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This time of year always makes me giddy. I’m in grad school so I always get excited when a new semester starts in the same way I loved going back to high school to see all my friends all in one place. The air is crisp. The year feels brand new. There’s just something about September. Plus it’s Labor Day weekend which means there are TONS of festivals to choose from. Take your pick!


Rockland’s BBQ & LIVE Music: Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3

Wine, BBQ, & live music all weekend long at Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA! http://gregslistdc.com/event/2012/labor-day-weekend-rocklands-bbq-sandwiches-and-lots-more


‘Nuff said. Plenty of lawn tickets still available. http://events.insidenova.com/bristow_va/events/show/253212625-jimmy-buffett

24th Annual DC Blues Festival: September 1, 1:00-7:00pm

FREE jazz at Rock Creek Park! http://www.yelp.com/events/washington-24th-annual-dc-blues-festival

Virginia Scottish Games & Festival: Saturday, September 1 – Sunday, September 2

Looking for a little culture this weekend? Parking is free and tickets are free for children under 5 and $20 for adults. There are games, music, pet events, and much more! http://www.vascottishgames.org/

Herndon Labor Day Festival: Monday, September 3, 12:00-6:00pm

If you only go to one festival this weekend, this is the one you want! They’ve got live music, WINE & microbrew tasting, crafts, culinary demonstrations – something for everyone in the family. And the best part? Tickets are only $20 with wine tasting  & concerts included. http://www.herndon-va.gov/Content/Parks_rec/SpecialEvents/Labor_Day_Festival/default.aspx


Friday, August 31

Mostly sunny and hot 94° Lo 71°

Saturday, September 1

Hot with clouds and sun 90° Lo 67°

Sunday, September 2

A couple of thunderstorms 83° Lo 67°

Monday, September 3 LABOR DAY

Showers and t-storms possible 79° Lo 68°