Get Out: Picks For Labor Day Weekend

A pie baking contest and a matzo ball eating contest, all in one holiday weekend? You bet.

Staying in town for Labor Day weekend? Check out these fun activity picks close to home.


Where/When: noon-6p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, Sept. 1 – 30, at the

Why Go: Check out the artwork of the for the Trawick Prize, a regional visual art competition.

Pricing: Free


Where/When: 11a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at the Bethesda Central Farm Market, along Elm Street between Woodmont and Wisconsin

Why Go:  Patch’s very own Renee Sklarew will be among the foodie judges who will determine which amateur baker makes the meanest pie. This year, bakers under 18 can also compete in the youth division.

Pricing: Free; $5 entry fee for contestants will benefit the Manna Food Center.


Where/When: 3p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at the

Why Go: Find out which contestant can eat the most matzo balls in eight minutes. Proceeds will benefit the

Pricing: $50 entrance fee for participants. Visit www.uptowndelibethesda.com for details.


Where/When: Maryland State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Rd., Timonium. Demonstrations and exhibit halls open Friday through Monday, Sept. 2 through 5, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Livestock and horse shows open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Midway open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

Why Go: See livestock demonstrations, horse races, concerts and farm markets, ride the Midway rides and more. Visit the website of the fair for more information.

Price: Adult admission is $8, senior admission (62 and over) is $6, children's admission (6 to 11) is $3 and children 5 and under are admitted free of charge. (Rides are not included, and are individually priced.) A ticket is required for everyone aged 3 and up to attend concerts held in the Racetrack Infield. 


Where/When: 1821 Crownsville Rd., Annapolis; weekends through Sunday, Oct. 23, and Monday, Sept. 5, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Why Go: Everyone can take part in fun activities and games, watch jousts and shows, eat some turkey legs, see knights, princesses, amazing costumes and so much more! Visit the festival’s website for more information. 

Price: $19 for adults 16-61, $16 for seniors 62 and up, $9 for children 7 to 15 years old. Children 6 and under are admitted free of charge. A two-day pass is $28, a six-day subscription is $60, a nine-day subscription is $81 and a 19-day subscription is $120. Group rates are also available. 


Where/When: The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 5, at the intersection of St. Paul Street and Plyers Mill Road, Kensington, and proceed:

  • South along Connecticut Avenue (in the north-bound lanes),
  • East along Baltimore Street,
  • Northeast along Carroll Place,
  • South along Montgomery Avenue,
  • East on Kent Street,
  • North along Kensington Parkway (where the grandstand will be), and
  • Conclude at the intersection of Howard Avenue and Fawcett Street.

Why Go: Watch the annual parade that is a tradition in Kensington, then go to the after-parade festival at Armory and Howard avenues (just off Connecticut Avenue).

Price: Free


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