A Labor Day Weekend to Remember: Fun Things to Do in the NOVA! Aug 02-05

Looking for something fun to do this Labor Day weekend? Check out our list of events happening in Northern Virginia. From wine festivals to concerts in the park, there's something for everyone to enjoy. So pack up your car and head on out to Northern Virginia this Labor Day weekend. You won't be disappointed!


Chesterfield County Fair

10300 Courthouse Road

Chesterfield, VA 23832


Everyone is cordially invited to attend and support the 111th Annual Chesterfield County Fair by the Chesterfield County Fair Association. We're depending on you—our fairgoers, volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, and members—to continue the Chesterfield County Fair's proud legacy as one of the best fair experiences in all of Virginia.


CrossRoads Music Fest

9186 John Sevier Road

New Market, VA 22844


The Town of New Market's yearly summer music event is called Cross Roads Fest! Admission to these concerts is free. Bring a chair or blanket and relax in Rebel Park to the sounds of Americana, blues, rock & roll, and traditional bluegrass and country music! A beer and wine garden can be found underneath the Rebel Park Pavilion. At each event, there will be a small number of food vendors offering a variety of non-alcoholic drinks and meal alternatives. This event will start at 6:30 p.m. on various Friday evenings throughout the summer. until 9:00 p.m. Come on out to Cross Roads Fest and enjoy an evening of music, food, and beverages!

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Front Porch Fest

Spirithaven Farm Guesthouse

677 Spirithaven Lane

Stuart, VA 24171


The 13th Front Porch Fest will take place on Labor Day this year. This yearly celebration takes place in Patrick County, Virginia, on the Front Porch of the Blue Ridge Mountains. On September 1 through September 4, Spirithaven Farm will host FPF 13.


Stuart, Virginia hosts the four-day Front Porch Fest music event, which includes local, regional, and national touring performers. Front Porch Fest was recognized as the Blue Ridge's most family-friendly festival in 2018! Front Porch Fest offers a variety of kid-friendly activities, yoga, campsite jams, on-site camping, tasty artisan brews and snacks, and more in addition to 30+ acts.


One Family Productions, the nonprofit company that organizes the festival, was founded with the intention of upholding the event's strong tradition of community ties and volunteerism. One Family Productions has given more than $30,000 to regional charities over the previous ten years, and it keeps upping this amount yearly. The festival continues to be grassroots and family-friendly even as its influence grows. Whether it's your first or thirteenth Front Porch Fest, it will always feel like home.


Gospel Music at Dominion Valley Park

Dominion Valley Park Camping

481 Dominion Valley Lane

Stuart, VA 24171


Throughout the weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day, Dominion Valley Events proudly delivers gospel music and fellowship at Dominion Valley Park. A religious service will be held on Sunday morning, and numerous bluegrass, southern, and current music groups will start playing on Friday. Due to the fact that this event will take place outside, a lawn chair is required. Pricing for camping starts at $20 a night for 30 amp connections and $35 for 50 amp hookups.


Public Art Garden

207 Starling Avenue

Martinsville, VA 24112


At the R.P. Gallery, enjoy the arts in the center of Martinsville's Arts & Cultural District. A.J. Lester Art Garden in Gravely.


What's in the Public Art Garden:


  • The Historic Little Post Office

  • "Four Seasons" by Ed Dolinger - The artist handpainted the four distinctively shaped sides of this 12-foot-tall tree sculpture, with each side depicting one of the four seasons in bold, brilliant colors. Additionally, it has a built-in chair so that guests may relax and take in the Art Garden.

  • "Day In a Life" by Mark Wrigh - A group of symbols that stand for the contributions made by residents of Martinsville-Henry County to the globe. It stands as a monument to memories of the city's glory days and to a neighborhood that peacefully celebrates variety and brotherhood and lives on hard work and smarts. The visitor can interact with the art by touching, moving, and rotating several of the elements.

