewery and Winery Events

Wheatland Spring Farm Brewery sunflower fields are in bloom this Labor Day weekend.
Wheatland Spring Farm Brewery

Nearly every brewery and winery in Northern Virginia hosts special events, hours, and live music over the Labor Day weekend. Head to your favorite brewery on the LoCo Ale Trail or plan a hike and beer outing in Northern VA. Wine lovers can relax at wineries with a spectacular view, or plan a hike and wine day trip too.

2023 Northern Virginia Farmers Markets

Summer may be waning but the fresh produce at local Farmers Markets continues to impress. Check our expanded round-up of over 50 Northern Virginia farmer's markets for a market near you.

Stroller and Kid-Friendly Walks in Northern Virginia

The trail over the dam at Burke Lake Park is stroller and wheelchair friendly.
Burke Lake Park

Northern Virginia schools start before the Labor Day weekend, with classes beginning in August. Celebrate the kid's first week of school on a Labor Day weekend hike. Our round-up stroller-friendly Northern Virginia trails and paths are perfect for a nice family outing.

Northern Virginia Boating and Fun on the Water

Canoeing on Burke Lake
Canoeing on Burke Lake

The long Labor Day weekend is a great time to get out on one of Northern Virginia's many lakes and rivers. You can rent kayaks, canoes, and jon boats at several area parks. Fishing bulkheads and the pier at Burke Lake are both wheelchair accessible.

25 Tasty Patios for Northern Virginia Outdoor Dining

The Lakeside Patio at Red's Table in Reston VA, a Great Spot for Northern Virginia Outdoor Dining
Reds Table, Reston VA

Hopefully, Labor Day Weekend 2023 will include perfect end-of-summer weather. Head to one of these lovely patios and decks for tasty outdoor dining in Northern Virginia to relax, indulge, and toast to summer fun.

15 Fantastic Virginia Day Trips Near Washington DC

North View Stony Man Mountain Shenandoah Park
North View Stony Man Mountain Shenandoah Park

You don't need special Labor Day weekend events to celebrate the three-day break. The long weekend is a perfect time to explore more of Northern Virginia without a lot of advance planning.

Whatever plans you make, we wish you a Labor Day weekend 2023 with excellent weather and plenty of fun.

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