  • LOVEwork "O" by Jessie Ward- a heart-shaped horseshoe-shaped spherical that was manually formed. The museum's own LOVEwork, a free-standing sculpture that spells out the word love, will eventually include it as the second letter. The Virginia Tourism Corporation's LOVEworks project, which can be found in many Virginian towns and localities, was created to honor the state's motto, "Virginia is for Lovers."


From dawn until nightfall, the public is welcome.


Pumpkin-Spiced Latte Porter Release

Dates:September 2, 2022

Stable Craft Brewing

375 Madrid Road

Waynesboro, VA 22980


This upcoming release, a pumpkin-spiced latte porter, is the ideal way to welcome fall. It was brewed with pumpkin puree and lactose, then spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and allspice, and then it was conditioned on Blanchard's Coffee from Richmond, Virginia. On tap and in a constrained number of bottles. Be prepared because this one is going to fly.


Stargazing at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

14390 Air and Space Museum Parkway

Chantilly, VA 20151


Dates:September 2, 2022


Time:8:00 PM to 10:00 PM


Do you ever ponder what you are precisely viewing in the night sky when you look up? We're here to assist you! Visit our Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, to observe the stars with us! Come stargaze with museum personnel and astronomy club members from Northern Virginia. We'll guide you in using our telescopes to view stars, planets, and other objects.




  • The public is welcome to observe the stars for free.

  • Rain, clouds, and other poor visibility conditions could cause the event to be canceled, weather permitting. Call 202-633-2517, the number for Astronomy Education, for any last-minute updates.

  • Bring a tiny flashlight and warm clothing. If you can, make your flashlight crimson by wrapping it in red cellophane or a brown paper bag.

  • After 4:00 p.m., parking is free. Please park near the southernmost part of the main parking lot, and as you get closer, think about turning down your headlights.

  • The parking lot for the Museum's museum is where you may go stargazing. Seek for staff members with red torches to direct you to the telescopes.



  • Approach the Museum from the exit off Route 28

  • Keep left after the parking entrance gate, and take the fifth driveway on the right to enter the south end of the main parking lot.

  • Once parked, cross the road that’s close to the Museum and take the walkway through the trees to the stargazing area.

  • Astronomy programming is made possible by a gift from the Thomas W. Haas Foundation in honor of Phoebe Waterman Haas.


SummerStage No. 10 Scott Miller


The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center

301 Greenville Ave, The Blackburn Inn

Staunton, VA 24401


Presented By:The Blackburn Inn and Conference Center

Dates:September 2, 2022


Scott Miller, a fiery roots-rock singer-songwriter who was recently inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame, moved back to his birthplace Virginia to take care of the family farm while continuing to record and perform new music that is inspired by that rural location, history, and Appalachia. A talented and versatile soloist, they "combine the emotional honesty and intelligence of a singer/songwriter with the swagger and energy of a rock & roller" (AllMusic.com). Miller recently went on tour with Paul Thorn, Patty Griffin, Robbie Fulks, and American Aquarium.



  • 6 pm - Bar, grill and grounds open

  • 7 pm - Opening musical act

  • 8 pm - Headliner

  • 9 pm - Last call for food and drinks

  • 9:30 pm Event concludes




Along with a wonderful selection of Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail craft beers, wine from Barren Ridge Vineyards, and cider, the Second Draft Bistro will also serve a variety of fresh food items straight off the grill. Bring your appetite and indulge in traditional fare including macaroni salad, burgers, pulled pork, and baked beans. Everyone can find something on our menu, which is best enjoyed with a cold beverage.


(Unfortunately, no outside food or drink is permitted.)

Tropical Island Food & Steel Drums

The Briede Family Vineyards

450 Green Spring Road

Winchester, VA 22603


On Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tropical Island will be here serving some delectable food. The way we do it on the Islands is to unwind while listening to steel drums and taking part in a fun evening.

Mark June 3rd, July 1st, August 5th, September 2nd, and September 30th on your calendars.


Fish Fry Friday


Dirt Farm Brewing

18701 Foggy Bottom Road

Bluemont, VA 20135


Presented By:Dirt Farm Brewing

Dates:August 5, 2022 - September 30, 2022


Enjoy a traditional Fish Fry, great music, and cold beer on the mountain on a Friday night! Each and every Friday at 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. You may unwind and take in a tranquil evening on the mountain with fried fish served with hand-cut potatoes, coleslaw, and toast from Chef Justin Garrison. Up until 8 o'clock, additional food products will be sold by The Kitchen Workshop.

$15 per individual. The price of the ticket includes a plate of hand-cut fries, bread, coleslaw, and fried fish. Your seat will be reserved if you register for this event; money is collected at the door. Walk-ins are accepted while supplies last, but reservations are recommended to assure a meal.


$15 per person. Ticket includes a plate of Fried Fish, Hand-Cut Fries, Coleslaw and Bread. Booking for this event will reserve your seat, payment will be taken at the door. Walk-ins welcome while supplies last, to guarantee a plate, make that reservation!


Live music kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on the patio so come early and stay late, the Taprooms open 'till 9!


#1 Wine Bootcamp

65 Clark Lane

Washington, 22747


Wine Bootcamp is an advanced course on all the fundamentals of wine. We may also refer to it as Wine 301. If you spend two hours with us, we'll make you an official wine snob! This lesson about wine is conducted in plain English and is snob-free thanks to our winemaker, Carl. Find out how to obtain ideal aeration, how to act at a restaurant, and all the wine-related trivia no one will ever tell you. The session comprises the Dirt Road Wine Tour, a chocolate pairing workshop, and a sandwich molecular pairing experiment. Every Saturday and Sunday are the dates. Come and have fun!


Crush With Us (21+)

18755 Foggy Bottom Road

Bluemont, VA 20135


Come trample some grapes with us at our fifth annual "Crush With Us" event.


Come celebrate the harvest with us on the mountain! Dip your toes into a grape-filled wine barrel and stomp away in typical "I Love Lucy" style.


Then, to make a quirky souvenir, press your wine-stained feet onto a Bluemont Vineyard tea towel.


Grape stomping and a branded tea towel are included in the $29.00 per guest ticket price. Enjoy our big lawn and tasting room after your stomping. If you would like to have a family-friendly experience, please email us at [email protected]. This tasting room is only for those who are at least 21 years old.


SUP Yoga Class


Presented By:SUP Yoga Lake Anna

Lake Anna

Courthouse Road, Route 208

Louisa County, VA 23093


Yoga on the sea is a great way to enjoy the summer. Come practice SUP yoga with Angelina on Lake Anna. You will get to move and float through a core-focused flow yoga session while we paddle for about 10-15 minutes to and from our yoga class location. This SUP yoga class will give you the chance to flow, breathe, and be in nature and is open to all levels of yoga and paddling experience. For more on unique SUP events, visit the events page.


This SUP yoga session will give you the chance to flow, breathe, and be in nature. It is open to all levels of yoga and paddling expertise. There is a cap of 7 people for registration.


NOT Lake Anne in Reston, but Lake Anna in Spotsylvania is where all sessions are held. Depending on the number of participants, we leave from either Hunter's Landing beside the Cove restaurant or High Point Marina off the 208 bridge. The day before your class, be sure to check your email for the location.


On request, SUP Yoga classes for groups and individuals are also offered at Lake Anna. For further information, go to www.supyogalakeanna.yogawithangelina.com or send an email to [email protected].


Yorktown Market Days - Saturday Farmers Market

331 Water Street

Yorktown, VA 23690


At our weekly award-winning farmers market, take in breathtaking views of the York River, live music at some markets, food trucks, and a broad selection of merchants! Shop for seasonal food, freshly baked items, meats, flowers, honey, gourmet dog treats, homemade soaps and candles, fresh-cut flowers, and a lovely selection of local artists' and craftspeople's creations.


Champagne Saturday

The Briede Family Vineyards

450 Green Spring Road

Winchester, VA 22603


Join for a brief educational seminar to discover everything there is to know about this unique sparkling beverage, followed by a flight of champagne.


There is a tasting cost for the flight, but the lesson is free. On our website, tickets can be ordered in advance.


Class starts at noon, and flights are offered all day long as supplies last.


Nomini Bay Oyster Festival

Dirt Farm Brewing

18701 Foggy Bottom Rd

Bluemont, VA 20135

This weekend, the staff from Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch, LLC will be on the mountain serving their renowned oysters. Enjoy them charbroiled or raw, and there are particular preparations that go especially well with Dirt Farm beer.


Dress appropriately and get ready for a gorgeous day in the crisp mountain air since Nomini Bay will be set up outside!


* No reservations are necessary.


Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

81 Shrine Mont Circle

Orkney Springs, VA 22845

Dates:9/3/2022, 9/4/2022


A series of outdoor concerts called the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival is held at Orkney Springs, Virginia, from the middle of July until the weekend of Labor Day. Every summer, we bring to the Valley the biggest names in rock-pop, country, Americana, bluegrass, folk, and symphonic music. SVMF is showcasing America, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, ABBA the Concert: A Tribute to ABBA, and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony this year. Bela Fleck, The Spinners, Village People, and more. Looking for summertime amusement? Come spend the summer with us and enjoy fantastic music outside!


Baking with Pastry Codex

925 N. Garfield street

Arlington, VA 22201


What you'll do


Put on your chef hats, take out your whisks, and let's bake! You will master the exquisite art of creating these delectable treats in this entertaining and engaging session, which you can complete in your own kitchen! The traditional "Gerbert" or "Paris Macaron" is an almond sandwich cookie made with French meringue.


When Catherine de' Medici, the French queen, married Henry II of France in 1533, she brought macarons with her to France. Macarons have been prepared in Venetian monasteries since the 8th century throughout the Renaissance.


As your ambassador, Chef Michael of Pastry Codex personally walks you through all of the finer points of making them, including the right development of the meringue, the creation of the


Combination for macarons, folding technique demonstration, piping demonstration, comparison of Silpat vs. parchment paper, descriptions of several color kinds (gels vs. powders), drying procedures, and special baking techniques to maintain color integrity.


Seasonal themes, various flavors, and satisfying varieties are offered. In addition to ganaches and flexi gels, a real French buttercream is displayed.


This course has become incredibly well-liked. It comes with a guarantee of 100 percent success, so if your macarons don't out out


If something does not turn out right, you are given a full refund with no questions asked!


Sunday Music Jams

Floyd Country Store

206 South Locust Street

Floyd, VA 24091

The Floyd Country Store hosts Sunday musical jam sessions

1:30 pm - 6:00 pm

The Floyd Country Store comes alive with local music every Sunday between 1:30 and 6:00 pm during our old time and bluegrass music jams.


Each week, a different string band hosts the old-time jam session, leading tunes at a moderate tempo. We welcome musicians and dancers from the past! The bluegrass jam starts at 4:00 and is led by the hosts, who play bluegrass music. Solos and song selections are passed around the circle. Sunday Jams are a terrific way to experience traditional music in a community environment with friends and family, as it has been for centuries. Public access is free.


Sunday Sounds & Sippin' at Virginia Beer Co.


The Virginia Beer Company

401 Second Street

Williamsburg, VA 23185


In The Edge District, unwind after a long week. The Virginia Beer Company hosts live music and a variety of food trucks every weekend. Every Sunday from 12 to 9 p.m., the brewery is open and features live music from 2 to 5 p.m., daily food truck specials, and fresh taps running beer.


Labor Day Weekend at 12 Ridges Vineyard

12 Ridges Vineyard

24981 Blue Ridge Parkway

Vesuvius, VA 24981


Enjoy your Labor Day in style at 12 Ridges Vineyard! We have music, food, and great wines all weekend! Family friendly and leashed pets are welcome. 


12923 Fitzwater Dr. Nokesville, VA 20155 

(703) 594-3800 | jacobsandco.com

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